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The coronavirus pandemic has affected certain areas of the regional re/insurance market more than others, with construction insurers and reinsurers particularly exposed.
Kennedys has continued its growth in the United States with the opening of its first West Coast office, in San Francisco, and the addition of a four-partner team.
We are delighted to confirm the promotion of thirteen lawyers to our partnership across practice areas including commercial, employment and healthcare, as well as specialist areas of insurance and liability that include cyber, property and construction, professional liability, travel, abuse and fraud. Eight of those promoted are based in the UK, with four in the US and one in Australia. Our worldwide partner count is now 264.
We are pleased to announce that we have appointed Fernando Hurtado de Mendoza as a partner and Kodiak Semsch as a senior associate to our office in Lima as we continue to build a heavyweight practice in Peru. Fernando’s practice is split between aviation, corporate and insurance work. He moves from Rodrigo Elias y Medrano, the largest law firm in the country, and is immediately joined by associate Alejandra Vicuna. Kodiak, who will join the team later this month as the head of our Lima office’s litigation practice, is a dispute resolution specialist. He was formerly a litigation partner at Osterling Abogados.
Kennedys IQ, our newly launched technology-driven company, has appointed Kimberley Davies to the role of Commercial Development Manager. Kimberley joins from Luminance Technologies where she had been since its 2016 launch, most recently as Head of Discovery and a member of the management team. In addition to product development, she was responsible for building the sales process, and overseeing sales and marketing globally for eDiscovery. She also launched their eDiscovery product.
We are pleased to confirm that we have strengthened our Singapore litigation practice by hiring Glenn G. Cheng from K&L Gates Straits Law LLC. Glenn, who is dual-qualified at the Bar of England and Wales and admitted as an advocate and solicitor of Singapore, becomes the fifteenth partner in our growing Singapore office.
Our strategy of helping clients use lawyers less has taken a huge leap forward with the launch of Kennedys IQ, a separate technology driven company whose purpose is to be “Kennedys, without the lawyers”. Combining human and machine intelligence, Kennedys IQ has been set up to focus on product development targeted at the needs of clients, rather than our internal operating efficiency, and recognises that the future of legal services is not just about legal advice.
Kennedys Real Estate and Construction teams to attend MIPIM 2020 – the world’s largest property investment conference in Cannes
We are delighted once again to be attending MIPIM, the internationally-renowned property conference taking place from 10 -13 March 2020 in Cannes, France. Our attendance at this year’s MIPIM reinforces our ongoing commitment to supporting clients in relation to real estate and construction matters, and staying at the forefront of development in the markets in which our clients operate.
We are pleased to confirm the launch of Portal Manager, the latest product in our award-winning innovative product suite aimed at helping clients use lawyers less. Portal Manager, an easy-to-use dashboard, generates real-time information on the number of claims an insurer has in the Ministry of Justice Claims Portal at any one time.