The 12th edition of Insurance & Reinsurance is a comprehensive analysis of the market, featuring 559 leading practitioners from 280 firms across 58 jurisdictions.
Only a relatively small number of law firms can boast a global network of leading insurance lawyers. Clyde & Co has a truly international insurance practice that has stand-out lawyers in 10 major financial centres. Hogan Lovells also impresses with its expansive offering, taking a leading position in both the EU and US markets.
Sidley Austin maintains a noteworthy position in our research with outstanding offices in Chicago, New York and London. Norton Rose Fulbright is similarly well established with a strong array of lawyers in Europe, South Africa and the Asia-Pacific region.
Stand-out offerings in the highly competitive US market include the newly merged Locke Lord and Covington & Burling; meanwhile, Conyers Dill & Pearman is recognised for its dominant position in the offshore insurance sector.
We have also identified the most highly regarded individuals in this area. This year, we recognise seven lawyers both in the US and in Europe, and four from elsewhere.
|Who's Who Legal: Insurance & Reinsurance 2015|
|Most Highly Regarded Individuals|
|Mary Kay Vyskocil||Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, New York|
|Laura Foggan||Wiley Rein, Washington, DC|
|Nick Digiovanni||Locke Lord, Chicago|
|Peter Chaffetz||Chaffetz Lindsey, New York|
|Edward Krugman||Cahill Gordon & Reindel, New York|
|Barry Ostrager||Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, New York|
|David Geronemus||JAMS, New York|
|Jonathan Sacher||Berwin Leighton Paisner, London|
|David Kendall||Cooley, London|
|Colin Edelman QC||Devereux Chambers, London|
|Christian Bouckaert||Bouckaert Ormen Passemard, Paris|
|James Grennan||A&L Goodbody, Dublin|
|Richard Spiller||Holman Fenwick Willan, London|
|Alessandro Giorgetti||Studio Legale Giorgetti, Milan|
|Rest of the World|
|John Riihiluoma||Appleby, Hamilton|
|Oscar Shub||Clyde & Co, Sydney|
|Rachel Levitan||Levitan Sharon & Co, Tel Aviv|
|Rehana Box||Ashurst, Sydney|
Clyde & Co field a “fantastic” 20 inclusions from offices across the globe. The firm’s London office has the strongest showing, with four lawyers recommended. Andrew Holderness is the global head of the corporate insurance group and focuses his practice on corporate finance in the insurance sector. He has experience in flotations, M&A and joint ventures and is “a real asset to clients”. David Abbott is co-head of the global reinsurance practice and a specialist in political and trade credit risk. He has acted for the London market in a number of recent large losses and is a “focused and dedicated practitioner”. Nigel Brook handles international insurance and reinsurance disputes and is noted for his “attention to detail”. Private and public M&A specialist Martin Mankabady has “strong experience” in complex transactions with a cross-border element and also advises on general company law and regulatory matters.
Elsewhere in Europe, Gildas Rostain in the firm’s Paris office is an industrial risk-related disputes specialist and a “dean of the French insurance bar”. In Madrid, both Ricardo Garrido and Ignacio Figuerol are “market-leading experts”. Garrido specialises in industrial risks in the engineering, energy and construction fields, and is frequently involved in contentious and non-contentious matters both in Spain and internationally. Figuerol is an international insurance litigation and arbitration practitioner whose “work is always of the highest quality”.
The firm’s US practitioners also fare well in our research, with seven practitioners listed across four offices. Three lawyers are listed from the New York office, with Stephen Kennedy noted for his “straightforward approach” to complex insurance litigations. He has recently represented a client in a multimillion-dollar property catastrophe reinsurance dispute involving Hurricane Ike losses. Paul Koepff has handled insurance coverage and reinsurance disputes for over 30 years and is a “standout” in the market. Michael Knoerzer also specialises in insurance disputes, and is a “heavyweight litigator” whom clients would “always recommend”. In San Francisco the “acclaimed” Peter Whalen has specialised in representing umbrella insurance carriers in high-exposure cases for 20 years, including some of the largest actions brought in California. Mary Margaret Fox and John Nicholl in Toronto are “exceptional” practitioners who represent both Canadian and foreign clients in insurance-related matters. Head of the Latin American team, Stirling Leech is a “top-drawer” practitioner with “extensive experience” in energy-related insurance matters.
