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José Umbert
Partner
London
145 Leadenhall Street, 3rd Floor
London, EC3V 4QT
TEL: 020 3805 6295
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José M. Umbert

José advises clients in a wide variety of complex matters. He represents (re)insurance companies in first-party coverage cases involving property damage and business interruption losses at energy, construction, industrial and commercial facilities.  José also acts for (re)insurers in third-party liability coverage matters, and in subrogation and recovery actions. He has handled disputes in the U.S., many countries in Latin America, and Spain. In addition, José has substantial experience in commercial litigation and antitrust matters. He has written and presented on a number of (re)insurance coverage issues.

Representative Matters

“Rest of World” (Re)Insurance

Coverage advice on water damage loss at government building in Puerto Rico involving concurrent causation issues

Loss at power plant in Argentina (coverage and measurement dispute)

Marine liability claim in Argentina (coverage advice)

Multiple construction claims at naval shipyard in Brazil (coverage and measurement advice)

Damage to turbine at power plant in Bolivia (coverage advice)

Fire and BI loss at hydroelectric plant in Colombia (subrogation claim and measurement advice)

Defective construction of hydroelectric plant in Costa Rica (subrogation advice)

Chilean earthquake loss (support of adjustment)

Damage to turbines at power plant in Guatemala (coverage advice)

Explosion at mining facility in Guatemala (coverage and measurement advice)

Pipeline loss in Mexico (subrogation advice)

Property loss from Hurricane Odile in Mexico (coverage, measurement and regulatory advice)

Losses arising out of civil commotion in Mexico (coverage advice)

Construction claims at hydroelectric projects in Peru (coverage advice)

Loss at solar thermal plant in Spain (coverage advice)

Material damage and BI claim at glass manufacturing plant in Spain (coverage litigation)

Damage to reactor at methanol plant in Trinidad (coverage advice)

Antitrust and Unfair Competition

Representing global manufacturing company in damages claim against members of the air cargo cartel

Defended international company in multidistrict litigation challenging its sales practices

Articles & Presentations

"Stressed about CATs? The London Market Is Ready," CAT-Law Navigator, April 11, 2017, author

"The “El Niño” Effect In Peru, Can Anything Be Done?," LatAm Insurance Navigator, March 23, 2017, co-author

"Atmospheric Rivers Making Landfall in California and Causing Major Flooding," CAT-Law Navigator, February 8, 2017, author

"Claims in Latin America:  Critical Issues for International (Re)Insurers," Lloyd's Market Association Masterclass, May 5, 2016, co-presenter

"California Fair Claims Settlement Practices," multiple in-house client seminars, 2016, co-presenter

"Natural Disasters in Latin America: Reinsurance Issues," Insurance Law360, November 6, 2015, co-author

"A Primer on Insurance Dispute Resolution in China," Insurance Law360, July 14, 2015, co-author

"A Primer on Insurance Underwriting in China," Insurance Law360, June 10, 2015, co-author

"Latin America Business Series – Introduction: The Common Themes," Lloyd's Market Association Masterclass, April 29, 2015, co-presenter

"'Loss' In Translation: Insurers Beware," Insurance Law360, February 19, 2015, co-author

"Primer On Civil And Common Law For The Int’l Insurer," Insurance Law360, October 31, 2014, co-author

"Insurance In Brazil: A Reinsurance Perspective," Insurance Law360, August 14, 2014, co-author

"Primer On Underwriting Insurance Risks In Argentina," Insurance Law360, June 19, 2014, co-author

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