Our services. Corporate and Commercial

Focused and commercial legal solutions to achieve results.

Corporate and commercial matters are the foundation of our legal service offering and our specialist team is renowned for dealing with the most complex and noteworthy corporate and commercial transactions, within the response times demanded by the global market.

Our Corporate team, which is the largest in the Isle of Man, has been ranked Tier One for the past 20 years by the most respected legal directories, The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners, due to its strength and depth of knowledge in the field of offshore corporate and commercial law.

We advise on a full range of corporate and commercial legal matters with particular expertise and focus on mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, joint ventures, capital markets and investment funds, with a diverse portfolio of local and international clients including private companies, government departments, independent financial advisers and global financial institutions.

“Cains’ corporate and commercial practice has a well experienced and commercially minded team who over-deliver on their client promise. The team is well aware of how their input affects deal completion times and hence they always work to provide their deliverable ahead of client deadlines, which is something that our clients are very appreciative of.”

Our expertise.

  • Capital Markets

    Isle of Man companies have built up an impressive track record for successfully raising debt and equity funds via global capital markets. Such companies have also been used to access the LSE’s main market, AIM and other major exchanges, including those in New York, Singapore and Frankfurt. Isle of Man companies are also permitted to list of on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

    We have played a leading role in the listing of many Isle of Man companies and have been independently ranked as a top legal adviser to AIM companies. Our capital markets practice group has extensive experience of advising such companies and has been involved in numerous landmark transactions.

  • Corporate Governance

    Our corporate governance team has international knowledge and experience in advising small, medium and listed companies in relation to best corporate governance practice. Our lawyers have an excellent track record in advising boards in relation to their remuneration, nomination and audit committee terms of reference. They regularly present to boards of directors and employees in relation to the Isle of Man Bribery Act 2013 and ensure that adequate procedures are employed to defend against liability and to prevent bribery and corruption.

  • Joint Ventures

    Our joint venture experts have an established track-record advising on joint venture structures. We represent shareholders, companies and investors across the globe, mentoring companies, boards and investors and assisting clients to grow from acorns to oaks. We work with companies of all sizes, from single member start-ups to listed SMEs, as well as representing international private equity houses, international banks and sovereign wealth funds.

    Where needed, our joint venture team will work in collaboration with lawyers from our Employment, Intellectual Property, GDPR and Litigation teams, ensuring that our clients have a dedicated team with the right level of expertise to fulfill their transaction.

  • Mergers and Aquisitions

    Our mergers and acquisitions specialists advise companies, shareholders and financial advisers across a spectrum of small, medium and global transactions. Many of our lawyers have trained and practiced at international onshore law firms and we resource each transaction with the highest levels of international and offshore expertise. Our regular involvement in the largest and most complex takeovers and mergers of recent years has cemented our depth of expertise and our position as the leading M&A practice on the Isle of Man.

    Our full service offering enables us to provide a cohesive team that can support our clients across every element of their transactions, incorporating comprehensive due diligence, appropriate share asset purchase and sale documentation through to successful completion and ongoing advisory advice. Working together, our team is able to identify legal solutions that ensure our clients meet their commercial goals.

  • Private Equity

    Our market leading private Equity team represent companies, shareholders and investors who operate from early stage, through to mid-market acquisition and on to exit and IPO stages. Our capability spans the full lifecycle of companies, from initial incorporation and early stage “seed” financing to series A-F fundraising, listings, third party exits and beyond.

    Our multi-disciplinary team has top-tier corporate, M&A and finance knowledge and we advise international companies and investors across all sectors.