Bio

Juan Thornley is a partner in the Corporate department with a broad corporate practice.  He has extensive experience in M&A, restructuring and regulatory matters, with particular focus on the financial services sector.

He heads the Isle of Man Regulatory and Insurance & Pensions teams.

He also has a wealth of experience acting on public M&A transactions.

He is rated in Legal 500 as a ‘Leading Individual’ for Corporate and Commercial and referred to as a “stand-out individual” and “recommended for his speed of response, accuracy and being good to work with”. He is ranked in IFLR1000 as Highly Regarded for financial services regulatory, restructuring and M&A.

Juan is an Isle of Man Advocate, BVI Attorney and a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales (non-practising).

Expertise:

  • Acting for Zurich International Life Limited on the sale of its closed book of long term life insurance business carried on by its Singapore branch to Monument Group.
  • Acting as Isle of Man counsel to Quilter plc on the sale of its international life insurance business to Utmost.
  • Advising an S&P500 real estate logistics trust on the sale of a logistics and warehouses portfolio.
  • Acting for the multi-billion pound infrastructure, transport and real estate investment group The Peel Group on a range of corporate matters.
  • Advising on the sale of an Isle of Man based captive insurance company.
  • Acting as lead adviser to The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited on the transfer of the Isle of Man Bank deposit-taking, lending, investment and insurance intermediary business to RBSI, by way of court-sanctioned transfer scheme.
  • Advising Santander on the transfer of its deposit-taking and mortgage businesses in the Isle of Man for ring-fencing purposes, pursuant to a court-sanctioned scheme.
  • Acting for the Barclays group on the transfer of the business of Barclays Private Clients International Limited to Barclays Bank plc.
  • Advising CVC and Blackstone in relation to Isle of Man aspects of its £3 billion acquisition of FTSE 250 company Paysafe plc.

Education:

College of Law, London (England)

University of Nottingham (England)

“Technically able and delivers advice in a clear, thoughtful and effective manner.”

IFLR1000
2017

Updates

21 Nov 2022 | Deals

Appleby acts for Zurich on sale of Singapore insurance business

Appleby is proud to have acted as Isle of Man legal counsel to Zurich International Life Limited on ...

25 Oct 2022 | News

Appleby leads on six jurisdictional chapters for Legal 500’s latest Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) guide

Appleby has authored the chapters for Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guern...

20 Oct 2022 | News

High praise for Appleby in 2023 edition of Chambers UK

The Directory recognises 15 Appleby Lawyers from the Group's Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey office...

29 Sep 2022 | News

Appleby secures strong endorsements in Legal 500 UK 2023 rankings

The directory recognises XX Appleby lawyers from the Group's Guernsey, Jersey and Isle of Man office...

11 Aug 2022 | News

Over 30 Appleby lawyers and nine offices recognised in 2022 IFLR1000

36 Appleby lawyers across nine jurisdictions have been recognised in this year’s IFLR1000 rankings...

1 Dec 2021 | Deals

Appleby advises Quilter on GBP483 million sale of life insurance business

Leading offshore law firm Appleby has acted as Isle of Man counsel to Quilter plc on the £483 milli...

30 Sep 2021 | News

Recognition for Appleby lawyers in the latest legal 500 UK 2022 rankings

The directory recognises 32 Appleby lawyers from their Guernsey, Jersey and Isle of Man offices.

30 Jul 2021 | News

Nine Appleby offices recognised in 2021 IFLR1000 Guide

Nine of Appleby’s offices have achieved Tier 1 and Tier 2 status in the latest IFLR1000 rankings.

5 Oct 2020 | News

Nine Appleby offices recognised in 2020 IFLR1000 Guide

Nine of Appleby’s offices have achieved Tier 1 and Tier 2 status in the latest IFLR1000 rankings.

1 Oct 2020 | News

Recognition for Appleby lawyers in the latest legal 500 UK 2021 rankings

The directory recognises 27 Appleby lawyers from their Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey offices.

Publications

15 Nov 2022

Insurance and reinsurance in the Isle of Man: Overview

A Q&A guide to insurance and reinsurance in the Isle of Man. Reproduced from Practical Law with the ...

25 Oct 2022

Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) Guide 2022 – Isle of Man

This country-specific guide provides an overview of Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) laws and regulation...

25 Nov 2021

Regulatory Approach to ESG across the Crown Dependencies

New requirements may require investment products to display a label reflecting their sustainability ...

12 Mar 2021

Material adverse change clauses in light of the Covid-19 pandemic

Experts from each of our key global offices provide jurisdiction specific advice and answer question...

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