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Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • 33-37 Athol Street
  • Douglas
  • Isle of Man
  • UK
  • IM1 1LB

Firm profile submitted by Appleby

Group Managing Partner: Michael O’Connell
Office Managing Partner: Faye Moffat
Number of partners worldwide: 60
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 196

Appleby is one of the world’s leading offshore law firms. The Group has offices in the key offshore jurisdictions of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Jersey, Mauritius, and the Seychelles, as well as a presence in the international financial centres of Hong Kong and Shanghai. Appleby employs around 470 people, including 60 partners, operating from 10 offices around the globe. They advise global public and private companies, financial institutions, and high net worth individuals, working with them and their advisers to achieve practical solutions, whether in a single location or across multiple jurisdictions.

Banking & Asset Finance:

The group advises on the full spectrum of banking and asset finance, including project finance, security takings and the establishment, sale and restructuring of banks. Transactions include asset sales, securitisations, financing structures for ship owning companies, the registration of vessels, financing of aircraft, acquisitions (including cross border tax-based leasing structures) and the registration of aircraft.

Funds & Investment Services:
The group has leading expertise in the establishment and restructuring of retail, private equity, property and hedge funds. Advice is provided on the establishment and operations of limited and general partnerships; the structuring of securitisation transactions; and structured finance transactions, including derivatives and ISDA Master Agreements entered into with counterparties.

Capital Markets:
The group provides legal advice on the full spectrum of issues relating to capital markets. This includes public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, bond issues and derivative transactions, commercial paper programmes, repackagings, collateralised debt obligations (CDOs), Medium Term Notes (MTNs); securitisations and other structured products.

Structured Finance:
Advising private and listed companies, domestic and international banks and other financial institutions, the group focuses on a wide range of structured finance matters, such as ship and aircraft leasing, securitisations, repackaging, collateralised loan obligations (CLOs), other structured products and bond issues.

The group advises insurance and reinsurance companies, insurance managers and brokers, as well as companies seeking to do business with insurers, on a broad array of insurance issues. These include regulatory compliance, captive formations, capital raising, segregated cell structures, re-domiciliation, policies and procedures.

Covering the key areas of business and financial services regulation in the major offshore jurisdictions, the team advises on AML, anti-bribery, competition law, data protection, sanctions and export controls. The firm also advises on specialist sections including insurance, eGaming, telecommunications and financial services.

Private Client & Trusts:
Trust advice spans the establishment, restructuring and winding up of private, charitable, purpose and commercial trusts for individuals, families and businesses. This includes corporate trust administration, international estate planning, pension and other employee benefit programmes. The group also manages master trusts set up by international life and annuity companies.

Handling a wide variety of business disputes and complex cross-border cases, the group focuses on major commercial litigation. This includes insurance/reinsurance issues, banking, trust and shareholder disputes, money laundering, intellectual property issues, and employment and industrial relations. They also carry out judicial review, the enforcement of overseas judgments and arbitration awards, as well as urgent interlocutory relief.

Insolvency & Restructuring:
Specialising in insolvency work, asset recovery and constructive trust proceedings, the group has experience in liquidating all types of companies and partnerships, both on conventional insolvency grounds and as a consequence of governmental or regulatory action.

Employment & Immigration:
Updating employers and employees on existing and changing employment laws, the group advises on the hiring and retention of staff. This includes drafting employment contracts, policies and procedures, as well as unfair dismissal and redundancy.

Advising on a wide range of property matters, including commercial property and hotel development, redevelopments, and the purchase, sale, leasing, mortgage and transfer of residential or investment properties.


  • Jayla Place, Wickhams Cay 1,
  • PO Box 3190,
  • Palm Grove House,
  • Road Town,
  • Tortola,
  • British Virgin Islands
  • VG 1110
  • Tel +1 284 494 4742
  • Fax +1 284 494 7279
  • Email : [email protected]
  • Clifton House,
  • 75 Fort Street,
  • PO Box 190 GT,
  • Grand Cayman,
  • Cayman Islands
  • KY1-1104
  • Tel +1 345 949 4900
  • Fax +1 345 949 4901
  • Email : [email protected]
  • Room 6126,
  • 21st Century Tower,
  • 210 Shiji Avenue,
  • Pudong District,
  • Shanghai,
  • China
  • 200020
  • Tel +86 21 6032 1630
  • Fax +86 21 5174 8777
  • Email : [email protected]
  • Regency Court ,
  • Glategny Esplanade,
  • St Peter Port,
  • Guernsey
  • UK
  • GY1 1WW
  • Tel +44 1481 755 600
  • Fax +44 1481 728 992
  • Email : [email protected]
  • 2206-19 Jardine House,
  • 1 Connaught Road,
  • Central,
  • Hong Kong,
  • China
  • Tel +852 2523 8123
  • Fax +852 2524 5548
  • Email : [email protected]
  • 33-37 Athol Street,
  • Douglas,
  • Isle of Man
  • UK
  • IM1 1LB
  • Tel (01624) 647647
  • Fax (01624) 620992
  • Email : [email protected]
  • 13-14 Esplanade,
  • St Helier,
  • Jersey
  • UK
  • JE1 1BD
  • Tel (01534) 888777
  • Fax (01534) 888778
  • Email : [email protected]
  • 9th Floor,
  • Medine Mews ,
  • La Chaussee Street,
  • Port-Louis,
  • Port Louis
  • Mauritius
  • Tel +230 203 4300
  • Fax +230 210 8792
  • Email : [email protected]
  • 2nd Floor, Eden Plaza,
  • Eden Island,
  • Mahe,
  • Mahé
  • Seychelles
  • PO Box 1352
  • Tel +248 429 5281
  • Fax +248 422 5282
  • Email : [email protected]