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Cains
FORT ANNE
DOUGLAS
IM1 5PD
Isle Of Man

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

For some, Cains is the 'leading banking practice in the Isle of Man' with  standout capabilities in real estate finance, acquisition finance and debt capital markets. Practice head Tim Shepherd is highly skilled in the aforementioned areas and is very strong in multi-jurisdictional matters having previously worked in London and Bermuda. Members from the corporate team such as Tristan Head and Scott Leonard-Morgan are also highly active in corporate finance mandates. The 'excellent' Stephanie Chew is another key name for corporate finance and is also highly active in acquisition and real estate finance. Senior consultant Richard Vanderplank and consultant Catherine Hamill are also highly recommended.  The 'commercially-minded' associate Kirsten Middleton is a recent arrival from DQ.

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Testimonials

‘Cains are really efficient when instructed and extremely responsive to enquiries. Their strengths are their people who are extremely reliable – you never have to chase them to get anything done so you can trust them to get the job done when instructed.’

‘Matthew Quinn is one of the best due to always being available to speak to when you pick up the phone, he is very efficient at turning documents round to deadlines  He’s a trusted pair of hands – you don’t need to chase him up for things and he is very knowledgeable about Isle of Man legal aspects of UK transactions.’

‘Steven Quayle and Kirsten Middleton are responsive, concise and commercial minded. “Incredibly professional, commercial and approachable. The firm are proactive and have transformed not only their image but also their outlook.’

‘Mike Edwards is a diligent, thoughtful and expert practitioner as well as being approachable, proactive and helpful.’

‘Stephanie Chew is an excellent lawyer. She is very professional and very easy to deal with. Stephanie is able to deal with complex issues in a simple and effective way. She is extremely good at finding elegant solutions.’

‘They have a very commercial and collegiate approach and will always go the extra mile to ensure that matters are completed on time and consistently demonstrate a very strong understanding of the relevant law and its practical application to the transaction. ‘

‘Andrew Baker and Stephanie Chew were particularly helpful on the main interaction I had with Cains last year, both of them being very approachable, accessible and helpful. Cains take a pragmatic approach to issues, are very responsive and willing to take ownership of issues and offer up solutions rather than doing just the minimum asked of them.’

‘Tristan Head is very solid: his  manner is always second to none nothing is ever too big nor too small, easy nor difficult.’

‘Tim Shepherd and Scott Leonard-Morgan. Both individuals are highly professional and over time we have been able to create a good reliable relationship. I know that every request we send to these individuals, will be dealt with as quickly and diligently as possible.’

Key clients

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC

AIG Asset Management (Europe) Limited

Allied Irish Banks Plc

AngloGold Ashanti Holdings plc

ANZ Bank (Vietnam) Limited

Aviva Commercial Finance Limited

Banco BPI SA

Banco Santander, S.A.

Bendura Bank

BNP Paribas

Brydg Capital

Cathay Pacific Aircraft Services Limited

Cedar Valley Bank

Champneys Health Spa Group

Chenavari Financial Group Ltd

Cheyne Capital Management

Clearbell

Comis

Danske Bank

Downtown Music Holdings Limited

Emirates NBD Bank PJSC

Eros International Plc

Europe Arab Bank plc

Falco Capital Partners

First Names Group Limited

First Round Bank

Four Seasons Health Care

Heron and Brearley

JTC Group Holdings Limited

Kings Park Limited

KPMG Audit LLC

Lamprell plc

Levine Leichtman Capital Partners

LinkedIn

Macquarie

Manx Telecom

Melford Capital

Myers Business Trust

National Bank of Kuwait

Nedbank Private Wealth Limited

Nomura International plc

Norwegian Cruise Line

Office Space in Town

QIB (UK) plc

Republic Financial Holdings Limited

Standard Life Investments Limited

Svenska Handelsbanken

AB (publ)

Svenska Petroleum Exploration

The Law Debenture Trust Corporation p.l.c.

