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Latin-America Guide

Insurance — Latin America-wide


Clyde & Co LLP - Insurance

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Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Peter Hirst and Stirling Leech
- 15 partners
- approximately 28 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly revered practice based in London and supported by offices in Brazil, Venezuela, Spain and most recently Mexico. Maintains its long-standing focus on Latin America and is routinely instructed to represent major insurers and reinsurers in high-profile insurance and reinsurance matters, including large and complex international claims. Noted for its respected team of lawyers offering litigation and arbitration services, in addition to advice on issues affecting various sectors, particularly oil and gas, infrastructure and shipping.

Strengths Clients hold the team in high esteem, saying: "They are excellent in every aspect - they are easy to work with, efficient, portray complex issues in an easily understood manner for clients and are brilliant in both strategy and negotiation."

The firm is lauded by market sources who comment: "The people at Clyde & Co really understand the needs of their clients and come back with comprehensive solutions."

Work highlights Represented 43 London market reinsurers and two Colombian insurers in a dispute with Banco de la República, the central bank of Colombia, over the interpretation of a professional indemnity insurance policy. This dispute was valued at USD600 million.

Defended Alstom Power and Alstom Brasil Energia e Transporte in a USD30 million ICC arbitration against a subrogated claim brought by Mitsui Sumitomo following loss and damage at a plant run by Alunorte. Alstom had a supply contract agreement with Alunorte for a steam generation system. Mitsui Sumitomo was the insurer of Alunorte in this matter.

Significant clients Sul América, Alstom.

Notable practitioners

Clients describe department co-head Peter Hirst as "very experienced, precise and focused," adding: "He is an excellent negotiator." He is renowned for his skills in both litigation and arbitration matters related to the insurance sector and has acted in major disputes spanning various industries, including energy, construction and shipping.

Practice co-head Stirling Leech has a distinguished insurance practice, regularly acting for major international insurers on mandates related to the oil and gas and shipping industries. He has a strong Latin American focus and benefits from significant knowledge of the Brazilian market.

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DAC Beachcroft LLP - Insurance

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Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Anthony Menzies
- 9 partners
- 23 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Cutting-edge team with a strong regional footprint, particularly in Colombia, Chile and Mexico. Handles a wide range of insurance and reinsurance issues, spanning real estate, tax and corporate matters. Dispute resolution, including both litigation and arbitration, is a further area of expertise. Regularly retained by key sector players to advise on matters associated with the infrastructure, energy and manufacturing industries. Increasingly assists with multi-jurisdictional cyber-risk insurance work.

Strengths Clients endorse the firm's local presence, with one noting: "I am particularly impressed with their growing footprint in the region. The Mexico office was my first point of contact and they have excellent professionals in other key countries in Latin America. In addition, the service is fantastic. The quality of the work, attention to detail and their personalised attention to each matter is a winning combination."

The firm is praised by clients for its accessibility and transparency, as one highlights: "Their lawyers are very approachable; they won't just do whatever they are told, they will have a quality discussion and explain why a certain course of action should be taken."

Work highlights Advised Chilena Consolidada, LIU and Hannover Re on the alleged involvement of the insured party, Agrosuper and Agroamerica, in a listeria outbreak claim. The civil action instigated against the companies was valued at USD100 million.

Retained by Liberty International Underwriters to advise on all claims, totalling USD3 million, originating from over ten D&O reinsurance policies relating to eight Colombian insured parties.

Significant clients Bupa, Berkley Insurance, MAPFRE, Tokio Marine, Munich Re.

Notable practitioners

The "very impressive" regional department head Anthony Menzies has been described by clients as "a lawyer who provides straightforward, no-nonsense advice that you can trust." He is well regarded for his extensive experience acting for insurers and reinsurers, particularly on complex matters related to the maritime, transport and energy industries.

Department profile 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

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Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Christopher Cardona and Jeremy Shebson
- 10 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Internationally renowned practice group handling complex, high-value insurance and reinsurance matters across the Latin American region, with notable abilities in multi-jurisdictional mandates. Significant involvement in claims emanating from Brazil, Mexico and Peru. Offers considerable expertise across a range of industries with noted strength in maritime, aviation and energy cases, as well as D&O claims. Regularly retained by leading global insurers and reinsurers.

Strengths The firm is highlighted by sources for its Latin American expertise, with one client asserting: "They know the market incredibly well, particularly in Brazil. They are incredibly competent and I find them absolutely delightful to work with."

Clients endorse the firm for its attentiveness, as one reports: "They are always responsive and contactable when I need to speak with them. They provide a very good service."

Significant clients AIG, Allianz, Global Aerospace, Kot Insurance, QBE.

