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At Carey Olsen, ‘the service is excellent with timely and pragmatic advice received on every occasion’. Chris Anderson is ‘both pragmatic and responsive’ and senior associate James Stockwell ‘is excellent at providing simple solutions to potentially complex issues’. The pair recently acted for Marsh Guernsey on a transaction using Guernsey-incorporated cells to transfer £3.4bn of its parent company’s longevity risk liabilities. Also highly recommended is Konrad Friedlaender, who is currently assisting an insurer with a number of matters including changes to several of its existing reinsurance, security and policyholder protection arrangements. In other highlights, the group was instructed to establish insurance-linked securities funds and captive insurers in Guernsey on behalf of a pension plan trustee, and private client partner Natasha Kapp oversaw the redemption of policies and the reinvestment of the proceeds by way of additional premia on policies on behalf of a life assurance provider.

The dedicated insurance team at Mourant Ozannes 'is strong in all areas' in the field and 'fully appreciates the commercial needs of a defendant insurer'. Gordon Dawes 'is responsible for the number one defendant practice in the Channel Islands' and employs his 'technical expertise' to regularly represent the islands' medical professionals and the Guernsey government in the full gamut of civil claims. On the non-contentious side, 'strong communicator' and 'technically astute' John Lewis - supported by associate Gary Hall - continues to provide Jersey and Guernsey law advice to Scottish Equitable regarding the transfer of a portfolio of annuities, and the pair recently assisted an international life insurer with the reinsurance of longevity risk pertaining to two pension schemes through Guernsey captive insurers. Clients also recommend 'technically excellent' counsel Chantel Barrett and the 'very knowledgeable, user-friendly and responsive' Helen Wyatt.

The ‘extremely good’ Kate Storey is the name to note in Appleby’s insurance offering. She recently advised a Marsh & McLennan pension fund on its longevity hedge of £3.4bn in liabilities, and acted as Guernsey and Jersey counsel to Aviva with regard to a series of intra-group transfers of long-term insurance business to maximise capital efficiency. Further highlights include the IPO and listing on AIM of a Guernsey holding company of two licensed insurers and other non-Guernsey insurance companies on behalf of GBGI, and assisting Scottish Widows with the sale of an Isle of Man law-governed long-term insurance business to RL360. Clients also instruct the team to provide regulatory advice with regard to changes of control and the promotion of insurance-linked securities in Guernsey, as well as issues pertaining to collateral requirements. Other notable clients include Aon, Nomura and Deutsche Bank.

Bedell Cristin’s insurance team recently acted for Artex as settlement and collateral trustee in connection with the asset-backed securitisation of a reinsurance contract by means of a blockchain settlement. In terms of corporate law, practice head Richard Sharp collaborated with associate Ioannis Saridakis – who recently joined from  Geldards LLP – to oversee the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of a Guernsey captive insurer from an insolvent financial consultant. Sharp also advised two investors into a new protected cell company (PCC) structure to invest in insurance-linked securities (ILS) transactions, and of counsel Mark Helyar provided structuring advice in connection with a limited partnership as a licensed vehicle for an ILS reinsurance transaction. Also notable is the group’s regulatory advice on the outsourcing of insurance management services, and a number of mandates pertaining to the review of commercial contracts.

Ogier provides ‘high-quality assistance from all perspectives’ and clients strongly recommend the ‘positive, practical and always availableBryon Rees, who ‘can always explain complicated issues in a clear and concise manner’. Prudential appointed the firm to advise on all Guernsey law aspects of a £1.7bn longevity risk transfer by the pension fund of Marsh & McLennan, and Christopher Jones acted for an engineering services provider in the migration and amalgamation of its insurance captives as part of a restructuring project. On the corporate side, the team handled the acquisition of an insurance risk management platform on behalf of a venture capital and private equity firm, and Marcus Leese oversaw the sale of a regulated insurance group by way of a share buy-back. Litigation head Simon Davies and his regulatory counsel are also notable.

At AFR Advocates, Peter Stahelin and Simon Geall, who ‘understands issues quickly’, handle contentious issues and advisory mandates in the insurance space, including risk management, regulatory compliance and questions relating to PCCs. In a recent highlight, Geall was instructed by four directors of an insurance company to represent them in a GFSC investigation; he also continues to act for a number of the island’s insurers and loss adjusters. Meanwhile, Stahelin is currently advising a local veterinary practice on a variety of matters including issues surrounding life insurance.

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