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James Phythian-Adams
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A corporate, commercial and regulatory lawyer, James Phythian-Adams specialises in advising the insurance sector.

James has extensive experience advising insurance businesses having undertaken a five year part-time secondment at the European operations of a major NYSE and Nasdaq listed Bermudian/US (re)insurer. Whilst there, he fulfilled the company's non-contentious legal function and worked within its legal and compliance team.

James advises on a wide variety of non-contentious matters, including: insurance distribution and other commercial contracts, insurance regulatory and corporate.

Relevant work

Distribution: UK, EU and other international insurance distribution arrangements for global insurance entities, including advising the European operations of a global insurance and reinsurance group on an ongoing basis in respect of its arrangements with its MGAs

Lloyd's: advising on syndicate set up and novation between managing agents, advising on turnkey syndicate transfer, advising on SPS (now Special Purpose Arrangement) set up and advising on capital and corporate governance structuring and other Lloyd's regulatory matters

Other insurance regulatory: corporate governance reviews, approved persons matters, change in control processes, Solvency II structuring and restructuring and day-to day regulatory considerations

Corporate: new entity set up and authorisation (both in the UK and internationally), acquisitions and disposals of insurance vehicles, and joint ventures (for example, capital provider and MGA)


Directory quotes

"Recommended" - The Legal 500 UK,  2012 and 2014.

"A rising star and one to watch" - The Legal 500 UK, 2011.

"One of the leading regulatory advisors in the London market" - The Legal 500 UK, 2010.