In Australia three practitioners are listed. Oscar Shub is one of the founding partners of Clyde & Co’s Australian practice, and a former head of its insurance and reinsurance practice. He specialises in litigating disputes across almost any area of insurance, and is a “calm and considered advocate”. John Edmond is managing partner of Clyde & Co Australia and specialises in dispute resolution in insurance matters and cyber risks. Dean Carrigan has over 20 years of experience in insurance law, beginning his career in the UK working on a range of London market matters. He now focuses on providing advice on strategic projects and major disputes in the Asia-Pacific region and is a “consummate professional”.
Two “stellar” practitioners are featured from Dubai. Alec Emmerson focuses his practice on shipping-related insurance and offers clients “sound advice” and a “hands-on approach”. Also in Dubai, Wayne Jones leads the firm’s insurance and reinsurance team in the region, and boasts an “enviable client list”. “Outstanding” Hong Kong partner Simon McConnell practises principally in the areas of insurance, reinsurance, dispute resolution and regulatory investigations. Daniel Le Roux advises clients on liability and coverage disputes from the firm’s Johannesburg office, and is a “distinguished player”.
Hogan Lovells also garners an “incredible” 20 listings from offices across the Americas and Europe. Seven practitioners are featured from the US, with four stationed in New York. Frank Monaco is an insurance and reinsurance M&A, regulatory and financing specialist with a “wealth of experience”. Sean Keely focuses his practice on the litigation and arbitration of insurance disputes, working with clients across the US, Europe and Asia. James FitzPatrick heads the firm’s US corporate insurance practice and specialises in transactions, financing and M&A deals. He is “accessible and easy to work with”, making him a “first point of call” for many. Pieter Van Tol is a litigation specialist and has represented domestic and international reinsurance clients in fields including property, life insurance and insurance insolvency. In Washington, DC David Hensler has a complex litigation focused practice, handling jury and non-jury trials for clients in the insurance industry. California-based Dean Hansell works out of the firm’s Los Angeles office and specialises in litigation and government enforcement actions. He is a “real life saver” to clients and a “top choice”. David Newmann, who divides his time between the Philadelphia and Washington, DC offices handles US and international litigation and arbitration relating to insurance disputes and offers clients “an expert opinion”. Also in the Americas, Gonzalo Rodriguez-Matos in Venezuela advises both domestic and international clients on insurance matters within Venezuela, including contract matters and setting up contracts.
In Europe four practitioners are featured in the firm’s London office. Tim Goggin offers advice on corporate and regulatory matters in insurance including M&A and joint ventures and is a “technical genius” who “will always go above and beyond for a client”. Victor Fornasier has “impressive experience” in advising insurers, reinsurers and corporate policy holders on all aspects of insurance in the UK. Nick Atkins advises clients in relation to contentious and non-contentious insurance and reinsurance issues and is a “leading light” in the London insurance market. Charles Rix has a “superb” practice which covers domestic and cross-border M&A, takeovers, demergers, joint ventures and general corporate advisory work. Two names are highlighted from France. Sébastien Gros leads the financial institutions group in Paris and advises clients on domestic and cross-border M&A, portfolio transfers and group reorganisations. Thomas Rouhette is head of the French dispute resolution practice and specialises in commercial litigation and product liability cases. He offers “simple and reasoned solutions to complex issues”. In Germany two lawyers are also included. Christoph Louven heads the corporate/M&A practice in Continental Europe and is “fabulous” on complex cross-border M&A and other transactions pertaining to insurance companies. Christopher Küppers focuses his practice on the tax implications of insurance investments and transactions and is a “dedicated practitioner”. There are also two lawyers from Spain recommended. Luis Alfonso Fernández Manzano leads the firm’s contentious insurance and reinsurance practice in Spain, and is “the person you want on your side in a dispute”. Joaquin Ruiz Echauri is head of the Spanish insurance and reinsurance and product liability team and offers “considered, succinct advice” to clients. In Poland, Beata Balas-Noszczyk is head of the department of financial institutions at the firm and has “unsurpassed experience in insurance law in Poland”. The “brilliant” Christopher Noblet in Hungary advises international and domestic investors and public bodies on M&A and financing projects relating to insurance.
