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Latin-America Guide

Insurance — Latin America-wide


Clyde & Co LLP - Insurance Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Heavyweight London-based firm supported by offices in Brazil, Venezuela, Spain and Mexico. Continues to target significant multi-jurisdictional claims in both insurance and reinsurance, with liability-related issues emerging as a particular area of strength. Frequently instructed by major international insurers and reinsurers to provide counsel on matters involving key names from the food processing, transport and shipping industries amongst others. Practice is bolstered by additional expertise in M&A and dispute resolution.

Strengths One impressed client enthuses: "I think they have always assisted us well. We like to say that we throw the ball to them and they catch it perfectly. They always make themselves available to us and give us advice with a commercial drive, which is what we are usually looking for."

Another market observer further confirms the firm's strong insurance track record, stating: "They're a really top firm and they always provide a high standard of work."

Notable practitioners

Department co-head Peter Hirst is lauded by peers for the high calibre and profile of the work he undertakes, particularly in the Brazilian market. He is revered for his long-standing experience handling contentious insurance matters, frequently representing clients from the energy and shipping sectors in both arbitral and litigious mandates.

Brazil-based department co-head Stirling Leech routinely delivers assistance to key global insurers calling upon his recognised expertise in Latin American affairs. One market onlooker states: "He knows the industry and is forward and commercially thinking. This is very good for our business."

Partner Lee Bacon offers particular expertise in insurance and reinsurance-related disputes and is respected by market commentators for his broad Latin American practice. He has an additional focus on matters of subrogation and policy coverage.

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DAC Beachcroft LLP - Insurance Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Powerhouse department benefiting from local offices throughout several key Latin American jurisdictions. Team remains a leading choice for British and American insurers and reinsurers seeking advice for matters including concurrent insurance, fraud, and product and civil liability. Further experienced in handling the full complement of insurance-related disputes, including those involving sophisticated settlement structures. Reviewing, managing and resolving claims against governmental entities in the region also feature amongst the firm's capabilities.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's teamwork, commenting: "The level of service is very high. They have an excellent relationship within the team, which is reflected in the day-to-day work. The co-ordination is very good and the communication is very fluent."

The firm receives further endorsement with sources stating: "They have always provided a first-class service. They have an excellent understanding of our business and their advice is based very much on achieving a resolution in the most efficient and effective manner."

Work highlight Assisted multiple global reinsurers with the litigation, settlement structure, and liaison with interested liability insurers following the 2015 collapse of the Brazilian Samarco Dam. The total claims resulting from the incident are thus far valued at approximately USD50 billion.

Notable practitioners

Observers highlight Mark Kendall for his contributions to the Latin American insurance market. He is strong across the insurance and reinsurance gamut, with his strengths encompassing property and international casualty along with product liability and recall in a variety of industries.

Anthony Menzies is held in high esteem by market sources for his proven track record in insurance and reinsurance matters in the maritime, transport and energy industries. One client attests: "Anthony provides straightforward, no-nonsense advice which you can trust. He will always recommend the most effective and cost-efficient course of action."

Duncan Strachan garners praises from market commentators for his presence across the insurance arena. He concentrates his activity on losses in the Latin American market, offering additional expertise in sector-related disputes and advising reinsurers on major incidents.

Associate-to-watch Lucy Dyson maintains a solid presence in the Latin American insurance space, frequently assisting insurers and reinsurers with cross-border matters. She possesses particular acumen in higher-value losses as well as in the property and casualty sector.

About the Team (content provided by DAC Beachcroft LLP)

What we do

Our Latin America-wide Insurance team provides an extensive service to insurers and reinsurers across the Lloyd's, London, European and US markets, with a particular strength in advising on complex and high-value claims. Our expert team understands that their clients want straightforward and clear legal advice, and they want long-term relationships with lawyers who are able to resolve disputes through arbitration and mediation, as well as litigation.

