BLG’s pre-merger exits continue as insurance duo quit for Ince

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert insurance partners Simon Cooper and Kiran Soar have defected to Ince & Co ahead of the firm’s merger with Clyde & Co.

Ince will also launch an international desk in the Lloyd’s of London building next month with the aim of capitalising on its strategy to target top end insurance work.

Chris Jefferis, global head of the firm’s insurance and reinsurance group, said: “Simon’s and Kiran’s appointments underline their own preferences for a firm with a focused team that is fully committed to providing high value advice to the market. Many of their clients are well known to us.”

As part of its deal with Clyde & Co BLG has agreed to reduce its 100-strong partnership by 15 and adopt the Clyde & Co brand (8 August 2011).

Norton Rose has appointed two BLG partners, head of marine, energy and trade Patrick Foss, and fellow marine insurance partner Chris Zavos, while financial services regulatory partner Chris Brennan has left to join Lloyds Banking Group.

Earlier this week it emerged that Holman Fenwick Willan is to launch in São Paulo – its first base in South America – on the back of its eight partner raid on BLG earlier this year (24 March 2011). Aviation partner Jeremy Shebson will launch HFW in Sao Paulo after the firm agreed to take over BLG’s office lease in the city hiring the two associates and one PA that are permanently based in the office (12 October 2011).