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Aon forms EMEA M&A and transaction solutions advisory board

7th May 2021 - Author: Katie Baker

Aon plc has formed an EMEA M&A and transaction solutions advisory board to support the growth and development of its M&A practice across the UK.

Aon logoThe advisory board will provide counsel to Aon’s clients and its internal team as it continues to expand its transaction solutions and into areas such as cyber and intellectual property.

The board members include John Cullen, Chief Executive Officer of Aon’s Commercial Risk, Heath and Affinity business in EMEA, who will serve as Chair of the advisory board. All members of the board are senior executives with over 20 years’ experience in M&A and have held senior leadership positions at professional services firms.

Andrew Ballheimer has also been added, being a former global Managing Partner at Allen & Overy who brings more than three decades of legal expertise and experience. He previously served in various senior leadership positions at Allen & Overy, including Global Co-Head of Corporate and UK Managing Partner of Corporate.

Following Ballheimer is Claudio Feser, Senior Partner Emeritus and Senior Advisor at McKinsey & Company. Between 1999 and 2004, he led McKinsey & Company Greece, then McKinsey & Company Switzerland between 2005 and 2010, and the firm’s executive development practice from 2011 to 2018.

And lastly, Robin Lawther, who is a non-executive director currently serving on the boards of Nordea, Ashurst LLP and UK Government Investments, the corporate finance and corporate governance arm of the UK Government under Her Majesty’s Treasury.

Alistair Lester, CEO of M&A and Transaction Solutions in EMEA, said: “The formation of the M&A and Transaction Solutions Advisory Board marks an important step in accelerating the execution of our strategy, as we continue our evolution to become a trusted and broad-based adviser in the M&A and Private Equity ecosystems.

“Our clients are facing more challenges—and a more volatile, evolving marketplace—than ever before. While Aon remains committed to continuing to serve clients in the areas in which we have established a market-leading practice, we are also leading the development of new service offerings to meet all our clients’ needs, as evidenced by our successful work in the cyber and IP space.”

John Cullen, Chairman of the Aon EMEA M&A and Transaction Solutions Advisory Board, said: “I am excited to chair a board comprised of such a talented, diverse and accomplished group of individuals, whose decades of leadership and deep expertise will prove invaluable for progressing and executing Aon’s growth and innovation agenda on behalf of our clients.”

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