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Simon Harding

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Simon Harding is a partner within the Corporate department and is the Isle of Man Team Leader for the Funds & Investment Services, and the Insurance Team. He brings to the table extensive experience gained in working both on and off the Isle of Man. As well as being involved in a wide range of mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions, Simon has advised on many financial services, regulatory and insurance matters. He has also been involved in the establishment and restructuring of numerous Isle of Man based funds and in providing ongoing advice to such funds. 

Some recent examples of his representative work include advising: A major international banking group on the restructuring of certain of its offshore deposit-taking operations; An international financial services group on the disposal of its offshore life insurance operations;
The sellers of Oldford Group on the Isle of Man legal and regulatory matters relating to a transaction whereby Amaya Gaming Group Inc (TSX@AYA) agreed to acquire privately held Oldford Group, the parent company of Rational Group, the worlds largest poker business and owner and operator of the PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker brands, for an aggregate purchase price of $4.9bn.


Qualified as an advocate in the Isle of Man 1998; partner Appleby 2005.


University of York.; College of Law, Guildford (England)

Isle of Man

Corporate and commercial

Within: Corporate and commercial

Known for its ‚Äėexcellent service throughout‚Äô, Appleby‚Äôs corporate team stays ‚Äėat the top of the game‚Äô by combining ‚Äėquick response times and in-depth industry knowledge‚Äô. 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‚Äôs 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 ‚Äėparticularly helpful and proactive‚Äô Claire Milne¬†is also noted, alongside counsel Tom Brook.

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Insurance and pensions

Within: Leading individuals

Simon Harding - Appleby

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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Investment funds and capital markets

Within: Leading individuals

Simon Harding - Appleby

Within: Investment funds and capital markets

Clients recommend Appleby’s counsel Tom Brook, who recently teamed up with Kyle Sutherland to oversee several listings on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), such as the listing of Eddie Stobart Logistics on AIM on behalf of Greenwhitestar, an existing investor. Faye Moffett acted for a venture capital firm in its share restructuring, including buy-backs, the issuing of new share classes and increasing its authorised capital capacity; a housing group also engaged her to handle its acquisition of shares in an Isle of Man company. Also notable are Andrew Harding and practice head Simon Harding.

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