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McCarthy, Jennifer


McCarthy, Jennifer

Firm: Arthur Cox
Position: Partner
Address: Ten Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2, D02 T380, Ireland
Phone: +353 1 920 1167
Fax: +353 1 920 1020
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Jennifer's area of expertise is the insurance industry. She advises both domestic and international clients on all aspects of insurance law and regulation. Jennifer's practice includes advising on the establishment of an Irish carrier; on-going prudential requirements (e.g. solvency requirements, corporate governance, compliance and substance requirements) and the provision of insurance on a cross-border basis (e.g. conduct of business rules, product offerings and establishment requirements for third country providers). Jennifer has advised extensively on portfolio transfers (both life and non-life), court-sanctioned amalgamations and transfers of insurance/reinsurance business and notifiable acquisitions/disposals in Irish insurers/reinsurers. Jennifer also advises on distribution arrangements (including white labelling distribution), outsourcing in the insurance sector and reinsurance / retrocession arrangements. Jennifer also has extensive experience advising on administration/liquidation processes for Irish insurers and access to statutory compensation schemes.


Recent significant transactions include advising:
Swiss Re's business unit Admin Re on the Irish aspects of its proposed acquisition of Guardian Financial Services for GBP 1.6 billion.
CNP on its €300 million acquisition of a 51% stake in Santander’s Irish insurance operations.
EXOR on its $6.9 billion acquisition of the PartnerRe group
Advising the liquidator of Setanta Insurance Company Limited on regulatory aspects of the insolvency including access to the Irish Insurance Compensation Scheme.
Accenture on the redomicilation of its two captive businesses
KBC Insurance in relation to its white labelled life and non-life distribution arrangements.


Jennifer is a partner in the firm's Insurance Group. Jennifer joined Arthur Cox in 2012 having previously worked in the insurance practice of a large Irish corporate law firm for over 6 years.


Jennifer has lectured and presented on a wide range of insurance topics. She has written several articles on insurance topics and was a contributing author to two international publications on the European Cross-Border Mergers Regime.


BCL (Law and French), University College Cork 2000. Smurfit Graduate School of Business - Diploma in Financial Studies.


Jennifer McCarthy is a member of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland, the Law Society of Ireland and the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association.