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Drew Dutton is a corporate insurance partner who regularly represents financial institutions, private equity sponsors, sovereign wealth funds and multinational corporations in a broad range of cross-border transactions.

Mr. Dutton has extensive experience in the insurance and financial services areas and played a leading role in several of the most significant recent Asian insurance M&A transactions, including AIG’s reorganization of its Asian division during the 2008 financial crisis, the IPO of AIA Group Limited (the largest insurance IPO of all time), the acquisition of ING Malaysia by AIA Malaysia and the landmark bancassurance partnership between AIA and Citibank in 11 countries across Asia.

Mr. Dutton was named an All-Star attorney for Banking and Finance by The Asian Lawyer in 2014, which declared: “Few lawyers in the region can boast the close client relationship that Dutton has with certain heavyweight financial institutions.”

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 ranks Mr. Dutton as a leading lawyer for Insurance: Non-contentious, where clients describe him as “valuable, flexible,” and “multi-skilled.” He is praised for his ability to “work very well in a multinational insurance context as well as in China with Chinese entities.” The Legal 500 Asia Pacific recommends Mr. Dutton for M&A and Insurance, distinguishing him as a “senior figure” in the market who is “easy to get on with, responsive and tactically astute.”

Mr. Dutton has been recognized in Chambers Global for his work in the Insurance, Capital Markets: Equity, and Private Equity practice areas and is praised for his level headedness, excellent problem-solving skills, intelligence and commerciality. He is a noted practitioner in The Legal 500 US 2018 for Insurance: Non-Contentious and is also recognized as a “Leading Lawyer” for M&A and Debt Capital Markets in Asia by IFLR 1000 2017.

Mr. Dutton joined Debevoise in New York in 1999 and became a partner in 2007. He is admitted to practise as an attorney in New York, an avocat in Paris and a solicitor in Hong Kong and England.

Mr. Dutton holds an honors A.B. in East Asian Studies (China) from Harvard College and law degrees from McGill University and the Université de Paris XI.


  • Université Paris XI Paris-Sud, 1997, D.E.S.S.
  • McGill University, Faculty of Law, 1996, LL.B.
  • Harvard University, 1992, A.B.

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Hong Kong
  • Solicitor, England & Wales
  • Paris