DAC Beachcroft Appoints Head of Latin America

International law firm DAC Beachcroft LLP is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrés Amunátegui as Head of Latin America.

Andrés has been with DAC Beachcroft since 2012 as the lead partner of the firm’s Chile office, spearheading growth in insurance and reinsurance both locally and internationally. He has been a driving force in the growth of the firm’s market-leading Latin American platform during the last five years, most recently with December’s association agreement with López Saavedra & Villarroel Abogados in Argentina. That move means DAC Beachcroft now has a footprint in 11 separate jurisdictions in Latin America, more than any other law firm.

Andrés has advised a host of significant clients in the market on property, casualty, liability and financial institutions related claims, including loss adjustments control and judicial procedures as well as complex arbitration proceedings.

An important part of his new role as Head of Latin America will be to underline DAC Beachcroft as the go-to law firm for advising on and solving disputes between local and international markets. He will also oversee quality control for the firm’s portfolio in the whole of Latin America, interacting with and assisting teams across the region in simple or complex claims and ensuring an effective flow of information between those offices and the rest of the international network.

DAC Beachcroft now has a presence in Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru and Argentina as well as a hub in Miami, all of which work together to share best practice and meet mutual clients’ key business needs in the region. Andrés will continue to work closely with Partner Anthony Menzies, who leads the firm’s London LatAm hub, and Jose Maria Alvarez-Cienfuegos in its Madrid office.

In addition, 2018 has already seen the arrival of new Partners, Mark Kendall and Duncan Strachan, who have joined Global London with their team from Sedgwick LLP.

Both Mark and Duncan have an outstanding track record of handling high-profile cases in Latin America – the pair appear in Bands 2 and 3 respectively for Insurance (Latin America) in leading legal directory Chambers & Partners while Associate, Lucy Dyson, features as ‘Up and Coming’. This group will be integral to the firm’s international offering in the region.

DAC Beachcroft Managing Partner, David Pollitt, said: “As the way our clients do business has evolved in Latin America, so too our own strategy has developed, mirroring the way they organise themselves by regional claims work. With Andrés at the helm, our Latin American network is in extremely good hands and can continue to provide the high-quality service and sustainable value our clients always expect from us.”

DAC Beachcroft is also pleased to announce the firm has retained its Band 2 ranking for Insurance (Contentious) in the Chambers & Partners Global 2018 rankings announced this week.

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