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Jon Yorke

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Business Restructuring & Reorganization
Insurance & Reinsurance


Jon Yorke is a partner in Cooley's London office. He joined the firm in 2015 and has extensive experience in all aspects of insolvency and restructuring in a wide variety of industries. He has gained detailed knowledge of cross-border insolvency issues and has acted extensively in relation to the failure of regulated entities, particularly insurance companies.


  • Insolvency Lawyers Association
  • Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3)
  • INSOL Europe
  • Insurance & Reinsurance Legacy Association (IRLA)
  • Licensed Insolvency Practitioner


University of Essex
LLB, 2003

London: Finance

Corporate restructuring and insolvency

Within: Corporate restructuring and insolvency

At Cooley (UK) LLP, Jon Yorkeknows everything there is to know about schemes of arrangement, and has orchestrated most of the big ones - particularly in the insurance market’; he is currently advising the administrators of Mediterranean Re, an insolvent reinsurance company. The arrival of finance partner John Clark from Mayer Brown International LLP in March 2016 enhanced the team’s expertise, not only on new money mandates, but also restructurings and on behalf of distressed debt investors.

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London: Insurance

Insurance: corporate and regulatory

Within: Insurance: corporate and regulatory

Cooley (UK) LLP’s ‘excellent, commercial lawyers’ provide ‘sound advice on the law’ and ‘are aware of how to act to best protect the client’s commercial interests’. The team handles the full range of insurance and reinsurance-related matters, offering support with policy placement negotiation, book sales and purchases, compliance matters and insolvencies. Notable work included advising Rollings Oliver, the administrators of MedRe, on all matter arising from its insolvency including claims negotiation, administration agreements and policy construction. The team also acted for Ambridge Europe as underwriter in over twenty transactions, and advised NFU Mutual on several outsourcing, licensing and technology procurement contracts, as well as its £18m cyber security programme. Key practitioners include Jon Yorke, who has notable insolvency and restructuring expertise and advises extensively on schemes of arrangement; Mark Everiss, who focuses on M&A due diligence and policy construction issues; and David Kendall, who has substantial experience across contentious and non-contentious insurance.

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Insurance: insolvency and restructuring

Within: Insurance: insolvency and restructuring

Cooley (UK) LLP provides ‘an excellent and committed service’, and the team is ‘highly responsive’ and ‘clearly understands the context of each matter, offering swift and sound advice’. The firm has recently assisted with various schemes of arrangement, most notably within the financial services sector, and also handles regulatory and compliance matters associated with insolvencies and restructuring activity. Highlights included advising Rollings Butt as administrators of Mediterranean Re on all matters arising from the latter’s insolvency, including obtaining a worldwide freezing order against one of its former directors. Practice head Jonathan Yorke has particular expertise in insolvency matters within the financial services sector, and John Clark, who is a recent arrival from Mayer Brown International LLP, is ‘an excellent commercial lawyer who provides sound advice’ and is ‘aware of how best to act to protect the client’s interests’. Emily Farrington is another key name.

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