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Alexander Cohen-Santi

Head of France

Alexander is the head of the Paris office of HWF.  His practice specializes in the placement of W&I insurance in both France (and other French speaking countries) and the UK. Alexander has placed numerous policies for a range of clients in the context of M&A and Private Equity transactions as well as Infrastructure and Renewables deals.

Recent experience

Alexander’s recent experience includes:

  • Working with Sport Pursuit and Private Sport Shop (backed by BD Capital and Bridgepoint respectively) on their successful cross-border merger. Involvement touched both sides of the transaction, working with key advisory partners Mayer Brown (acting for Private Sport Shop) and Stephenson Harwood (acting for Sport Pursuit).
  • Working with Latham & Watkins in structuring a W&I policy for Vivalto Santé in respect of their acquisition of Ribera Salud.
  • Structuring a W&I policy for Alpac Capital in respect of their acquisition of Euronews.
  • Structuring a W&I policy for Ares Management in respect of their acquisition of certain Technicolor licences.
  • Working with several funds, structuring W&I policies in the context of their acquisition of renewables projects (wind power or PV projects) in France and the UK.
  • Working with a real estate/hotels investment fund in structuring W&I policies in the context of their hotel acquisitions.

Prior to joining HWF, Alexander spent 8 years as a private equity lawyer with Travers Smith in their London office and Paris office. During this time, he advised French, UK and international private equity and corporate clients on M&A transactions in a wide range of jurisdictions.

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HWF’s ability to drive the process forward de-risks the M&A processes we are involved with. We count on their reliability and expertise, even where there are complex issues or challenging timetables

James Renahan, Travers Smith

We use HWF wherever the opportunity arises because they advise, structure and execute W&I insurance policies with great efficiency. Our trust in their service and process allows us to focus on our job resulting in positive client outcomes on their M&A deals

Helen Croke, Ropes & Gray

I am always happy to recommend HWF on deals; their in-depth experience of both M&A and the insurance market, combined with a pragmatic approach, leads to smoother processes, better coverage positions and ultimately happier clients

Aaron Fairhurst, CMS