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RPC strengthens Corporate Insurance and Financial Services team with hire of former Worldpay Corporate General Counsel

Published on 05 October 2015

City-headquartered law firm RPC has hired former Worldpay Corporate General Counsel Matthew Griffith as a partner in its market-leading Corporate Insurance and Financial Services team.

Matthew has over 19 years' experience handling a broad range of corporate and commercial mandates, predominantly in the insurance and wider financial services sectors. He is an expert in private M&A and other corporate transactions, including Part VII insurance business transfers.

Matthew was most recently Corporate General Counsel at leading global payment services group, Worldpay, and was previously a partner at both Sidley Austin and Pinsent Masons in London.

At Worldpay, Matthew led the corporate legal team and was responsible for delivering a broad variety of support and advice, with a particular focus on UK and international M&A and corporate finance.  In private practice, he supported clients on many strategically important transactions and matters, including acquisitions, disposals, business transfers, reorganisations, investments, distribution arrangements, governance and regulatory matters. 

RPC Managing Partner Jonathan Watmough said: "People with the depth and quality of Matthew's experience in the insurance and financial services sectors are few and far between, and rarely on the market, so we're particularly pleased that he's chosen to join our growing team at RPC."

"The combination of his time in house at Worldpay and his previous experience in private practice means he really understands what goes into building long-term mutually beneficial relationships – we're looking forward to using his insight to help us sharpen our client focus even further."

James Mee – Head of RPC's Corporate Insurance and Financial Services Team – said: "We have stated our ambition to become the go- to transactional and advisory law firm for insurance and wider financial services matters. Over the past few years clients have supported us towards achieving that, both for general insurance and, more recently, life insurance."

"Matthew will add to our capabilities in this area, being an excellent corporate and commercial lawyer, who is highly rated by our existing and prospective clients.  In addition, he will help us broaden our wider financial services business. "

Matthew Griffith said: "RPC's ambitious and innovative approach, commitment to client service and clear focus on the insurance and wider financial services market are a powerful combination. I have worked with RPC before and am delighted to be joining such a talented team and taking the business forward to its next stage."

Matthew's hire is the latest in a string of investments RPC has made in its insurance business, and follows closely on from the launch of the independent management consultancy RPC Consulting in February 2015 and acquisition of Marriott Sinclair, the software business, in July.