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Ironshore International names managing director for Australia

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Ironshore International Ltd., a unit of Ironshore Inc., said Wednesday that it has named Sydney-based William Lewis as managing director of Ironshore Australia Pty Ltd.

Mr. Lewis is replacing Katherine Simmonds, who has left the company. A private equity attorney, he is a specialist in private equity transactions, tax structuring and insurance, advising private equity firms in London, Australia and New Zealand, Ironshore said in a statement

Prior to the appointment, Mr. Lewis was head of mergers and acquisitions for Ironshore Asia-Pacific. He joined Ironshore in 2012 as a mergers and acquisitions manager in Sydney.

Ironshore Australia, established in 2011, underwrites a suite of specialty corporate and commercial coverages across all business lines throughout the region.

In December, Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. said it would buy Ironshore Inc. from Chinese conglomerate Fosun International Ltd. for about $3 billion. The acquisition was completed on May 1