Marsh Expands M&A Practice

September 15, 2010

Insurance broker Marsh has added five industry veterans — four from competing broker Aon — to its private equity and mergers and acquisitions practice

James O’Brien, Jason Hawkins and Craig Warnke join Marsh as managing directors, and Jim Beatty and Machua Millett join as senior vice presidents.

O’Brien comes to Marsh after 18 years with Aon, where he most recently led the Private Equity and Transaction Solutions group. He began his insurance career as a management liability underwriter at AIG.

Hawkins joins Marsh from Aon, where he most recently served as a senior advisor in the private equity group. He has more than 20 years of experience advising private equity, hedge fund and Fortune 500 companies on management liability and general partnership liability (GPL) programs. He had also held underwriting position with The Hartford and AIG.

Warnke also joins Marsh from Aon, where he most recently served as a transactional advisor in the private equity group. Warnke has seven years of experience in transactional insurance products, including representations and warranties and tax liability insurance, in addition to advising private equity firms and hedge funds on their GPL programs. Warnke has also worked as an underwrite at AIG and a corporate attorney for Willkie Farr & Gallagher.

Beatty most recently served as a client advisor in the private equity group at Aon. He has 10 years of experience in advising private equity and hedge fund clients in their management liability and GPL programs. Prior to joining Aon in 2006, he was a senior underwriter at AIG.

Millett joins Marsh from the law firm of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, where he served as coverage and defense counsel for directors and officers, general partners, financial institutions, insurers and corporations in a wide variety of industries. He will serve as a senior advisory specialist and GPL product leader.

O’Brien, Hawkins, Warnke and Beatty will be based in New York while Millett will be based in Boston.

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Source: Marsh

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