Sidley Austin sees 12 of its lawyers recommended for their work in the insurance and reinsurance field. Dorothy Cory-Wright in the firm’s London office is a disputes specialist with over 25 years’ experience in insurance related arbitration and litigation. She is a “supreme advocate” who is “head and shoulders above the competition”. Nigel Montgomery, also in London, has an insurance transactions focused practice and is a “terrific strategist”. The firm’s Chicago office fields an impressive six practitioners. William Sneed has “far-reaching experience” arbitrating and litigating international and domestic reinsurance disputes on behalf of ceding companies, reinsurers, and receivers. Susan Stone is the co-leader of the firm’s global insurance and financial services group. She has an “impressive roster of clients” and is praised for her “ability to find a solution to any problem”. Kenneth Wylie is an insurance regulatory specialist with “exceptional abilities”. In New York, Jeff Liebmann has an insurance M&A specialist with over 35 years’ experience, while Michael Madigan heads the firm’s property and casualty alternative risk transfer practice.
Norton Rose Fulbright also has 12 practitioners selected for inclusion. The firm’s strongest showing is in South Africa, with four lawyers listed. Patrick Bracher has “strong” transactional and regulatory insurance practice with experience of both the South African and international markets. Donald Dinnie is the head of the dispute resolution and litigation team for South Africa and offers clients “sound and considered solutions”. In London, the “supremely talented” James Bateson and David Whear are featured. Bateson is the global head of financial institutions at the firm and specialises in M&A and securities work in the insurance market while Whear has experience in capital raising and restructuring. Tricia Hobson in the firm’s Sydney office specialises in insurance matters relating to financial services and construction. Anna Tipping in Singapore handles M&A, structured insurance transactions and regulatory matters and is a “key player” in the market.
The newly formed Locke Lord sees 11 of its members recommended, all in the US. The “high flying” Nick DiGiovanni in Chicago is head of the firm’s reinsurance and insurance litigation groups and has over 30 years of experience. California-based Jonathan Bank focuses his practice on insurance dispute resolution and company restructuring, while Barry Leigh Weissman represents insurance clients in regulatory and transactional matters. Nick Pearson is a regulatory practitioner in the firm’s New York office and has almost 40 years’ experience working with insurers and reinsurers from both the US and abroad. In Hartford, Alan Levin advises reinsurers in disputes and is “hugely experienced” in the detailed analysis and preparation of reinsurance agreements and loss portfolio transfers.
Nine “world-class” practitioners are included from Covington & Burling. Mitchell Dolin from the firm’s Washington DC office is “very active” in the areas of international arbitration and insurance coverage and is co-chair of the firm’s arbitration practice group. The “quick-thinking” William Skinner’s practice focuses on advising policyholders about insurance coverage matters and negotiating, arbitrating and litigating complex insurance coverage disputes. John Buchanan III is a “dean of the insurance bar” in Washington, DC and a “very effective” litigator. In San Francisco “acclaimed” insurance coverage practitioner David Goodwin impresses clients with his “ability to get to the heart of an issue”.
Essex Court Chambers is the “go-to” insurance chambers, and has seven silks featured. Richard Jacobs QC is co-head of the chambers, and regularly appears in the UK High Court and appellate courts and in international arbitrations conducted in London and abroad. He offers clients “tremendous understanding” and a “meticulous approach”. Ian Hunter QC has “extensive arbitration experience”, both as an advocate and an arbitrator, while John Lockey QC has acted in proceedings in London, Europe, Bermuda and Singapore.
