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Clare Swirski is an international consultant in Debevoise's London office. Her practice focusses on advising insurers and other financial institutions on a range of transactional and regulatory matters.


Ms. Swirski has over 20 years’ experience advising financial institutions on the full range of corporate matters, including share and business acquisitions, joint ventures, reinsurance, longevity transactions, distribution agreements and group reorganisations.

Ms. Swirski has also advised multinational insurers on key regulatory developments impacting the sector, including general governance issues, SIMR, with-profits regulation, Solvency II and Brexit issues.


Ms. Swirski has played an active role in the development of the regulatory environment for insurers in the UK. She has previously liaised with HM Treasury on changes to Part VII legislation and was a member of a group of City lawyers responding to EIOPA Solvency II consultations. She was also a member of the insurance subgroup of the Financial Markets Law Committee, which most recently considered regulatory issues arising from Brexit.


Ms. Swirski received her B.Sc. Hons followed by a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics in 1986 from the University of Liverpool, followed by a Fogarty fellowship for post-doctoral work at Stanford University Medical Center, California. She became a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales in 1994.

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London > Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory

(Hall of Fame)

Clare SwirskiDebevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP handles complex, cross-border M&A transactions as well as provding advice on the full gamut of regulatory issues for insurance sector clients. The firm is also recommended for its work in reinsurance as well as capital markets and financing. Practice head Clare Swirski focuses on insurance-based M&A, share and business sales, reinsurance and the effects Solvency II. Co-head James C Scoville deals with transactions involving insurance companies. Benjamin Lyon, a dual English and New Zealand-qualified international counsel, advises on M&A in the Lloyd’s market.