Dan Schuster-Woldan > Linklaters LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Linklaters LLP

Work Department

Corporate, insurance, restructuring and insolvency.


Dan is a corporate partner based in London, who focuses on the financial services sector, with a particular emphasis on insurance. He has wide-ranging experience in public and private M&A, joint ventures, equity capital markets transactions (including many of the market’s most significant IPOs) and corporate restructuring work. Clients have turned to Dan for M&A advice on projects across Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa, giving him extensive cross-border expertise. He has experience of working on deals that have high levels of public, political and market scrutiny.

Dan’s experience includes advising: Old Mutual on its proposed managed separation (ongoing); Athene Holding on its proposed acquisition of Aegon Ireland (ongoing); AXA on disposals of its UK life insurance and savings businesses and its Portuguese business, and its acquisitions of Mansard Insurance (Nigeria) and of HSBC’s general insurance business in Asia and Mexico (with related long-term bancassurance distribution arrangements); RSA on the sale of its Latin American business to Suramericana and its Italian branches to ITAS Mutua; Julius Baer on the acquisition of Merrill Lynch’s international wealth management business; on the IPOs of Brit Insurance, Royal Mail and Direct Line Group and the HSBC rights issue; RTL Group on its IPO in Frankfurt and its investments in and disposals of Channel 5 (UK) and Alpha Media Group (Greece); RBS on the consortium bid for ABN AMRO and its recapitalisations by HM Treasury; Lloyds Banking Group on the sale of Abbey Life to Deutsche Bank; Hershey and Costain on their respective possible bids for Cadbury and Mouchel; on the financial restructurings / sales of HMV, GAME Group and DYWIDAG-Systems International.


Trained Linklaters; qualified 2002; associate Linklaters 2002-06; secondment to RBS, Group Transactions & Projects 2006; managing associate Linklaters 2006-10; secondment to Goldman Sachs, Investment Banking Division 2010; partner 2010 to date.


English, German, Spanish.


London School of Economics (1998 LLB).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory

Linklaters LLP is recognised for its de-risking practice, which covers buy-ins, buy-outs and longevity swaps. The department is also adept at dealing with M&A, reinsurance issues and internal reorganisations, including Part VII transfers, advisory work and distribution. Lorna Tennent oversees the team, advising multinational insurers on various aspects of Solvency II. Corporate lawyer Dan Schuster-Woldan is the global relationship partner for clients such as AXA and Phoenix and offers wide-ranging experience in public and private M&A, demergers, joint ventures, corporate restructurings and equity capital markets transactions. Duncan Barber is recommened for his work across the breadth of the non-contentious insurance space, particular focusing on M&A, reinsurances, distribution arrangements, financings and securitisations. Ben Wilkinson is another key name to note.

London > Corporate and commercial > M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+

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Dan Schuster-Woldan – Linklaters LLP

Drawing superlative praise from a litany of clients, Linklaters LLP has a near-unrivalled reputation for blockbuster public company deals, working with dozens of FTSE 100 entities on a wealth of multi-billion pound transactions. Global corporate head Simon Branigan manages a number of the firm’s most consequential client relationships, with recent highlights including acquisitions and disposals in the consumer goods, mining, and software sectors. Owen Clay – another key relationship partner for a diverse roster of market-leading corporates – possesses considerable expertise in conventional energy matters, as well as in TMT and manufacturing deals. Nick Rumsby is involved in a formidable volume of public M&A engagements, driving or advising upon a broad spectrum of big-ticket sales and purchases. In recent months, global infrastructure co-head Jessamy Gallagher has advised on cross-border acquisitions and investment transactions across the energy and utilities space, while Dan Schuster-Woldan is principally noted for his insurance sector acumen. Spearheading the team’s fintech offering, UK ring-fencing regime expert Fionnghuala Griggs is sought out by numerous financial institutions for her capabilities in multi-jurisdictional M&A and consortium deals. Derek Tong, who chairs the UK tech department, continues to handle high-value, cross-border matters, including strategic acquisitions and multi-jurisdictional carve-outs. Sarah Flaherty, who has returned to the practice after a two year secondment to the takeover panel, is noted for her expertise in mining and pharmaceutical transactions.