Also with seven inclusions, Steptoe & Johnson reaffirms its position as a leader in the insurance and reinsurance field. DC based James Rocap III primarily focuses his practice on complex civil litigation with an emphasis on large insurance coverage disputes. He has almost 40 years’ experience and is an “unmatched problem-solver”. Roger Warin has been lead counsel in representing insurers in numerous major nationwide insurance coverage and reinsurance disputes and is praised for his “sharp intellect”. Managing partner of the firm’s Brussels office, Philip Woolfson focuses on EU law of financial services, specialising in insurance and reinsurance matters and is noted for his “stellar reputation”.
Conyers Dill & Pearman also has seven lawyers highlighted in this edition. Narinder Hargun is a co-chair of the firm and heads its litigation and restructuring department in Bermuda. He has been involved in a number of high profile insurance and reinsurance disputes and is “great on his feet”. Michael Frith is an insurance regulatory and transactional specialist whose “resolute focus” is commended by peers. Nigel Meeson QC is based in the firm’s Cayman Islands office where he is head of the litigation and restructuring team. He is a “technical expert” whose “commercial approach” is lauded.
DLA Piper also sees seven lawyers recommended. In Chicago, the “insightful” Stephen Schwab represents insurers and reinsurers in complex disputes, innovative transactions and regulatory matters. Michael Gill in Sydney had over 40 years of experience in insurance law and is described as “very impressive and user friendly” by clients. Gunne Bähr in the firm’s Cologne office is a corporate and regulatory insurance law specialist and is a “distinguished player” in the field.
In the US, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is a “major player” with four practitioners from its New York office listed. Mary Kay Vyskocil is an “acclaimed” trial attorney and appellate advocate. She is a specialist in insurance-related matters and is “always in high demand”. Barry Ostrager is a “very fine trial lawyer” whose “commanding presence in court” makes him a “favourite among clients”.
Wiley Rein’s Laura Foggan in Washington DC serves as lead counsel in trial and appellate matters involving complex insurance claims and is noted for her “versatility”. Peter Chaffetz from Chaffetz Lindsey in New York has over 30 years of experience in insurance disputes and is described as a “powerhouse of knowledge” by peers. Also in New York, Edward Krugman at Cahill Gordon & Reindel is an insurance litigation “pioneer”, representing insurers in direct coverage matters. At arbitration specialist JAMS, David Geronemus has an “impressive record” and is someone that clients “can rely on in a crisis”.
In Europe, Jonathan Sacher at Berwin Leighton Paisner is head of the litigation and dispute resolution department, where he specialises in reinsurance and insurance litigation and arbitration. He enjoys an “enviable reputation” and is “extremely well thought of”. David Kendall at Cooley specialises in all aspects of insurance and reinsurance, including coverage run-off and insolvency and is a “trusted adviser”. Colin Edelman QC from Devereux Chambers has been involved in a number of high-profile matters affecting the London and international insurance markets, including disputes arising out of major natural disasters and financial collapses. He is a “true legend” at the Bar. From Bouckaert Ormen Passemard – BOPS in Paris, Christian Bouckaert focuses his practice on insurance and reinsurance disputes and is “recognised as a leader in the French market”. James Grennan in Dublin is the head of A&L Goodbody’s insurance group and is a “true expert” in insurance regulatory matters, especially the authorisation of insurers and cross-border services. Holman Fenwick Willan’s Richard Spiller has over 25 years of experience advising on a wide spectrum of non-contentious insurance and reinsurance matters. He specialises in acquisitions and disposals, risk transfer transactions, policy wordings and run-off and “always has a solution to any problem”. Alessandro Giorgetti at Studio Legale Giorgetti in Milan has a “unmatched knowledge” of the legal markets in Italy and London, and is “the first port of call” for many.
Elsewhere, John Riihiluoma of Appleby in is a “top-drawer” insurance disputes specialist with particular experience in those relating to professional negligence. In Tel Aviv, Rachel Levitan from boutique firm Levitan Sharon & Co is a “big name” who impressed with her “direct and pragmatic approach”. Rehana Box at Ashurst in Sydney specialises in the use of insurance in government and private sector contracts, including PPPs and infrastructure projects. She is a “seasoned professional” whose “specialist expertise makes her a valuable asset” to clients.