The Prudential Insurance Company of America

The Stars Group

Tullow Oil PLC

Urban Exposure Plc

Commercial property Tier 1

Cains  attracts praise for its 'extensive knowledge' across the piece concerning property on the Isle of Man. Alex Poole-Wilson leads the team and advises on transactions, financing and property management matters. Other key names include Tim Shepherd, who is a key name for real estate finance mandates, and Stephanie Chew.

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Testimonials

‘There is not a mass turnover of new names and faces where you have to start building a rapport again or not knowing the values or drivers of those individuals. I am assured when dealing with Cains, I know the people involved and their values, which is extremely important because I know I can rely and trust them to deliver in times when the fast-paced world of commercial property transactions demands.’

‘Alex Poole-Wilson demonstrated professionalism, a great attention to detail and client’s needs, competency and dedication. Always providing a clear and timely legal advice, helping the matter at hand to progress as quickly as possible.’

‘Tim Shepherd, Matthew Quinn and their colleagues are a great team with a strong client focus.’

 

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Chenavari Financial Group Ltd

Cheyne Capital Management

Clearbell

EWM

Heron and Brearley

Hoi Hup Realty

Manx Telecom

Melford Capital

Office Space in Town

RoundShield Partners

Royal Bank of Scotland International

The Stars Group

Twickenham Investments Limited

Urban Exposure Plc

Corporate and commercial Tier 1

Cains is the largest independent firm on the island and 'offers City service and expertise' with 'a strong pool of experienced, talented and professionals'. Tristan Head jointly leads the team and has extensive experience in a range of deals, often focussing on the financial services industry. Fellow practice head Scott Leonard-Morgan has a similar focus on M&A, with a number of deals in both the technology and financial services sectors.  Stephanie Chew, who adopts a 'clear, concise and no-nonsense approach' is also recommended. Turning to more junior lawyers, associate Matthew Wilkinson regularly advises on cross-border instructions. Richard Vanderplank is a consultant at the firm, whereas Andrew Corlett is now chairman of Nedgroup Trust.

Testimonials

‘Cains have a great company culture supported by a strong pool of experienced and talented professionals which makes them the number one choice on the IOM ‘

‘They are very responsive, deliver on our demanding requirements on local counsel and are able to understand the interplay between the various jurisdictions and transaction documents across a deal – not just the Manx law piece.’

‘Tim Shepherd is a pre-eminent partner and provides astute advice and support in corporate and commercial matters – particularly on the financing aspects.’

‘Matthew Wilkinson is very responsive and easy to work with. He is excellent at spotting the commercial issues and is on top of the local law requirements to make sure that the deal gets through the line – operates above his pay grade and definitely an associate to watch.’

‘Scott Leonard Morgan is an excellent corporate lawyer. Offers City service and expertise – that’s the differentiator against many of the other firms. The team at Cains are always very responsive, knowledgeable and pragmatic. ‘

‘Tristan Head has integrity as well as a commercial approach. They are a very commercially orientated team who are prepared to go the full distance to help a client with the provision of quality advice and guidance delivered in a joined up manner.’

‘Stephanie Chew brings a clear, concise and no nonsense approach, extremely dedicated and hard-working for the benefit of her clients.’

Key clients

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC

AIG Asset Management (Europe) Limited

Allied Irish Banks Plc

AMP Capital Investors

AngloGold Ashanti Holdings plc

ANZ Bank (Vietnam) Limited Over

Aviva Commercial Finance Limited

Banco Santander, S.A.

