Matthew Wilkinson > Cains > Douglas, Isle Of Man > Lawyer Profile

Isle Of Man

Work Department

Corporate and Commercial.


Matt is a Senior Associate in our top tier Corporate and Commercial team and, since joining Cains in 2014, has been involved in many of the most notable cross-border instructions to come to the Isle of Man.

 He has a diverse practice and advises on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters including, mergers and acquisitions (including the sale and purchase of financial services businesses), joint ventures and complex corporate restructurings (including company redomiciliations and court sanctioned asset transfer schemes).

 Whilst the majority of his instructions are cross-border in nature, Matt also regularly assists local clients with corporate and regulatory compliance advice, in particular clients involved in the financial services and e-gaming sectors.

 Matt also has experience in assisting with high value debt and equity financing transactions and regularly acts for both lenders and borrowers.

Matt has been recognised on numerous occasions as a ‘Rising Star’, a ‘Next Generation Lawyer’ and an ‘Associate to Watch’ by The Legal 500 UK with clients citing (amongst other things):  “Matthew is very easy to work with: no Manx problem is too difficult to be dealt with”.  “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.”


2014 to date – Cains.


Isle of Man Law Society, Isle of Man Young Lawyers Association.


2013 – LPC Nottingham Law School; 2012 – GDL Nottingham Law School; 2009 – BSc (Hons) Sheffield Hallam University

Lawyer Rankings

Isle of Man > Corporate and commercial

(Rising stars)

Matthew Wilkinson – Cains

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 > 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.