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Sophia is a senior associate in the Corporate department in the Isle of Man with a broad and varied practice.

Sophia has significant experience in corporate finance matters regularly advising on multi-million asset finance, domestic and cross-border security and debt restructuring to leading financial institutions and corporate borrowers. She also has a wide range of experience in general corporate and regulatory transactions, including advising on pensions, multi-jurisdictional mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, corporate governance, voluntary liquidations and migrations. Her practice extends to trust law including advising both local and international clients on the establishment and restructuring of trusts and the use of trusts in corporate structures.

Sophia’s clients include international financial institutions, corporate service providers, listed and private companies, high net worth individuals and onshore law firms.

Work Highlights

Recent highlights have included:

  • Advising the borrower as Isle of Man counsel in relation to the Isle of Man aspects of a group finance restructuring with a total commitment in excess of US$450 million including security being taken over vessels registered at the Isle of Man Ship Registry.
  • Acting for secured lenders providing financing to corporate borrowers.
  • Advising clients on drafting trust settlements, deeds of amendments and deeds of release and indemnities.
  • Advising corporate trustee on mitigating risk following historical errors leading to ineffective appointment of trustees to a trust.
  • Advising on the distribution of trust assets from an Isle of Man unit trust.
  • Acting for lenders in financing and re-financing deals that secured various high value properties in the UK.

Qualifications & Education

Sophia qualified as an Isle of Man Advocate in November 2014.

  • University of Chester (England)
  • College of Law, Manchester (England)

Memberships & Associations

Sophia is a full member of STEP.

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