Bendura Bank

BNP Paribas

Brydg Capital

Cathay Pacific Aircraft Services Limited

Cedar Valley Bank Over

Cerberus European Investments

Champneys Health Spa Group

Chenavari Financial Group Ltd

Cheyne Capital Management

Clearbell Over

Comis Over

Credit Suisse AG Over

Danske Bank Over

Downtown Music Holdings Limited

Emirates NBD Bank PJSC

Eros International Plc

Europe Arab Bank plc

Exillion Energy PLC

Falco Capital Partners

First Names Group

Limited Over

Four Seasons Health Care

Grafton Group PlC

Heron and Brearley

Hoi Hup Realty

JTC Group Holdings Limited

Kings Park Limited

KPMG Audit LLC

Lamprell plc

Levine Leichtman Capital Partners

LinkedIn

London Serviced Offices 3 Limited

Macquarie

Manx Telecom

Melford Capital

Myers Business Trust

National Bank of Kuwait

Nedbank Private Wealth  Limited

Nomura International plc

Norwegian Cruise Line

Nua Healthcare Services

Office Space in Town

QIB (UK) plc

Republic Financial Holdings Limited

Svenska Handelsbanken

Svenska Petroleum

Exploration AB

The Law Debenture Trust

Corporation p.l.c.

The Prudential Insurance Company of America

 

The Stars Group (formerly Poker Stars)

Tullow Oil PLC

Urban Exposure Plc

Dispute resolution Tier 1

For some, 'the strength and depth of the dispute resolution team in Cains is unrivalled in the Isle of Man'. Peter Clucas jointly leads the practice and is a key name in the market for insolvency disputes, while fellow practice head Robert Colquitt focuses on trusts disputes, fraud and asset tracing. Regulatory disputes is Lindsey Bermingham's particular forté, having recently rejoined the firm from her role as Director of the Isle of Man Government’s Financial Intelligence Unit. The team also greatly benefits from from former High Court judge David Doyle acting as a senior legal adviser, and name partner senior consultant Seth Caine, who is an expert in trust disputes. Also recommended are senior associate Tara Cubbon, who joined from DQ, and associate Charles Williams.

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Testimonials

‘Always approachable and gives clear and concise explanations. Our first choice for trust litigation.As the largest of the independent advocate firms on the Isle of Man, Cains has retained a strong sense of personal relationships with clients, coupled with good technical knowledge. Staff at Cains can be relied upon for their expert technical skills, but are also very responsive to and invested in their clients.’

‘Their experience in trust litigation matters is demonstrated in the way they deal with matters, in their communications both written and orally. ‘

‘They can handle the most complex litigation in a professional and approachable manner.’

‘David Doyle – former Chief Justice of the Isle of Man – brings a judicial perspective yet with pragmatism and real work logic to the most complex legal and regulatory matters. Can bring calm and reassurance to the most volatile contentious matters .’

‘Robert Colquitt is diligent, measured, well reasoned, thoroughly in control of the court room setting. Very astute, hard-working, proactive, tactical. Very responsive, thoughtful, strategic and tactical. Creative and supportive in addressing the requirements of an issue.’

‘Seth Caine’s trust law knowledge has been invaluable in a number of cases.’

‘Charles Williams has successfully resolved a number of complex cases that we have instructed.’

Key clients

Stuart Smalley & Co LLC

Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLC

Browne Craine & Co

Her Majesty’s Attorney General’s Chambers (Isle of Man)

SMP Partners

IQ EQ

Isle of Man Financial Services Authority

Insurance and pensions Tier 1

Cains is a popular choice for multinational insurers, with expertise in transactional work, regulatory compliance and dispute resolution. Practice head Jonathan Latham handles transactional work and is notably strong in multi-jurisdictional reorganisation of insurance companies. Tristan Head  has a similar focus on cross-border corporate work, but also advises on regulatory matters. Lindsey Bermingham's Chancery litigation practice includes a number of pensions disputes. Associate Matthew Quinn, who supports Latham on most mandates, is also recommended.

Employment Tier 2

Cains regularly advises its blue-chip client base on general employment law advisory matters, and is also able to draw upon its commercial litigation team for employment disputes concerning redundancies, dismissals and settlements. Associate Adam Clark specialises in employment and data protection, with notable strengths in advising on the employment aspects of major transactions, as well as drafting and reviewing contracts. Litigator Robert Colquitt is also recommended.

