Owen Ross focuses his practice on transactions involving insurance companies, reinsurance and regulatory matters in the life and non-life sectors.

His experience includes advising:

  • Phoenix Group on its acquisition of Abbey Life from Deutsche Bank AG for £935 million, in respect of the transaction documentation and the connected rights issue;
  • Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co., Ltd. (part of the MS&AD Group) on its takeover of Amlin for £3.5 billion;
  • Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co., Ltd. on various internal matters, including the combination of its two Lloyd’s syndicates and the reorganisation of its Lloyd’s businesses;
  • Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd. on its pending US$6.3 billion merger with Sompo Holdings, Inc.;
  • Liberty Mutual Group Inc. on its pending US$3 billion acquisition of Ironshore Inc; and
  • various life insurers on a range of longevity risk reinsurance transactions and structured reinsurance transactions.

His experience prior to joining Skadden includes advising:

  • Prudential plc on its purchase of a Ghanaian life insurer;
  • Hyperion on the regulatory elements of its combination with R.K. Harrison;
  • the transferor in relation to the transfer of £4 billion of pensions and insurance assets by way of a court-sanctioned insurance business transfer;
  • Goldman Sachs on the regulatory elements of its investment in Hastings Insurance Group;
  • Saga plc on its purchase of Bennetts, the motor bike insurance distributor; and
  • Countrywide plc on its flotation on the London Stock Exchange.



  • Legal Practice Course, BPP Law School, 2008
  • G.D.L., BPP Law School, 2008
  • M.A., University of St Andrews, 2006


  • Solicitor, England & Wales

Owen Ross

Associate, Financial Institutions