Overview

Bob’s practice focuses on the business of insurance and insurance-related investment products. He represents property/casualty, life, accident and health, and reinsurance companies as well as surplus/excess lines carriers, banks, private equity and hedge funds, derivative and financial products companies, intermediaries, agents and other service providers on transactional and regulatory matters, including:

  • Mergers & acquisitions and capital markets transactions
  • FinTech
  • Start-ups, company formation and capital raising
  • Captives and RRGs
  • ILS, CAT bonds and Alternative Risk Transfers, including insurance-based securitizations, swaps and derivatives
  • BOLI/COLI transactions
  • State regulatory compliance, market conduct and financial investigations
  • Warranty and service contract issues
  • Insolvency matters

Bob has prepared plans covering cybersecurity, investments, governance, derivative use, Enterprise Risk Management, ORSA, telematics programs, privacy, data protection and breach response, escheatment, insurer and producer disclosures, and other internal policies. He represents several FinTech/AI companies and service providers that deliver predictive analytics, software and firewall protection programming. Bob is an active member/analyst of two “think tanks” focusing on projected changes to the insurance and financial services industry.

Experience

Transactional matters:

  • Counsel to acquirer on a $1.2 billion cross-border acquisition of life insurance and annuity business
  • Represented strategic insurance investor with its £164 million acquisition of several U.S. and European specialty insurers
  • Represented controlling shareholders in the $53 million sale of a specialty insurer and intermediary to publicly traded insurer
  • Counsel to global insurer for $143 million acquisition of a specialty lines insurer including its Lloyd’s facilities
  • Formed and obtained formation regulatory approvals for various start-ups, captives and RRGs
  • Represented an Australian bank in its insurance financings
  • Counsel to a French insurance group in the issuance of a €128 million CAT bond
  • Represented various parties in longevity and mortality swaps, protection pools and hedges and XXX and AXXX transactions
  • Represented management-led purchasers in the acquisition of a majority equity position of a U.S. insurance intermediary

Regulatory matters:

  • Supported clients’ multi-state market conduct and financial examinations for property and travel insurance
  • Restructured regional property insurer including related regulatory matters
  • Advised a Bermuda-based insurance and savings investment products insurer on its global insurance business, processing, and service management arrangements and compliance for its products and follow-on financial restructuring
  • Counsel to German, UK and Bermuda insurance companies for manuscript insurance for alternative energy policies covering photovoltaic, wind, geothermal, bio-mass, energy storage and other energy programs
  • Advised on warranty and service contracts compliance for consumer products, industrial equipment, electronics, computers, software, automobile components and products, commodities, and oil and gas
  • Counsel to counterparties in workouts and restructurings with financial guarantors, voluntary run-offs of insurers and reinsurers and acquisitions of U.S. carriers under insurance department supervision
  • Facilitated numerous start-ups and formations, including licensing, and other regulatory filings
  • Cybersecurity and data protection compliance counsel to several property insurers
Publications
  • FinTech, AI and Disruption of the Financial Services Labor Landscape (2016)
  • BlockChain and Underwriting Transparency (2016)
  • BlockChain Meets Insurance (2016)
  • Are InsureTech Companies the New FinTech Leaders? (2016)
  • The Future of Banking in the Financial Technology World (2016)
  • The Future of Work and Big Data – Cybersecurity and Data Privacy (2016)
  • What Does BlockChain Mean to the Insurance Landscape? (2015)
  • The Importance of Being PBR, Not Just Another Acronym (2014)
  • Telematics and Other Usage-Based Insurance Products (2014 and 2015)
  • Defining Risks for the Insurance World Through Enterprise Risk Management and Own Risk Solvency Assessment (2014)
  • Monetizing EXXXess Reserves (XXX transactions) (2010)
  • Securitization in the Insurance Industry – Unscrambling the Egg (1996, 2004 and 2010)
Presentations
  • “The Latest Cybersecurity Initiatives: Regulation, Legislation, Enforcement and Investigations,” ACI 10th National Forum on Insurance Regulation (July 2015)
Distinctions
  • Listed in Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers (2002-present)
  • Selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers (2006-2009, 2015-2016)
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Washington University in St. Louis (2012)
Professional and Civic

Professional Activities

  • Member, Insurance Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association

Community Activities

  • Washington University in St. Louis, National Council for Arts & Sciences, Chair of the NY, NJ & CT Eliot Society, New York Regional Cabinet
  • Numerous domestic child safety and rehabilitation initiatives and associations
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