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Gilchrist Connell appoints new insurtech principal

National law firm Gilchrist Connell has appointed a new corporate insurance and insurtech specialist as a firm principal, in a move to further strengthen its corporate, regulatory and insurtech offering.

user iconLauren Croft 01 August 2023 Big Law
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New principal and head of corporate insurance and insurtech Yvonne Lam joins from Clyde & Co, where she was a special counsel.

She brings a depth of experience in the Australian insurance and insurtech sectors. Through her advisory work for domestic and international insurers, reinsurers and insurance intermediaries, Ms Lam advises clients across every stage of the business life cycle, from establishment of operations, regulatory licensing and distribution, corporate governance and restructures, mergers and acquisitions, and regulatory investigations.


Ms Lam assists clients in navigating financial services licensing requirements and obligations, product development, distribution and agency agreements, compliance frameworks and portfolio transfers, and she was also a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards for Special Counsel of the Year and in the Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards commercial law category.

This appointment follows the promotion of Tiarn Pauletto to principal on 1 July 2023; the firm’s fifth national Workplace principal, Bhrig Chauhan, in May 2023; and D&O specialist Celia Wright, who joined Gilchrist Connell in October 2022.

As of this month, Gilchrist Connell’s partnership split is 40 per cent female to 60 per cent male, with 61 per cent of fee earners identifying as female and 39 per cent male. The gender split at the firm level is 73 per cent female to 27 per cent male.

Managing principal Richard Wood said the firm is “very pleased to have Yvonne on board”.

“Yvonne joins the firm during a time of significant legislative and regulatory change, with increasing demand and pressure on our clients to ensure sound governance and compliance with regulatory reform,” he said.

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