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Kyle Sutherland

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Kyle Sutherland is a partner within the Corporate department in the Isle of Man. He is qualified to advise on both the laws of the BVI and Isle of Man, and specialises in a broad range of corporate and commercial disciplines in those jurisdictions, ranging from joint venture work, restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, asset finance transactions, private placement and listing work.

Kyle qualified as an Isle of Man advocate in 2003, before leaving the Island and spending several years working for law firms in the United Kingdom. Prior to joining Appleby in 2010, Kyle spent three years as a senior associate in the corporate department of a leading British Virgin Islands law firm, where he was involved in a wide spectrum of cross-border transactions, and was lead lawyer on a number of high-profile deals.

Kyle heads up Appleby’s BVI (GMT) team, servicing clients with BVI legal advice in a European friendly time zone.

Some examples of his recent representative work include advising: Strix Group plc on matters of Isle of Man law in connection with its £190 million listing on AIM; Global Switch Holdings Limited on matters of BVI law in connection with its €3,000,000,000 Euro Medium Term Note Programme; Playtech Plc on its redomiciliation from the BVI to Isle of Man and subsequent listing on the main London Stock Exchange.


Trained Dickinson Cruickshank & Co, qualified 2003; made partner Appleby 2015.


Senior Courts of England and Wales (non-practising); Isle of Man Advocate; Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, British Virgin Islands Circuit.


St John University; College of Law (London, Chester).

Isle of Man

Banking and finance

Within: Next generation lawyers

Kyle Sutherland - Appleby

Within: Banking and finance

For banking and finance work, Appleby ‘is the go-to firm on the Isle of Man’. Managing partner Faye Moffett is ‘a pleasure to work with’ and known for her ‘great people skills’; she recently led on a number of financing transactions in the real estate sector. Kyle Sutherland, who ‘gets the job done and resolves problems effectively’, acted on the lender side of several property development and corporate acquisitions. Also notable are counsel Tom Brook  and Andrew Harding, who provided Isle of Man law advice to an international financial group with regard to a revolving credit facility.

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Corporate and commercial

Within: Corporate and commercial

Known for its ‘excellent service throughout’, Appleby’s corporate team stays ‘at the top of the game’ by combining ‘quick response times and in-depth industry knowledge’. In recent highlights, the firm led the advice to Blackstone and CVC on the proposed acquisition of Paysafe via a scheme of arrangement, and Kyle Sutherland was part of the team which assisted NEPI Rockcastle with a guaranteed medium term note programme and the first issue of notes. The firm also handles corporate governance issues, as shown by Simon Harding’s advice to a shareholder of an oil and gas company with regard to board alterations. Juan Thornley and investment funds expert Andrew Harding were promoted to partner, and Simon Cain retired from the firm. The ‘particularly helpful and proactive’ Claire Milne is also noted, alongside counsel Tom Brook.

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Insurance and pensions

Within: Insurance and pensions

Appleby recently led the advice to an international insurer on the redomiciliation of its captive insurance company from the Isle of Man to Bermuda and its subsequent merger with an already-established Bermuda entity. Alongside counsels Michelle Brook and Tom Brook,  Andrew Harding assisted a leading offshore insurance company with a secured loan to a number of its business intermediaries, while Christopher Cope undertook the sale of a major UK bank’s life insurance business in the Isle of Man. Also notable is the firm’s work in the corporate restructuring space, where Juan Thornley and Kyle Sutherland oversaw changes to group pension schemes and regulatory issues. The Isle of Man insurance team is led by corporate expert Simon Harding, who has a strong track record in corporate transactions and financial services regulations. Notable clients include Lloyds and Zurich.

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Investment funds and capital markets

Within: Investment funds and capital markets

Clients recommend Appleby’s counsel Tom Brook, who recently teamed up with Kyle Sutherland to oversee several listings on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), such as the listing of Eddie Stobart Logistics on AIM on behalf of Greenwhitestar, an existing investor. Faye Moffett acted for a venture capital firm in its share restructuring, including buy-backs, the issuing of new share classes and increasing its authorised capital capacity; a housing group also engaged her to handle its acquisition of shares in an Isle of Man company. Also notable are Andrew Harding and practice head Simon Harding.

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