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Appleby

33-37 ATHOL STREET, DOUGLAS, IM1 1LB, ISLE OF MAN
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Work 01624 647647
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Fax 01624 620992
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www.applebyglobal.com

Isle of Man

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Appleby

Appleby handles a range of corporate and banking work, and in particular has well-established relationships with a number of leading banks. Faye Moffett is a key contact for finance, while Juan Thornley's practice includes heavyweight banking regulation work and debt capital markets. Kyle Sutherland, who is also qualified in the British Virgin Islands, has capital markets expertise, as well as handling bank lending. Simon Harding is another key contact, while Andrew Harding has joined DQ via Appleby's Guernsey office.

Practice head(s):Faye Moffett

Other key lawyers:Juan Thornley; Kyle Sutherland; Simon Harding; Tom Brook

Testimonials

'Very thorough in its approach and innovative with the solutions it comes up with.'

'The team is quick to understand transactions and what is required from an offshore law firm.'

'Tom Brook is commercial while taking the time to understand the structure of a transaction.'

Key Clients

HSBC

Citibank

Deutsche Bank

Allied Irish Bank

Lloyds Bank

Santander UK Plc

Nationwide Building Society

Montreux Healthcare Fund

Playtech

Terra Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised the Luxembourg branch of Bank of China on its financing of China Investment Corporation's €12.2bn purchase of Logicor from Blackstone.
  • Advised Playtech on placing €530m of senior secured notes due in 2023, in order to refinance a bridging loan it used to purchase Snaitech.
  • Advised Terra Capital, an AIM-listed real estate fund, on a redemption of ordinary shares.
  • Advised Lloyds Bank on providing a £30m refinancing facility to Lloyds Bank.
Leading individuals

Faye Moffett - Appleby

Simon Harding - Appleby

Next Generation Partners

Kyle Sutherland - Appleby

Rising stars

Tom Brook - Appleby

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Commercial property
Commercial property - ranked: tier 2

Appleby

Faye Moffett heads Appleby’s commercial property practice, assisting a strong list of international investment banks and financial institutions with structuring financing arrangements for significant property developments and acquisitions. Tom Brook is a go-to name for local commercial lending mandates while associate Alexandra Dernie received client praise for assisting the team on a number of the practice's leading matters. Further regular mandates for the team include drafting leasing arrangements, advising on mortgage transfers and appointing property receivers in respect to loan non-repayments.

Practice head(s):Faye Moffett

Other key lawyers:Tom Brook; Alexandra Dernie

Testimonials

'The very knowledgeable Alexandra Dernie is approachable, easy to deal with and able to deal with any queries'

Key Clients

RL360°

Old Mutual

Standard Bank

Credit Suisse

Rising stars

Alexandra Dernie - Appleby

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Corporate and commercial
Corporate and commercial - ranked: tier 1

Appleby

Appleby handles transactional work across the corporate and commercial spectrum, covering finance, gambling, real estate and other sectors. The team has handled a number of mandates in bank ring-fencing (Juan Thornley being a notable name for this), with investment funds work another area of expertise. The firm also handles its BVI work in European time zones out of Douglas, with Kyle Sutherland and counsel Tom Brook qualified in that jurisdiction. Garry Manley, who has investment funds expertise, has returned from Cains, while Andrew Harding, after a stint at the firm's Guernsey office, is now at DQ.

Practice head(s):Faye Moffett

Other key lawyers:Juan Thornley; Kyle Sutherland; Tom Brook; Garry Manley; Andrew Harding

Testimonials

'Competency clearly runs throughout the team, as members pick up urgent work of colleagues are unavailable.'

'Client care is very good.'

'Garry Manley is an outstanding corporate lawyer: he knows how to get a deal done.'

'Juan Thornley is a stand-out individual.'.

Tom Brook is a pleasure to work with: he is a strong technical lawyer who is able to build strong client relationships.'

'Michelle Brook consistently delivers a very polished and professional service.'