Notable practitioners

Long-standing practitioner Jonathan Bruce has a wealth of experience in Latin American insurance matters and is recognised by interviewees as a "very well-regarded figure in insurance and reinsurance." They add: "He is a good communicator and an excellent strategist; he is a very easy lawyer to work with." He is distinguished for his expertise advising clients on matters across a variety of industries, notably in the maritime, power and mining sectors.

Department co-head Christopher Cardona has a distinguished practice in high-value insurance and reinsurance-related litigation and dispute resolution. He routinely acts for international insurers and brokers. Sources note that he has "a lot of experience working in Latin America," handling complex matters across the region. They additionally enthuse: "The advice he gives is always very sound and explained in an easy manner that a layman can understand."

Head of the São Paulo office Jeremy Shebson is regarded by market sources to be "one of the highest regarded players in the Latin American aviation space." His experience encompasses advising clients on cross-border mandates involving various Latin American jurisdictions, including Ecuador, Brazil and Mexico.

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Clausen Miller LLP - Insurance

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Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Jane Beacham
- 3 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer

What the team is known for Highly respected boutique dealing primarily with complex insurance and reinsurance mandates, including litigation and arbitrations, with additional in-depth knowledge of business interruption and subrogation matters. Regularly retained to handle cross-border claims involving a variety of sectors, including construction, energy and manufacturing. Has considerable understanding of the region, with a particular focus on Brazil.

Strengths The firm is well regarded by clients for its adaptability. One asserts: "I'm very happy with the firm's performance. I'm yet to find a region they can't work in or a class of business they can't turn their minds to - they are very good at thinking outside of the box."

Notable practitioners

John Startin has a recognised practice handling a wide array of insurance matters, particularly those related to construction, energy and manufacturing claims. Clients report that "he clearly has experience of mandates within Latin American jurisdictions." They additionally highlight his "ability to guide local counsel and provide strategic advice, due to his in-depth knowledge of the reinsurance market."

Clients regard Jonathan Hall as "an expert in providing detailed analysis," adding: "He has a very commercial outlook on matters." He has significant experience in insurance mandates, and is regularly instructed by clients to advise on international construction-related claims and litigation.

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Kennedys Americas LLP - Insurance

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Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Alex Guillamont
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Esteemed Latin American practice headquartered in Miami, with regional offices in Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Chile and Brazil. Frequently instructed by global insurers to handle complex multi-jurisdictional claims. Represents clients in cases related to regulatory compliance, professional indemnity and D&O liability, with noted activity in the construction and energy and natural resources sectors.

Strengths Clients commend the firm on its efficiency and attention to detail, with one source affirming: "They provide a fast service, and also deliver well-prepared memorandums of law and legal reports that the insurance industry really appreciates."

Notable practitioners

Department head Alex Guillamont is highly sought after by clients for his "professional, knowledgeable and efficient service." He has a strong practice handling disputes for international insurers and reinsurers across Latin America, in addition to providing policy drafting and coverage advice. Technology, construction and energy are all areas of sector expertise.

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Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP - Insurance

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Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Mark Kendall and Edward Smerdon
- 14 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded team with a growing client roster of insurers and reinsurers. Considerable experience handling large claims throughout the region, with particular strength in Brazil, Venezuela and the Caribbean. Recent activity includes D&O claims and advising financial institutions, in addition to cases involving losses from pollution and environmental accidents. Has broad sector knowledge including energy and construction industries.

Strengths Clients are impressed by the firm's service, stating: "The team's technical knowledge is very high and they are very client-oriented and commercially aware."

Significant clients AIG, Brit Insurance, Chaucer Syndicates, QBE European Operations, Zurich.

Notable practitioners

Practice co-head Mark Kendall is experienced in insurance and reinsurance matters, specifically those relating to property and casualty, product recall and liability. Observers think highly of him, expounding: "He is a great guy to work with - he is decisive and very logical, as well as being very well considered in the field." They add that "he knows the nuances of the regional markets very well."

Partner Duncan Strachan has a strong practice focusing on losses related to the Latin American market, particularly in energy, property and casualty and construction claims. One interviewee comments: "The way he deconstructs an argument is very analytical," adding: "He is fully aware of commercial realities and is someone I would describe as a safe pair of hands."

Associate-to-watch Lucy Dyson is described by clients as "very engaging and enthusiastic," with others adding: "She can gather and assess information under time pressure, which is extremely helpful." She routinely advises both insurers and reinsurers on Latin American mandates.

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Mayer Brown International LLP - Insurance

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Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: David Chadwick
- 12 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected Latin America team, with particularly strong coverage of Mexico via its Mexico City office and of Brazil through its connection with Tauil & Chequer. Very active in advising an impressive client roster on liability claims affecting the energy and natural resources sectors, acting predominantly for high-profile international insurers and reinsurers.

