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Campbells' insurance practice is led by 'experienced and intelligent' corporate head Alan Craig. The practice works with the leading insurance managers in the Cayman Islands (Cayman) on the formation, licensing and ongoing operation of a large proportion of the captive insurance entities that are established in Cayman, which involves advising on the establishment and operation of single parent captives, group captives, agency captives and segregated portfolio structures that insure a wide range of risks. It advised Eastern Alliance Insurance Group, which expanded its Cayman presence by establishing Inova Re (a segregated portfolio company licensed as a Class B insurer), on constitutional documents for the new company as well as on the licensing process. Alistair Walters is recommended for insurance litigation; Walters' clients include large insurance carriers, Cayman government agencies, worldwide P&I clubs and various Lloyd’s syndicates.

Conyers Dill & Pearman's Cayman team advises on a broad range of insurance-related transactions, including M&A, regulatory advice for all licenses, and transfer by way of continuations for licensees, both into and out of the jurisdiction. It also handles catastrophe bonds, structured insurance products and insurance litigation and insolvency work. In a complex deal that involved a review of policy wordings and deal terms, it acted for MetLife on a joint venture transaction with a large Cayman reinsurer, which included advising on a co-insurance policy structure. Other highlights include advising Clifford Allen Associates on setting up two companies, as well as applying for an insurance broker's licence to provide student insurance plans tailored for international students attending private secondary schools in the US. The practice hired the 'experienced and capable' Derek Stenson, who is highly rated for his advice to a wide range of international financial and insurance institutions on insurance and reinsurance law and regulation, from Walkers. Other key names are Kevin Butler, who heads the firm's Cayman office and corporate practice, and Richard Fear. On the contentious side, Paul Smith and Fraser Hughes are recommended.

In late 2018, Solomon Harris merged with Channel Islands-based Bedell Cristin. The team 'has great experience of insurance business and leaves clients extremely satisfied with all its levels of service, particularly in responding to urgent queries'. It advises international insurers and reinsurers on the set-up, structuring, restructuring, regulation and termination of Cayman insurance vehicles, and has an ongoing pipeline of instructions from insurance managers as well as US law firms and onshore consultants who specialise in offshore insurance and captive insurance. The team advised Maryland-based Oxford Risk Management Group, a captive consulting firm with particular expertise in enterprise risk, on the establishment of a sophisticated reinsurance platform in Cayman, including two new licensed insurance entities. Attorney Rob Humphries is 'able to provide technical legal advice and guidance in critical circumstances and under extreme time pressure'. Former partner (and now consultant to the firm in London) Paul Scrivener remains the 'excellent and easy-to-work-with' insurance group head.

Maples Group 'provides good response times and industry knowledge as well as strong team depth'. The practice fields specialists in alternative risk transfer, such as catastrophe bond vehicles and other insurance-linked products, as well as in captive insurance vehicles. The team is also experienced in establishing insurance companies, insurance management and broker operations as well as insurance-related corporate matters and regulatory work, and the firm's litigators frequently act for insurers in dispute resolution. Recent matters include advising Oxbridge RE on the licensing of a reinsurance sidecar. The names to note are Tim Frawley, John Dykstra and Abraham Thoppil.

Walkers acts for a large number of Cayman-domiciled reinsurers and insurance managers of captive insurance companies that are based in Cayman. Other areas of strength are advising lenders on secured facilities extended to Cayman-domiciled insurers, assisting with distressed insurance matters, and advising managers with internal risk and compliance policies and procedures. In other areas, the team acted as Cayman counsel to Phoenix Group Holdings on the corporate and financial aspects of the acquisition of Standard Life Aberdeen’s UK and European insurance business. The key adviser is Ramesh Maharaj; former senior counsel Derek Stenson joined Conyers Dill & Pearman.

Appleby specialises in advising on the establishment, regulatory compliance and business operations of (re)insurance companies, as well as (re)insurance managers and brokers based in offshore jurisdictions. It also represents insurers and reinsurers in complex, high-value arbitration, litigation and mediation matters. Simon Raftopoulos is a key contact. Samuel Banks left the firm to found a blockchain-focused company.

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