What we are known for

A Unique Service for the International Market

  • We are the eyes and ears of our clients locally for handling large losses.​
  • The team combine the mix of local knowledge and international expertise, so clients put their trust in us to represent their interests before the cedant, the adjuster, the broker and the Insured.
  • We report to the international market on a regular basis under the London market standard, which represents a high level of understanding, especially considering the cultural differences.
  • Being a proper DAC Beachcroft office in this jurisdiction opens the local practice to the globe, which means that the team work with in collaboration with the rest of our networks of offices throughout Latin America, UK, Miami and Spain – offering a unique service on the international market.

Specialisations

  • Insurance​
  • Reinsurance
  • Dispute resolution
  • Civil and commercial litigation
  • Corporate
  • Real Estate
  • Tax / Administrative

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HFW - Insurance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Top-tier practice heavily involved in the Brazilian, Mexican and Peruvian insurance and reinsurance markets. Deep bench is well equipped to advise on high-value, sophisticated mandates including subrogation and dispute resolution proceedings. Frequently called upon to represent clients in cross-border insurance and reinsurance matters pertaining to the maritime, aviation, public utilities and energy ambits. Also offers specialised advice to key global insurers and reinsurers on mandates such as business interruption and D&O claims. Recently signed a co-operation arrangement with newly formed Brazilian insurance boutique, Costa & Lasalvia Advogados.

Strengths Peers highlight HFW for its Latin American work with insureds. The firm also gets particular praise for having "a well-known aviation practice," particularly in Brazil.

Notable practitioners

"Outstanding" partner Jonathan Bruce continues to add to his stellar track record in Latin American insurance and reinsurance mandates. He is valued for his work on significant claims in the energy and marine sectors and is singled out by one market onlooker as "an excellent tactician and strategist in terms of driving litigation proceedings towards a successful conclusion."

Interviewees laud co-head of department Christopher Cardona for his "brilliant and long-standing reputation" in Latin America-wide insurance and reinsurance mandates. Frequently instructed by multinational insurers and brokers, with notable activity in Mexico, he is additionally involved in insurance-related dispute resolution.

Head of HFW's São Paulo office Jeremy Shebson delivers specialised advice to clients throughout Latin America. He comes recommended for "his speciality in aviation," with strong activity in sector-related multi-jurisdictional matters.

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Clausen Miller LLP - Insurance Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Esteemed London boutique with broad capabilities in the insurance and reinsurance arenas. Team benefits from notable experience in the Brazilian reinsurance market as well as in sector-related litigious and arbitral matters. Routinely works with leading international insurers and reinsurers, boasting a noticeable track record assisting with mandates from the natural resources and shipping industries that involve parties from Brazil, Costa Rica and the UK.

Strengths Sources confirm Clausen Miller's flexibility, commenting: "The service is tailored to the needs of individual clients. They don't fit the client into a box that suits the organisation of the firm, but provide a service that focuses on the commercial needs of the client."

Notable practitioners

John Startin stands out to clients, who note: "He understands the insurance and reinsurance markets and is able to advise clients as to what will work and what will not. He will advocate towards a realistic outcome that takes full account of the commercial position of all parties concerned."

Praising his specialised knowledge, interviewees say of Jonathan Hall: "He really understands the technologies that we're talking about, he has done a lot of homework and is very well-versed on the technical aspects."

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Kennedys Americas LLP - Insurance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly specialised practice in the insurance and reinsurance arena. Practice is headquartered in Miami and benefits from regional offices located throughout Latin America, with its most recent establishment in Argentina. Well-versed in handling coverage issues related to D&O programmes and arbitral proceedings. Team routinely provides counsel on mandates originating from the construction and natural resources industries.

Strengths Sources praise the firm for its client-focused approach, enthusing: "They were very good at addressing the issues at hand and explaining them to us and were very open to having conversations and making changes to the wording."

Notable practitioners

Miami-based Alex Guillamont is consistently instructed by key insurers and reinsurers to advise on mandates including liability programmes and coverage. One pleased source notes: "He gives us a new perspective - he always tries to bring new things to the table and keep us up to date with the region."

Market onlookers recognise David Chadwick as a practitioner who "does complex work and is liked by clients." Advising on policy including political risk features amongst his areas of strength, as does counselling varied financial institutions on their regional activity.

