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Larkin, John


Larkin, John

Firm: William Fry
Position: Chairman, Head of Insurance
Address: 2 Grand Canal Square, Dublin, 2
Phone: +353 1 639 5000; Direct:353 1 639 5225
Fax: +353 1 639 5333
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John is Chairman of William Fry and is Head of the Insurance & Reinsurance Department. He advises insurance and reinsurance companies, as well as intermediaries, on all aspects of their business including M&A transactions, portfolio transfers, restructurings, contractual negotiations and regulatory matters. He also has extensive experience in helping insurance and reinsurance companies obtain authorisation from the Central Bank of Ireland and on passporting into other EEA markets.


Recent significant transactions include advising:

- Berkshire Hathaway on it's €90m Solvency II compliant subordinate debt facility to VHI Group
- Markel Group on the Cross-Border Merger between Markel International Insurance Limited and Markel Europe
- Various clients on Solvency II related issues including admissibility and categorisation of own-funds and ancillary own-fund items, third country reinsurance agreements and outsourcing
- Groups such as AXA Life Invest, Achmea, Eurco Re and RBC Re (Royal Bank of Canada) on group reorganisation projects


He is the only Solicitor in Ireland to win the International Law Office Client Choice Award in 2012, 2013 and 2014 for his work in the insurance sector.


University College Dublin (BCL); ACCA (Certified Diploma in Accounting & Finance).


John is a member of the IBA Insurance Committee and is Chairman of the Insurance Regulation Sub-Committee. He is also a former Chairman of An Taoiseach's IFSC Insurance Group.