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Our insurance and reinsurance companies provide property, casualty, professional and specialty products to industrial, commercial and professional firms, insurance companies and other enterprises globally. Clients look to XL Catlin for answers to their most complex risks and to help move their world forward.
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Crystal & Company is a leading strategic risk and insurance advisor, addressing clients’ risk management, insurance brokerage, and employee benefits consulting needs. The firm is comprised of more than 400 professionals, each distinguished by their technical expertise and industry-specific knowledge, and driven by their passion for client service. Crystal & Company is headquartered in New York with 10 regional offices throughout the country, placing over $1 billion in premiums annually in the global insurance marketplace. Established in 1933, the company has sustained its independence through 83 years and three generations of Crystal family ownership and management.
Crystal & Company is a member of Brokerslink, a global alliance of leading independent insurance brokerages spanning more than 80 countries and 300 cities across the world.
Founded in 1918, Woodruff-Sawyer is one of the largest independent insurance brokerage and consulting firms in the nation, and serves as the broker of choice for thousands of companies ranging from growing start-ups to multinational corporations. As a 100% privately held firm, we manage our business for the long term and are committed to bringing value to our clients where it’s most important to them.
Mike McGowan joined XL Catlin in 2016 as Director of M&A Insurance in North America. Prior to XL Catlin, he served as Vice President for Chubb’s Transactional Risk practice, helping to lead the structuring and underwriting of Representations and Warranties insurance as well as other transaction-based products. He previously held positions as an M&A and Private Equity attorney both in-house at Focus Financial Partners, a middle-market financial services firm, and as an associate at the law firm Vinson & Elkins LLP. Mike received his undergraduate degree from Boston College and his J.D. from Duke University School of Law.
Jon Gilbert is a Senior Managing Director and leads Crystal & Company’s Mergers & Acquisitions practice. Jon has over 10 years of Private Equity Mergers & Acquisitions insurance experience. In addition to due diligence expertise, Jon has led insurance procurement initiatives for private equity firms nationwide, with a focus on reducing expense and increasing liquidity. Jon has worked with insurance markets to develop one-off risk transfer solutions to solve deal related issues, including insuring against breaches of representations & warranties and other contingent liabilities.
He brings a wealth of expertise regarding risk management issues and its financial impact to buyers including traditional leverage buyouts; public-to-private sales; debt/equity swap; asset sales out of bankruptcy; and corporate divestitures to name a few. In 2014, Jon was named as one of M&A Advisors’ “40 Under 40” award recipients In 2016 Crystal & Company’s Mergers & Acquisition Practice was voted best transactional risk advisor of the year.
Prior to joining Crystal & Company, Jon was a Senior Vice President in Marsh’s Private Equity Mergers & Acquisitions Group. Prior to Marsh, Jon was a senior Project Manager in Lockton’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group. Jon began his career on the insurance carrier side, last working for a subsidiary of Travelers Insurance Group, focused on drafting and amending Directors & Officers Liability policy documents. Jonathan also worked for Hartford Insurance Group, in the statutory accounting unit.
Jon received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics from University of Hartford.
Leading Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.’s Transactional group, Emily provides consultation and support to clients who wish to use the insurance market to limit the risks that arise from Mergers & Acquisitions activity. This includes Representations and Warranties, Tax Opinion Liability and Litigation Buy-Out coverages.
Emily’s deal experience spans both American and European deals. Her clients are as diverse as their locations. She has worked with both Strategic and Private Equity buyers and sellers over a wide range of transaction sizes and industries.
Prior to joining Woodruff-Sawyer in the United States, Emily specialized in M&A insurance transactions in leading brokerage firms in London, including Marsh, Howden and Heath Lambert. Emily is a popular speaker and published author on the topic of Mergers & Acquisitions insurance.
You can view her recent writing for WS&Co.’s M&A Notebook blog at