The insurance industry has faced major challenges in recent years. This has included changes in market conditions such as the low interest environment, a huge amount of regulatory change, the need to become more efficient (both from a regulatory capital perspective and to improve profitability), changes in distribution channels and therefore strategies, disposals of non-core businesses (most frequently) or acquisitions ultimately to increase efficiency through economies of scale.

We have also helped clients to transfer or take on risk, playing a leading role in the now thriving market for transfer of longevity risk and otherwise to improve regulatory capital positions.

Insurers are increasingly focusing on “digital” to grow customer numbers, enhance efficiencies and remain competitive.

Our global specialists in corporate insurance, M&A, litigation, restructuring and insolvency, capital markets, tax, employment, TMT and regulatory matters advise insurance companies, investment banks and other financial institutions in the sector.

Recent insurance transactions:
  • AXA S.A. on the €1.165bn proposed disposal of AXA Life Europe DAC 
  • Amlin on the £3.48bn recommended cash offer by Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company Limited to acquire the entire issued share capital of Amlin
  • Friends Life Group on the £5.6bn recommended takeover by Aviva
  • Rothesay Life plc on the reinsurance and proposed transfer of a portfolio of annuities and supporting assets from Scottish Equitable plc, the UK subsidiary of Aegon N.V.
  • the Trustee of the Vickers Group Pension Scheme in relation to a £1.1bn whole scheme pension buyout with Legal and General Assurance Society Limited
  • AXA on the £650m sale of its UK life insurance and investment and pensions businesses in three simultaneous auction processes
  • Swiss Re on the acquisition of Guardian for £1.6bn from Cinven, followed by Part VII transfers into ReAssure
  • Athene Holding on the acquisition of the Delta Lloyd Deutschland group
  • RSA on the £403m sale of its Latin American business (Argentina, Brasil, Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Uruguay) to Suramericana, the insurance subsidiary of Grupo Sura
  • a global insurance provider on a first of its kind data analytics partnership between it and one of its key bancassurance partners in the Asia region
  • PZU, Poland and the CEE's largest insurance company, on the sale of their Lithuanian subsidiary to Norwegian insurer, Gjensidige
Rankings and awards
Tier 1 Firm for Insurance: Non-contentious Chambers UK, 2018
Tier 1 Firm for Insurance: Corporate and Regulatory Legal500, 2017
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