Alma Legal

Marina Warwick is a specialist in international trade law qualified as advocate in the Isle of Man, solicitor in England and Wales and international lawyer in Russia. She regularly speaks about matters relevant to Isle of Man funds at various events, including the Moscow Financial Innovation Forum, which was sponsored by the Isle of Man Funds Association.

Her practice focuses on company and commercial law and other areas of her formal qualifications, including a master’s degree from the London School of Economics: international tax law, intellectual property law and Internet law. Her skills are particularly well suited to tax-efficient structuring and financing of businesses with international interests, including e-gaming and cryptocurrency operators, biomedical research and venture capital projects, which financing is not limited to investment funds.

Marina advises on matters of English, EU, Isle of Man and Russian law arising in the structuring of and the provision of services by companies forming part of international groups, with a view to ensuring investment and asset protection, regulatory compliance, privacy, tax efficiency and isolation of risks.

Recent examples of her work feature advising international clients on obtaining an Isle of Man fund manager licence, international registration of intellectual property rights for Isle of Man and English companies, fundraising for such companies from investors resident in the UK, the Isle of Man and Russia, acquisition and redomiciliation of Isle of Man companies holding property in the UK and beyond, and advice on the tax law of the Isle of Man and Russia as part of ‘onshore’ specialist teams restructuring the tax affairs of their international clients.

Before becoming the first Russian-qualified lawyer to be admitted as an advocate in the Isle of Man, where she remains the only advocate in private practice advising on Russian law, Marina practiced in Moscow for seven years, mostly with international law firms, including Gide Loyrette Nouel and Freshfields. She also worked closely with a leading international arbitrator at Mannheimer Swartling on cases heard in the London Court of International Arbitration and the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, where the firm acted, in particular, for space industry clients. Marina has practised law for further seven years in the Isle of Man working with the island’s largest law firms for more than five years and then as a principal of Alma Legal, and studied at the International Space University in Strasbourg. Her multiple qualifications and languages enable her to give clients the best value for money when they instruct her to do international work.