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Matthew Griffith

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Corporate Insurance & Financial Services


Partner. With a wealth of experience gained over more than 20 years, Matthew is a corporate, commercial and regulatory lawyer who focuses on the insurance and financial services sectors. Matthew supports clients on a broad range of transactional, commercial and regulatory matters. He is an independently recognised leader in the insurance market and advises clients on acquisitions, disposals, business transfers (including Part VII transfers), product distribution arrangements, commercial contracts, restructuring projects, corporate governance and regulatory matters.  Before joining RPC, he gained substantial in-house legal and commercial experience as Corporate General Counsel and a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Worldpay.


Ashurst (1994-2004); Pinsent Masons, Partner (2004-2010); Sidley Austin, Partner (2010-2012); Worldpay, General Counsel - Corporate (2012-2015); RPC, Partner (2015 to date)


University of Southampton, LLB (Hons), Law (1990-1993); College of Law, Guildford – LPC (1993-1994)

London: Insurance

Insurance: insolvency and restructuring

Within: Insurance: insolvency and restructuring

In the insurance restructuring and insolvency space, RPC's team advises on loss portfolio and Part VII transfers (both in the life and non-life, and in the legacy space), run-offs, Lloyd's members restructurings and schemes of arrangement. Matthew Griffith leads the practice; he has compelling transactional experience and carries out Brexit-related work for many broking groups, and the team recently advised Equitable Life on its Brexit-related restructuring. Former insolvency and restructuring head Vivien Tyrell stepped down as partner and now acts as a consultant to the firm.

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London: Risk advisory


Within: Brexit

RPC’s cross-departmental group has been notably active in the insurance and financial services sectors. It recently advised RSA Insurance on the Brexit-related restructuring of its European business and assisted The Equitable Life Assurance Society with the transfer of its Irish and German life insurance business  into a newly incorporated Irish subsidiary. Practices that contribute regularly to the firm’s Brexit coverage include the commercial, IP, data privacy, employment, regulatory, tax and corporate teams, and the firm also leverages its position as part of the TerraLex network to enhance its multijurisdictional offering. IP and technology partner Ciara Cullen leads the group, which also fields insurance and non-contentious regulatory expert Matthew Griffith and corporate specialist Neil Brown.

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Corporate governance

Within: Corporate governance

RPC's cross-firm group is jointly led by Jeremy Drew, Patrick Brodie and Matthew Griffith, who specialise in commercial, employment, and the insurance and financial services sectors respectively. The group primarily draws on corporate, advisory and regulatory practitioners to handle the full spectrum of governance issues including independent reports, remuneration policy advice, modern slavery issues, gender pay gap analysis, and conduct and culture work. Clients include listed companies, financial services, insurance and retail clients, and US-owned corporates. Sports Direct is a noteworthy example, with the team advising on its reporting of Debenhams to the FCA. Sam Tate is a key contact for white-collar crime and regulatory issues.

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  • Cancelling insurance: insolvency and downgrade clauses

    One of the most common concerns for both parties to an insurance contract (including reinsurance) is that the other party might become insolvent and unable to perform its obligations under the contract. Both insurer and insured will therefore wish to have the right to cancel the insurance mid-term in the event of the other party’s insolvency, or a change in its financial circumstances that makes its insolvency a more likely prospect in the near future.
    - Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP

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