Aon Broker Jessica Harger Recognized as a 2019 M&A Power Broker
Jessica Harger, Vice President, Aon
Clients give Aon’s Jessica Harger credit for being technically adept but clear enough in her communications that she doesn’t confuse things.
“A lot of brokers are guilty of using too much jargon, which often confuses the client, but Jessica cuts through all that and gets to the heart of the matter,” said Thomas Kim, director and global risk manager, KKR Capstone.
One of Harger’s clients was in a real pinch. They were trying to negotiate a purchase agreement, and the seller was unwilling to provide indemnity for two outstanding tax issues spotted by the buyer.
Harger was able to work with the legal and accounting advisors for both the buyer and the seller to craft a tax insurance solution that shielded the buyer from exposure on both tax issues.
Harger feels the $600 million in coverage cobbled together with the backing of 13 carriers is one of the largest tax insurance programs ever placed.
Another client, a publicly traded company in the Fortune 500, was pursuing a merger with a unit of a UK-based public company. The newly combined company would be based in the UK, which might raise flags from the IRS on the grounds that it was an abusive inversion transaction.
In just over two weeks, Harger built an insurance program offering protection against any challenge by the IRS on anti-inversion basis.
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