Insurance and Reinsurance: Super League 2012

The PLC Which lawyer? Insurance and Reinsurance Super League encompasses the best firms according to our research, who have the highest number of recommendations for their practices and lawyers in industry and regulatory work, and which are spread over at least two continents.

The table is based on the most recent rankings by PLC Which lawyer? for Insurance & Reinsurance which can be found here, and is correct as of 29th February 2012.

Dominic Zammit, PLC Which lawyer?

The PLC Which lawyer? Insurance and Reinsurance Super League encompasses the best firms according to our research, who have the highest number of recommendations for their practices and lawyers in insurance and reinsurance, and which are spread over at least two continents.


Hogan Lovells

Topping the first Insurance Super League, Hogan Lovells is an undisputed leader in the Insurance & Reinsurance industry. Since the combination of Hogan & Hartson and Lovells, the firm has achieved an enviable breadth across a number of key jurisdictions including England, France, Germany, Hong Kong and the US. With a focus on high-end corporate and contentious matters for industry leaders, the Hogan Lovells' international Insurance group holds host to a number of leading professionals including Peter Taylor and David Sullivan from the London office as well as Tim Fletcher and Neil McDonald who lead the way in Asia, spearheading a fantastic team from the firm's Hong Kong office. With on the ground expertise in the key insurance hubs, it is no surprise that Hogan Lovells has attained the top spot in the 2012 Super League.


Clyde & Co

This remarkable firm boasts a full service practice with key emphasis placed on the Insurance & Reinsurance sector. The strategic combination of two leading insurance specialists, Barlow Lyde & Gilbert and Clyde & Co in November 2011 was the undisputable news of the year in this practice and whilst the firm has unified under the name Clyde & Co, the legacy of BLG continues to live on and has been wholly instrumental in pushing this firm to the 2nd position within the 2012 Super League. Clydes has a unique offering across the globe, leaving a substantial footprint in every location that it strategically invests in. The firm's Asia practice is highly regarded, and with offices in Singapore, Hong Kong and the UAE to name but a few Clyde & Co is a go to firm for global Insurance players with dealings in the region. The firm also boasts a stellar UK practice which, with the support of the Paris office, provides the Industry with a sound European practice to which to entrust their most complex mandates.


Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance is a very close 3rd in the 2012 Super League and continues to boast a leading global practice in the Insurance and Reinsurance sector. The London team, led by expert practitioner Katherine Coates, is well reputed for both Regulatory and Corporate matters in the insurance industry and has been at the forefront of many key deals over the years. The magic circle firm's insurance group is bolstered by a strong Asia practice, predominantly emanating from the Hong Kong office but with serious investment into the UAE where insurance expert, Graham Lovett, actions a number of complex transactions. With further expertise stemming from the firm's German and US offices, Clifford Chance has a wealth of experience in this sector.


Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

With an industry-wide reputation for excellence in complex corporate and regulatory matters relating to the Insurance sector, Freshfields deservedly places in the top 5 of the 2012 Super League. The firm's UK practice boasts an infallible team of experts covering a broad range of industry specific practices with particular emphasis on corporate and contentious matters. Neil Golding is recognised as a leader is his field and as the practice of Insurance lawyers continues to become increasingly specialised, Golding's reputation in the area of corporate reconstruction for the insurance industry precedes him. Meanwhile, the firm lays claim to a reputation of equal standing in a number of other jurisdictions, most notably in Germany, Italy, Hong Kong, Japan and Spain. With major investment into creating a truly global firm, Freshfields has successfully achieved a substantial footprint for Insurance matters in both Europe and Asia and, as such, is perfectly placed to act on a number of high profile cross border deals.



With a worldwide reputation as a leader in insurance and reinsurance disputes, Kennedys deservedly enters the Super League this year in 5th place. The firm has a cross continental offering for industry clients and holds specific strength from its London and Hong Kong offices. With further investment across the Asia region, Kennedys has managed to fully establish itself as a leader in insurance law in locations including Singapore, UAE and New Zealand. The firm boasts a number core clients in this sector and as a specialist insurance & reinsurance firm, Kennedys is undoubtedly a global player in this space.


Norton Rose

Norton Rose has made major investment over the past 12 to 18 months in extending its already far reaching network of offices. With the firm's tactical merger with top firms Deacons in Australia, and Ogilvy Renault and MacLeod Dixon in Canada, Norton Rose has managed to create a lasting impression on the global legal market and is quite rightly placed as 6th in the 2012 Super League. The firm continues to place a strategic focus on the insurance & reinsurance industry and with core hubs in Australia, England, Italy and South Africa, Norton Rose has a formidable multijurisdictional practice.


