Allianz loses lead counsel to private practice

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Allianz loses lead counsel to private practice

Allianz has bid farewell to one of its most senior legal experts this month, after company secretary and group general counsel Mathew Kaley made the move to private practice.

Kaley spent close to 18 years at Allianz before the move, which sees him join law firm McCabe Curwood to build a specialist corporate regulatory and advisory practice group.

“I’ve made the move to the McCabe Curwood corporate commercial group as they’re a great fit for me to build a specialised regulatory and advisory offering,” said Kaley.

With a strong reputation in commercial law as well as an extensive insurance practice, Kaley said the one-year-old firm is the most suitable place for him to take the next step in his career.

“They also have a culture that encourages innovation, which is an essential element in providing effective legal advice to industry clients,” he added.

Kaley also noted that his experience to date, including an eight-year stint in Clayton Utz’s financial services group before heading up Allianz’s in-house legal team, has set him in perfect stead for the new role.

“My insurance background and knowledge of the insurance industry will enable me to make sure that my offering to clients is both practical and able to be applied in a business context,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to working with the industry to assist it to meet the challenges and opportunities that sit before it.”

McCabe Curwood managing principal Andrew Lacey also noted that Kaley’s appointment further aligns the firm with its strategic vision, to be able to partner with organisations and offer the best specialist advice.

“McCabe Curwood is working to continue it’s equally strong commercial and insurance offer,” said Lacey. “We have great top legal minds and expertise across both the distinctly different practice areas. Mathew Kaley’s insurance background and corporate technical ability will appeal within an industry in which we already have a strong reputation.”