Ascot Group appoints former Florida governor aide as new legal counsel

Firm's US associate general counsel also promoted

Ascot Group appoints former Florida governor aide as new legal counsel


By Noel Sales Barcelona

Bermuda-based global specialty re/insurance company Ascot Group has announced new legal team members, strengthening the firm’s legal compliance and services to its clientele.

Seasoned lawyer Michael Sevi (pictured left) has joined as its new group general counsel while John Gill (pictured center) has been promoted to the position of US General Counsel, effective immediately.

“I send my congratulations to John on his well-deserved promotion. John’s legal expertise, coupled with his knowledge of the Ascot US business, and the trust and respect of his colleagues make him an obvious choice for the role,” said president and CEO of Ascot Group Jonathan Zaffino (pictured right).

“I also warmly welcome Michael Sevi to Ascot and our first-rate team. I am confident that Michael’s extensive experience in the re/insurance industry will serve him well as he assumes the chief legal officer role at Ascot Group. Both of these individuals bring a passion for the law and its application to our industry, a commitment to leadership and colleague development, and a deep appreciation of the importance of culture.”

Zaffino believes that under Sevi’s leadership, Ascot’s legal team will provide first-rate legal, regulatory, compliance, corporate secretarial, and product development services.

Sevi boasts extensive experience in private practice, government service, and the re/insurance industry. Previously, he worked at Guy Carpenter as its general counsel and chief compliance officer where he led a multi-disciplined legal and compliance team across six countries. He also served as a member of the Guy Carpenter executive committee.

Before his legal stint at Guy Carpenter, Sevi served as the group deputy chief compliance officer at Marsh McLennan, a publicly traded global professional services firm. In public service, Sevi served as Florida Governor Rick Scott’s deputy chief of staff, acting as the Governor’s senior policy advisor on insurance, reinsurance, financial regulation, and taxation.

Meanwhile, Gill joined Ascot in 2021. Before joining the firm, he worked as legal, regulatory, and compliance counsel for large commercial insurance companies including Aspen, Berkley, and Beazley. He began his legal career as a claims correspondent attorney for the marine insurance services firm, Lamorte Burns.

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