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Company: ASW Law
Job title: Senior counsel, consultant
2011: Corporate counsel, ASW Law
2004: Associate, Fraser Milner Casgrain
professional development, community commitment, and
family and friends. There is no perfect mix to these many
roles, but rather I find that it is a fluid process requiring
careful daily management of my time.
If you had chosen a different profession/career path, what
would it have been?
I love athletic activity, intellectual challenges, animals and
being outdoors, but I do not think there is a career that
really incorporates those interests. Also, even if there was, I
thoroughly enjoy being a lawyer, and could not imagine doing
anything else. Every day provides a different challenge, and
I appreciate being able to help clients navigate through these
challenges so that they can build value in their endeavours.
Kim Willey joined the firm in October 2011 as corporate
counsel. She was recommended as a leading expert in
insurance and reinsurance by Who’s Who Legal 2016. She
regularly advises clients on all aspects of Bermuda corporate
law, including mergers and acquisitions, insurance and
reinsurance, ILS, funds, captive formation and regulation,
and Bermuda Stock Exchange (BSX) listings. Prior to joining
ASW, Willey was a senior solicitor in the Vancouver office
of Canadian law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain (now Dentons).
Why did you choose to work in this industry?
Prior to working with ASW Law, I practised for several
years as an M&A and securities lawyer in a large national
Canadian law firm (FMC, now Dentons). My client base in
Canada was primarily in the mining and oil & gas sector. I
enjoyed the challenge of practice in this area, particularly
in coordinating large transactions or capital raises involving
parties in different jurisdictions. However, I was looking
for an opportunity to expand further into an international
legal career. Bermuda’s Blue Chip reputation, and significant
insurance and reinsurance sector perfectly fit what I was
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
The highlight of my career so far has definitely been working
with Bermuda’s reinsurers and insurers in the latest wave
of consolidation in the industry. This has been a dynamic
and engaging experience, and has involved analysis of many
complex points of Bermuda law. These transactions have also
provided numerous opportunities to work with insurance
and reinsurance companies, legal counsel and regulators from
Bermuda and across the world, including New York, London,
Latin America, and Asia.
What has been the biggest challenge you have encountered?
On a daily basis, I strive to find the right balance between
the many roles in my life, which include client interests,
“These transactions have also provided
numerous opportunities to work with
insurance and reinsurance companies,
legal counsel and regulators from
Bermuda and across the world.”
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