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Testimonials

‘Strong technical knowledge and good responsiveness.’

‘Adam Clark is straightforward and technically very sound for employment and data protection matters, and a reliable source of market intelligence. ‘

Key clients

Four Seasons Health Care

HSBC Bank

Lloyds Banking Group

Manx Telecom

The Stars Group

Gambling Tier 2

Cains' skillset in this space covers M&A, loan facilities and capital markets mandates for industry clients, as well as general regulatory advice. Corporate partner Scott Leonard-Morgan jointly leads the team and is particularly strong in dealing with the restructuring and financing of gaming companies as well as regulatory compliance. Fellow practice head Tristan Head has also been active in debt restructurings as well as M&A, with additional expertise in equity capital markets. Tim Shepherd and associate Matthew Wilkinson also assist with commercial matters in the industry.

Testimonials

‘Cains gambling practice handles a range of deals across the industry and have strong experience advising both gambling companies and lenders. ‘

‘Tim Shepherd and Matthew Wilkinson are very easy to work with and are across the key commercial and legal risks for banks/dealers in transactions involving gambling companies / the gambling industry.’

Key clients

The Stars Group

Established in 1899 and headquartered in the Isle of Man, Cains is a leading independent offshore law firm at the forefront of maintaining the Isle of Man as a premier international finance centre.

A full-service commercial law firm, the expert team of legal specialists work across various disciplines advising clients from both the Isle of Man and around the globe on banking and finance, corporate and commercial, employment and data protection, litigation, property, regulatory and restructuring and insolvency legal matters.

Proven skills, international industry expertise and in-depth knowledge combine to ensure the team can handle the most demanding, complex and innovative instructions from a broad range of local and international clients including global banks, financial institutions, multi-national enterprises, regulatory bodies, in addition to public and private companies.

Cains has an unbeatable track record of working in partnership with leading global law firms from other jurisdictions to effect international transactions, including market listings and cross-jurisdictional M&A transactions, ensuring a seamless service for all clients. 

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK 

Banking and Finance:  Cains’ Banking and Finance team has a widely acknowledged and long-standing reputation for providing market-leading legal services to international banks, global financial institutions, alternative lenders, aircraft and ship owners and various borrowers. The team regularly instructed in respect of real estate, acquisition, project and asset finance matters, capital markets including debt issues and securitisations, bilateral and syndicated loans and derivative transactions and sales of performing and non-performing loan portfolios.

Corporate and Commercial: Corporate and commercial matters are the foundation of Cains’ legal service offering and the specialist team, which is one of the largest in the Isle of Man, isrenowned for dealing with the most complex and noteworthy corporate transactions with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, joint ventures, capital markets and investment funds, for a diverse portfolio of local and international organisations including Fortune 500 companies.

Employment and Data Protection: Cains’ specialist Employment and Data Protection team provides expert legal advice on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment and data protection legal matters to a broad range of domestic and global clients. the team is able to advise clients on every stage of the employment cycle, including advising in connection with employment contracts, policies and procedures, data protection, relocation and work permits and providing tribunal and court representation. 

Litigation: Cains’ leading Litigation department have unrivalled experience representing a broad range of clients across the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious work and is widely recognised for its expertise in both international and domestic cases, including high-value and complex insolvency, commercial, corporate, asset tracing, fraud and trust litigation cases. The highly skilled team regularly provides financial services and regulatory advice to clients and can assist with white collar prosecution and defence work.

Property: Cains’ Property team provides expert and comprehensive legal advice on all aspects of commercial and residential property transactions including property acquisitions and sales, leases, loan structuring deals, commercial real estate restructuring and refinancing arrangements. The team regularly works with UK, Irish and offshore financial institutions, as well as local and international investors, developers, retailers, manufacturers and utility companies.

