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JOB DESCRIPTION / ROLE PROFILE
Role Title: Associate
Reporting to: Consultant, Insurance & Reinsurance Group Industry Group: Insurance & Reinsurance
Job Location: Hong Kong
Contract Type: Permanent
Salary: HKD Excellent The Firm
HFW is a sector focused global law firm. We have over 500 lawyers working across the America's, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. We take a progressive approach to our roles in commercial business – thinking creatively and pragmatically to support our clients.
Whether we are solving complex issues within the construction, aviation or shipping industries, or providing advice across insurance, commodities and energy we are specialist lawyers here to add value to our clients. We think about the commercial solution first, and then underpin our advice with a solid foundation of legal expertise.
The Department Our insurance & reinsurance practice is recognised internationally as an industry leader. Through our integrated global network of offices, we offer a comprehensive range of dispute resolution, transactional and regulatory legal services to the insurance sector, including insurance and reinsurance companies; policyholders; captives and mutuals; brokers and other intermediaries; managing agencies and MGAs; TPAs and other service providers. Our insurance and reinsurance work is high value, likely to be complex and multi-party, and often international in nature. What we do in Insurance & Reinsurance We have a specialist insurance and reinsurance team of 20 partners and more than 40 lawyers. In addition, we have an extensive network of legal contacts, experts and correspondent firms whom we can mobilise, as required, worldwide. We pride ourselves on our in-depth industry knowledge and legal expertise. Several of our partners have worked directly in the insurance industry. Dispute Resolution We are motivated by our clients' desire for commercial success and, when necessary, we can and do press litigation to its conclusion, committing whatever resources are required and appropriate to the task. However, our client's aim is usually to achieve a satisfactory negotiated solution, including by using alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, and that is our preferred approach.
We assist clients with:
• Casualty (GL, EL, PL/Industrial Risk)
• Energy (Onshore/Offshore)
• Financial Institutions (FIPI, D&O)
• Income protection
• Legacy (short- and long-tail) HFWADMIN\24454508-1
• Management Liability (D&O, Fiduciary Liability)
• Marine Insurance
• Medical Expenses
• Personal Accident
• Political Risk/Trade Credit
• Professional Indemnity
• Reinsurance (traditional, ILW,ILS)
• Specialty (specie, fine art, jeweller's block, cancellation)
• TMT/IPR/Cyber risks
• War & Terrorism
Insurance Transactions and Regulation
The insurance sector increasingly has recognised that specialist corporate and regulatory advice is a necessity in today's competitive, heavily regulated and diverse global markets. HFW responds to that need by offering a team that understands the business of participants in the sector, as well as the commercial imperatives in this regulated – and constantly evolving – market.
Our insurance transactions and regulation team comprises specialists with many years' practice in advising the insurance industry. Our team, headed by Richard Spiller, along with Ashwani Kochhar, Nick Hutton and James Lewis, has a reputation for delivering results, often in technically challenging circumstances, to the London and international insurance and reinsurance markets. The team works closely with our leading insurance and reinsurance litigation group, which enables clients to benefit from their experience of resolving disputes in the sector.
We assist with:
• Mergers, Acquisitions and Asset Purchase Transactions
• Capital and Debt Raising
• New Product Development and Policy Drafting across all business lines
• Complex Risk Transfer Transactions
• Insurance Regulation
• Commercial Agreements
• Restructuring and Run-off
• Life Insurance
Our experience in Insurance & Reinsurance
We provide a comprehensive range of dispute resolution and transactional legal services to the insurance sector. We provide below some examples of our recent work
Dispute Resolution highlights
• Advising insurers in relation to coverage issues arising out of the Société Générale problems/employee fraud which cost the bank €5bn. 2
• Advising an insurer on its liability for claims made by the investment banks which advised Enron and HealthSouth. The claims totalled US$100m.
• Advising a property re-insurance pool on compatibility with the EU competition rules, including discussions with the European Commission.
• Advising an excess layer insurer of a major international broker in respect of that broker’s claims totalling over $100 million arising out of a settlement agreement with US Regulators.
Insurance Transactions and Regulation highlights
• Mergers and acquisitions involving Lloyd's managing agents, insurance and reinsurance companies (active or in run-off), brokers, captives and mutuals (such as the auction disposal of Jubilee Group Holdings and the acquisitions of HSBC Insurance (UK) Limited and of CFC Underwriting Limited).
• Capital raisings, including IPOs, such as of Kiln, Omega and Lancashire Holdings, and sidecars (Lancashire's Accordion Re and Catlin's Long Bay).
• Non-traditional risk transfer, such as insurance-linked securities (Catlin's Bay Haven cat bond), industry loss warranties, adverse development covers (Solicitors Indemnity Fund) and credit risk transfer (Aspen Re's credit insurance and swap of its reinsurance recoverables risk).
• Regulation, advising on domestic and cross-border regulation at all stages, including location feasibility studies, Lloyd's start-ups, passporting, systems and controls and Solvency II (Canopius' Zurich reinsurance platform).
• Commercial agreements, such as policy wording review, product development (life and general), retail distribution arrangements and Lloyd's turnkey agreements.
• Restructuring, insolvency (South of England P&I) and exit solutions, such as portfolio (Part VII) transfers (Domestic and General Life Assurance), and schemes of arrangement (Integer, MAPIC, LIBM and others).
Working alongside an experienced Consultant, you will support the provision of excellent legal services to the insurance sector, including insurance and reinsurance companies; policyholders; brokers and other intermediaries; managing agencies and MGAs.
The role will be varied and include:
• Reviewing and analysing policy documentation.
• Reviewing factual documentation and providing analysis of the same.
• Undertaking legal research.
• Managing disclosure exercises.
• Working with factual witnesses to prepare statements and working with expert witnesses.
• Managing preparations for mediation, trial or arbitration.
• Preparing the first drafts of advice to the client.
• Preparing correspondence to the client, court and opposing side.
• Preparing documentation for the court or arbitral tribunal.
• Contributing to case strategy discussions.
• Liaising with counsel and overseas counsel.
• Attending client meetings and conference calls with counsel
• Drafting articles for the firm's Insurance Bulletin. 3 Key Skills & Experience Required
• The ideal candidate will have between 2 – 3 years of insurance dispute resolution post-qualification experience (PQE).
• Must be admitted to practise in Hong Kong.
• You will have a strong academic background, including a 2:1 at degree level or equivalent.
• You will ideally be bi- or multi-lingual, fluent in Cantonese and / or Mandarin as well as English. Reads and writes Chinese.
• You will have gained some relevant experience from within a strong commercial litigation practice.
• Applicants will be considered from competitor firms and in house positions including insurers provided the relevant experience can be demonstrated.
• You will be used to taking on a high degree of responsibility for the cases that you work on.
• You will be enthusiastic and able to thrive in a fast paced working environment. You will relish client contact, with strong business development and client engagement skills. You will be expected to play an active role in practice and business development.
• Excellent communication and organisational and team skills.
• Excellent attention to detail.
• Strong analytical skills and ability to understand complex issues.
• Able to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
• International travel may be required.
On occasion, some international travel to our other offices may be required. September 2017