Notable practitioners

Head of department David Chadwick is recognised by peers as an "excellent lawyer." He is well regarded for his expertise in policies involving political risk, notably advising financial institutions with Latin American operations. He has broad regional knowledge.

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Senior Statesmen

Ince & Co

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior statesman Peter Rogan of Ince & Co has a wealth of experience on the full range of Latin American insurance matters and is deeply respected for his contributions to the field. His areas of expertise span maritime, professional indemnity and political risk mandates.

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HFW

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Long-standing practitioner Jonathan Bruce has a wealth of experience in Latin American insurance matters and is recognised by interviewees as a "very well-regarded figure in insurance and reinsurance." They add: "He is a good communicator and an excellent strategist; he is a very easy lawyer to work with." He is distinguished for his expertise advising clients on matters across a variety of industries, notably in the maritime, power and mining sectors.

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Christopher Cardona

HFW

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Christopher Cardona has a distinguished practice in high-value insurance and reinsurance-related litigation and dispute resolution. He routinely acts for international insurers and brokers. Sources note that he has "a lot of experience working in Latin America," handling complex matters across the region. They additionally enthuse: "The advice he gives is always very sound and explained in an easy manner that a layman can understand."

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Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients describe department co-head Peter Hirst as "very experienced, precise and focused," adding: "He is an excellent negotiator." He is renowned for his skills in both litigation and arbitration matters related to the insurance sector and has acted in major disputes spanning various industries, including energy, construction and shipping.

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Kennedys Americas LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Alex Guillamont is highly sought after by clients for his "professional, knowledgeable and efficient service." He has a strong practice handling disputes for international insurers and reinsurers across Latin America, in addition to providing policy drafting and coverage advice. Technology, construction and energy are all areas of sector expertise.

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Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Practice co-head Mark Kendall is experienced in insurance and reinsurance matters, specifically those relating to property and casualty, product recall and liability. Observers think highly of him, expounding: "He is a great guy to work with - he is decisive and very logical, as well as being very well considered in the field." They add that "he knows the nuances of the regional markets very well."

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Clyde & Co

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Practice co-head Stirling Leech has a distinguished insurance practice, regularly acting for major international insurers on mandates related to the oil and gas and shipping industries. He has a strong Latin American focus and benefits from significant knowledge of the Brazilian market.

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DAC Beachcroft LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

The "very impressive" regional department head Anthony Menzies has been described by clients as "a lawyer who provides straightforward, no-nonsense advice that you can trust." He is well regarded for his extensive experience acting for insurers and reinsurers, particularly on complex matters related to the maritime, transport and energy industries.

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Clausen Miller LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

John Startin has a recognised practice handling a wide array of insurance matters, particularly those related to construction, energy and manufacturing claims. Clients report that "he clearly has experience of mandates within Latin American jurisdictions." They additionally highlight his "ability to guide local counsel and provide strategic advice, due to his in-depth knowledge of the reinsurance market."

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Mayer Brown International LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department David Chadwick is recognised by peers as an "excellent lawyer." He is well regarded for his expertise in policies involving political risk, notably advising financial institutions with Latin American operations. He has broad regional knowledge.

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Francisco Fernández Guerra-Fletes

Colin Vega Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Francisco Fernández Guerra-Fletes of Colin Vega Abogados is recognised for his expertise in contentious and non-contentious environmental and professional liability, fraud and negligence mandates, with a strong focus on the Mexican market. Interviewees state that "he is a very good asset - he has a lot of knowledge and is very professional."

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Clausen Miller LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients regard Jonathan Hall as "an expert in providing detailed analysis," adding: "He has a very commercial outlook on matters." He has significant experience in insurance mandates, and is regularly instructed by clients to advise on international construction-related claims and litigation.

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Signature Litigation LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Hermes Marangos of Signature Litigation LLP is well regarded for his expertise handling Latin American insurance and reinsurance matters. Commentators have found him to be "enthusiastic and very knowledgeable of the Latin American region."

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HFW Consultores em Direito Estrangeiro

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of the São Paulo office Jeremy Shebson is regarded by market sources to be "one of the highest regarded players in the Latin American aviation space." His experience encompasses advising clients on cross-border mandates involving various Latin American jurisdictions, including Ecuador, Brazil and Mexico.

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Duncan J Strachan

Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Duncan Strachan has a strong practice focusing on losses related to the Latin American market, particularly in energy, property and casualty and construction claims. One interviewee comments: "The way he deconstructs an argument is very analytical," adding: "He is fully aware of commercial realities and is someone I would describe as a safe pair of hands."

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Associates to watch

Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Lucy Dyson is described by clients as "very engaging and enthusiastic," with others adding: "She can gather and assess information under time pressure, which is extremely helpful." She routinely advises both insurers and reinsurers on Latin American mandates.

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