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Alison Matthews

Consultant

London

Alison is a consultant in the firm's corporate division, specialising in insurance law and regulation.

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Experience

Alison is a consultant in the firm's corporate division, specialising in insurance law and regulation. Her sector experience dates back to the early 1990s, when she worked as a government lawyer advising on insurance regulation including the introduction of the insurance passport under the Third Insurance Directives.  In the past few years, Alison has worked with insurers and intermediaries on a wide range of legal and regulatory issues, including Solvency II, the introduction of the Senior Insurance Managers Regime and, most recently, Brexit. She was seconded twice to the FSA's legal team in the lead-up to implementation of the Solvency II regime.

Alison is co-editor, with Geoffrey Maddock, of “A Practitioner’s Guide to Solvency II” (Sweet & Maxwell 2016).  She is also co-chair of Herbert Smith Freehills' Disability Network.

Recent experience includes:

  • the implications of Brexit for cross-border activities and for group supervision
  • Solvency II rules on group supervision, ring-fenced funds, contract boundaries and governance
  • the regulatory perimeter and the application of the passport to cross-border activities
  • the implications of Solvency II for reinsurance arrangements
  • structuring assets for use of the matching adjustment under Solvency II
  • advice to a leading UK life mutual on its response to changes to the regulatory regime for with-profits business