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Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 2

US firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP has a well-established presence in the London insurance scene, advising major insurers, investors, brokers and intermediaries on big-ticket M&A, regulatory issues and insurance-linked securities matters. Joseph Ferraro's 'highly recommended' team includes the highly regarded Andrew Tromans, who is described as having 'more in-depth knowledge of insurance actuarial and business M&A matters than some actuaries or M&A advisory firms have.' The London team regularly works with their US counterparts on cross-border matters such as advising Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited on its $2.6bn acquisition by Apollo Global Management.


‘The team consistently provides prompt, pragmatic advice.’

‘Speed of response and knowledge of the practice area makes Willkie stand out.’

‘Willkie Farr & Gallagher have worked with all insurance M&A players and insurance M&A advisers. Hence they know the market, the players, the market standards and terms. Given their constant exposure to insurance M&A, they can properly estimate costs and offer alternative fee arrangements and deliver against it. Legal issues are identified easily by this team and addressed as required in lean legal documentation. Highly recommended – my insurance M&A go to team.’

‘Andrew Tromans is extremely knowledgeable, practical and solution focused – an ideal combination for in-house clients.’

‘Andrew Tromans is not only an expert in insurance M&A – he is more than just a legal adviser and has more in-depth knowledge of insurance actuarial and business M&A matters than some actuaries or M&A advisory firms have.’

‘Andy Tromans provides consistently high quality, commercially focused advice and service on the most difficult of insurance law specific issues.’

‘Andy Tromans is my most trusted adviser and, without question, one of the finest lawyers in the London market.’

Andrew Tromans is very responsive, very smart and most importantly commercially savvy – one of our go-to lawyers.’

Key clients

Aspen Insurance Holdings

OSG / Aquiline




MS Amlin



RenRe Ventures

Lancashire Insurance Holdings

Private equity: transactions – mid-tier – up to £250m Tier 2

Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP's London PE practice was greatly strengthened by the arrival of key practitioners Gavin Gordon and David Arnold from Kirkland & Ellis International LLP in May 2019. The pair add weight to a team that already included highly regarded partner Claire McDaid. The 'highly commercial' team has won new clients including Opengate Capital Management, JC Flowers and Oak Hill Capital Partners. Key partners in the practice in addition to Gordon and Arnold include François Feuillat. New-York based partners Jeffrey Poss and Neil Townsend are joint heads of the global offering.


The team is never righteous and always helps the client find a solution. It doesn’t gold-plate its services unless the client asks it to, so the value for money is excellent as well.’

Key clients

TA Associates

PAI Partners

Warburg Pincus

IK Investment Partners

Opengate Capital Management

Blue Water Energy LLP

Insight Venture Partners

Bregal Freshstream LLP

Genstar Capital Partners

JC Flowers

Oak Hill Capital Partners

Riverstone LLC

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime Tier 2

Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP is adept at handling compliance, investigations and enforcement matters. Areas of expertise include advising clients on anti-money laundering, sanctions and fraud matters relating to the UK Bribery Act and the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. It is experienced in dealing with investigations by the SFO, FCA, CMA, HMRC in the UK and, in the US, the DoJ, SEC, and Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Head of team Peter Burrell is recommended for his experience in compliance and internal corporate investigations as well as defence work. Simon Osborn-King joined as partner from Slaughter and May.

Key clients

Anthony Allen

Alstom Power Limited


Afren plc

Private funds Tier 5

Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP's asset management group is viewed by some clients as a 'trusted long-term partner'. The practice covers the full scope of fund formation work, from assistance with fund structuring and investment management arrangements to ancillary tax and regulatory advice. The team handles a number of innovative energy-related and emerging markets fund instructions, with practice head Solomon Wifa leading a team advising CardinalStone Capital Advisors on the establishment of its first private equity fund dedicated to investing in Nigeria.  Henrietta de Salis is the name to note for funds regulatory work.


‘Practical advice informed by up-to-date market knowledge‘.

Solomon Wifa has excellent market knowledge and a pragmatic approach; he is happy to get stuck into the detail himself‘.

Key clients

Impax Group plc

NTR plc

Uhuru Investment Partners

Blue Water Energy LLP

Synergy Capital Managers Ltd

CardinalStone Capital

CapVest Partners LLP

CERN Pension Fund

Accor Hotels

Banque Cantonale de Geneva

Willkie Farr & Gallagher is an elite international law firm with approximately 700 attorneys in twelve offices throughout the United States and Europe.

Opened in 1988, the London office comprises approximately 70 attorneys providing asset management, competition, compliance, investigations and enforcement, corporate, finance, insurance, M&A, private equity, restructuring and tax advice to UK, US and international clients. Collaborating with Willkie colleagues internationally, the team advises private equity sponsors, public and private companies, investors and financial services institutions on a variety of high-profile matters.

