(l to r) Eric Hiller and Sina Bahadoran

Clyde & Co has bolstered its Miami office with the hire of an insurance team comprising two partners and eight lawyers.

Sina Bahadoran and Eric Hiller will join Clyde & Co’s Miami base as partners from the U.S. firm Hinshaw & Culbertson.

Bahadoran, who focuses on litigation and market conduct, has spent 14 years at Hinshaw after joining in 2003 and sat on the firm’s executive committee. Hiller’s focus, meanwhile, is on commercial liability. The team acts for directors and officers on commercial general liability, errors and omissions and employment practices liability.

Hinshaw is a 450-lawyer Chicago-based firm with more than 20 U.S. offices, as well as a small base in London.

“With these hires, we are delivering on our global growth strategy of hiring the very best teams in the locations in which our clients need us,” said Clyde & Co senior partner Simon Konsta. “This team is made up of leading insurance practitioners who will provide us with extra bench strength in our Miami office and further enhance our U.S. practice.”

Clyde & Co Miami managing partner Barry Davis also emphasized the firm’s growth.

“The team’s reputation, combined with Clyde & Co’s national insurance practice and unrivaled global reach, provide significant potential for growth.”

Clyde & Co has been on a U.S. expansion drive in recent months, culminating in the hire of 15 insurance and litigation partners from now-defunct U.S. firm Sedgwick in December. The new partners were primarily based on the West Coast and included the chair of Sedgwick’s insurance division, Ralph Guirgis, and Sedgwick’s Los Angeles managing partner James Holmes.

The hires increased Clyde & Co’s U.S. partnership by about one-third, taking total partner count to more than 60 across 10 U.S. offices.

Clyde & Co launched in Miami in mid-2016 with the acquisition of the 40-lawyer litigation firm Thornton Davis Fein.