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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 has a focus on funds, financial services, regulatory and insurance matters, as well as being involved in a range of mergers and acquisitions and corporatre finance transactions. 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

Banking and finance

Within: Leading individuals

Simon Harding - Appleby

Within: Banking and finance

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.

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Insurance and pensions

Within: Leading individuals

Simon Harding - Appleby

Within: Insurance and pensions

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.

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