BLP enhances Insurance Practice with appointment of industry leader – Geraldine Quirk

International law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has today (20 August 2015) announced the appointment of Geraldine Quirk as a Partner in its Insurance practice to enhance its non-contentious insurance and financial services regulatory expertise.

Gerry is an acknowledged market leader with sought after expertise in insurance business and portfolio transfer schemes, as well as having specialist knowledge of schemes of arrangement and regulatory work. Before joining BLP, she was a partner within the corporate insurance team at Clyde & Co. Previous clients include PwC, R&Q, AXA and Enstar.

Gerry’s hire will significantly bolster the Firm’s insurance offering, augmenting its already strong insurance litigation, financial regulatory practices and its corporate insurance business led by Adam Bogdanor. Adam has recently worked on market-leading deals such as the $250 million sale of Towers Watson’s reinsurance broking business to JLT. Anthony Lennox and Jonathan Sacher have been leading the insurance/reinsurance team at BLP, assisting financial institutions across the full spectrum of insurance specialisms and have acted on industry wide issues such as WTC claims and the financial institution losses emerging from US corporate collapses. The team also advises some of the world’s largest insurance and reinsurance companies on non-contentious, corporate and regulatory matters.

Jonathan Sacher, Head of Insurance, BLP, commented: “Gerry is a market leader within the sector in a number of specialist areas, particularly insurance transfers, and her appointment will play a key role helping us broaden the scope of our capabilities in this field. Her sector experience and reputation will be invaluable in ensuring that we can offer our clients advice across a full range of legal issues relevant to their business.”

Gerry Quirk added: “The move to BLP will allow me to play a significant role in growing the firm’s already market-leading insurance practice. I will look to use my experience and contacts to help strengthen relationships with existing London market and international insurers. Given the focus and pressures clients are currently experiencing in regulation, I am looking forward to working with a market-leading regulatory practice and expanding my work in this area.”

This announcement follows that of the recent expansion of the corporate practice at BLP with the hire of regulatory Partner Martin Sandler, and Katherine Mulhern and Bobby Schrader, who provide BLP with a focused US securities offering and provide clients with strength and depth in US securities advice and transactional experience.

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