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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.

Cains ‘has a great commercial team’ which ‘has good links with regulators and always has a good understanding of what they expect from a transaction’. Tristan Head ‘acts as a very capable interpreter for those not fluent in legalese’ and draws much praise from clients for ‘making sure he understands the nature of a problem fully before providing advice’; also notable is Richard Vanderplank, who acted as Isle of Man counsel, with the support of associate Matthew Wilkinson, on the international acquisition of a manufacturing company by an American multinational corporation. Global Logistics instructed Garry Manley to oversee its ultimately unsuccessful bid to acquire Logicor, and he worked alongside Vanderplank to assist Sky with the local securities law aspects of its purchase of 21st Century Fox. Associate Matthew Quinn is also a name to note.

DQ ‘is one of the most responsive and commercially minded firms on the island’, according to one client, and continues to act as sole Isle of Man counsel to GVC, which appointed the corporate team to oversee a number of transactions, including its £4bn acquisition of Ladbrokes Coral. Associate Adam Killip ‘is able to understand commercial requirements and provide appropriate solutions in an understandable way’; he recently led the advice to an international oil and gas company with regard to the merger of two group companies to facilitate the absorption of a dormant subsidiary into the active group company. Practice head Stephen Dougherty ‘is a good guy who is able to cut through the flannel of others to get to the nub of a problem’ and is also a key contact, alongside managing director Mark Dougherty , director Donna Matthews and senior associate Hazel Dawson. 

Keystone Law services a varied client base ranging from local start-ups to international corporates and global financial institutions. The ‘very responsive and high-quality’ team has ‘a strong understanding of its clients’ needs’ and operates under the joint leadership of ‘very commercial and client-orientated’ managing partner Geoff Kermeen and consultant Stephen Rodd. Vannin Ventures instructed the firm to oversee the structuring and documentation of its acquisition of a majority interest in Goshawk and the joint venture agreement between the two entities following the completion of the transaction. On the local front, William Margot and Gillian Christian acted for a car dealership in a number of matters arising from its recent takeover of multiple sites on the island, such as the setting up of a hive agreement for the transfer of assets from three dealerships to the main trading company. The ‘completely reliable’ Sally Cranshaw is ‘always knowledgeable and gets the deal done'.

Simcocks ‘is very responsive, technically excellent and commercial’ and clients appreciate that the firm’s corporate and commercial experts ‘deal with the Isle of Man aspects of transactions in a professional and autonomous manner’. Practice head Amy Coole acted for the seller in the acquisition of a local trust and company service provider by a competitor, and ‘excellent team player’ Alex Spencer collaborated with advocate Sarah Wolter to advise a company on the transfer of different classes of shares from its largest shareholder to select individuals. Clients also recommend Irini Newby, advocate Kevin O\'Loughlin, who ‘gives strong technical advice’, and the ‘friendly, responsive and always helpful’ Peter Chemaly.

The main names to note in Callin Wild’s corporate and commercial offering are advocates Paul Branford, who specialises in establishing and restructuring investment funds and advising clients on Isle of Man financial services laws, and Kim Emery. The team recently enabled the buyout of a minority shareholder in the parent company of an Isle of Man insurance company, and acted as lead counsel to a corporate services provider in its acquisition of a property development company. On the senior level, senior partner Jeremy Callin and managing partner Lesley Webb are key contacts, especially with regard to commercial litigation.

John Aycock and Christopher Murphy are the senior names to note within M&P Legal's commercial practice. The team is regularly instructed by international law firms to provide local law advice on major corporate transactions, insolvencies, trusts and gaming law. Consuelo Suay recently rejoined the firm as counsel from an in-house position at Hansard Global, where she acquired substantial expertise in the life insurance, savings and investment spaces. She regularly acts for clients with interests in Spain and is currently intervening in a multi-million-pound tax case alongside a leading Spanish firm.

Carly Stratton heads the commercial practice at MannBenham Advocates Limited, which has a strong track record advising on local M&A transactions, corporate governance matters and restructurings. Also notable is managing partner Miles Benham.

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