Insurance in Guernsey

Bedell Cristin

Bedell Cristin enjoys a strong reputation in the insurance-linked securities arena, regularly handling the formations, transfers, amendments and delistings of such instruments. Practice head Richard Sharp advises on captive insurance structures and pension risk transfers, while of counsel Mark Helyar is a prominent name in the developing field of insurance and investment convergence structures. The team also provides regulatory assistance with corporate transactions in the sector.

Practice head(s):

Richard Sharp

Other key lawyers:

Mark Helyar

Testimonials

Richard Sharp is helpful and readily available

Richard Sharp is extremely responsive with an exceptional turnaround time

Carey Olsen (Guernsey) LLP

Carey Olsen’s insurance team is particularly known for its reputation advising on insurance-related M&A deals, with the team handling the regulatory aspects of a number of significant transactions in this sector. Practice heads Christopher Anderson and Konrad Friedlaender have significant experience handling captive insurance structuring and multi-jurisdictional reinsurance transfers, deploying local regulatory expertise. The practice retains a large quantity of insurers on its client roster and regularly receives referrals from leading UK-based law firms.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Anderson; Konrad Friedlaender

Testimonials

Responsive, knowledgeable and responds quickly and efficiently

Key clients

Marsh Management Services Guernsey Limited

Sinarmas Land Limited

Prudential Assurance Ltd

Phoenix Life Insurance Ltd

AON

Old Mutual

Aviva Life & Pensions

AXA

Euroben Life & Pensions

Cigna Corp/Express Scripts

Work highlights

  • Advising Cigna Corp with the regulatory aspects of its merger with Express Scripts.
  • Represented Marsh in the acquisition of all of the issued management shares in the core of Hector Insurance PCC.

Mourant

Mourant has a particular strength in handling long-term insurance policy transfers, with the team being instructed by leading insurance companies on some of the most significant recent deals. John Lewis and Helen Wyatt are recognised as leading lawyers in the insurance field, regularly advising on the structuring and acquisition of captive insurance vehicles, insurance-linked securities and regulatory elements of corporate transactions. The client list is comprised of multinational insurance companies and locally-held captive insurance companies, while Gordon Dawes and Chantal Barrett are the names to note for insurance-related litigation.

Practice head(s):

John Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Helen Wyatt; Gordon Dawes

Key clients

Alternative Risk Management

Artex Risk Solutions

Aon Insurance Managers (Guernsey)

Aviva

Axa Wealth

Barbican Reinsurance

Canada Life

Charles Taylor

Equitable Life

Equity Insurance (ERS)

Generali Worldwide Insurance Company

Insurance Corporation of the Channel Islands

Islands Insurance

Legal & General

Marsh Management Services Guernsey

NFU Mutual

Prudential

Rothesay Life

Scottish Equitable

States of Guernsey

The Medical Protection Society (including Dental Protection Limited)

The Medical Defence Union

The Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland

Willis Towers Watson Management (Guernsey)

Work highlights

  • Acted for AXA concerning the change of control of a licensee under the Insurance Business (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, arising from the client’s acquisition of the XL Group.
  • Advising on the transfer of a portfolio of long-term insurance business from Abbey Life Assurance to Phoenix Life.
  • Advising on the transferral of a portfolio of long-term insurance business from Blackrock Life to Scottish Equitable.
  • Representing the States of Guernsey via its insurer (the Insurance Corporation of the Channel Islands) in defence of all insured claims of substance brought against the Government.
  • Acting for Equity Insurance (and a number of other large UK-based insurers) on claims arising from insurance-backed risks in Guernsey.

WALKERS

WALKERS has recently experienced a significant expansion of its insurance offering following the addition of renowned insurance expert Kate Storey from Appleby. The full-service practice provides leading advice on the establishment and administration of captive insurance vehicles, insurance-linked securities and alternative risk transfer transactions, collateralised reinsurance transactions and general regulatory advice. On the corporate side, the firm handles M&A transactions, joint venture terminations and the creation of insurers in the Guernsey market.

Practice head(s):

Kate Storey

Testimonials

A dedicated team with recognised expertise and a proven ability to solve problems as well as providing practical advice

Kate Storey is an acknowledged expert in the area of pension longevity

Key clients

Clare Management Company

ClaRe PCC Limited

Barbican Group

Avantis Limited (formerly Heritage Group)

Robus Group

Gower Financial Services

MDDUS

Work highlights

  • Advising on the structuring of investment by insurance-linked securities investors into an innovative hybrid investment/insurance protected cell company structure, ClaRe PCC, which reinsures Lloyd’s syndicates and other insurance and non-insurance companies.
  • Recently acted as lead counsel for Avantis on the sale of Heritage Insurance Brokers to Artex Risk Solutions.

Appleby

Appleby’s insurance offering has a particular focus on providing the firm’s corporate clients with Guernsey-specific insurance law and regulation advice concerning global M&A transactions. The practice also has expertise in insurance-linked securities and regularly provides advice on the licensing process and requirements for establishing insurance intermediaries in Guernsey.

Ogier

Ogier’s insurance offering sits firmly in the firm’s corporate and commercial practice and has the ability to provide Guernsey-specific insurance law and regulatory advice, including on competition law's application to the industry. Bryon Rees' expertise includes advising incorporated insurers on their Guernsey domiciliation exercises and the team also provides regulatory advice on the establishment and administration of captive insurance cell companies.

Practice head(s):

Byron Rees, Simon Davies, Mathew Newman, Craig Cordle

Work highlights

  • Advised Assicurazioni Generali on the €420 million sale of a Guernsey licensed insurer (with branches worldwide) and investment licensee subsidiary to Life Company Consolidation Group.
  • Guernsey legal adviser to EEA Life Settlements Fund PCC Limited, which invests in life insurance policies primarily issued in the United States.
  • Advised Burford Capital Limited on the creation of new Guernsey domiciled insurer Burford Worldwide Insurance Limited.
  • Assisting Prudential with the restructuring of a cell of a protected cell company licenced under the Insurance Business (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law 2002 into a separate stand-alone protected cell company.