THE FIRM Appleby is noted for its "progressive and increasingly international practice," and is considered one of the leading Isle of Man firms in corporate and finance matters. In the past year the team's workload has included representing Kleinwort Benson in its acquisition of entities regulated by the Isle of Man. Clients reserve considerable praise for this firm, with one stating: "I have no hesitation going back to them. I've only found superb service."
KEY INDIVIDUALS "You get a thoroughly considered response from Simon Cain," say satisfied clients. His recent work highlights include representing Infrastructure India in its acquisition by Guggenheim Global Infrastructure.
Simon Harding is "an intellectually well-equipped and clever lawyer, with a great ability to look at the commercial aspects of a matter." He is praised for his fund-centred practice, while his recent work has included acting for Tritax Eurocentral EZ Unit Trust, attempting to preserve investor benefits while transferring a loan facility between lenders.
Senior associate Paul Branford is highlighted by peers, who "have a high regard for his fund work."
Nick Verardi recently represented Kleinwort Benson in its aforementioned acquisition. Peers recommend him as someone who is "always easy to talk to, and who can identify the issues quickly."
John Melia has a broad corporate practice extending into the realm of banking, finance and M&A. He recently represented Continental Farmer's Group in its admission to AIM.
Faye Moffett has a strong reputation for her expertise in asset finance and banking matters. In the past year, she counselled RBC Capital Markets on its acquisition of V Group, the shipping services company.
John Rimmer is "well known in the private client trust world," with a practice touching on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious trust matters.