Juan Thornley > Appleby > Douglas, Isle Of Man > Lawyer Profile

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Juan Thornley is Partner in the Corporate department. He specialises in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, capital markets and private equity transactions.

Juan has extensive experience advising financial services businesses (particularly banks and insurers) on restructuring, M&A and regulatory matters. He also has a wealth of experience acting on corporate transactions relating to listed companies.

He is a member of the regulatory team, advising on all aspects of financial services legislation including insurance.  He also heads the Isle of Man team advising on occupational and personal pension schemes.

Juan is an Isle of Man Advocate, BVI Attorney and a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales (non-practising). He is also a Notary Public. In addition to this, he is a member of the Isle of Man’s Bank Resolution and Recovery Technical Advisory Group.


College of Law, London (England); University of Nottingham (England)

Lawyer Rankings

Isle of Man > Insurance and pensions

Appleby is one of the leading teams covering both insurance and reinsurance on the Isle of Man, especially regarding cross-border work involving jurisdictions such as Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, and Cayman Islands. The team is known for its work in regulatory compliance, establishment, book transfers, restructuring, and insurance disputes. Additionally, the pensions team offers cross-Crown Dependency advice in both Jersey and Guernsey. Practice head Juan Thornley leads on complex transactional work in the financial services sector. Garry Manley specialises in the sale and acquisition of insurance companies, as well as covering insurance regulatory matters, while counsel Michelle Brook deals with high-profile acquisitions.

Isle of Man > Corporate and commercial

(Leading individuals)

Juan ThornleyAppleby

Appleby fields a large team which undertakes multinational corporate transactions in the Isle of Man. Included are specialist lawyers advising on the full range of corporate and commercial work, such as M&A, reorganisations and investment funds. Garry Manley has expertise in both onshore and cross-border M&A. The firm has a team of BVI qualified lawyers, led by Kyle Sutherland, which allows clients to access BVI advice in a GMT time zone. Juan Thornley has expertise in the financial and insurance services sector. Katherine Garrood is a key figure to note, with particular experience in providing services to investment funds and regulatory matters.

Comparative Guides

Isle of Man: Insurance & Reinsurance April 2023 This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Insurance & Reinsurance laws and regulations that may occur in Isle of Man.