Kennedys has added to its rapidly expanding Americas footprint, entering into an association with an independent firm in Puerto Rico.
The firm has announced that it struck a deal with the two-partner, San Juan-based insurance boutique Cólon & Cólon (C&C).
C&C was founded in 2002 by Francisco Cólon Pagán and now includes partner Francisco Mercado Olivero and two senior associates.
The announcement marks Kennedys latest foray into the Americas in 2017. A merger with US firm Carroll McNulty & Kull on 1 June brought the firm 100 lawyers in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Texas. The firm also took a six-strong team from US firm Sedgwick in September and hired another five of its lawyers to gain a foothold in Bermuda a month later.
Kennedys senior partner Nick Thomas has made no secret of his desire for increasing the firm’s footprint in the region and this looks set to continue.
Thomas said: “Our expansion in Latin American and the Caribbean has been rapid but thought-through, with our clients consulted at every stage.
“We have many clients in common with Colón & Colón and they have highlighted both the value of a presence in Puerto Rico and the quality of work Francisco and his team deliver. This confirms the experience of our own lawyers’ dealings with Colón & Colón.”
The Puerto Rican office is Kennedys seventh to open this calendar joining Argentina, Bangkok, Bermuda, Melbourne, Mexico City and Paris.
Colón Pagán said: “This is the perfect move for our firm. We enjoy a similar culture to Kennedys and have experience working with their colleagues in Bermuda, Miami and New York. We also envisage that the association will generate more and higher-profile instructions. Insurance work nowadays demands a global perspective, and Kennedys is leading the way in giving the industry what it wants and needs.”