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Firm Profile


Firm Profile


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

Firm profile submitted by Appleby

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, Isle of Man, Jersey, Mauritius, and Seychelles, as well as a presence in the international financial centres of Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Offering strength and depth across these jurisdictions, Appleby gives clients access to impartial offshore business knowledge and experience, as well as a talented pool of lawyers in each of its locations. This ensures that the most appropriate jurisdiction and team are always available to meet a client’s requirements.
Clients include: financial institutions, global corporations, FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies and high net worth individuals. Appleby is a member of Terralex, an international association of law firms, as well as Lex Mundi, a leading network of independent law firms covering 100+ countries worldwide.

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 portection, 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.