Ironshore appoints M&A unit head from Aon


Ironshore, which has a substantial presence in Bermuda, has appointed James Swan as head of mergers & acquisitions (M&A) insurance, Americas.

Swan will oversee Ironshore’s dedicated M&A activities for complex, multi-jurisdictional transactions within the North and Latin American regions. He will report to Rowan Bamford, Ironshore’s global head of mergers & acquisitions and tax.

Swan joins Ironshore from Aon, where he most recently served as global chief operating officer of the M&A and transaction solutions division. Previously, he was a corporate attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and at Weil, Gotshal & Manges and spent nearly six years in the investment banking division of Citi, latterly as director and chief operating officer of EMEA M&A and EMEA TMT.

“Ironshore is experiencing robust activity for mergers and acquisitions insurance solutions throughout its global footprint, particularly with heightened demand in the Americas,” Bamford said. “Our new team of specialists, under James’s leadership, will address multifaceted transactional risk using their combined legal and underwriting experience to further deepen our capabilities in this growing regional marketplace.”

The company has also named four additional M&A industry specialists in the New York office - Valentine Han, Scott Pegram, Victoria Rosales and Hilary Weiss. Cristina Merry del Val, mergers & acquisitions production specialist based in Miami, will also report to Swan.

Han’s expertise focuses on domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, recapitalizations, and joint venture transactions for private and public companies. He previously was a corporate associate at Reed Smith.

Merry del Val was most recently a specialty lines manager with Ironshore for the Latin American region. Prior to that, she spent 13 years at Goldman Sachs.

Pegram was most recently an M&A underwriter with AIG.

Rosales joins from Willkie Farr & Gallagher, where she was an associate in Corporate & Financial Services, concentrating in mergers, acquisitions and private equity investments across various sectors, including software, industrial and manufacturing industries.

Weiss brings transactional structuring and production experience, having previously served as an M&A specialist with AIG and most recently an underwriter at XL Catlin.

Ironshore provides comprehensive, specialty cover within the M&A sector, including representations and warranties, warranty & indemnity, tax and contingent risk insurance.

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