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Carey Olsen (Guernsey) handles work including insurer M&A, cross-border regulatory matters and transfers of insurance businesses. Christopher Anderson and senior associate James Stockwell advised Arthur J Gallagher & Co. on its purchase of Kane Group, a Guernsey-licenced reinsurer which deals with insurance-linked securities. A multi-jurisdictional team from the firm, including Stockwell and Natasha Kapp, advised Admin Re – a part of Swiss Re – on its purchase of blocks of life and health insurance from the Guardian Life Insurance of America. Other clients include Prudential Retirement Income and Nordben Life and Pension Insurance.

Mourant Ozannes provides ‘quick, efficient and concise advice, allowing clients to make informed decisions on complex matters’. John Lewis handles work including business transfers, financings and reinsurance transactions, while Helen Wyatt and Caroline Chan handle regulatory work in the sector. In the claims litigation space, Gordon Dawes represents, among others, the Insurance Corporation of the Channel Islands and members of the Medical Defence Union and the MDDUS. Other clients include Barbican Reinsurance Company, Generali Pan Europe and Canada Life.

Appleby is ‘highly responsive, with a clear depth of knowledge and experience in the market relevant to the client’s needs’. In addition to having particular strength in corporate insurance work, the firm handles matters concerning insurance-linked securities, joint ventures and claims assignment. Kate Storey is ‘top-notch in all ways; she is highly attentive and has great knowledge of the issues’. She advised 80 Sarl on creating a reinsurer, and Scottish Widows and RL360 on the court-approved scheme of arrangement required for transfer of business from the former to the latter.

Bedell Cristin has ‘a deep knowledge of the Guernsey regulatory environment and good experience with capital markets reinsurers’. The firm has a strong practice dealing with insurance-linked securities, recently advising FWU AG on a sukuk listing of a takaful (an Islamic finance insurance structure). Richard Sharp and Mark Heylar (who is now an of counsel with the firm) also advised Argosy Insurance Company – a captive insurer of Tsakos Group – on a migration from Bermuda to Guernsey. Other areas of expertise for the ‘excellent and solution-focused team’ include retail insurance regulation, life insurance structuring matters using cell companies and M&A in the sector. The firm also acts for Leadenhall Capital Partners in this space.

AFR Advocates handles a range of work – primarily contentious – with an emphasis on regulation and reinsurance litigation, as well as claims disputes. Simon Geall handles much of the disputes work, with Peter Stahelin advising on the regulatory aspects of business ownership transfers and brokerage matters. Clients include loss adjusters, company directors and insurers.

Ogier’s ‘very service-oriented and thorough’ Bryon Rees handles a range of work including M&A, internal service transfers and group policy acquisitions. Mathew Newman’s work includes defending insured professionals.

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