John Larkin


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John is a Consultant with 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 interviewee notes that Larkin is "well respected in the industry," while another reports that "he brings authority and knowledge of the market." Chambers Europe 2021

"I mainly worked with John Larkin and Gráinne Varian. What makes them stand out is the personalised approach, excellent knowledge, and ability to look at and understand matters from our angle. Most importantly, their advice was without excessive legal jargon and straight to the point, exactly the type of high-quality output I had expected." Legal 500 EMEA 2021

John has been described by clients as having "industry leading knowledge and a wealth of practical experience in Irish and European insurance matters. John’s calm demeanour, understanding of how theory relates to practice and ability to understand and translate clients’ issues are particularly valuable." Another client adds that John has "been exceptional in helping us navigate through complex Brexit-related issues." Legal 500 2020

"Larkin is extremely knowledgeable and helps us navigate through complicated regulatory matters." reports one interviewee. Chambers Europe 2020

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 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. 


Legal 500 Hall of Fame

Whos Who Legal