Who’s Who Legal has just released its Insurance & Reinsurance 2015 Analysis, “a comprehensive analysis of the market, featuring 559 leading practitioners from 280 firms across 58 jurisdictions”, that highlights Hogan Lovells’ top international insurance practice. As the Analysis points out, “[o]nly a relatively small number of law firms can boast a global network of leading insurance lawyers.” Among this select few, “Hogan Lovells . . . impresses with its expansive offering, taking a leading position in both the EU and US markets.”
Here’s the full WWL report:
Hogan Lovells also garners an “incredible” 20 listings from offices across the Americas and Europe. Seven practitioners are featured from the US, with four stationed in New York. Frank Monaco is an insurance and reinsurance M&A, regulatory and financing specialist with a “wealth of experience”. Sean Keely focuses his practice on the litigation and arbitration of insurance disputes, working with clients across the US, Europe and Asia. James FitzPatrick heads the firm’s US corporate insurance practice and specialises in transactions, financing and M&A deals. He is “accessible and easy to work with”, making him a “first point of call” for many. Pieter Van Tol is a litigation specialist and has represented domestic and international reinsurance clients in fields including property, life insurance and insurance insolvency. In Washington, DC David Hensler has a complex litigation focused practice, handling jury and non-jury trials for clients in the insurance industry. California-based Dean Hansell works out of the firm’s Los Angeles office and specialises in litigation and government enforcement actions. He is a “real life saver” to clients and a “top choice”. David Newmann, who divides his time between the Philadelphia and Washington, DC offices handles US and international litigation and arbitration relating to insurance disputes and offers clients “an expert opinion”. Also in the Americas, Gonzalo Rodriguez-Matos in Venezuela advises both domestic and international clients on insurance matters within Venezuela, including contract matters and setting up contracts.
In Europe four practitioners are featured in the firm’s London office. Tim Goggin offers advice on corporate and regulatory matters in insurance including M&A and joint ventures and is a “technical genius” who “will always go above and beyond for a client”. Victor Fornasier has “impressive experience” in advising insurers, reinsurers and corporate policy holders on all aspects of insurance in the UK. Nick Atkins advises clients in relation to contentious and non-contentious insurance and reinsurance issues and is a “leading light” in the London insurance market. Charles Rix has a “superb” practice which covers domestic and cross-border M&A, takeovers, demergers, joint ventures and general corporate advisory work. Two names are highlighted from France. Sébastien Gros leads the financial institutions group in Paris and advises clients on domestic and cross-border M&A, portfolio transfers and group reorganisations. Thomas Rouhette is head of the French dispute resolution practice and specialises in commercial litigation and product liability cases. He offers “simple and reasoned solutions to complex issues”. In Germany two lawyers are also included. Christoph Louven heads the corporate/M&A practice in Continental Europe and is “fabulous” on complex cross-border M&A and other transactions pertaining to insurance companies. Christopher Küppers focuses his practice on the tax implications of insurance investments and transactions and is a “dedicated practitioner”. There are also two lawyers from Spain recommended. Luis Alfonso Fernández Manzano leads the firm’s contentious insurance and reinsurance practice in Spain, and is “the person you want on your side in a dispute”. Joaquin Ruiz Echauri is head of the Spanish insurance and reinsurance and product liability team and offers “considered, succinct advice” to clients. In Poland, Beata Balas-Noszczyk is head of the department of financial institutions at the firm and has “unsurpassed experience in insurance law in Poland”. The “brilliant” Christopher Noblet in Hungary advises international and domestic investors and public bodies on M&A and financing projects relating to insurance.