More departures from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert ahead of merger

October 13, 2011 Barlow Lyde & Gilbert insurance partners Simon Cooper and Kiran Soar have left the firm to join with Ince & Co ahead of the firm’s merger with Clyde & Co.

Chris Jefferis, global head of the insurance and reinsurance group at Ince & Co, said: “Simon’s and Kiran’s appointments underline their own preferences for a firm with a focused team that is fully committed to providing high value advice to the market. Many of their clients are well known to us.”

This article in The Lawyer points out that the merger agreement required Barlow Lyde & Gilbert to reduce its 100-strong partnership by 15 and adopt the Clyde & Co brand.

Norton Rose has hired two BLG partners – head of marine, energy and trade Patrick Foss, and fellow marine insurance partner Chris Zavos – while financial services regulatory partner Chris Brennan left to join Lloyds Banking Group.

Holman Fenwick Willan also conducted a raid on the Barlow Lyde & Gilbert partnership, scooping up eight partners to launch its new office in São Paolo.

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