John Larkin


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John 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.

He also advises companies and boards on complex and sensitive regulatory issues.

Recent significant transactions include advising:

  • Phoenix Group on the Irish law aspects of the acquisition of Standard Life Aberdeen's insurance arm
  • Groups such as Beazley and Chaucer on the authorisation of the respective Irish insurance companies
  • Various unnamed clients on sensitive regulatory matters arising out of skilled persons reports undertaken by the Central Bank of Ireland
  • Various clients on Solvency II related issues including admissibility and categorisation of own-fund and ancillary own-fund items, third country reinsurance arrangements and outsourcing

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

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.

One client describes John as "knowledgeable, personable, and available. An excellent business partner and adviser." Chambers Europe 2019

John is an "incredible lawyer," market commentators enthuse, highlighting the depth of his knowledge in this area. Another interviewee reports that he "really pays attention to detail." Chambers Europe 2018

John Larkin, whose "industry knowledge is second to none", has "built a strong team around him". Legal 500 EMEA 2018

John is recognised in Best Lawyers 2019 under 'The Best Lawyers in Ireland' for work in Insurance Law.

According to Chambers Europe 2017, John remains a market-leading practitioner in non-contentious insurance matters. Sources praise his outstanding reputation, with one client opining: "He is probably the standout figure in the industry." 

John Larkin is "widely known as a leader in the market," offering "excellent experience, particularly in the context of anticipating regulatory involvement," according to interviewees in Chambers Europe 2016.

Chambers Europe, 2015 state that "there is nothing about insurance that he doesn't know. He is a great guy to go to when you have a problem because he will always give you time and make sure you get support and attention." While Legal 500 EMEA, 2015 explain that John "provides practical solutions".

John is also recommended in a number of other publications including "The Guide to the World's Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers" and Who's Who Legal. 

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Legal 500 Hall of Fame

IFLR Leading Lawyer - Highly Regarded 2019








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