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 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.