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E Drew Dutton

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Mr. Dutton is a corporate insurance partner who regularly represents financial institutions, private equity sponsors, sovereign wealth funds and multinational corporations in a broad range of cross-border transactions. Mr. Dutton has extensive experience in the insurance and financial services areas and has had a leading role in several of the most significant insurance M&A transactions in Asia in recent years, including AIG’s reorganization of its Asian division during the 2008 financial crisis, the IPO of AIA Group Limited (the largest insurance IPO of all time), the acquisition of ING Malaysia by AIA Malaysia and the landmark bancassurance partnership between AIA and Citibank in 11 countries across Asia.


Mr. Dutton is admitted to practice as an attorney in New York, as an avocat in Paris and as a solicitor in England & Wales.


English, French, German.


Harvard University, 1992, A.B.; McGill University, Faculty of Law, 1996, LL.B.

Hong Kong

Corporate (including M&A)

Within: Corporate (including M&A)

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's Asian M&A practice has seen an increase in client demand for advice on high-end corporate transactions; this has led to the firm reinforcing its offering, with Allison Lee recently being promoted to international counsel. The team covers the entire range of transactions for clients, including divestitures, spin-offs, going-private transactions and joint ventures. A major area of strength is the firm's work for clients in the financial services and insurance sectors. In 2017, Edwin Northover, Lee and associate Wen-Wei Lai acted for AIA on its $2.94bn acquisition of the life insurance business of Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) in Australia, and its life and health insurance business in New Zealand; the team also advised on related 20-year strategic bancassurance agreements. In addition, Northover and Drew Dutton advised Prudential Financial on its investment in Hong Kong-based reinsurer Peak Reinsurance Holdings. Other clients in this space include AXA and FWD Group Management Holdings. Elsewhere, William Chua recently led a cross-office team that acted for Clearwater Capital Partners on its acquisition by Fiera Capital. Brian McKenna has joined Mayer Brown.

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