Ince loses insurance chief amid merger talks

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Ince & Co’s global head of insurance Joe O’Keeffe has departed for Stephenson Harwood, just two weeks after it was revealed that Ince had entered into merger talks with Gordon Dadds.

Insurance partner O’Keeffe, who specialises in trade, shipping, yachts and superyachts, joined Ince in 1991 and was made partner in 2000. During his time at the firm, he spent time working in its Asian offices, where he was based in Shanghai and Singapore. His particular expertise covers advising insurers in relation to coverage issues, casualties and disputed claims arising in the marine and energy sectors.

Commenting on the hire, head of marine insurance at Stephenson Harwood Alex Davis, said: “The marine insurance market has undergone significant changes over recent years; adding Joe’s practice to our current offering cements our position in the top tier of marine insurance coverage practices in the City, allowing us to thrive and grow in this changing landscape.”

Stephenson Harwood’s head of marine Mike Phillips added that marine insurance is a growing specialism of the firm, putting in competition for mandates against firms such as Ince, Kennedys and Clyde & Co.

Ince partner Kiran Soar will take on the role of the firm’s global head of insurance following O’Keeffe’s departure.

The loss follows the news that Ince was in talks with London-listed firm Gordon Dadds in a tie-up that would create a firm with over £100m in revenue. Over the summer, it was also revealed that Ince’s international senior partner Jan Heuvels was to resign from his management role, six months before the completion of his first term in charge. Heuvels was replaced in the interim by Peter Rogan, who held the role for eight years from 2000.

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