Morrison & Foerster attorneys advise on a broad range of issues affecting the insurance industry, from capital markets and other business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, to tax and regulatory matters, to insolvency and restructuring advice, to insurance related litigation. We also advise on the establishment of offshore insurers and reinsurers and special purpose vehicles. We handle complex transactions for domestic and international clients that include insurance companies, financial institutions, investment banks and other market participants.
Our attorneys develop and structure insurance and insurance-related capital markets products for the financial services sector. Our expertise includes advising in connection with life settlement and life insurance premium finance transactions; life settlement and annuity securitizations; establishment of proprietary life settlement and premium finance operations; establishment of funding structures for structured life settlements and premium finance; acquisition of life settlement blocks of business; catastrophe bonds and sidecar transactions; licensing and agent issues; policy warehousing; and bank-owned and corporate-owned life insurance transactions. Our skills in derivatives, commodities, bank regulatory, bank lending, tax structuring, ERISA and financial restructuring matters enable us to develop innovative products with our clients.
Insurance is one of the most highly regulated industries. We bring our regulatory experience to bear in helping our clients achieve their business and regulatory objectives. Our attorneys counsel clients on a broad array of insurance regulatory issues, including representing clients before state insurance departments, as well as advising in connection with investments, licensing, agent issues, life and viatical settlements, financial guarantee issues, reinsurance, risk based capital issues, onshore/offshore issues, marketing and sales practices, rehabilitation and insolvency questions.
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Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 Asia-Pacific: Capital Markets: Equity China: Capital Markets: Equity: International Firms Japan: Banking & Finance: International Firms Japan: Capital Markets: Domestic Japan: Capital Markets: International: US Law
Chambers Global 2018 Asia-Pacific: Capital Markets: Equity China: Capital Markets: Equity: International firms Japan: Capital Markets: Domestic Japan: Banking & Finance: International Firms Japan: Capital Markets: International: US Law United States: Capital Markets: Debt & Equity United States: Capital Markets: Derivatives
Chambers UK 2018 Debt Capital Markets
Chambers USA 2018 National: Capital Markets: Derivatives National: REITS
EQDerivatives Awards 2016 Equity Derivatives Law Firm of the Year
Financial Times: US Innovative Lawyers Overall winner of the Innovation in Social Responsibility category, 2016 One of four firms ranked “Standout” in the category of New Products and Techniques, 2016 One of four firms ranked “Standout” in the category of Enabling Clients Business, 2015 One of five firms ranked “Standout” in the category of Finance, 2012
GlobalCapital Americas Derivatives Awards Americas Law Firm of the Year 2015 – 2017U.S. Law Firm of the Year – Transactions 2018
GlobalCapital Global Derivatives Awards 2016, 2017 Global Law Firm of the Year
GlobalCapital Syndicated Loan, Leveraged Finance and Private Placement Awards 2016 Private Placements Law Firm of the Year
IFLR1000 2018 China: Private Equity – Foreign Firms Hong Kong: Capital Markets: Equity Hong Kong: Capital Markets: Debt Japan: Capital Markets: Equity Japan: Capital Markets: Equity Foreign Firms Japan: Capital Markets: Debt Japan: Capital Markets: Debt Foreign Firms United States: Capital Markets: Debt United States: Capital Markets: Equity United States: Capital Markets: Derivatives United States: Capital Markets: Structured Finance and Securitisation United Kingdom: Capital Markets: Debt United Kingdom: Capital Markets: Derivatives
IFLR Americas Awards Structured Finance and Securitisation Deal of the Year, 2013 Structured Finance and Securitisation Team of the Year, 2015
Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2018 Japan: Capital markets: International firms and joint ventures Hong Kong: Capital markets (equity)
Legal 500 UK 2017 Debt Capital Markets Derivatives and Structured Products
Legal 500 US 2019 National: Capital Markets: Debt Offerings: Advice to Issuers National: Capital Markets: Debt Offerings: Advice to Underwriters National: Capital Markets: Equity Offerings: Advice to Issuers National: Capital Markets: Equity Offerings: Advice to UnderwritersNational: Structured Finance: Derivatives and Structured Products National: Structured Finance: Securitization
mtn-i Americas Awards 2013 Legal Leader
Operational Risk & Regulation Awards 2013 Law Firm of the Year
StructuredRetailProducts.com 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 (shortlist) Best Law Firm in the Americas
Structured Products magazine 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016 Law Firm of the Year, Americas
Thomson Reuters Accelus Compliance Awards 2012, 2014 One of Five Firms Shortlisted for Best Regulatory Law Firm of the Year
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms 2018 National: Derivatives and Futures Law (Tier 1) National: Securities/Capital Markets Law (Tier 1) National: Securitization and Structured Finance Law (Tier 1) National: Securities Regulation (Tier 1) National: Banking and Finance Law (Tier 1)
“Their guidance extends well beyond legal advice and includes business counsel.” (Chambers USA 2014)
"play an important role in advising insurers, reinsurers, investment banks and hedge funds on complex international restructurings" (PLC Global Portrait 2009)
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