Key Clients

Santander UK

Ferrous Resources

Playtech

EPE Special Opportunities

Work highlights

  • Working with its Jersey office, advised Santander UK on transferring its Crown Dependencies operations in advance of ring-fencing requirements.
  • Advised Ferrous Resources on the sale, via statutory merger, of the company to Vale for $550m.
  • Advised AIM-listed fund EPE Special Opportunities on its migration from the Isle of Man to Bermuda.
  • Advised Civitas Social Housing on its purchase of a regulated social housing portfolio for £37.6m.
Leading individuals

Juan Thornley - Appleby

Next Generation Partners

Garry Manley - Appleby

Rising stars

Michelle Brook - Appleby

Tom Brook - Appleby

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Appleby

Commercial litigation, insolvency and investment fund disputes expert Mark Holligon spearheads Appleby’s dispute resolution team. The four-partner offering handles both international and domestic mandates, with a client list comprising multinational financial institutions, government bodies and private clients. Charles Davies leads on complex fraud and high-value personal injury matters and Caren Pegg deals with a broad range of market-leading civil and commercial disputes including asset tracing, freezing injunctions and regulatory disputes. Christopher Cope and counsel Claire Corkish continue to act on a range of matters concerning enforcement of foreign judgments. Senior associate Mark Emery is making a name in the contentious insolvency field as well as advising on professional negligence, data protection and mutual legal assistance issues, while senior associate Erin Trimble-Cregeen is highly praised for her contentious trust expertise.

Practice head(s):Mark Holligon

Other key lawyers:Caren Pegg; Charles Davies; Christopher Cope; Claire Corkish; Mark Emery; Erin Trimble-Cregeen

Testimonials

'Very capable lawyers who are a pleasure to work with'

'Appleby is the best firm on the island'

'The service provided by Appleby is second to none.'

'The response times are almost immediate and accessibility to the legal team is constant.'

'It is paramount to work with trusted parties and with Appleby we you have this'

'Caren Pegg provides very clear advice and is happy to work through issues with you to arrive at the best strategy'

'Mark Holligon is a truly inspirational leader of the team- proactive, hard fighting and inventive'

'Mark Holligon is an excellent, reasoned litigator'

Key Clients

RBS

Isle of Man Government (various departments)

The Financial Services Authority

Douglas Corporation

HSBC

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Rosenblatt to act for the State Trading Corporation of India as creditors to the sum of $200m in Global Steel's multi-jurisdictional contentious insolvency dispute.
  • Successfully struck-out a Petition of Doleance (the Manx form of judicial review) against the Public Services Commission seeking to set aside a decision concerning the claimant's Flexible Early Retirement entitlements.
  • Acting for the Isle of Man's Financial Services Authority in the jurisdiction's largest ever director disqualification action following the collapse of Louis Group's collective investment scheme.
  • Acting for Keith Wellner as representative of a class of creditors in the distribution of liquidated assets following the winding-up of Isle of Man-based hedge fund Heather Capital.
Leading individuals

Caren Pegg - Appleby

Charles Davies - Appleby

Christopher Cope - Appleby

Mark Holligon - Appleby

Next Generation Partners

Claire Corkish - Appleby

Rising stars

Erin Trimble-Cregeen - Appleby

Mark Emery - Appleby

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Appleby

Appleby’s employment practice handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious mandates from a client base including international financial institutions, local businesses and government departments. Practice head Caren Pegg saw a steady flow of employment issues related to mergers and acquisitions and restructurings, as well as unfair dismissal and discrimination claims, complex exits, settlement agreements and data protection issues. Senior associates Mark Emery and Keira Gore further enhance the employment dispute offering, while associate Emily Ashe leads on immigration matters.

