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James Bateson

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London: Insurance

Insurance: corporate and regulatory

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James Bateson - Norton Rose Fulbright

Within: Insurance: corporate and regulatory

James Bateson leads Norton Rose Fulbright's ‘extremely knowledgeable’ insurance team, which is continuing to develop, with Nicholas Berry and Noleen John recently promoted to partner. The practice is particularly notable for cross-border M&A and restructurings work, but can also boast a leading life assurance practice headed by corporate finance expert Maria Ross, as well as a UK InsurTech practice, which means it is well positioned to advise clients on the regulatory and legal aspects of this emerging market. However, the firm’s Lloyd’s practice remains its stand-out area, and it demonstrates its expertise and experience by advising across all aspects of the Lloyd’s market. David Whear is a leading practitioner in this field, as shown by his work advising on the disposal (outsisde of Lloyd's) of leading UK managing general agent UK General Insurance to certain funds/vehicles managed by global private equity house J.C. Flowers & Co. Also noteworthy is the ‘very bright and easy to deal with’ Bob Haken, who remains at the forefront of developments relating to Solvency II, and financial institutions M&A specialist Matthew Foster who advises insurers and banks.

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Insurance: insolvency and restructuring

Within: Insurance: insolvency and restructuring

The insurance team at Norton Rose Fulbright is best known for its work in financial lines (including directors' and officers' insurance); marine, energy and aviation; cyber and technology; complex claims; class actions; and regulation. Commercially aware and client driven, it has particular expertise in complex transactions, especially cross-border mandates. The team, headed by James Bateson, also includes Bob Haken, who previously spent nine months on secondment to the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), where he worked on the implementation of the Solvency II Directive. Recent highlights include Lloyd's market expert David Whear advising Probitas Holdings (Bermuda), the holding company for Lloyd’s turnkey Syndicate 1492, in relation to an investment by Saudi Reinsurance Company and a related group reorganisation. Also noteworthy is the team's continued innovation in areas such as InsurTech, with newly promoted partner Nicholas Berry leading the firm’s InsurTech practice. The growing practice also saw the promotion to partner of Noleen John, a member of the corporate insurance team.

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