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Edwin Northover

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Edwin Northover is an Asia-based partner in the firm’s Corporate Department. Mr. Northover has a broad cross-border public and private mergers and acquisitions practice, with a particular focus on mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures and distribution agreements in the insurance industry. Since moving to our Hong Kong office in 2012, he has worked on several of the most significant insurance M&A transactions in Asia. He also has extensive private equity experience, having worked on a number of strategic and co-investments.


Mr. Northover joined Debevoise in 2007 and was based in the firm's London office prior to his move to Asia. During 2013, Mr. Northover spent six months on secondment to the Mergers & Acquisitions team of a multinational insurance company in Paris. In 2015, he spent a period in the Financial Institutions Group of our New York office. Mr. Northover is admitted to practice in England & Wales and Hong Kong.




Mr. Northover graduated in 2001 with a Double First Class Honours degree in Modern History from Merton College, University of Oxford. He went on to study at BPP Law School, London (2002-3).

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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Within: Insurance

‚ÄėVery good negotiator‚Äô Edwin Northover¬†and Drew Dutton¬†head up the team at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, which possesses ‚Äėa high degree of transactional and execution knowledge in terms of insurance-specific M&A work‚Äô. Recent work includes advising PFI on the creation of a $200m joint venture with CT Corp to provide life insurance solutions in Indonesia through a multi-channel distribution strategy. AIA Group, Prudential and Standard Chartered also instruct the team.¬†Associate Jan Bushmann¬†joined from Hogan Lovells.

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