Types of work undertaken:

Antitrust & Competition: Willkie advises on a broad range of EU and UK competition matters, including cross-border mergers, cartels, dominance cases and competition litigation.

Asset Management: The London asset management team represents sponsors in the formation of, and institutional investors investing in, private equity, hedge, debt, mezzanine, infrastructure, real estate, energy and venture capital funds covering a variety of sectors, and has extensive experience on a broad range of secondary transactions, secondary directs, co-investment deals, management spinouts and managed accounts.

Business Reorganisation & Restructuring: Willkie’s London restructuring team is part of the firm’s highly regarded international restructuring practices in New York, Houston, Paris and Frankfurt, with experience in all aspects of business and financial restructurings and insolvency matters. It advises companies, creditors and other stakeholders, with a focus on complex cross-border mandates.

Capital Markets/Finance: Willkie London represents issuers and other financial institutions in sophisticated capital-raising transactions, including IPOs, Rule 144A offerings, secondary equity offerings, high yield and other debt issuances, rescue financings, PIPEs, private placements, block and other securities trades, leveraged finance, bank/senior credit financings and mezzanine financings.

Compliance, Investigations & Enforcement: Willkie represents public companies, financial institutions and their executives in all aspects of compliance, investigations and enforcement, and in particular high-stakes matters and all types of financial crimes. The team is distinguished as an elite international practice, joining up the experience of litigators in the US, UK and Continental Europe to provide an integrated platform of legal services covering multiple jurisdictions and geographies.

Financial Services Regulatory: The financial services team in London acts for corporates and financial institutions on a wide range of regulatory and compliance matters and UK and EU regulatory developments. The team has significant experience across a wide range of financial products including securities, funds, derivatives and structured products and advises on strategic transactions in connection with M&A, capital markets and restructurings, and governance and conduct matters.

Insurance & Reinsurance: The London insurance team is part of Willkie’s firmwide interdisciplinary practice, which includes corporate, tax, regulatory and litigation capabilities. The team’s insurance industry attorneys have received significant recognition for advising general insurers, life insurers, reinsurers, investment banks, brokers, private equity funds and hedge funds in insurance-related transactions.

Litigation: Willkie London’s litigation team frequently advises clients from across the broad spectrum of industry, in particular financial institutions and corporates. Acting for both claimants and defendants, the team has extensive experience of a wide range of complex and frequently multi-jurisdictional civil disputes and proceedings, including High Court litigation, international and national arbitrations, mediation and regulatory and statutory proceedings.

Private Equity/M&A: Willkie is recognised as having one of the leading private equity transactional practices in Europe and the United States. It is one of few international law firms with extensive experience in virtually every type of private equity transaction, from early-stage venture capital financings to complex cross-border, multi-billion dollar leveraged buyouts and going-private transactions.

Tax: Willkie London advises on corporate and international tax matters, including structures for UK and international business investments, and the tax aspects of public and private M&A, private equity investments, joint ventures/partnerships, fund formation, reorganisations and demergers, insolvency and restructurings, capital markets issues, structured finance, property developments and investments, and employee share plans.

Willkie offices: New York, Washington, Houston, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Chicago, Paris, London, Frankfurt, Brussels, Milan, Rome


Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman Thomas M Cerabino
Chairman Steven J Gartner
London managing partner Peter Burrell
Photo Name Position Profile
 David Arnold  photo David Arnold
Mr Nicholas Bugler  photo Mr Nicholas Bugler
Mr Peter Burrell  photo Mr Peter Burrell
Mr Philip Coletto  photo Mr Philip Coletto
Mr Joseph Ferraro  photo Mr Joseph Ferraro
Mr François Feuillat  photo Mr François Feuillat
 Mark Fine  photo Mark Fine
 Sebastian FitzGerald  photo Sebastian FitzGerald
 Philipp Girardet  photo Philipp Girardet
Mr Gavin Gordon  photo Mr Gavin Gordon
Ms Judith Harger  photo Ms Judith Harger
Mr Graham Lane  photo Mr Graham Lane
 Iben Madsen  photo Iben Madsen
Mr Aymen Mahmoud  photo Mr Aymen Mahmoud
Ms Claire McDaid  photo Ms Claire McDaid
Ms Rita Mitchell  photo Ms Rita Mitchell
 Jane Scobie  photo Jane Scobie
 Jennifer Tait  photo Jennifer Tait
Mr Andrew Tromans  photo Mr Andrew Tromans
Mr Solomon Wifa  photo Mr Solomon Wifa
 Henrietta de Salis  photo Henrietta de Salis
Number of resident partners : 22
Number of resident fee-earners : 50+