The Paragon M&A team supports all parties involved in an M&A transaction. We have developed a strong reputation for providing trusted advice and delivering effective M&A insurance solutions.

The team draws on over 45 years’ experience, from thousands of enquiries and hundreds of M&A insurance placements, to respond swiftly to your transaction needs and execute the right insurance solution for you.

We carry out a detailed analysis of the deal documentation and due diligence. We apply our knowledge and expertise to identify key risk areas and find you a structured insurance solution.

The M&A team is part of Paragon International Insurance Brokers Ltd, who are an independently-owned insurance broker, operating in the Lloyd’s of London, Bermuda, European and International Specialty markets. The business is divided into teams who focus on complex risk management and risk transfer challenges within their specialist sectors. This structure means we provide a more professional and personal service to your organisation than any other broker.

Brian Hendry

Brian Hendry

Head of M&A Insurance

Brian is a career insurance broker with over 30 years in the industry. He joined the Transaction Liability Unit of Aon London in the late 90s before moving to Willis, where he led the Transaction Services practice for over 10 years. Brian has been closely engaged in the evolution of the M&A insurance market and has been involved in many thousands of enquiries and placed insurance on over 850 transactions.

Email:

Direct Dial: +44 20 7280 8276

Mobile: +44 7964 005 696


Tan Pawar

Tan Pawar

Senior Vice President

Tan is Senior Vice President at Paragon who has eight years’ experience of structuring insurance products for M&A transactions. Prior to setting up the M&A practice with Brian at Paragon, Tan was at Willis where he was instrumental in the development of M&A insurance products across a number of sectors in Europe and Asia. Tan works closely with clients and advisors on both sides of the Atlantic and has particular expertise on assisting US sponsors on cross-border M&A transactions. Prior to joining the M&A insurance market Tan was a solicitor in private practice.

Email:

Direct Dial: +44 20 7280 8260

Mobile: +44 7814 594 526


Dean Andrews

Dean Andrews

Vice President | Head of Tax Insurance

Dean joined the M&A team in October 2017 and is the Head of Tax Insurance. Dean is a qualified solicitor with over four years’ experience as a corporate tax advisor with the Eversheds Sutherland London tax team. Dean spent the majority of his time at Eversheds Sutherland advising on all aspects of M&A tax, most notably in the private equity space. Prior to this Dean spent three years at PwC in London providing tax structuring advice to some of the UK’s largest privately-owned businesses and high net worth families.

Email:

Direct Dial: +44 20 7280 8254

Mobile: +44 7827 581 945


Sophie Wallace

Sophie Wallace

Vice President

Sophie is a Vice President in the M&A team who joined Paragon in January 2016. Sophie is a qualified lawyer who trained at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP and also spent six months working at Allied World Assurance Company Limited (AWAC) assisting the M&A underwriting team in the placements of W&I insurance. During her time at AWAC, Sophie gained experience in underwriting deals and also built a strong contact base. Sophie has experience of placing a range of M&A insurance solutions.

Email:

Direct Dial: +44 20 7280 8234

Mobile: +44 7583 155 584


Simon Witham

Simon Witham

Claims Director

Simon joined Paragon in early 2013 after spending nearly 20 years at Aon. He has over 30 years’ experience, nearly all in the professional and financial lines claims arena. He manages the Paragon claims team. A qualified mediator, Simon specialises in working as an advocate with all parties to ensure favourable claims resolutions, whilst minimising contention on complex claims.

Email:

Direct Dial: +44 20 7280 8227

Mobile: +44 7792 306 678