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Grant Murtagh

Grant Murtagh

Of Counsel

Grant is a corporate lawyer who specialises in the insurance sector.



Grant works on M&A and other corporate transactions (including Part VII transfers), and has extensive experience of large and complex (re)insurance transactions. He also has an in-depth knowledge of the regulatory regime that applies to (re)insurers and (re)insurance brokers. In addition, he is a member of the firm's fintech group, and has worked companies looking to develop businesses in that sector.

Grant has qualified as a Chartered Tax Advisor (non-practising) with the Irish Tax Institute, and is an affiliate member of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland.

Grant's experience includes: 

  • Credit Suisse on a multi-billion pound reinsurance programme in respect of Dai-Ichi Life's variable-annuity products, and on Credit Suisse's connected risk-management arrangements
  • Old Mutual on the disposal of Rogge Global Partners to Allianz
  • an international reinsurer in respect of Manweb's £1bn longevity insurance for its defined-benefit pension-scheme 
  • a compliance review for a listed insurance broker's global operations
  • Treasury Wine Estates on its acquisition of Diageo's European and North American wine business for $552m



Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills, Grant worked with a leading Irish law firm. Prior to that, he was an in-house lawyer working in the European headquarters of a leading American financial institution.