Our Team

Will Hemsley

Will Hemsley

Partner
Direct Line +44 (0)203 637 2201
Mobile: +44 (0) 7703 785 790
Email: will.hemsley@hwfpartners.com

Will is a co-founder and partner of HWF and has extensive experience in advising on and structuring insurance solutions for M&A transactions.

Will is the go to person for many leading M&A lawyers due to his strong track record of structuring and executing transactional risk policies on many of the most complex transactions insured.

Over the last 12 years Will has advised on in excess of 500 transactions, covering a broad range of sectors and geographies, with transaction values ranging from £5million up to £4.5 billion.

Before founding HWF, Will spent 8 years split between 4 years at the core of Marsh’s transaction risk team and prior to this at HSBC where he headed up their offering in this space.

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Rebecca Wynne

Rebecca Wynne

Partner
Direct Line +44 (0)203 637 2202
Mobile: +44 (0) 7785 513 509
Email: rebecca.wynne@hwfpartners.com

Rebecca is a co-founder and partner of HWF and has over 12 years of industry experience.

She is a recognised as one of the market leading brokers in the M&A insurance field by clients, advisors and insurers. She has worked on over 500 transactions spanning a diverse range of industries, geographies and sizes.

Prior to HWF, Rebecca was a senior member of the Marsh transactional risk team. As well as driving the development of M&A insurance solutions in the UK, she was also responsible for its development in the Netherlands, the Nordics, Turkey and Central & Eastern Europe.

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Adrian Furlonge

Adrian Furlonge

Partner
Direct Line +44 (0)203 637 2203
Mobile: +44 (0) 7976 205 251
Email: adrian.furlonge@hwfpartners.com

Adrian is a co-founder and partner of HWF and has extensive experience structuring insurance products for M&A transactions. Prior to this he was both a lawyer and M&A underwriter.

Adrian spent 4 years as a lawyer at CMS Cameron McKenna in their insurance and reinsurance department. He then joined AIG in 2010 as their UK M&A underwriter subsequently taking on responsibility for a team of UK and European underwriters.

Adrian was instrumental in the growth of M&A insurance products in the UK and Europe. His underwriting expertise is highly regarded by lawyers, clients and peers.

Adrian and his team of underwriters wrote over 300 policies during his leadership including acting as lead underwriter on more insurance programmes than any other insurer.

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Rowley Higgs

Rowley Higgs

Partner
Direct Line +44 (0)203 637 2204
Mobile: +44 (0) 7977 125 420
Email: rowley.higgs@hwfpartners.com

Rowley is a Partner of HWF prior to which he was both a lawyer and M&A underwriter.

Rowley spent almost a decade as a corporate lawyer at CMS advising on a wide range of transactions. He also advised clients on the use of W&I insurance and numerous underwriters in relation to the transactions they insured.

He then joined the XL M&A team in 2014, and as a senior underwriter, insured numerous transactions, ranging from the low millions to several billion during a period of rapid growth for the industry.

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David Layton

David Layton

Managing Associate
Direct Line +44 (0)203 637 8380
Mobile: +44 (0) 7816 352 899
Email: david.layton@hwfpartners.com

David is a Managing Associate of HWF and has considerable experience advising on and arranging insurance solutions for M&A transactions.

Prior to HWF, David was a senior member of the Aon transaction liability team and over the last 5 years he has worked on over 250 deals ranging in value from the low millions to several billions. David has worked across a broad range of sectors and geographies, with a particular focus in the UK, Nordics, Benelux, Germany and Central & Eastern Europe.

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Thomas Burke

Thomas Burke

Associate
Direct Line +44 (0)203 637 2205
Mobile: +44 (0) 7480 957 049
Email: thomas.burke@hwfpartners.com

Tom is an Associate at HWF. He joined HWF in 2017 having spent almost six years as a corporate lawyer – initially for a top tier law firm in Sydney, and subsequently at a U.S. law firm in London.

Tom started his legal career working on private equity transactions, including share and asset acquisitions and divestments, stressed asset divestments and corporate restructures. Upon his move to London, he advised on a broader variety of cross-border corporate transactions, including both equity capital market deals, market abuse regulations and private M&A transactions.

Tom has worked alongside the W&I insurance industry from very early on in his legal career, having advised underwriters such as AIG, Allied World Assurance Company and Ironshore on their provision of warranty and indemnity insurance.

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Ellie McRoberts

Ellie McRoberts

Broking Assistant
Direct Line +44 (0)203 637 8381
Mobile: +44 (0) 7837 648 492
Email: ellie.mcroberts@hwfpartners.com

Ellie joined HWF as a Broking Assistant.

Ellie studied Law at the University of Leeds and graduated in 2015. Prior to HWF, Ellie worked as an adjudicator at the Financial Ombudsman Service.

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Dr. Philipp Heer

Dr. Philipp Heer

Managing Director, Frankfurt
Direktwahl: +49 (0) 69 7593 7196
Mobiltelefon: +49 (0) 151 6701 5855
E-Mail: philipp.heer@hwfpartners.com

Philipp Heer is the Manager of the German business unit of HWF.

Prior to joining HWF, Philipp spent several years as an attorney with leading international law firms in Germany and the United States and advised German and international clients on all aspects of corporate law, takeover law, and in connection with M&A transactions, in particular with respect to national and cross-border transactions. Additionally, Philipp has been active working on private equity and venture capital transactions over the previous years.

 As an attorney, Philipp advised numerous transactions from a broad spectrum of industrial sectors, with transaction volumes ranging into the several billions.

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Katerina Thanassis

Katerina Thanassis

Associate, Frankfurt
Direktwahl: +49 (0) 69 7593 7197
Mobiltelefon: +49 (0) 178 235 9340
E-Mail: katerina.thanassis@hwfpartners.com

Katerina joined HWF as an Associate in 2017, prior to which she worked in the corporate department of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s Frankfurt office.

Katerina spent four years working on corporate and commercial matters with a particular focus on domestic and cross-border M&A transactions and private equity deals. She has experience across a wide range of industries, including global financial investors, financial institutions, automotive and pharmaceuticals, medical products and healthcare.

A native English, German and Greek speaker, she also speaks Spanish.

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