When instructing solicitors for the first time, it is comforting to know how others have experienced the service. The proof of the pudding is in the eating. Other references are available on request.
Guy Green, a former partner at an international law firm (now Head of Corporate at George Green & Co) who involved Hugh Bohling in an acquisition wrote to his colleagues afterwards:
“AM and I have recently completed the acquisition of an insurance company, [Target] Group Limited, for one of our Icelandic clients. We involved Hugh Bohling and his insurance team thinking they might be able to provide some specialist input. I feel you ought to be aware that the input from Hugh and his team was invaluable. I was amazed at the number of esoteric insurance issues that were identified and dealt with …………which proved to be commercially very important. In addition the market knowledge that we were able to offer our client was very impressive. If any of you have an insurance related transaction I would strongly recommend that you pick up the phone to Hugh.”Guy Green
Dr Wolfgang Eilers, Chairman of the Executive Board of HIR and CEO of Chiltington International Holding GmbH, Hamburg.
“I have worked with Hugh on the sale of the shares of a Reinsurance Company to a Purchaser listed on the AIM market in London. This transaction was extremely complex involving different shareholders from several jurisdictions and a legal structure consisting of different contracts to put the desired economic result for all parties involved into a legal framework. Hugh´s deep understanding of all legal issues i.e. reinsurance, regulatory, tax, company, labour law and share issues and the AIM market, was very helpful to conclude the contracts and later on to close them. Having worked for many years with international lawyers around the globe in the finance, energy and insurance industries, I really have to compliment Hugh for his excellent work and contribution which enabled us to close the transaction. He was available around the clock and gave us great comfort with his knowledge and problem solving approach when negotiations became difficult. Having Hugh at your side will be an enormous advantage in negotiating and concluding difficult transactions.”Dr Wolfgang Eilers
Henry Colthurst, Director R&Q Managing Agency Ltd and a former chairman of LMA Regulatory Committee:
“I have worked with Hugh on a number of Lloyd’s related transactions since 1996. In my view, he offers an unrivalled knowledge of the Lloyd’s structure and its related quirks. To that expert understanding he adds scrupulous attention to detail and excellent speed of response allied to commercial common sense. He is always good humoured which helps enormously when negotiations reach the tense stage near completion. I have no hesitation in using him on any Lloyd’s related project in which I am involved or recommending him to anybody in a similar position who either needs expert legal advice or an independent second opinion.” Henry Colthurst
Michael Cripps, former Group Head of Legal of IAG International after a significant transaction:
“Thanks for your note today, & for all your assistance in this matter - much appreciated. “Everyone here very happy about the [ ] transaction, on all fronts - perception (and reality) is that it all went very smoothly. A testament to your (collective) work! Look forward to staying in touch.Michael Cripps
Tony Latham, Chairman of the Board of a Reinsurance Company, regarding Hugh Bohling’s work as a Board member:
“The purpose of this mail is to express my thanks for all the hard work you put in last year; very much "above and beyond " . I know both [CEO] and [FD] found your support both extremely helpful and also very reassuring at a very difficult and complex period with [the issue of the day]. Your analytical approach and supportive challenge has been a real plus at the Board table. I look forward to seeing you at the Board in March if not before …”Tony Latham
Alex Johns, CEO of a new business start-up, when assessing the team to be put together
“Hugh Bohling is a great asset.”Alex Johns