Matheson


Insurance and Reinsurance

Related Expertise

Expertise

"These lawyers understand the regulatory environment very well and how the regulator thinks - we have found their advice very insightful and useful. They are practical and understand our needs." 
Chambers Europe

Our Insurance Group provides legal services to insurance and reinsurance companies, insurance intermediaries and captive managers active in Ireland. Through our dedicated Insurance Group, we aim to provide a full range of legal services to our insurance client base. Our Insurance Group has played a leading role in some of most high profile and innovative transactions in the Irish insurance industry in recent years. We are ranked as one of the leading insurance law firms in Ireland by international legal directories including the European Legal 500.

We represent leading domestic Irish insurers and intermediaries, for whom we undertake both contentious and non-contentious work. We have particular experience in advising on the establishment, authorisation, compliance, corporate governance and restructuring of insurance and reinsurance operations in Ireland.

We advise on the legal and tax aspects of the establishment of insurance and reinsurance operations in Ireland as a base from which to underwrite insurance and reinsurance throughout the EU, whether captive or non-captive. We provide a full dispute resolution and claims support service to our insurance and reinsurance clients, advising on all forms of dispute resolution, including alternative dispute resolution. We assist and support our clients in the investigation of circumstances which are likely to lead to claims and provide and/or advise on coverage options.

Corporate and Regulatory Insurance

With our extensive corporate and regulatory insurance experience, we provide a seamless service on all aspects of the largest insurance and reinsurance transactions. We advise on the legal, regulatory and tax aspects of the establishment of insurance and reinsurance operations in Ireland.

Our corporate insurance practice covers all aspects of insurance law and regulation including:

  • Advising on insurance and reinsurance mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and joint ventures
  • Advising on portfolio transfers, cross-border mergers and schemes of arrangement
  • Advising on agency and distribution arrangements
  • Advising on capital raising, both debt and equity
  • Structuring and advising on insurance linked securities transactions
  • Drafting and advising on insurance and reinsurance contract wordings
  • Advising on compliance issues including consumer protection laws, solvency requirements and corporate governance matters
  • Providing taxation advice on all issues related to the insurance and reinsurance industries

Litigation

We provide a full dispute resolution and claims support service to our insurance and reinsurance clients, advising on all forms of dispute resolution, including alternative dispute resolution. We assist and support our clients in the investigation of circumstances which are likely to lead to claims and advise on coverage options, potential third party liability and subrogation claims.

Our insurance litigation services include:

  • Representing insurers and reinsurers in coverage disputes
  • Representing insurers’ interests in liability claims under errors and omissions (E&O) and directors and officers liability (D&O) policies
  • Representing insurers’ interests in professional indemnity claims for a broad range of risks including solicitors, insurance brokers, accountants, tax advisers, bankers, architects and engineers
  • Advising on legislation and judicial review
  • Advising insurers and intermediaries on corporate defence matters with the Central Bank of Ireland and the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement including administrative sanctions and complaints made to the Financial Services Ombudsman
  • Advising insurers on medical malpractice claims and regulatory issues
  • Providing claims handling services
  • Advising on portfolio transfers

Members of our Group have advised on innovative structured financing transactions, including assignments of reinsurance receivables and life reinsurance financing transactions. We develop insurance products and distribution arrangements, advising on agency and distribution agreements, on policy wordings and on marketing literature. We advise on insurance and reinsurance company reconstruction and insolvency, including on schemes of arrangement and policyholders' protection.

We are one of the few Irish firms to have a dedicated Insurance Law Group, and we aim to provide a full service to our insurance client base. Our Group is composed of lawyers with an in-depth experience of the workings of the insurance industry and of the practical issues facing insurers and reinsurers. The specialist focus of our Group is designed to ensure that our clients do not spend time educating their lawyers on industry issues. We are pro-active, dynamic and we focus on results.

