Kennedys strengthens financial lines team in Latin America and Caribbean with key hire

Kennedys is strengthening its financial lines team with the hire of Susana Martinez as Head of Financial Lines and Cyber for the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region.

Susana is joining Kennedys from AXA XL where she was regional practice leader of Financial Lines for EMEA and Latin America. While Susana will be part of the firm’s Miami hub supporting the LAC region, she will be based in the firm’s Madrid office, and she will also support the Kennedys offices in Iberia and the rest of Europe.

Susana’s work covers advice, coverage dispute and defence work in complex matters across multiple jurisdictions within EMEA and Latin America for leading insurers and reinsurers as well as insurance and reinsurance intermediaries, with a particular focus in financial lines.

Susana has also advised insurance and reinsurance companies on corporate and regulatory matters as well as insurance policy wording drafting, including localization to market according to legal framework and best local practices.

Alex Guillamont, Head of Latin America and Caribbean says: “Susana has the perfect combination of skills, experience and knowledge to continue bringing the high quality of service our clients deserve. We welcome her to the team.”

Nick Thomas, senior partner at Kennedys, says: “We welcome Susana to the Kennedys family. She brings with her experience of supporting clients in multiple jurisdictions and her focus on financial lines and cyber supports the recent hires of Joshua Mooney and Sean Mahoney.”

Susana added: “Kennedys global presence provides a great platform from which I can support clients in both Europe and the LAC region. I look forward to working with both teams to ensure clients’ needs are met.”

Susana’s appointment comes at a time of expansion in the US and LAC region for Kennedys’ with the hire of Eric Hiller to the Miami office, and last year the firm celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Miami office.