Aon announced the formation of its EMEA M&A and Transaction Solutions Advisory Board to support the growth of its Mergers & Acquisition insurance practice across the United Kingdom and Europe, the Middle East and Africa
The broker is also expanding its client offerings to include intellectual property, cyber security and digital performance, retirement, benefits, talent and compensation, structured credit, tax and litigation risks, and ESG (environmental, social and governance).
Corporate clients considering M&A transactions, and financial sponsors such as private equity funds, face a multitude of challenges as they assess deals and address transaction risks.
The advisory board will provide counsel to Aon’s clients and its internal team as it continues to expand beyond its current areas of expertise, which include transaction solutions such as Warranty and Indemnity insurance (W&I), tax insurance and risk and insurance due diligence, into areas such as cyber and intellectual property (IP).
John Cullen, chief executive officer of Aon’s Commercial Risk, Heath and Affinity business in EMEA, will serve as chair of the advisory board. All members of the board are senior executives with over 20 years’ experience in M&A and have held senior leadership positions at professional services firms.
Andrew Ballheimer, former global managing partner at Allen & Overy who brings more than three decades of legal expertise and experience. Ballheimer previously served in various senior leadership positions at Allen & Overy, including Global Co-Head of Corporate and UK Managing Partner of Corporate.
Claudio Feser, senior partner emeritus and senior advisor at McKinsey & Co. Between 1999 and 2004, he led McKinsey & Co. Greece, then McKinsey & Co. Switzerland between 2005 and 2010, and the firm’s executive development practice from 2011 to 2018.
Robin Lawther, an experienced non-executive director currently serving on the boards of Nordea, Ashurst LLP and UK Government Investments, the corporate finance and corporate governance arm of the UK Government under Her Majesty’s Treasury. She previously worked at J.P. Morgan in London, Scandinavia, Turkey and New York for 20 years as managing director in a number of senior positions in investment banking.
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