Our insurance specialists provide a formidable blend of legal, regulatory and tax expertise in the insurance field. The group handles many of the largest and most innovative transactions in the sector and advises on the implications of many significant developments.

Our insurance partners are well-known to many of the officials at the PRA and FCA involved in the financial supervision and regulation of financial services in the UK.

We regularly advise on:

  • bulk annuity transactions and the pensions buy-in and buy-out market
  • capital markets
  • closed fund transactions
  • public and private mergers and acquisitions
  • demutualisations and other restructurings
  • distribution arrangements
  • outsourcing
  • reinsurance
  • transactions involving the Lloyd's market
  • product structuring
  • financial regulation

Our dispute resolution lawyers have expertise in substantial and complex insurance and reinsurance litigation often with an international element. We act for insureds as well as brokers and insurers.

The quality of our advice has been recognised by a number of awards including 'Legal Adviser of the Year' for our work advising Resolution on the acquisition of the AXA UK Life Business, as well as advising Global Infrastructure Partners in relation to the acquisition of London Gatwick Airport (The Financial Times and Mergermarket Group European M&A Awards, 2010). We are also ranked as the top law firm (jointly) for insurance in London and the UK (Chambers UK, 2016 and The UK Legal 500, 2015).

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Our key experience includes advising:

Allianz SE on 10-year bancassurance distribution agreements with HSBC for life insurance in Asia and life insurance and pensions products in Turkey.

Aviva on the de-risking of the Aviva Staff Pension Scheme by way of a circa £5 billion longevity swap transaction involving insurance and reinsurance arrangements.

Brit, Direct Line and esure on their IPOs.

Catlin on its recommended acquisition by XL Group.

Delta Lloyd Levensverzekering on a longevity swap transaction with RGA in respect of underlying longevity reserves of approximately EUR12 billion.

esure in relation to the OFT call for evidence on the UK private motor insurance sector.

Legal & General on the restructuring of assets for Solvency II matching adjustment purposes.

MGM on the transfer of its entire business to Scottish Friendly Assurance Society by way of a Part VII transfer scheme.

RSA Insurance Group on the consolidation of certain of its UK general insurance businesses into three operating companies by means of a series of five insurance business transfer schemes under Part VII of FSMA.

Standard Life on the disposal of its Canadian business.

Our clients include:

  • Allianz Cornhill
  • Arch Capital Group
  • Aviva
  • Equitas
  • esure
  • Friends Life
  • Genworth
  • JS&P Holdings
  • Legal & General
  • MGM Assurance
  • Marsh & McLennan
  • MassMutual Financial Group
  • Old Mutual
  • Phoenix Group
  • Prudential
  • QBE
  • Resolution
  • RSA
  • Standard Life
  • Talanx
  • Willis Group