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Jane Childs

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Insurance and Reinsurance


Jane Childs is a partner in the London office of Mayer Brown's Insurance & Reinsurance practice. Jane is one of the lead financial lines partners in the group and has extensive experience of handling complex, high-value crime, civil liability and D&O claims in this sector. Jane is at the forefront of advising the insurance market on Madoff matters, as well as issues arising out of the Lehman collapse. She also handles significant and very sensitive D&O claims, including those with US securities class action exposure, wide-ranging regulatory investigations and complex offshore trust and administration liability issues. Jane works with the firm's global Hedge Fund practice as well as the global Financial Institutions Response Unit which was set up to help clients respond to the dislocation in the credit markets. Jane is advising a range of clients on coverage and defence implications of the credit crisis, including the impact on the insurance industry of possible bank insolvencies, nationalisations and sovereign default. Most recently, Jane and our capital markets experts have been advising insurers on the implications of emerging LIBOR claims. Jane also works with insurers to create new insurance products and has played a pivotal role drafting wordings for stockbrokers’ liability, professional liability for financial institutions, and bulk annuity buy-in and buyout policies for the pensions sector. She advises pensions trustees on all insurance aspects of bulk annuity policies including the capital structures of insurers, priorities on insurance insolvency, recourse to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, insurer regulation and negotiations of buy-in and buyout insurance products.


University of Auckland 1994; BCom/LLB (Hons)

London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Jane Childs - Mayer Brown International LLP

Within: Insurance and reinsurance litigation

Mayer Brown International LLP advises insurers on disputes across a variety of insurance sectors, including multi-jurisdictional coverage, warranty and indemnity policies, D&O, transactional liability and cyber insurance. Practice head William Glassey has particular expertise in professional indemnity, while Jane Childs specialises on financial lines and transactional liability claims. After a number of departures in 2017 and 2018, the firm reaffirmed its commitment to the sector with the promotion of two partners - James Whitaker and James Morris.

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Insurance: corporate and regulatory

Within: Insurance: corporate and regulatory

Mayer Brown International LLP's activity in the insurance sphere is focused on M&A, longevity insurance swap transactions, protection (re)insurance policies and catastrophe bonds. The practice is led by Colin Scagell, who has 'a wealth of knowledge' in insurance linked security (ILS) transactions and is 'friendly, knowledgeable, accessible and responsive' - providing an 'exemplary client service'. 2018 was a fruitful year for the team, as it was bolstered with the addition of 'outstanding insurance and corporate finance lawyer' Jeremy Hill, who joined as a senior counsel from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, while Rebecca Bothamley was promoted to the partnership. The 'exceptionally collaborative' Jane Childs heads up the firm’s UK pensions risk transfer group.

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