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Yves Hayaux-du-Tilly

Yves Hayaux-du-Tilly

Nader Hayaux y Goebel SCTorre Arcos, Paseo de los Tamarindos No. 400-B7th Floor, Colonia Bosques de las LomasMexico CityMexico05120

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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Yves Hayaux-du-Tilly ranks highly among peers for his superb handling of complex transactions across the insurance sector.

Questions & Answers

Yves Hayaux-du-Tilly has been advising for nearly thirty years multinational clients and foreign investors in financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and other operations throughout Mexico and Latin America. He specialises in mergers, acquisitions and financing transactions and corporate law and is widely recognised as one of Mexico and LatAm’s leading insurance and reinsurance experts. He has been leading NHG’s pioneering London office this last ten years, bringing NHG’s expertise on Mexican law to the London market to advise clients from the insurance sector on their reinsurance operations with Mexico and Latin America.

What attracted you to a career in insurance services? 

Back in 1991, when Mexican law allowed foreign investment in insurance companies up to a limit of 49%, we were involved in acquisitions for global insurance companies who after the acquisition asked us to continue working with them in the day-to-day operation of the Mexican insurance companies in which they invested.  I was the youngest member of the team and became fascinated with the manner in which insurance products worked. I also enjoyed working with the professionals working in the industry.  There was not that much interest from others to work in this area of practise and took advantage becoming fully immersed, and acquiring an expertise no one had developed in corporate law firms forming the first dedicated team of lawyers with an expertise in insurance.

How has the market changed since you started practising? 

It has changed a lot, still remains very similar to what it has always been.  Within the insurance market we seem to know each other quite well. The same in Mexico than in London, New York and throughout Latin America which are the markets I work with the most.

How does Nader Hayaux & Goebel distinguish itself from its competitors? 

We are the first Mexican corporate firm to have formed a (re)insurance practice back in 1991 and have the largest group of professionals within any Mexican law firm with an expertise in insurance.

We are the only Mexican corporate law firm to have a top ranked practise in both contentious and non-contentious insurance related matters, the only one with experience working in all kind of corporate, M&A, product development, regulatory, claims, coverage issues and disputes consistently for almost thirty years. 

We are also the only Mexican corporate law firm with a London office to serve the London market. 

NHG’s insurance clients benefit from the firm’s strong financial practice. 

How has the new administration in Mexico impacted the insurance and reinsurance market? 

Certain decisions have impacted the Mexican market negatively and positively, there are always two sides to a coin, and what may seem to some negative, may be taken as an opportunity by others.

They have shifted priorities from that of former administrations, and they have placed special emphasis on financial inclusion, penetration, insurtech and health insurance.

They have also implemented changes in the manner in which public companies are procuring insurance, and cancelled a number of private insurance programmes for public officers.

We have a good understanding with the new administration, they have taken a pragmatic and focused approach as regulators and supervisors, they are also under challenges due to budget reductions and workloads.

How is technological innovation impacting the insurance sector in Mexico? 

The impact is insufficient and the opportunity fantastic to leapfrog on various products and services, mainly in financial inclusion and market penetration.  We are already working and have developed for our clients parametric insurance products and technological platforms to distribute and offer products using telemedicine and technology to provide better and efficient insurance products.

We need to see more innovation in the intermediation and flexibility in the underwriting.

What is the most memorable case you have been a part of? 

It is always difficult to choose one, as it excludes many others. I will mention without excluding any other, the arbitration of Pegasus Aviation in which I was expert witness, it was a case that lasted more than three years and brought me to London for three months to attend all the hearings where I was cross-examined.  It did not only had an impact as its consequence was the adoption of ABN 67C by the London Market Association, but it also incepted in me the idea of opening a London office.

How is covid-19 affecting insurance claims in Mexico? 

The most serious challenges stem from delays in judicial proceedings and the administration of justice.

What advice would you give to younger lawyers hoping to one day be in your position? 

Do what you love, be consistent, listen, be curious and always remember to have fun. 

Global Leader

Banking - Finance 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Yves Hayaux du Tilly is a go-to name in the Mexican market for bank financing, M&A and insurance matters involving significant transactions.

Biography

Mr Yves Hayaux-du-Tilly specialises in financing, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate law and is widely recognised as one of Mexico’s leading insurance and reinsurance experts.

Yves advises multinational clients and foreign investors in financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and other operations in Mexico and Latin America. He has a particularly strong background in the insurance and financial sector and regularly handles high-end transactions for leading insurance sector clients. He heads NHG’s pioneering London office, advising insurance companies, law firms and other leading international corporations and multinationals in their transactions and business involving Mexico and Latin America.

Yves is a dedicated lawyer who, besides taking the time for each of his clients and matters, can generate the time to actively participate in different associations. He was the founder of the Mexican Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain and has acted as chairman since 2010. Other examples of institutions where he participates as member are: the Mexican Association of Insurance and Bonding Law (AMEDESEF), Mexican Chamber of the Presidential Council of the International Association of Insurance Law (AIDA), Mexican Association of Corporate Counsels (ANADE), American Bar Association (ABA), and the Union Social de Empresarios Mexicanos (USEM) and he is an honorary member of the Commercial Bar Association in England (COMBAR).

