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Kyle Sutherland is a partner within the Corporate department in the Isle of Man. He is qualified to advise on both the laws of the BVI and Isle of Man, and specialises in a broad range of corporate and commercial disciplines in those jurisdictions, ranging from joint venture work, restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, asset finance transactions, private placement and listing work.

Kyle qualified as an Isle of Man advocate in 2003, before leaving the Island and spending several years working for law firms in the United Kingdom. Prior to joining Appleby in 2010, Kyle spent three years as a senior associate in the corporate department of a leading British Virgin Islands law firm, where he was involved in a wide spectrum of cross-border transactions, and was lead lawyer on a number of high-profile deals.

Kyle heads up Appleby’s BVI (GMT) team, servicing clients with BVI legal advice in a European friendly time zone.

Some examples of his recent representative work include advising: Strix Group plc on matters of Isle of Man law in connection with its £190 million listing on AIM; Global Switch Holdings Limited on matters of BVI law in connection with its €3,000,000,000 Euro Medium Term Note Programme; Playtech Plc on its redomiciliation from the BVI to Isle of Man and subsequent listing on the main London Stock Exchange.


Trained Dickinson Cruickshank & Co, qualified 2003; made partner Appleby 2015.


Senior Courts of England and Wales (non-practising); Isle of Man Advocate; Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, British Virgin Islands Circuit.


St John University; College of Law (London, Chester).

Lawyer Rankings

Isle of Man > Corporate and commercial

(Leading individuals)

Kyle SutherlandAppleby

Appleby fields a sizable corporate team and particularly distinguishes itself through its network of offices across other offshore jurisdictions. Managing partner Faye Moffett oversees the team and is known for her expertise in the financial services sector, while Juan Thornley has a similar focus and also works on matters pertaining to the insurance sector. BVI-qualified Kyle Sutherland offers a unique service where he advises on BVI-related matters during GMT working hours. Garry Manley is also BVI qualified and advised SB Tech on its $3.3bn landmark merger with DraftKings. Another key figure is Tom Brook, who is an expert in M&A and restructuring mandates.

Isle of Man > Banking, finance and capital markets

(Leading individuals)

Kyle SutherlandAppleby

Appleby is distinguished through its sizeable seven-director team and network of offices across the Channel Islands and BVI. The team advises on the biggest transactions in the market, with a penchant for financing assets such as property, aircraft and shipping vessels. Capital markets transactions are another area of strength, with the team’s expertise spanning both debt and equity issuances. It advises companies listed on the London, European and Johannesburg stock exchanges. Managing partner Faye Moffett leads the team, which includes Kyle SutherlandSimon Harding and Tom Brook. Also recommended is senior associate Eleanor Harding, who focuses on property and aircraft financing.

Isle of Man > Gambling

Appleby‘s group operates under the leadership of Claire Milne, who is a recognised expert in the gambling sector and was formerly chair of the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission. Milne advises on commercial and regulatory work, with expertise in other complementary areas including IP, IT and fintech mandates. Corporate transactions are another core area of focus for the practice, with Kyle Sutherland advising on capital markets and restructuring work. Garry Manley similarly advises on corporate and regulatory matters, with added expertise in employment issues.