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Christopher Cope

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Dispute resolution.


Christopher Cope is a partner in the Dispute Resolution department in the Isle of Man. Prior to joining the firm Christopher practised as a barrister for 10 years. In 2001 he relocated to the Isle of Man and joined the firm and was appointed as a partner in 2004.

Some examples of Christopher’s commercial dispute work include advising: Roys Poyiadjis in the Aremisoft litigation regarding an alleged US$230m NASDAQ fraud; KPMG, auditors of the Manx Electricity Authority, in litigation concerning the legality of US£120m in loans; the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in executing letters rogatory; the Australian Securities and Investments Commission in relation to letters of request; numerous local and international companies and individuals on many trust, insolvency and banking related matters; and most recently a number of Isle of Man companies in the complex multi-jurisdictional litigation concerning the Kyrgyz Mobile Telecommunications Company Bitel LLC, which matter is currently before the Privy Council. He has spoken at various conferences, including the C5 conference on fraud asset tracing and recovery.


Called to the Bar of England & Wales (non-practising) 1990; qualified as an advocate in the Isle of Man 2002; partner Appleby’s 2004; admitted as a barrister of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands) 2012.


University of Cambridge; Inns of Court School of Law.

Isle of Man

Dispute resolution

Within: Leading individuals

Christopher Cope - Appleby

Within: Dispute resolution

Appleby has a ‘great team and covers all of its bases’; one client describes the practice as ‘first-class in the field of dispute resolutionand the leading firm on the Isle of Man’. A number of IOTA entities engaged the firm to handle their ongoing claim against Las Vegas real estate developer Rex Lewis pertaining to his alleged transfer of assets to the island to avoid creditors’ claims in the context of the collapse of his business. Christopher Cope and ‘super advocate’ Caren Pegg led the advice to members of an ultra-high-net-worth family with regard to a substantial personal insolvency case, and practice head Mark Holligon ‘is extremely good in the fields of freezing injunctions and insolvency’. A group led by Charles Davies is currently acting for the Financial Services Authority (FSA) in a director’s disqualification application arising from the winding-down of the Louis Group. Also notable are senior associate Claire Corkish (née Collister) and associate Erin Trimble-Cregeen.

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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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