Scott Leonard-Morgan > Cains > Douglas, Isle Of Man > Lawyer Profile

Isle Of Man

Work Department

Corporate and Commercial.



Scott is a Director and joint head of Cains’ top tier Corporate and Commercial team and has over 20 years’ experience in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and public and private securities offerings.  He works across a wide range of sectors that includes a strong focus on technology, gaming and the financial services and payments industries.

Scott has extensive experience in advising shareholders, investors and companies from early stage through to venture capital and private equity fundraisings, M&A, exits and international listings, as well as advising boards of directors on their internal governance issues. 

In addition to advising on corporate and commercial matters Scott advises within the Banking and Finance sectors, including real estate finance, refinancing and restructurings and financial services regulation. 

He practiced in London, both as a partner in private practice and as in-house general counsel, before joining Cains in 2015.

Scott is ranked as a ‘Leading Individual’ by The Legal 500, both for Corporate and Commercial as well as Banking and Finance and was described as a “world-class commercial lawyer” in client feedback.



Barrister of England and Wales 1996; English solicitor 1993; Manx advocate 2008.


Isle of Man Law Society, Law Society of England and Wales, Middle Temple.


Queen Mary & Westfield University London; Inns of Court School of Law, London; Manx Bar.

Lawyer Rankings

Isle of Man > Banking, finance and capital markets

(Leading individuals)

Scott Leonard-MorganCains

The banking, finance and capital markets team at Cains regularly advises on some of the most significant high profile transactions in the market on behalf of a range of leading lenders, borrowers and financial institutions. Additionally, the team provides regulatory advice across a range of banking and finance matters, including those surrounding real estate, securitisations and bond issues. Team leader Tim Shepherd handles banking, finance and capital markets work on a domestic and international level, while Tristan Head regularly advises on complex multi-jurisdictional transactions. Steven Quayle  specialises in asset finance and Scott Leonard-Morgan handles significant corporate finance transactions. Stephanie Chew is another key name, regularly advising on acquisition, real estate and development finance. Catherine Hamill advises on a range of regulatory matters affecting the financial services industry.

Isle of Man > Corporate and commercial

(Leading individuals)

Scott Leonard-MorganCains

Cains is regularly instructed on the highest value and most complex corporate and commercial transactions on the Isle of Man on behalf of a number of major domestic and international corporates. Particular areas of expertise for the firm include cross border M&A, international real estate acquisitions and complex regulatory and advisory matters. Scott Leonard-Morgan regularly acts on complex corporate transactions, as well as providing general commercial and corporate advice. Tristan Head handles a range of corporate finance transactions, including initial public offerings, right issues and bond issues.  Stephanie Chew handles acquisitions and restructurings for UK and Irish clients, while Kirsten Porter has a strong focus on the gaming and financial services sectors. Matthew Wilkinson is frequently involved in the most notable cross border matters on the Isle of Man.

Isle of Man > Insurance and pensions

The insurance and reinsurance team at Cains provides the full spectrum of regulatory and transactional assistance to some of the biggest names in the industry. members of the team are equipped to handle the biggest transactions in the sector, both on a domestic and multijurisdictional level. Tristan Head regularly supports clients with regulatory matters in addition to handling international transactions involving Isle of Man businesses. Jonathan Latham handles a wide range of insurance matters, including complex multijurisdictional reorganisations of groups of insurance companies. Lindsey Bermingham has significant litigation experience, while Scott Leonard-Morgan has a strong reputation for insurance transactional work.

Isle of Man > Gambling

Cains‘ gambling and e-gaming team acts on the largest and most complex gambling transaction in the market, including on multi-jurisdictional restructuring and secured lending matters. The team also advises extensively on regulatory matters for the largest gambling companies on the island. Scott Leonard-Morgan handles complex corporate, financing, restructuring and commercial transactions within the gambling sector with particular expertise in the technology, gaming and payment services sectors. Tristan Head regularly advises on regulatory matters related to financial services, while Matthew Wilkinson provides cross-border regulatory compliance advice in addition to a wide range of corporate and commercial work. Kirsten Porter is another key name, handling a number of significant deals involving M&A and restructurings in the gambling sector.