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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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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.

Cains recently acted as Isle of Man counsel for Four Seasons in the amendment and restatement of a substantial loan and the restructuring of its outstanding senior bonds, led by of counsel Garry Manley and the ‘very responsive’ Tristan Head. In other highlights, of counsel Scott Leonard-Morgan advised Merrill Lynch and its trust company on the regulatory issues surrounding its sale to the JTC Group, and Richard Vanderplank advised a major bank on Isle of Man law regarding its ring-fencing project. Another name to note in Douglas is of counsel Steven Quayle, who teamed up with Leonard-Morgan to assist an aircraft leasing company with the Isle of Man aspects of its international restructuring of its existing financial agreements.

DQ ‘is always quick to respond with close involvement from partners on all matters’ and represents an enviable list of heavyweight clients such as Santander, Lloyds and Standard Bank. In recent highlights, the group was appointed by Credit Agricole and Sumitomo Mitsui to oversee their Sea Bridge joint venture, which was set up to invest up to $1bn in senior secured ship mortgage loans. Mark Dougherty represented Permanent Bank in its withdrawal from the Isle of Man and the winding down of its local branch, while Stephen Dougherty assisted an investment manager with its acquisition, refinancing and potential administration of an Isle of Man trading structure. On the contractual front, senior associate Hazel Dawson reviewed licensing, standard lending and security documentation requirements.

Keystone Law’s Sally Cranshaw, Geoff Kermeen and William Margot recently advised Clearbell Capital on its acquisition of a Luxembourg SPV which holds real estate assets in Birmingham, as well as on its subsequent redomiciliation to the Isle of Man and the associated post-transaction refinancing. ING appointed the group to oversee the Isle of Man law aspects of a syndicated senior secured term loan related to the refinancing and development of a property in London, and the intra-group transfer of a portfolio of loan facilities. Margot also regularly advises a varied client base, including major banks, lender and borrowers, on the financing of Isle of Man entities such as companies, partnerships and trusts.

The banking and finance offering at Simcocks is known for its ‘excellent knowledge, great practical advice, swift turnaround times and a willingness to get involved in the details of every transaction’. Recent highlights for the group include Amy Coole advising a major bank with regard to its entry into a deed of accession to a loan arrangement by an Isle of Man company, and assisting an existing client with the amendment and restatement of a high-value facility agreement. Also notable is practice head Alex Spencer, who ‘understands issues very quickly and wields a proactive approach’; he teamed up with associate Peter Chemaly to represent an international bank as security trustee in relation to senior and mezzanine loan facilities provided to a local company as an acquisition vehicle. Notable clients include Barclays, Goldman Sachs, Macquarie and Santander.

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