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Apr 05, 2022

Marsh McLennan names next general counsel of Marsh business

Mikhail Vanyo has been with company since 2017

Marsh McLennan has promoted Mikhail ‘Misha’ Vanyo to become the new general counsel of its Marsh business. He now leads all legal and compliance strategy for Marsh globally.

Vanyo joined Marsh McLennan in 2017 as the firm’s chief competition counsel. The company’s four businesses are Marsh, Guy Carpenter, Mercer and Oliver Wyman. He later took on the role of Marsh’s chief counsel for global placement and specialty.

Before joining the company, Vanyo was a federal prosecutor with the US Department of Justice, where he focused on antitrust, fraud and other white-collar crime. Before his time in government, he was an associate at law firms Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and O’Melveny & Myers.

Mikhail ‘Misha’ Vanyo

Vanyo succeeds Katherine Brennan, who was recently named senior vice president and general counsel of Marsh McLennan earlier this month. He now reports to Martin South, president and CEO of Marsh, and Brennan. 

South says in a statement: ‘In his five years with the company, Misha has distinguished himself as a key strategic adviser, successfully handling some of the most significant legal and regulatory matters facing our business. We are fortunate to have someone with Misha’s experience and skill in this role, guiding our high ethical standards and approach to complex legal issues.’

Brennan says in announcing the move: ‘Misha has served as a significant adviser on a variety of complex legal and regulatory matters since he joined the company in 2017. In a very short time, he demonstrated exceptional judgment and built trust across all levels of our organization. Misha brings valuable public and private experience to our team and I look forward to working closely with him in this important leadership role.’

Ben Maiden

Ben Maiden is the editor-at-large of Governance Intelligence, an IR Media publication, having joined the company in December 2016. He is based in New York. Ben was previously managing editor of Compliance Reporter, covering regulatory and compliance...