8 May 2009 - Leading international law firm Mayer Brown continues to strengthen its Insurance and Reinsurance Group and in London has named Karen Abbott as the new group head. Abbott, who has worked in the Insurance and Reinsurance industry for over 20 years, and been at the firm since 1985, is also one of the primary co-ordinators of Mayer Brown’s Global Insurance & Reinsurance Industry Group.  The Industry Group has also seen the recent appointments of litigation lawyer Clifford H. Schoenberg and finance lawyer Kenneth R. Pierce, in the New York office as co-heads of the firm’s Insurance & Reinsurance Industry Group.

Abbott takes over from Sean Connolly, Mayer Brown’s Senior Partner in London, who was previously head of the group, and who remains an active part of the Insurance and Reinsurance Group.

Mayer Brown has a leading Global Insurance and Reinsurance Industry Group, with over 100 lawyers from Mayer Brown’s Finance, Corporate, Tax, Litigation and Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Insolvency practices. The team works with the world’s largest insurers, reinsurers, intermediaries, banks and investors on all of their transactional, dispute resolution and regulatory challenges. The global platform, with offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia, ensures clients’ needs are met wherever they are located.

Karen Abbott, head of Insurance and Reinsurance in London, said
: “Our key focus remains to continue to ensure we are well resourced in core areas across the globe to meet our insurance and reinsurance industry clients’ strategic and cross border needs, whether those needs are disputes-based or relate to regulatory or transactional issues.”

Sean Connolly, London Senior Partner said:
“We have a unique and truly global platform at Mayer Brown in the Insurance and Reinsurance industry which we have developed across the firm. Karen has extensive industry experience and is perfectly placed to continue to strengthen the group in London and lead the team as we work closely with colleagues around the world to provide clients with a truly first class global legal service to meet their current and future needs.”

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