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Band 1

HFW

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Outstanding" partnerJonathan Bruce continues to add to his stellar track record in Latin American insurance and reinsurance mandates. He is valued for his work on significant claims in the energy and marine sectors and is singled out by one market onlooker as "an excellent tactician and strategist in terms of driving litigation proceedings towards a successful conclusion."

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Christopher Cardona

HFW

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Interviewees laud co-head of department Christopher Cardona for his "brilliant and long-standing reputation" in Latin America-wide insurance and reinsurance mandates. Frequently instructed by multinational insurers and brokers, with notable activity in Mexico, he is additionally involved in insurance-related dispute resolution.

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Band 1

Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Peter Hirst is lauded by peers for the high calibre and profile of the work he undertakes, particularly in the Brazilian market. He is revered for his long-standing experience handling contentious insurance matters, frequently representing clients from the energy and shipping sectors in both arbitral and litigious mandates.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Kennedys Americas LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Miami-based Alex Guillamont is consistently instructed by key insurers and reinsurers to advise on mandates including liability programmes and coverage. One pleased source notes: "He gives us a new perspective - he always tries to bring new things to the table and keep us up to date with the region."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Observers highlight Mark Kendall for his contributions to the Latin American insurance market. He is strong across the insurance and reinsurance gamut, with his strengths encompassing property and international casualty along with product liability and recall in a variety of industries.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Clyde & Co

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Brazil-based department co-head Stirling Leech routinely delivers assistance to key global insurers calling upon his recognised expertise in Latin American affairs. One market onlooker states: "He knows the industry and is forward and commercially thinking. This is very good for our business."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Anthony Menzies is held in high esteem by market sources for his proven track record in insurance and reinsurance matters in the maritime, transport and energy industries. One client attests: "Anthony provides straightforward, no-nonsense advice which you can trust. He will always recommend the most effective and cost-efficient course of action."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Clausen Miller LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

John Startin stands out to clients, who note: "He understands the insurance and reinsurance markets and is able to advise clients as to what will work and what will not. He will advocate towards a realistic outcome that takes full account of the commercial position of all parties concerned."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Lee Bacon offers particular expertise in insurance and reinsurance-related disputes and is respected by market commentators for his broad Latin American practice. He has an additional focus on matters of subrogation and policy coverage.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Kennedys

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market onlookers recognise David Chadwick as a practitioner who "does complex work and is liked by clients." Advising on policy including political risk features amongst his areas of strength, as does counselling varied financial institutions on their regional activity.

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Band 3

Francisco Fernández Guerra-Fletes

Colin Vega Fletes, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Francisco Fernández Guerra-Fletes of Colin Vega Fletes, S.C. receives praise for his strong track record in representing insureds, with sources noting: "He's a very good practitioner and is very well respected in the Mexican and Miami markets. He has always been well reputed in London for his Mexican work." 

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Band 3

Clausen Miller LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Praising his specialised knowledge, interviewees say of Jonathan Hall: "He really understands the technologies that we're talking about, he has done a lot of homework and is very well-versed on the technical aspects."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Signature Litigation LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Hermes Marangos of Signature Litigation LLP is noted by one interviewee for his strength in coverage issues. He receives further praise for his work across the region as a whole, as one client notes: "If I need anything in Latin America, Hermes is my go-to lawyer. I trust him implicitly."

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Band 3

HFW Consultores em Direito Estrangeiro

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of HFW's São Paulo office Jeremy Shebson delivers specialised advice to clients throughout Latin America. He comes recommended for "his speciality in aviation," with strong activity in sector-related multi-jurisdictional matters.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Duncan J Strachan

DAC Beachcroft LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Duncan Strachan garners praises from market commentators for his presence across the insurance arena. He concentrates his activity on losses in the Latin American market, offering additional expertise in sector-related disputes and advising reinsurers on major incidents.

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Associates to watch

DAC Beachcroft LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Lucy Dyson maintains a solid presence in the Latin American insurance space, frequently assisting insurers and reinsurers with cross-border matters. She possesses particular acumen in higher-value losses as well as in the property and casualty sector.

^ See whole ranking table