Elizabeth Bothwell

Elizabeth Bothwell | Insurance Reinsurance Lawyer | Arthur Cox
  • Elizabeth Bothwell
  • +353 1 920 1670
  • Arthur Cox, Ten Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2, D02 T380, Ireland


Elizabeth is Head of the firm’s Insurance Group and advises both domestic and international clients in the insurance sector on a wide range of non-contentious insurance and reinsurance transactions and regulatory matters. Her practice includes advising clients on establishment and authorisation, M&A transactions, portfolio transfers, court sanctioned amalgamations and transfers, joint ventures, contractual matters, outsourcing, reinsurance arrangements, reorganisations and distribution arrangements.  Elizabeth has extensive experience in providing prudential and regulatory advice including corporate governance, regulatory capital, conduct of business, cross border activities, product development and regulatory enforcement.

Elizabeth is ranked as a Leading Individual for Insurance in the Legal 500: EMEA 2018; is consistently ranked in Chambers & Partners; and, is recommended as an expert lawyer in Who’s Who Legal under the Insurance and Reinsurance section.


In recent years, Elizabeth has been involved in the following transactions:

  • Advising Swiss Re in its disposal of a minority stake in Reassure to MS & AD
  • Advising Barclays Bank in its disposal of Barclays Insurance (Dublin) DAC and Barclays Assurance (Dublin) DAC
  • Acting for Swiss Re’s business unit Admin Re on the Irish aspects of its acquisition of Guardian Financial Services for GBP 1.6 billion
  • Advising Great West on its acquisition of the Irish Life Group
  • Advising Phoenix on the disposal of Scottish Mutual International Holdings Limited
  • Advising Exor S.p.A in relation to its $6.9 billion proposed acquisition of PartnerRe Limited
  • Advising the Armour Group with respect to its €53 million acquisition of Mitsui Sumitomo Reinsurance Limited
  • Advising an Irish Insurer in respect of a transfer of its business to Bermuda effected by way of an Irish High Court sanctioned Scheme of Arrangement
  • Advising on the acquisition of a number of Irish run-off portfolios including Icarom plc (the former Insurance Corporation of Ireland)
  • Advising RSA on a number of acquisitions including its €65 million acquisition of 123.ie and joint venture with Bestquote.ie
  • Advising the lenders to Cinven on its purchase of Axa Life Europe DAC
  • Advising Georgia Pacific on the transfer of its captive insurer’s liability business to AIG
  • Advising on a range of reinsurance/retrocession transactions
  • Acting for a large international life insurer in respect of its acquisition of a German life assurance business


  • LL.M, 1993, London School of Economics
  • LL.B, 1989, Trinity College, Dublin
  • Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland, 1993
  • International Bar Association
  • Member of the firm’s CSR Committee