Jonathan Russell

Jonathan Russell

Senior Associate

Email jonathan.russell@​

Phone +44 20 7296 5812

Fax +44 20 7296 2001

LanguagesEnglish, French

Practice groupCorporate

"He's very user-friendly, extremely knowledgeable about his subject and provides great customer service - nothing is too much trouble"

Chambers UK, 2019

A senior associate in our Corporate Group in London, Jonathan Russell's practice covers cross-border and domestic M&A, joint ventures, reorganisations and general corporate advisory work. Jonathan has particular experience in the insurance sector, advising insurers and other market participants on a range of transactions and regulatory matters, including insurance business transfers under Part VII of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.

Jonathan has been recognised as an 'Associate to Watch' in Chambers UK for both M&A and insurance.

Awards and recognitions


"Associate to Watch" for Insurance: Non-contentious - UK-wide
Chambers UK

Education and admissions


LPC, BPP University Law School, 2007

Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP University Law School, 2006

M.Phil., University of Cambridge, 2004

B.A. (Hons), University of Oxford, 2002


Law Society of England and Wales

Representative experience

Lloyds Banking Group and Scottish Widows on its acquisition of Zurich's UK workplace pensions and savings business, with £19 billion of AuA

A major global pharmaceutical company on strategic M&A and licensing and collaboration arrangements.

AXA on the disposal of its Bluefin insurance broking business to Marsh & McLennon and on the acquisition of Simplyhealth's private medical insurance business.

Equitable Life on the disposal of its £875m annuity business to Canada Life.

Jazz Pharmaceuticals on the disposal of a European drug and medical devices business.

Prudential on its £13 billion cross-border reorganisation of its Hong Kong life and general insurance business

Phoenix Group on the sale of two annuity portfolios and the reorganisation of its insurance businesses by means of schemes under Part VII FSMA.

Paternoster on its sale to Goldman Sachs for £260m.

Teachers Friendly Society on its demutualisation and acquisition by LV.

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