Mr Tristan Head > Cains > Douglas, Isle Of Man > Lawyer Profile

Isle Of Man

Work Department

Corporate and Commercial.


Tristan is a Director and joint head of our top tier Corporate and Commercial team. He is one of the Isle of Man’s leading corporate lawyers and has over 20 years’ experience of advising on complex corporate, commercial and finance transactions.

In addition to advising on domestic and cross-border corporate finance transactions including initial public offerings, rights issues and public/private bond issues, Tristan has extensive experience advising on local and multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions primarily involving financial services businesses.

He also regularly advises on corporate restructurings, banking and finance transactions, captive insurance structuring matters and joint venture arrangements.

Together with Lindsey Bermingham, Tristan co-leads our Regulatory team which provides contentious and non-contentious advice on all Isle of Man regulatory matters.

Tristan is ranked as a ‘Leading Individual’ in both the Banking, Finance and Capital Markets and Corporate and Commercial categories by The Legal 500 UK 2021.  Clients praise Tristan for providing a high calibre of work and being extremely responsive, knowledgeable and personable. He is also praised by clients for his strong attention to detail, integrity and commitment.


  • 2005 to date – Cains, Isle of Man
  • 2003-2005 – Dickinson Cruickshank, Douglas, Isle of Man
  • 1997-2003 – Denton Wilde Sapte, London


Isle of Man Law Society.

Law Society of England and Wales.


Cambridge University (King’s College).

Lawyer Rankings

Isle of Man > Gambling

Cains provides a full service to clients in the gambling sector, ranging from corporate and regulatory matters, structuring and restructuring, debt finance, commercial property, intellectual property, employment, regulatory and data protection. The team can also draw on support from the wider firm’s litigation practice for contentious matters. Scott Leonard-Morgan co-chairs the department and is recognised as a prominent lawyer with extensive experience in this sector, and regularly handles complex corporate and commercial transactions involving Isle of Man gambling companies. Meanwhile, co-chair Tristan Head has strong expertise in advising on both local and multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions.


Isle of Man > Insurance and pensions

Cains advises on the full spectrum of cross-border insurance and reinsurance matters, ranging from regulatory issues to high-value transactions. The team also has a strong litigation team at hand to deal with controversial matters. Tristan Head is a key contact regarding corporate finance transactional work such as IPOs, captive insurance structuring matters, and public/private bonds. Jonathan Latham is noted for specialising exclusively in insurance law and regulatory matters, including multi-jurisdictional reorganisations. Director Lindsey Bermingham focuses on regulatory and anti-money laundering advice for insurance clients, while Scott Leonard-Morgan deals with insurance transactional matters and regulatory work.

Isle of Man > Banking, finance and capital markets

(Leading individuals)

Tristan HeadCains

Cains‘ large team advises on a range of issues, from securitisations to capital markets transactions. assisting major domestic and international clients. Team head Tim Shepherd  has expertise in international transactions, having previously worked in Bermuda for three years. Scott Leonard-Morgan and Tristan Head  are adept at handling financing matters, while Mike Edwards and Steven Quayle  can be relied upon in matters pertaining to maritime and aviation financing. Stephanie Chew specialises in financing for real estate.

Isle of Man > Corporate and commercial

(Leading individuals)

Tristan HeadCains

Cains fields a well regarded team who regularly work on high profile and high value commercial transactions. Tristan Head and Scott Leonard-Morgan jointly lead the practice, and advise on complex matters for both public and private companies operating within the gambling and financial services sectors. The group has significant experience in advising on complex multi-jurisdictional mandates. Stephanie Chew has over 14 years’ experience advising on corporate acquisitions, restructurings and reorganisations. Associates Matthew Wilkinson and Kirsten Porter are both noted; the latter is singled out for her involvement with a number of notable M&A deals.