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Appleby's insurance and reinsurance practice advises on the establishment, regulatory compliance and business operations of reinsurance companies. In high-value and multi-jurisdictional insurance sector-related acquisitions, the team advised Bermuda-headquartered Validus Holdings on its $5.6bn sale to American International Group. In other highlights, it advised special purpose insurer Hoplon III on its incorporation and organisation, and assisted with the formation and licensing of CICA Life Bermuda as a Class E insurer, which was set up to receive the entire international life insurance portfolio of CICA Life Insurance Company of America. Bermuda managing partner Tim Faries leads the insurance team; Alan Bossin is focused on insurance and reinsurance-related M&A deals, corporate finance, and private equity and regulatory matters; Brad Adderley practices in all reinsurance matters, particularly insurance-linked securities and alternative and collateralised reinsurance investment transactions; and John Wasty heads up the insurance and reinsurance dispute resolution team. Gary Harris was promoted to the partnership, while former counsel Gavin Woods left to join Carey Olsen.

Conyers Dill & Pearman acts for a large number of Bermuda’s insurers and reinsurers, including class 4 and class E companies, as well as all other classes of insurers, including captive insurers and special purpose insurers; the practice routinely acts in anti-suit injunctions in relation to foreign proceedings, applications to the Supreme Court arising out of arbitrations, substantive arbitrations, and providing expert evidence on Bermuda law. Charles Collis heads the Bermuda insurance practice; Chris Garrod led advice to AXA on an agreement to acquire the Bermuda-based XL Group, a global property and casualty commercial lines insurer and reinsurer; and Michael Frith provided Bermuda legal and regulatory advice on the formation and group structure of the Langhorne Group, including Langhorne Holdings and Langhorne Reinsurance (Bermuda). Other key directors are David Doyle, Bermuda corporate head Graham Collis, Sophia Greaves and Chiara Nannini; the associates to note are Alexandra Macdonald and Jacqueline King. Former counsel Mary Ward joined Carey Olsen.

ASW Law Limited's specialist insurance and reinsurance practice advises on M&A involving insurance and (re)insurance companies as well as insurance-linked securities (ILS) deals. The team provided Bermuda legal advice to XL Group on its proposed $15.3bn sale to French multinational insurance firm AXA. Corporate headNeil Horner acts on M&A in the insurance market, captive and insurer formations on both the general and the life side, and ILS structures; Jan Woloniecki is litigation head, and Rod Attride-Stirling's experience includes advising on insurance and reinsurance claims involving commercial insurers, retrocessionaires, captives, managers, and brokers. Peter Dunlop and Kim Willey are highly regarded senior counsels.

In 2017, global law firm Kennedys Law LLP and Sedgwick Chudleigh Ltd merged to become Kennedys. The team's advice is 'practical and executable'; the practice ' compares well to its competitors, and its attorneys are knowledgeable, skilled and responsive '. It stands out for its experience in international insurance arbitrations, particularly high-value Bermuda Form insurance coverage disputes. Recent highlights include representing Allied World Assurance and Ironshore Insurance in injunctive relief proceedings that arose from New York Bankruptcy Court proceedings issued by assignees of MF Global. The names to note are managing partner Mark Chudleigh, recently appointed silk Alex Potts QC and Nick Miles.

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