Eight prominent insurance dealmakers from Drinker Biddle & Reath have moved to McDermott Will & Emery, gutting a practice that Drinker has touted as an engine for transactional work.

The team, which includes corporate partners in three cities, will be the cornerstone of a new insurance transactions and regulations group at McDermott. It includes partners Andrea Best in London, Dan Brown and John Finston in San Francisco, and H. Michael Byrne, Thomas Dawson, Parimah Hassouri, Michael Halsband and John Mulhern in New York.