Experience Highlights

Lawyers in our insurance group have advised:

  • Michelin Group on a merger of its Irish captive insurer and Irish captive reinsurer by way of a High Court approved scheme of arrangement
  • the Department of Health and Children on the options available for the restructuring of the health insurance market
  • Beazley Group plc on its redomiciliation to Ireland and the establishment of Beazley Re Limited, an Irish authorised reinsurer
  • Aviva on its entry into the health insurance market through the acquisition of Vivas Insurance Limited, the third-largest health insurer in the state
  • Marsh Ireland on the restructure of its Irish broking business
  • CIÉ on the establishment of its insurance broker panel
  • Handelsbanken, one of the largest banking groups in Sweden, on the sale of its Irish life and pensions business, as part of the sale of its international pensions business to Storebrand Group of Norway
  • Aviva in a large subrogation claim against the Irish Electricity Company the ESB, alleging it caused or contributed to massive flooding in Cork City in November 2009
  • Aviva in two regulatory sanctions proceedings before the Central Bank of Ireland
  • Robertson Low insurance brokers in a professional negligence action by Bloxham Stockbrokers
  • in numerous D&O claims against the former directors of companies in the Independent Pharmacy Ownership Scheme (IPOS) network
  • a leading P&I club on losses arising from a very substantive fire on board a member’s vessel due to dangerous cargo shipped from Ireland
  • Goshawk / Cavell in what was the leading Irish case on "forum non conveniens" and "lis pendens"
  • Chubb Insurance and W R Berkley in coverage proceedings in the high profile Michael Lynn Commercial Court case
  • a leading P&I Club and its member in relation to disruption of labour at Irish ports and protecting the member’s interest
  • clients on content of hull and machinery and P&I insurance in relation to a new building and obligations under bareboat
  • Mount Carmel Hospital in their indemnity arrangements with the State for the provision of obstetric services at the Hospital
  • Medical Protection Society in defence of complex multi-party High Court Proceedings, alleging medical malpractice regarding chemotherapy treatment of a child patient, resulting in brain damage

Accolades

"They get to the issues quickly".
European Legal 500 2017

"In addition to their attention to the client's needs in terms of delivery and turnaround, they are excellent at explaining very technical issues in non-legal language."
Chambers Europe 2017

"I would not go anywhere but Matheson."
Chambers Europe 2016

They have the edge over other firms in terms of their client and commercial focus.
Chambers Europe 2016

Matheson stand out because they see the big picture.
Chambers Europe 2016

"The lawyers have significant knowledge of what the Irish legal system is about and know the right people to talk to. For me, I know if I go to them I am getting the best, and any issue can be handled within the firm."
Chambers Europe 2016

No matter the problem, Matheson has the answer.
Chambers Europe 2016

The "extremely capable" team at Matheson, under Sharon Daly, advises key insurers in relation to policy disputes, negligence claims and corporate matters.
European Legal 500 2016

"These lawyers understand the regulatory environment very well and how the regulator thinks - we have found their advice very insightful and useful. They are practical and understand our needs."
Chambers Europe 2015

"A first-class, highly experienced team, which can dedicate experts to specific cases, providing concise daily updates on all matters."
Chambers Europe 2015

"Technically very strong - the team works 24/7 to get the job done."
Chambers Europe 2015

"Top-tier disputes offering combines with a highly reputed advisory and transactional practice to act on a vast array of complex insurance matters for leading international insurers and reinsurers."
Chambers Europe 2015 

"I am very impressed with the firm’s performance. It was a complex case and the team was flexible and thorough."
Chambers Europe 2014

Matheson’s Insurance lawyers are noted for their "level of expertise, which is second to none – nothing daunts them".
European Legal 500 2014

This superb firm offers an enviable insurance service on both contentious and non-contentious matters.
Chambers Europe 2013

"This team is approachable and deals with complex issues sensibly and sensitively."  
Chambers Europe 2013

"The lawyers are very prompt, pragmatic and extremely commercial."
Chambers Europe 2013