Regulatory: Cains’ multi-disciplinary Regulatory team has experience in advising on the full spectrum of regulatory and compliance matters relevant to businesses operating in or from the Isle of Man, including providing up-to-date guidance and advice on all aspects of financial services regulation including licensing and authorisation, risk management and compliance, anti-money laundering and data protection. The team works alongside government bodies and industry associations to help shape the Isle of Man’s regulatory frameworks and policies. 

Restructuring and Insolvency: Cains’ specialist Restructuring and Insolvency team has been extensively involved in both the contentious and non-contentious aspects of the largest and highest profile commercial restructuring and insolvency matters in the Isle of Man.  The team regularly advises on restructurings effected via schemes of arrangement, debt restructurings (including debt for equity swaps), corporate rescues and insolvencies of financial institutions and corporate debtors. Members of the team have particular expertise in working with on-shore law firms and other restructuring and insolvency specialists, to structure and implement recovery and, where necessary enforcement, processes, at times utilising Isle of Man law purpose trusts to hold distressed assets.

Department Name Email Telephone
(Managing Director) Peter Clucas peter.clucas@cains.com 01624 638300
Litigation Robert Colquitt robert.colquitt@cains.com 01624 638300
Corporate Mike Edwards mike.edwards@cains.com 01624 638300
Corporate Tristan Head tristan.head@cains.com 01624 638300
Corporate Tim Shepherd tim.shepherd@cains.com 01624 638300
Property Alex Poole-Wilson alex.poole-wilson@cains.com 01624 638300
Photo Name Position Profile
 Lindsey Bermingham  photo Lindsey Bermingham Lindsey is a Director within Cains’ top tier Litigation team and has…
 Seth Caine  photo Seth Caine Seth Caine is a Senior Consultant within Cains’ litigation department, with particular…
 Stephanie Chew  photo Stephanie Chew Stephanie is a Managing Associate with more than 10 years’ experience advising…
 Peter Clucas  photo Peter Clucas Peter is a Managing Director and head of Cains’ top tier Litigation…
 Robert Colquitt  photo Robert Colquitt Robert is a Director within Cains’ top tier Litigation team. His practice…
 Tara Cubbon  photo Tara Cubbon Tara is a Senior Associate within Cains’ top tier Litigation team. With…
 David Doyle  photo David Doyle David is a Consultant within our top tier Litigation team. With a…
 Mike Edwards  photo Mike Edwards Mike is a Director and head of Cains’ top tier Shipping and…
 Catherine Hamill  photo Catherine Hamill Catherine is a Consultant within Cains’ Banking and Finance and Corporate and…
 Tristan Head  photo Tristan Head Tristan is a Director and joint head of Cains’ top tier Corporate…
 Jonathan Latham  photo Jonathan Latham Jonathan is joint head of Cains’ top tier Insurance team.  He practiced…
 Scott Leonard-Morgan  photo Scott Leonard-Morgan Scott is a Director and joint head of Cains’ top tier Corporate…
 Kirsten Middleton  photo Kirsten Middleton Kirsten is an Associate within Cains’ Banking and Finance and Corporate and…
 Alex Poole-Wilson  photo Alex Poole-Wilson Alex is a Managing Associate and head of Cains’ Property team with…
 Steven Quayle  photo Steven Quayle Steven is a Director within Cains’ top tier Shipping team and leads…
 Matthew Quinn  photo Matthew Quinn Matthew is a Senior Associate within Cains’ top tier Banking and Finance…
 Tim Shepherd  photo Tim Shepherd Tim is the head of Cains’ top tier Banking and Finance team…
 George Walmsley  photo George Walmsley
 Matthew Wilkinson  photo Matthew Wilkinson Matt is an Associate in Cains’ top tier Corporate and Commercial team…
 Charles Williams  photo Charles Williams Charles is an Associate within our top tier Litigation team and since…
Number of directors : 8
Number of other fee-earners : 16
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