Dewey & LeBoeuf

This US firm, headquartered in New York, has an excellent reputation for insurance work on a cross- border basis, usually with a US element. The firm has offices in a number of countries including England, France and Italy, but it is its US offering, with primary expertise coming from the New York and Chicago offices, that pushes Dewey & LeBoeuf into the 2012 Super League. With a first-rate practice focusing on high end disputes and transactions for industry players, Dewey's US practice is fully supported by the firm's London office which presents a good offering to much of the Lloyds market.


Sidley Austin

Sidley Austin has achieved a true transatlantic practice with a notable insurance practice sustained from the Chicago, London and New York offices. The firm's US focus on high end disputes and corporate deals for insurance and reinsurance companies has afforded Sidleys a reputation as an insurance powerhouse. The UK practice, whilst on a smaller scale, too offers a commendable set of expertise and provides a one stop shop for many industry professionals.


DLA Piper

DLA has grown over the years to become one of the world's most enviable firms in terms of sheer breadth of offices in many jurisdictions. With investment into key emerging markets including Asia and Latin America, the DLA network is wide spread and includes an offering in all major jurisdictions. The firm has particular strength in contentious matters for the insurance industry and with core offerings in Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, Sweden and the US, DLA Piper is provides arguably the broadest network of insurance lawyers under one firm.


Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown has strategically built up a notable insurance practice in key locations over the globe; the firm's Chicago, Hong Kong, London and New York offices offers specific industry clients a truly global service, particularly in reference to both high end and mid market insurance and reinsurance litigation. The firm is active on the Lloyds market and offers regulatory and transactional advice to a wealth of non-life insurance providers.


Industry Super League



Total Score

Number of recommended Lawyers

Recommended in...


Hogan Lovells



England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Spain and US (New York)


Clyde & Co



England, France, Hong Kong, Singapore and United Arab Emirates


Clifford Chance



England, Germany, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates and US (New York)


Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer



England, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan and Spain





England, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore and United Arab Emirates


Norton Rose



Australia, England, France, Greece, Italy and South Africa


Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP



England, France, Italy, United Arab Emirates and US (Chicago and New York)


Sidley Austin



England and US (Chicago and New York)


DLA Piper



Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, Sweden and US (Chicago and New York)


Mayer Brown LLP



England, Hong Kong and US (Chicago and New York)



The Insurance and Reinsurance Super League is based on the PLC Which lawyer? research conducted for the Insurance & Reinsurance multi-jurisdictional guide 2012/13 (see The rankings in this article are based on the research as at 29 February 2012.

1. Basis of the PLC Which lawyer? research: our team of researchers speak to the leading legal practices throughout the year, as well as with clients who have recently instructed lawyers, to identify the best known specialists/practices across the key corporate and commercial areas globally. We monitor and analyse recent deal/case information across these areas to identify the firms most active in the market, as well as conducting peer review exercises among the leading practices. On the basis of this research, we rank lawyers and law firms for their expertise in insurance and reinsurance. For a full explanation of the research and practice areas/subcategories covered, please visit

2. Insurance practice areas included in the research: Contentious (a High End and Mid Market distinction is made in certain jurisdictions), Corporate and Regulatory (England Only- a distinction is made between Life and Non-Life focused firms), Corporate Reconstruction (England Only), Insurance, Insurer-led practices (In certain jurisdictions only), Policyholder-led practices (In certain jurisdictions only), Transactional and Regulatory.

3. Law firms are ranked in each practice area as “leading”, “highly recommended”, “recommended” or “recognised” in the jurisdictions in which they have relevant capability. Individual lawyers with strong reputations in this sector are singled out as “endorsed”.

4. The Insurance & Reinsurance Super League results are calculated by aggregating the results of law firm and lawyer recommendations in all of the above practice areas in over 30 jurisdictions, with different points allocated to the level of recommendation. Firm recommendations are given more weighting than individual lawyer rankings. Firm and lawyer recommendations received in England, Germany, Hong Kong, New York and Washington DC are given more weighting than other jurisdictions. To qualify for inclusion in the Super League, a firm must receive recommendations in a minimum of two countries.

5. Firms are ranked by total score and then by number of recommended lawyers, so if firms receive identical scores they are ranked in accordance with which firm has the most recommended lawyers.

6. Policy on mergers: points are aggregated if a full merger has taken place before the calculations for the Super Leagues commence. Correspondent and alliance firms are not included.

7. Firm names are abbreviated to those used in the home jurisdiction.

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