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October 29, 2012 – Ian McKenna, a leading Insurance and Reinsurance lawyer with more than two decades of experience, has joined the London office of international law firm Locke Lord. McKenna’s global insurance experience and perspective will strengthen and diversify the Firm’s already powerful insurance industry base, both in the UK and around the world.
McKenna’s broad practice focuses on contentious reinsurance and insurance matters, including coverage disputes, reinsurance recoveries, breach of contract, avoidance and related disputes both in the Commercial Courts and in arbitration. He is recognised as a leading contentious reinsurance and insurance insolvency lawyer and is consistently ranked by Chambers UK, including a 2012 recognition in the publication’s Tier 1 of contentious reinsurance lawyers in London. He comes to Locke Lord from Mayer Brown.
With wide-ranging experience in a number of areas, McKenna’s work includes broker’s E&O coverage issues and disputes. He also has established an outstanding reputation in reinsurance run-off, as well as in restructuring and insolvency matters, particularly in contested schemes of arrangement and business transfer schemes. His significant experience in due diligence advisory work in reinsurance company acquisitions, disposals and restructurings has made him a go-to lawyer globally for major insurance and reinsurance transactions. In the last two decades, McKenna has worked on many of the world’s largest reinsurance loss matters, including the California fires in 2007; Hurricanes Katrina, Wilma and Rita in 2005; the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001; the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989; and many more.
“Ian’s addition to our insurance and reinsurance group makes our international platform that much stronger,” said Nick DiGiovanni, Chair of Locke Lord’s Global Insurance and Reinsurance Practices and a Member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. McKenna joins Partners Damian Cleary and Gavin Coull on the Insurance/Reinsurance team in London. “Our bench strength in the London, European and Bermudian insurance and reinsurance markets offers our growing client base even more capabilities and service,” DiGiovanni said.
Locke Lord LLP consistently ranks among American Lawyer’s top 100 U.S. law firms. The Firm’s full range of practice and industry areas serve international and national clients from offices in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Sacramento, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. It has an excellent reputation in complex litigation, regulatory and transactional work, with its 650-plus lawyers building collaborative relationships and crafting creative solutions – all designed and executed to meet clients’ long-term strategic goals.