Practice head(s):Caren Pegg

Other key lawyers:Mark Emery; Keira Gore; Emily Ashe

Key Clients

RL360

Adorn Domiciliary Care

Swagelok

Isle of Man Government (various departments)

Attorney General’s Chambers

Hansard International

Quilter (Previously Old Mutual)

Heron & Brearley

Work highlights

  • Acting for life assurance company RL360 in corporate hacking allegations brought against a former employee.
  • Instructed by the Public Services Commission in relation to ongoing litigation forwarded by a former employee concerning severance entitlements.
  • Advised on the employment aspects of Santander's multi-jurisdictional restructuring in Jersey and the Isle of Man to comply with UK ring-fencing requirements.
  • Defended Adorn Domiciliary Care in a number of constructive dismissal claims brought by former employees.
  • Delivered bespoke Equality Act training for Quilter's entire Isle of Man workforce.
Leading individuals

Caren Pegg - Appleby

Next Generation Partners

Mark Emery - Appleby

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Gambling
Gambling - ranked: tier 1

Appleby

Appleby's Claire Milne handles a range of gambling regulatory work, concerning relations with the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission, for new and established businesses in the sector, as well as GDPR advice and other related matters. Kyle Sutherland also has a track record of corporate work in this sector. The firm also has employment and dispute resolution expertise in this industry, with Caren Pegg a key contact for this.

Practice head(s):Claire Milne

Other key lawyers:Kyle Sutherland; Caren Pegg

Testimonials

'Responsive and solution-oriented.'

Key Clients

Playtech

Alliance Gaming Solutions

Tabcorp Holdings

Work highlights

  • Advised Playtech on borrowing and debt capital markets issuances.
Leading individuals

Claire Milne - Appleby

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Insurance and pensions
Insurance and pensions - ranked: tier 1

Appleby

Appleby’s corporate lawyers, with Simon Harding a particularly notable name, handle significant transactions for leading insurance companies operating in the Isle of Man, advising on the regulatory compliance aspects of mergers and acquisitions, transfers of business, redomiciliations and restructurings. The firm has a growing pension advisory offering headed by Juan Thornley, who can assist global financial services groups with defined benefit and defined contribution schemes.

Practice head(s):Simon Harding; Juan Thornley

Testimonials

'Katherine Johnson and Sophie Corkish are very helpful and professional'

'A knowledgeable corporate insurance team'

'Michelle Brook is helpful, responsive and easy to work with'

Key Clients

Lloyds Bank

Zurich

Thomas Miller

Leading individuals

Simon Harding - Appleby

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Private client, trusts and tax
Private client, trusts and tax - ranked: tier 2

Appleby

Appleby provides high-net-worth individuals, institutional trustees, banks and family offices with the full range of contentious and non-contentious trust and estate advice. Faye Moffett handles mandates including trust consolidation, succession planning and sub-trust establishments, while Mark Holligon advises both trustees and beneficiaries in trust disputes and trust terminations. The contentious offering is further enhanced with associate Erin Trimble-Cregeen , who acts on a broad range of multi-jurisdictional disputes alongside Holligon. Previous practice head David Pytches recently left the firm for Walkers in Grand Cayman.

Practice head(s):Faye Moffett; Mark Holligon

Other key lawyers:Erin Trimble-Cregeen

Testimonials

'Solid, flexible and responsive'

'Combines remarkable experience with a very strategic approach'

'Very professional and competent'

'Erin Trimble-Cregeen has a great intellect and is adept at taking in all angles for a practical solution'

Key Clients

Estera Trust (IOM)

Equiom

Zedra Trust Company (Isle of Man)

LJ Skye Trustees

Dominion Fiduciary Services (Switzerland)

Work highlights

  • Advised Dominion Fiduciary Services, the new trustees of an Isle of Man trust, on attempting to force the former trustees to hand over the books, records and trust assets. The High Court found in favour of the client.

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Shipping, aviation and space
Shipping, aviation and space - ranked: tier 1

Appleby

Appleby handles ship and aviation finance work, with Kyle Sutherland providing BVI law advice in this area. Another key partner is Faye Moffett, who plays a lead role on aviation work. Senior associate Eleanor Harding is another notable name in the team.

Practice head(s):Faye Moffett

Other key lawyers:Kyle Sutherland; Eleanor Harding

Testimonials

'Friendly, commercial and very quick.'

'The team provides clear, accurate and to-the-point advice.'

Leading individuals

Faye Moffett - Appleby

Rising stars

Eleanor Harding - Appleby

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