Insurance and Reinsurance

Signature’s insurance and reinsurance practice focuses on complex international insurance disputes, particularly in Latin America, the Mediterranean basin, Asia and West Africa.

We advise clients on all aspects of large-scale commercial litigation, with expertise in handling multi-party, multi-jurisdictional disputes.
The breadth of our experience covers a wide range of sectors and losses including those relating to:
  • large scale infrastructure projects, in particular in the fields of energy and construction;
  • losses arising out of natural disasters;
  • claims under D&O policies

The practice is led by Hermès Marangos, who is acknowledged in international directories, including Chambers and Partners, as a leading and highly analytical lawyer with particular experience inter alia in Latin America matters. He advises various international organisations, including the UN, UNCTAD and the Berne Union in various issues, namely political risks.

Hermès is co-author of a key textbook on reinsurance law, a co-author of the book “War Risks and Terrorism”, and a contributor to textbooks on conflicts of law, property risks and mass torts. He is a Vice President of the Insurance Institute of London and drafts critical wordings for the international market. He lectures and publishes widely on significant international conflicts of law matters and on specialist risks and legal and forensic investigations.

Hermès Marangos is a “Leading Individual” in The Legal 500 UK 2020 for Insurance and Reinsurance Litigation and is noted as the “go-to expert” and “one of the pioneers on complex matters for the insurance and reinsurance industry in Latin America”. He has also been recommended for his Commercial Litigation practice by The Legal 500. He is also ranked as a Band 3 expert in both Chambers Global 2020 and Chambers Latin America 2020, for his Insurance expertise in the region. The Guide notes he enjoys impressive client feedback for his Latin American policy coverage work and sources report that Hermes “is an extremely knowledgeable individual but also one who appreciates the real-world scenarios in which laws apply.”

Insurance and Reinsurance Team

“They demonstrate the ability to formulate, plan and implement a sophisticated global strategy”

Chambers UK 2020

Emmanuèle Lutfalla

Emmanuèle is recognised as a ‘Thought Leader’ in Who’s Who Legal’s France 2020 Guide. She is also ranked as both a ‘National’ (in France) and ‘Global’ Leader for Product Liability Defence in Who’s Who Legal. The Guide notes Emmanuèle “excels in handling disputes at the intersection of product liability and insurance matters, representing clients from the life sciences sector in litigation and product risk management.” The Legal 500 EMEA Guide ranks Emmanuèle as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ for commercial litigation.

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Hermès Marangos

Hermès is recognised as a ‘Leading Individual’ in The Legal 500 UK 2020 for his insurance and reinsurance litigation practice. Hermès is ranked as a Band 3 expert in Chambers Global 2020 and Chambers Latin America 2020 for his Insurance expertise in the region.

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Insurance and Reinsurance Experience

Advising reinsurers on coverage matters arising out of high-profile claims under a D&O policy relating to the issuance of American Depository Receipts by a Brazilian company in the US.

Advising on a major reinsurance dispute valued at approximately £300 million concerning a mining operation which was disrupted due to flooding.

Advising insurers on coverage issues in a dispute governed by Norwegian law relating to the construction of an offshore oil and gas platform.

Acting as defence counsel for the insurers and the insured in proceedings governed by Belgian law to determine the cause of a catastrophic fire at Brussels Airport destroying a hangar and four aircraft.

Advising reinsurers under an EAR cover including Delay in Start-up in relation to damage to an electrical generator which was to be used in a project for the conversion of two existing gas turbines in Bolivia.

Advising US and Canadian insurers in relation to coverage issues under an All Risk Policy arising out of physical damage to a drilling rig owned by a Canadian corporation during operations in Brazil.

Advising reinsurers under a CAR/EAR cover in relation to a series of losses to an extension of an existing oil refinery which included a water canal diversion project forming part of preparatory works in Colombia.

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