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Insurtech insights: the do’s and don’ts of insurtech M&A

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP


M&A in the insurtech sector continues to grow. But a successful transaction requires more than simply a cookie-cutter M&A approach: insurtech M&A brings its own challenges and potential pitfalls. This webinar will help you to understand the specific issues and risks that may arise, from a tactical, legal and commercial perspective, in order that you can optimise your insurtech deal.

This webinar will be relevant for anyone who may be looking at an insurtech transaction, as a principal or adviser, whichever side of the table they may be.


George Swan
Partner, Head, Insurance

George Swan is a specialist insurance Partner in Freshfields’ financial institutions sector group. He works with many of the best-known and most-respected companies throughout the insurance sector and has extensive experience in advising clients on a variety of complex legal issues. These range from M&A transactions and business transfers (including up-to-date experience in the Lloyd’s market) to restructuring, regulatory and other advisory work.

In addition to his insurance focus, Mr Swan also has wide experience advising clients in retail banking, asset management and other parts of the financial services sector. He was previously seconded to the M&A legal team of a major global banking and financial services provider and has also spent time on secondment to the firm’s Hong Kong and Tokyo offices during the course of his career with the firm.

Andy Robinson
Senior Associate, Corporate and M&A, London

Andy Robinson is a Senior Associate in Freshfields’ financial institutions sector group.

Mr Robinson has experience in domestic and cross-border M&A, joint ventures, corporate restructurings and other corporate advisory work for a range of clients, although his focus is on the insurance, banking and asset management sectors.

During his time at Freshfields, Mr Robinson has been seconded to the in-house legal team of two major retail/investment banks, where he focused on private and public M&A transactions.

Claire Harrop
Senior Associate, Regulatory, London

Claire Harrop is a Senior Associate in Freshfields’ financial institutions sector group. She advises on financial services regulatory matters in both an advisory and a transactional context. She is one of the co-founders of the firm’s global fintech group.    

Combining her financial services experience and scientific background (she has a master’s in physics from the University of Oxford), Ms Harrop is particularly focused on developments in fintech, including insurtech, blockchain and new methods of carrying out payments. She regularly presents on fintech matters, both to clients and industry bodies and regulators. She has contributed to legal journals and other publications, including the Practitioner's Guide to MiFID 2 and the Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation.

Ms Harrop has also been on secondment to the regulatory change team at a large European investment bank and to the regulatory team at a significant international payments firm.

Lauren Honeyben
Counsel, Insurance, London

Lauren Honeyben is a specialist insurance Counsel in Freshfields’ financial institutions sector group.

Ms Honeyben has varied sector experience, but her particular focus is on the insurance sector. She concentrates on domestic and cross-border M&A, corporate re-organisations and other corporate advisory and transactional work for some of the largest insurers. She also has extensive experience working on reinsurance transactions, longevity swap arrangements and Part VII portfolio transfers, including in the life and general and run-off markets.

In the course of her career at Freshfields, Ms Honeyben has been seconded to the Financial Conduct Authority and the in-house legal team of a major global financial institution where her experience focused on pension scheme buy-outs.

Ms Honeyben speaks English and German.

Carl Hotton
Senior Associate, Corporate and M&A, London

Carl Hotton is a Senior Associate in Freshfields’ financial institutions sector group.

He specialises in advising on corporate transactions in the global insurance sector, including M&A, business transfers, group re-organisations and other corporate advisory work. 

In addition to his transactional work, Mr Hotton sits on the firm’s insurtech committee and is one of the firm’s ‘Hub Champions’, advising on developments in the area of legal tech. He has had a client placement to the legal team of a major global insurance broker and has also spent time on secondment in Shanghai, China.

Mr Hotton is fluent in Finnish.


George Swan
Claire Harrop
Andy Robinson
Lauren Honeyben
Carl Hotton


24 October 2019
14:00 - 14:55 UTC
55 min