Ironshore bolsters M&A unit with Aon, AIG and XL hires
Ironshore has expanded its mergers & acquisitions (M&A) team to meet the growing demand in the Americas and develop new solutions to address the complex transactional risks. The company has hired senior executives from Aon, AIG and XL Catlin.
The company has appointed James Swan as head of mergers & acquisitions insurance, Americas. He joins Ironshore from Aon, where he most recently served as global chief operating officer of the M&A and transaction solutions division. Previously, he was a corporate attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and at Weil, Gotshal & Manges and spent nearly six years in the investment banking division of Citi, latterly as director and chief operating officer of EMEA M&A and EMEA TMT.
In his new role, Swan will oversee Ironshore’s dedicated M&A activities for complex, multi-jurisdictional transactions within the North and Latin American regions. Swan will report to Rowan Bamford, Ironshore’s global head of mergers & acquisitions and tax.
“Ironshore is experiencing robust activity for mergers and acquisitions insurance solutions throughout its global footprint, particularly with heightened demand in the Americas,” Bamford commented. “Our new team of specialists, under James’s leadership, will address multifaceted transactional risk using their combined legal and underwriting experience to further deepen our capabilities in this growing regional marketplace.”
Reporting to Swan will be four additional M&A industry specialists in the New York and Miami offices. Cristina Merry del Val, Scott Pegram and Hilary Weiss have been appointed as mergers & acquisitions production specialist, and Valentine Han and Victoria Rosales as M&A production counsel.
Merry del Val was most recently a specialty lines manager with Ironshore for the Latin American region. Prior to that, she spent 13 years at Goldman Sachs.
Pegram was most recently an M&A underwriter with AIG.
Weiss brings transactional structuring and production experience, having previously served as an M&A specialist with AIG and most recently an underwriter at XL Catlin.
Han’s expertise focuses on domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, recapitalizations, and joint venture transactions for private and public companies. He previously was a corporate associate at Reed Smith.
Rosales joins from Willkie Farr & Gallagher, where she was an associate in Corporate & Financial Services, concentrating in mergers, acquisitions and private equity investments across various sectors, including software, industrial and manufacturing industries.
Swan commented: "This is an exciting opportunity to build a market-leading team focused on service and execution on complex transactional risk. We now have the opportunity to offer Representations & Warranties coverages, among others, that complement and enhance the wide breadth of commercial insurance products and services Liberty Mutual offers clients throughout the Americas."
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