Isle of Man: 7 New Lawyers to Join Dickinson Cruickshank
Last Updated: 7 August 2006

Dickinson Cruickshank Commercial is continuing to grow at an impressive rate with the addition of seven new lawyers from various jurisdictions from around the world ranging from Hong Kong to Canada. Of the seven new additions, two are ex-partners in law firms in Hong Kong and Scotland.

John Melia was a partner in the Hong Kong office of Richards Butler and a chief representative of its Beijing office having previously worked as a Solicitor for Baker McKenzie in London and Clifford Chance in the Middle East. John brings additional extensive experience to the corporate team (some 13 years) in mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments and joint ventures, and has acted in numerous initial public offerings, petro-chemical financing and corporate re-structuring.

Claire Milne is heading-up Dickinsons’ e-commerce, Information Technology and Intellectual Property team. Claire joined Dickinson Cruickshank from Scottish law firm Thorntons where she was a Partner specialising in Information Technology and Intellectual Property. She has extensive experience, both in-house and in private practice of all aspects of contentious and non-contentious of IP rights as well as working on major bespoke software and hardware development projects, especially for the financial services sector.

Beth Greenhalgh qualified as an English Solicitor and spent several years working for Cobbetts in Leeds where she specialised in commercial property work. Since joining Dickinson Cruickshank, Beth has joined the ship finance team and has been involved in numerous ship finance transactions acting for both lenders and ship owners involved in re-structuring and other finance transactions.

Fiona Reith previously worked as a Solicitor at Olswangs in London where she gained experience in a broad range of corporate commercial matters including plc listings, AIM flotations and mergers and acquisitions. Fiona has experience in areas of intellectual property and media. She has also worked in the media and film industry dealing with film production, negotiating and drafting various legal agreements.

Steven Pariente worked as an Associate for Miller Thompson in Montreal for several years where he gained considerable experience representing both lenders and borrowers in various types of lending relationships including financing and leasing transactions. Steven gained considerable experience in negotiating and drafting Shareholders’ Agreements, Subscriptions Agreements, Partnership Agreements and other general and corporate and commercial agreements. Steven also has experience in advising clients in a national and international basis on all aspects of corporate and commercial law.

Jason Trainor joins the team at Dickinsons bringing with him a broad range of company and commercial experience. Jason worked for several years at Cassels Brock and Blackwell, a leading law firm in Toronto, where he specialised in corporate finance. Jason has experience in advising a wide variety of clients including investment banks and public listed companies on a range of corporate and security law matters including multi-jurisdictional public and private security offerings, regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions and continuance disclosure and corporate governance.

Finally, Mark Conway qualified as an Advocate in January 2006 gaining experience in a local law firm including a broad range of commercial and other matters. Prior to training in the Isle of Man, Mark worked as a financial advisor in the United Kingdom in the Tax Department of a firm of Chartered Accounts and will work within the Commercial team advising on various matters ranging from aircraft financing to fund work.

Nick Verardi, joint Head of the Commercial Department, remarked: "We are absolutely delighted to welcome seven new members to the Commercial team. At Dickinsons, we have seen considerable growth in the last 2 to 3 years in the Commercial marketplace and believe that we have responded according to the needs of our clients. The wealth of experience that these new members bring to the existing team at Dickinsons cannot be underestimated – not only do they bring experience from different countries in the world, they each have their own specializations. At Dickinsons, we have found that along with demands of international work comes the expectation of increased specialization. We are proud of the team we have built in Commercial and believe this fits with the ambitious and progressive law firm we are."

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