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Juan Thornley

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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)

Isle of Man

Corporate and commercial

Within: Corporate and commercial

Known for its ‘excellent service throughout’, Appleby’s corporate team stays ‘at the top of the game’ by combining ‘quick response times and in-depth industry knowledge’. In recent highlights, the firm led the advice to Blackstone and CVC on the proposed acquisition of Paysafe via a scheme of arrangement, and Kyle Sutherland was part of the team which assisted NEPI Rockcastle with a guaranteed medium term note programme and the first issue of notes. The firm also handles corporate governance issues, as shown by Simon Harding’s advice to a shareholder of an oil and gas company with regard to board alterations. Juan Thornley and investment funds expert Andrew Harding were promoted to partner, and Simon Cain retired from the firm. The ‘particularly helpful and proactiveClaire Milne is also noted, alongside counsel Tom Brook.

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Insurance and pensions

Within: Insurance and pensions

Appleby recently led the advice to an international insurer on the redomiciliation of its captive insurance company from the Isle of Man to Bermuda and its subsequent merger with an already-established Bermuda entity. Alongside counsels Michelle Brook and Tom Brook,  Andrew Harding assisted a leading offshore insurance company with a secured loan to a number of its business intermediaries, while Christopher Cope undertook the sale of a major UK bank’s life insurance business in the Isle of Man. Also notable is the firm’s work in the corporate restructuring space, where Juan Thornley and Kyle Sutherland oversaw changes to group pension schemes and regulatory issues. The Isle of Man insurance team is led by corporate expert Simon Harding, who has a strong track record in corporate transactions and financial services regulations. Notable clients include Lloyds and Zurich.

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Isle of Man: Mergers & Acquisitions (3rd edition)

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