Reviewing and rewriting the rules of a mutual insurance association offering USA oil pollution cover
Christian Wells was the firm's first insurance and reinsurance partner in London. Early experience advising on the consequences of the failure of Lloyd's syndicates provided an invaluable and broad education and training in insurance, reinsurance and related market regulation and investigations. It also led Christian to appreciate that many clients engaged in the insurance market, whether as buyers, underwriters or intermediaries, wanted a wider skillset from their advisors than simply litigation on the one hand or M&A on the other.
During his time as a partner, Christian undertook the widest variety imaginable of advice and dispute work, often and happiest dealing with cutting-edge problems and starting with a blank sheet of paper because there was no precedent. Christian has also been able to resolve matters that others regarded as beyond resolution, through tenacity and through the professional respect of his peers
'said to possess an encyclopaedic knowledge of insurance matters'
'provides world-class counsel relating to a number of issues that include dispute resolution, developing cutting-edge prodcuts and drafting policies and treaties'
Redrafting business interruption insurance for the flotation on the London Stock Exchange of a major international brewing group
Advising a London insurance trade association on membership, merger and run-off issues
Engineering and drafting market price and residual value insurance to support a variety of asset and project finances
Advising a trading conglomerate and a banking group on structuring finite risk insurances for specific losses
Advising and defending successfully clients investigated by regulators
Advising a major North Sea operator on the presentation of a claim arising out of the metallurgical and welding problems of a sub-sea pipeline
Drafting a cost overrun insurance to permit a major national infrastructure project to receive Government funding and go ahead
Advising a leading composite insurer on structuring and negotiating a multi-product distribution arrangement with a leading financial institution
Advising on the insurance arrangements for Public/Private Partnership projects
Reviewing the establishment and operation of Lloyd's syndicates which had ceased trading abruptly and reporting to their Boards and shareholders
Investigating and advising the entire finite reinsurance portfolio of a client and assisting with the regulatory consequences
Advising a market of reinsurers on a billion dollar claim involving a bestselling pharmaceutical product