High riser – Lloyd's of London GC on his meteoric rise to the top
It is probably fair to say that no one in their wildest dreams would think that within a decade of leaving university they would be on the five-man executive team of the world's most prestigious insurance market. Yet that is exactly what Sean McGovern has done. Having left university in Manchester with his law degree in 1992, McGovern spent four years at Clifford Chance (CC) where he specialised in securitisations. While there, he spent one year on secondment with NatWest Markets in London – again in securitisations – and decided from then on to work as an in-house lawyer in the financial services sector.
In just 10 years, Sean McGovern went from law graduate to head of Lloyd’s of London’s legal function. He talks to Neil Hodge about his impressive career path and why he likes to turn to barristers for external legal advice
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