Matheson is "comfortably the best firm in Ireland for complex insurance claims".
European Legal 500 2013

"These lawyers understand the regulatory environment very well and how the regulator thinks - we have found their advice very insightful and useful. They are practical and understand our needs." 
Chambers Europe

Our Insurance Group provides legal services to insurance and reinsurance companies, insurance intermediaries and captive managers active in Ireland. Through our dedicated Insurance Group, we aim to provide a full range of legal services to our insurance client base. Our Insurance Group has played a leading role in some of most high profile and innovative transactions in the Irish insurance industry in recent years. We are ranked as one of the leading insurance law firms in Ireland by international legal directories including the European Legal 500.

We represent leading domestic Irish insurers and intermediaries, for whom we undertake both contentious and non-contentious work. We have particular experience in advising on the establishment, authorisation, compliance, corporate governance and restructuring of insurance and reinsurance operations in Ireland.

We advise on the legal and tax aspects of the establishment of insurance and reinsurance operations in Ireland as a base from which to underwrite insurance and reinsurance throughout the EU, whether captive or non-captive. We provide a full dispute resolution and claims support service to our insurance and reinsurance clients, advising on all forms of dispute resolution, including alternative dispute resolution. We assist and support our clients in the investigation of circumstances which are likely to lead to claims and provide and/or advise on coverage options.

Corporate and Regulatory Insurance

With our extensive corporate and regulatory insurance experience, we provide a seamless service on all aspects of the largest insurance and reinsurance transactions. We advise on the legal, regulatory and tax aspects of the establishment of insurance and reinsurance operations in Ireland.

Our corporate insurance practice covers all aspects of insurance law and regulation including:

  • Advising on insurance and reinsurance mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and joint ventures
  • Advising on portfolio transfers, cross-border mergers and schemes of arrangement
  • Advising on agency and distribution arrangements
  • Advising on capital raising, both debt and equity
  • Structuring and advising on insurance linked securities transactions
  • Drafting and advising on insurance and reinsurance contract wordings
  • Advising on compliance issues including consumer protection laws, solvency requirements and corporate governance matters
  • Providing taxation advice on all issues related to the insurance and reinsurance industries

Litigation

We provide a full dispute resolution and claims support service to our insurance and reinsurance clients, advising on all forms of dispute resolution, including alternative dispute resolution. We assist and support our clients in the investigation of circumstances which are likely to lead to claims and advise on coverage options, potential third party liability and subrogation claims.

Our insurance litigation services include:

  • Representing insurers and reinsurers in coverage disputes
  • Representing insurers’ interests in liability claims under errors and omissions (E&O) and directors and officers liability (D&O) policies
  • Representing insurers’ interests in professional indemnity claims for a broad range of risks including solicitors, insurance brokers, accountants, tax advisers, bankers, architects and engineers
  • Advising on legislation and judicial review
  • Advising insurers and intermediaries on corporate defence matters with the Central Bank of Ireland and the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement including administrative sanctions and complaints made to the Financial Services Ombudsman
  • Advising insurers on medical malpractice claims and regulatory issues
  • Providing claims handling services
  • Advising on portfolio transfers

Members of our Group have advised on innovative structured financing transactions, including assignments of reinsurance receivables and life reinsurance financing transactions. We develop insurance products and distribution arrangements, advising on agency and distribution agreements, on policy wordings and on marketing literature. We advise on insurance and reinsurance company reconstruction and insolvency, including on schemes of arrangement and policyholders' protection.

We are one of the few Irish firms to have a dedicated Insurance Law Group, and we aim to provide a full service to our insurance client base. Our Group is composed of lawyers with an in-depth experience of the workings of the insurance industry and of the practical issues facing insurers and reinsurers. The specialist focus of our Group is designed to ensure that our clients do not spend time educating their lawyers on industry issues. We are pro-active, dynamic and we focus on results.


