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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Insurance: Non-contentious

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What the team is known for

Robust team advising on a wide range of transactional and regulatory matters for newly formed and established insurers and reinsurers. Expertise ranges from Solvency II issues and licensing matters for start-ups to complex cross-border M&A transactions. Noted for its strength in providing UK regulatory advice and transactional support to international clients, particularly in the USA. Also able to advise private equity funds and other investors on insurance-related investments.

Strengths

Clients say: "The team is responsive, client-focused and keen to add value, which is much appreciated."

Sources praise the team for its "good level of technical knowledge and expertise."

One client says: "The team does a very good job of combining transactional and M&A expertise with deep insurance market knowledge."

Work highlights

Advised Amtrust Financial Services on the merging of its Lloyd's business with Canopius.

Notable practitioners

Benjamin Lyon has notable experience advising on mergers, acquisitions and disposals in the insurance industry as well as providing accompanying regulatory advice. He regularly assists insurers and financial institutions with major cross-border transactions.
"Ben has an in-depth knowledge of the insurance M&A market and provides practical and commercial advice." "He's very good at working through thorny issues and deciding a course of action."

Clare Swirski is routinely sought out by multinational insurers in relation to a plethora of corporate and regulatory matters. She adeptly advises on cross-border transactions and has notable experience advising clients based in Bermuda.
"Clare's knowledge of UK insurance business transfers is superb - she has a very detailed grasp of all of the relevant legislation and provides sharp insights into its ramifications and application." "She provides a good level of technical advice as well as a commercial and practical approach to solving problems."

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Overview

Debevoise's insurance practice advises leading insurers and reinsurers, new market participants, brokers and investment banks, with particular experience in the U.S., Latin America, Bermuda, Europe and the Asia Pacific regions. This global experience means the European team remains highly familiar with the specific commercial and regulatory contexts of the sector across broad geographies.

The team acts on sophisticated cross-border mergers & acquisitions within Europe, as well as capital market transactions and demutualizations. It also advises on a broad range of insurance and reinsurance products.

In its M&A and capital markets experience in particular, the team is distinct. It fields teams few other firms can match to work simultaneously on M&A and capital market matters. In this way, clients benefit from a team able to handle equity raises, stock purchase agreements, reserve financings, reinsurance agreements and bank debt transactions, all in connection with a single transaction.

Debevoise’s European Insurance practice also includes leading U.S. and UK-qualified tax, finance, regulatory and competition lawyers. The team’s experience in advising U.S., Asian and European clients on insurance transactions has given it valuable insight into the differences in approaches among various regimes. Clients rely on the team not just to track the latest regulatory developments, but also to help them design these transactions to address the changing regulatory environment.

Members

Scoville, James C. (Head of Department)

Lyon, Benjamin

Lyon, Benjamin

Swirski, Clare

Swirski, Clare

Insurance: Non-contentious Department

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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65 Gresham Street

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Greater London

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EC2V 7NQ

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Insurance: Non-contentious


Benjamin Lyon
Up and Coming
Clare Swirski
Band 1