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Jane Childs

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Mayer Brown

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Insurance and Reinsurance


Jane Childs is a partner in the London office of Mayer Brown's Insurance & Reinsurance practice. Jane is one of the lead financial lines partners in the group and has extensive experience of handling complex, high-value crime, civil liability and D&O claims in this sector. Jane is at the forefront of advising the insurance market on Madoff matters, as well as issues arising out of the Lehman collapse. She also handles significant and very sensitive D&O claims, including those with US securities class action exposure, wide-ranging regulatory investigations and complex offshore trust and administration liability issues. Jane works with the firm's global Hedge Fund practice as well as the global Financial Institutions Response Unit which was set up to help clients respond to the dislocation in the credit markets. Jane is advising a range of clients on coverage and defence implications of the credit crisis, including the impact on the insurance industry of possible bank insolvencies, nationalisations and sovereign default. Most recently, Jane and our capital markets experts have been advising insurers on the implications of emerging LIBOR claims. Jane also works with insurers to create new insurance products and has played a pivotal role drafting wordings for stockbrokers’ liability, professional liability for financial institutions, and bulk annuity buy-in and buyout policies for the pensions sector. She advises pensions trustees on all insurance aspects of bulk annuity policies including the capital structures of insurers, priorities on insurance insolvency, recourse to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, insurer regulation and negotiations of buy-in and buyout insurance products.


University of Auckland 1994; BCom/LLB (Hons)

London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation

Within: Insurance and reinsurance litigation

Mayer Brown International LLP covers the spectrum of insurance work, including financial institutions; political and trade credit risks; reinsurance; professional indemnity; public and products liability; D&O liability; property and fire damage; and offshore disputes. David Chadwick and his team moved to Kennedys; Jane Childs now heads the practice along with Sean Connolly, who continues to advise insurers including Chubb Insurance Company of Europe, Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe, and Lloyd's of London syndicates on five years of cover in respect of exposures of an independent financial adviser arising out of advice to invest in various film finance schemes. The firm has a strong international offering with offices in South America and links with Bermuda and Ireland; this allows for expertise in cross-border disputes. In addition, the team features lawyers who cover a broad range of insurance risks for major clients such as MDO Management Company, Chubb Insurance Company of Europe, Great Lakes Reinsurance (UK) and Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe.

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