Lawyers in our insurance group have advised:

  • Michelin Group on a merger of its Irish captive insurer and Irish captive reinsurer by way of a High Court approved scheme of arrangement
  • the Department of Health and Children on the options available for the restructuring of the health insurance market
  • Beazley Group plc on its redomiciliation to Ireland and the establishment of Beazley Re Limited, an Irish authorised reinsurer
  • Aviva on its entry into the health insurance market through the acquisition of Vivas Insurance Limited, the third-largest health insurer in the state
  • Marsh Ireland on the restructure of its Irish broking business
  • CIÉ on the establishment of its insurance broker panel
  • Handelsbanken, one of the largest banking groups in Sweden, on the sale of its Irish life and pensions business, as part of the sale of its international pensions business to Storebrand Group of Norway
  • Aviva in a large subrogation claim against the Irish Electricity Company the ESB, alleging it caused or contributed to massive flooding in Cork City in November 2009
  • Aviva in two regulatory sanctions proceedings before the Central Bank of Ireland
  • Robertson Low insurance brokers in a professional negligence action by Bloxham Stockbrokers
  • in numerous D&O claims against the former directors of companies in the Independent Pharmacy Ownership Scheme (IPOS) network
  • a leading P&I club on losses arising from a very substantive fire on board a member’s vessel due to dangerous cargo shipped from Ireland
  • Goshawk / Cavell in what was the leading Irish case on "forum non conveniens" and "lis pendens"
  • Chubb Insurance and W R Berkley in coverage proceedings in the high profile Michael Lynn Commercial Court case
  • a leading P&I Club and its member in relation to disruption of labour at Irish ports and protecting the member’s interest
  • clients on content of hull and machinery and P&I insurance in relation to a new building and obligations under bareboat
  • Mount Carmel Hospital in their indemnity arrangements with the State for the provision of obstetric services at the Hospital
  • Medical Protection Society in defence of complex multi-party High Court Proceedings, alleging medical malpractice regarding chemotherapy treatment of a child patient, resulting in brain damage

"They get to the issues quickly".
European Legal 500 2017

"In addition to their attention to the client's needs in terms of delivery and turnaround, they are excellent at explaining very technical issues in non-legal language."
Chambers Europe 2017

"I would not go anywhere but Matheson."
Chambers Europe 2016

They have the edge over other firms in terms of their client and commercial focus.
Chambers Europe 2016

Matheson stand out because they see the big picture.
Chambers Europe 2016

"The lawyers have significant knowledge of what the Irish legal system is about and know the right people to talk to. For me, I know if I go to them I am getting the best, and any issue can be handled within the firm."
Chambers Europe 2016

No matter the problem, Matheson has the answer.
Chambers Europe 2016

The "extremely capable" team at Matheson, under Sharon Daly, advises key insurers in relation to policy disputes, negligence claims and corporate matters.
European Legal 500 2016

"These lawyers understand the regulatory environment very well and how the regulator thinks - we have found their advice very insightful and useful. They are practical and understand our needs."
Chambers Europe 2015

"A first-class, highly experienced team, which can dedicate experts to specific cases, providing concise daily updates on all matters."
Chambers Europe 2015

"Technically very strong - the team works 24/7 to get the job done."
Chambers Europe 2015

"Top-tier disputes offering combines with a highly reputed advisory and transactional practice to act on a vast array of complex insurance matters for leading international insurers and reinsurers."
Chambers Europe 2015 

"I am very impressed with the firm’s performance. It was a complex case and the team was flexible and thorough."
Chambers Europe 2014

Matheson’s Insurance lawyers are noted for their "level of expertise, which is second to none – nothing daunts them".
European Legal 500 2014

This superb firm offers an enviable insurance service on both contentious and non-contentious matters.
Chambers Europe 2013

"This team is approachable and deals with complex issues sensibly and sensitively."  
Chambers Europe 2013

"The lawyers are very prompt, pragmatic and extremely commercial."
Chambers Europe 2013

Matheson is "comfortably the best firm in Ireland for complex insurance claims".
European Legal 500 2013



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