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Kanyaka Ramamurthi

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Kanyaka is a corporate partner based in London who advises on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters across different sectors but with a focus on the insurance sector. She has a broad base of experience including public and private M&A, equities, general corporate advisory and, more recently, transactional and advisory work in the insurance sector, including Part VII insurance business transfers and Solvency II expertise. 

Kanyaka has spent time in the firm’s Sao Paulo and Tokyo offices as well as on secondment to Vodafone and Aviva.

Recent experience includes advising: AXA on the sale of its UK Life & Savings businesses which included 3 separate sales to the Phoenix Group, Standard Life and LCCG; Aviva on its corporate reorganisation following its acquisition of Friends Life, including on two Part VII transfers (confidential), and on Solvency II matters; Britvic on its successful defence against a takeover bid by AG Barr, and on a cash placing to fund an acquisition; various investors on the sale of House of Fraser to Sanpower; Aviva on its disposal of its Turkish non-life business to a private equity consortium and the sale of Aviva Investors Central European Properties Sarl and its subsidiaries to Lone Star Capital Investments Sarl (confidential); AXA on its partnership with the Africa Internet Group.


English and Hindi


Kanyaka studied law at the National Law School of India University.

London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+

Within: M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+

The ‘exceptional’, ‘pragmatic and service-oriented’ Linklaters LLP practice provides ‘excellent legal advice’ and ‘very good levels of service, both on buy side and sell side assignments’. The team is known for its strength in public M&A, and its expertise in complex work such as reverse takeovers and demergers. Clients describe its responsiveness, business acumen, strength in depth and value for money as ‘excellent’. Financial services, high-end retail, technology and telecoms are key sector strengths; the department is also noted for its experience in the mining sector. Global head of corporate Aedamar Comiskey led the advice to Amec Foster Wheeler on its recommended all-share acquisition by competitor John Wood Group. The ‘extremely supportive, practical and commercial’ Simon Branigan led the team on AIB’s €12bn reprivatisation and IPO on the London and Irish stock exchanges. Iain Fenn (has a ‘commercial focus’ and a ‘commitment to getting the deal done’) is advising Old Mutual in a complex arrangement for a demerger into two entities. Other highlights have seen firm senior partner and global chairman Charles Jacobs handle Glencore’s £2.5bn sale of a 40% stake in its agricultural business, Iain Wagstaff act for Three on its £300m acquisition of UK Broadband and the ‘very client oriented and pragmatic’ Sarah Wiggins advising Benckitt Benckiser Group on its acquisition of Mead Johnson Nutrition, with total enterprise value of $17.9bn. Also recommended are corporate group leader Owen Clay , who is ‘friendly and responsive’ and ‘is good at dealing with challenging clients and situations’ and William Buckley  who is ‘good at leveraging the capability of the firm’.  Fionnghuala Griggs and Kanyaka Ramamurthi  were both promoted to partnership, while Stuart Boyd moved to Kirkland & Ellis International LLP.

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London: Insurance

Insurance: corporate and regulatory

Within: Insurance: corporate and regulatory

Outstanding and excellent value for money’, the team at Linklaters LLP ‘is ruthlessly efficient with its time so you never feel that costs are being wasted’. The firm’s global reach gives it expertise in cross-border and emerging markets transactions, and it has advised on over 400 insurance matters globally. These matters cover the full spectrum, from M&A and portfolio transfers on the corporate insurance side to Solvency II and pre-enforcement support at the regulatory end; a particular highlight was advising Prudential on its conflicts of interest policy. The team includes the ‘extremely smartDuncan Barber, who is a ‘go-to person on really tricky regulatory issues’, as well as Dan Schuster-Woldan and Kanyaka Ramamurthi, who are ‘second to none for transactional work’.

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