Mr Hayaux-du-Tilly is recognised by the leading legal publications for his extraordinary expertise. Chambers Latin America considers Yves a leading lawyer in its corporate/M&A, and banking and finance sections; he is also the only lawyer in Mexico ranked as a star individual in insurance. The guide states: “He stands out for his combined knowledge of the reinsurance business and his access to the London and Mexican markets.” In addition, clients appreciate “his great technical knowledge and analytical skills, and his experience in the area”.

The Legal 500 ranks Yves as a “leading lawyer” in insurance, where clients express: “He’s not only always available, but he always listens so as to truly understand the needs of his clients.” “Hugely experienced”, his practice covers everything from regulatory matters and dispute resolution, to product development and corporate transactional work. He has also been recommended for banking and finance, bankruptcy and restructuring and corporate M&A. IFLR1000 ranks Yves as a leading lawyer in banking, and mergers and acquisitions. Who’s Who Legal identifies him as a specialist in insurance and reinsurance, and transport saying that he is “a go-to lawyer” for both Mexican and international insurance sector clients seeking advice on financing transactions”.

Yves regularly advises the subsidiaries of international companies operating in Mexico and Latin America and leading Mexican insurers, such as Assurant, AXA, BUPA, Cardif, Chubb, Dentegra, GNP, MetLife, Principal, Secured Legal Title, The Travelers Companies and Zurich. He currently serves as non-executive and independent director of Dentegra Seguros Dentales and of Pensiones Principal, is the secretary non-member of the board of directors of Assurant Vida Mexico and Assurant Daños Mexico and recently acted as liquidator, successfully completing the dissolution and liquidation of LandAmerica Title Insurance Company Mexico.

Insurance & Reinsurance 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Yves Hayaux-du-Tilly ranks highly among peers for his superb handling of complex transactions across the insurance sector.

Biography

Mr Yves Hayaux-du-Tilly specialises in financing, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate law and is widely recognised as one of Mexico’s leading insurance and reinsurance experts.

Yves advises multinational clients and foreign investors in financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and other operations in Mexico and Latin America. He has a particularly strong background in the insurance and financial sector and regularly handles high-end transactions for leading insurance sector clients. He heads NHG’s pioneering London office, advising insurance companies, law firms and other leading international corporations and multinationals in their transactions and business involving Mexico and Latin America.

Yves is a dedicated lawyer who, besides taking the time for each of his clients and matters, can generate the time to actively participate in different associations. He was the founder of the Mexican Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain and has acted as chairman since 2010. Other examples of an institution where he participates continuously as member are; Mexican Association of Insurance and Bonding Law (AMEDESEF), Mexican Chamber of the Presidential Council of the International Association of Insurance Law (AIDA), Mexican Association of Corporate Counsels (ANADE), American Bar Association (ABA), Union Social de Empresarios Mexicanos (USEM) and honorary member of the Commercial Bar Association in England (COMBAR).

Mr Hayaux-du-Tilly is recognised by the leading legal publications for his extraordinary expertise. Chambers Latin America considers Yves a leading lawyer in its corporate/M&A, and banking and finance sections; he is also the only lawyer in Mexico ranked as a star individual in insurance. The guide states: “He stands out for his combined knowledge of the reinsurance business and his access to the London and Mexican markets.” In addition, clients appreciate “his great technical knowledge and analytical skills, and his experience in the area”.

The Legal 500 ranks Yves as a ‘leading lawyer’ in insurance, where clients express: “He’s not only always available, but he always listens so as to truly understand the needs of his clients.” “Hugely experienced”, his practice covers everything from regulatory matters and dispute resolution, to product development and corporate transactional work; also, he has been recommended in banking and finance, bankruptcy and restructuring and corporate M&A. IFLR1000 ranks Yves as a leading lawyer in banking, and mergers and acquisitions; Who’s Who Legal identifies him as a specialist in insurance and reinsurance, and transport saying that he is “a go-to lawyer” for both Mexican and international insurance-sector clients seeking advice on financing transactions”.

Yves regularly advises the subsidiaries of international companies operating in Mexico and Latin America and leading Mexican insurers, such as Assurant, AXA, BUPA, Cardif, Chubb, Dentegra, GNP, MetLife, Principal, Secured Legal Title, The Travelers Companies and Zurich. He currently serves as non-executive and independent director of Dentegra Seguros Dentales and of Pensiones Principal, is the secretary non-member of the board of directors of Assurant Vida Mexico and Assurant Daños Mexico and recently acted as liquidator successfully completing the dissolution and liquidation of LandAmerica Title Insurance Company Mexico.

NHG Mexico City Offices:
Paseo de los Tamarindos
No. 400-B, Piso 7
Bosques de las Lomas 05120 
Tel: +52 (55) 4170-3000

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