Private Equity – Our Capabilities

HWF acts as a trusted advisor to our PE clients, reducing risk and adding value through our expert led approach to brokerage.

We provide bespoke insurance solutions that mitigate potential liabilities that may arise throughout the PE fundraising and investment lifecycle. We are recognised as a market leader.

Our PE team is led by individuals with significant insurance, legal and tax backgrounds who have extensive advisory, broking and underwriting experience, advising a broad cross section of PE clients. Our approach is for those senior professionals to lead and retain the day-to-day running of transactions. Their experience allows us to provide specialist insight with an advisory focus, taking ownership of any insurance needs and allowing our clients to focus on the wider transaction.

Acting on buy-side and sell-side processes, including structuring solutions to allow buyers to enhance bids, remove risks relating to the strength of sellers’ covenants and acquire businesses in distressed scenarios with full recourse against insurance.

Structuring W&I and contingent risk insurance into a range of processes to allow sellers to exit transactions with minimal or no liability.

Cover for tax risks on M&A transactions, refinancings and restructurings. We structure insurance solutions to wrap around operational tax risks and allow protection for continued exposure or to support tax planning.

Cover for identified contingent risks, regardless of whether there is an M&A driver or context.

GP-led, LP-led and preferred equity financings.

Cover of identified and potentially unknown liabilities within investment fund structures which would prevent liquidation / wind-up.

Advising on P2Ps and structuring of insurance programmes.

Diligence and reporting on insurance arrangements either for sellers as VDD or as part of buy side DD.


Our clients are global PE houses, sovereign wealth funds, secondaries funds, infrastructure and renewable funds, corporations, venture capital firms, litigation funds, credit funds, alternative asset managers and family offices. Our global practice has acted on over 4,000 transactions in jurisdictions including the UK, continental Europe, Africa, Asia, North and South America.


Our team of leading individuals have varied and indepth experience of all industry sectors. We pride ourselves on using this experience to pre-empt potential issues at the outset of a transaction to help deliver efficient and pro-actively managed solutions. Our aim is to control processes and leave our clients free to focus on the wider transaction.