THE FIRM This firm is known and respected for its position as a leading representative of insurance intermediaries and brokers. It has acted for Marsh & McLennan in a range of matters, which recently included representing the broker in successfully retrieving in excess of $500 million worth of professional liability insurance. Its transactional and regulatory practice has received a major boost with the acquisition of several leading practitioners from Dewey & LeBoeuf. The team advised Zurich in its $1.67 billion acquisition of Santander's insurance operations.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Mitchell Auslander is held in excellent regard by the market and comes highly recommended for representing brokers. He is noted for his work for Marsh & McLennan, and also represents policyholders in coverage disputes.
Clients describe Leah Campbell as "easy to work with, knowledgeable and a brilliant deal lawyer." She has taken a lead role in many of the firm's most significant insurance transactions.
One of the former Dewey & LeBoeuf partners, Alexander Dye is described as a "terrific lawyer and a great professional." He played a key role in the firm's representation of MetLife in multibillion-dollar stock offerings arising from its high-value acquisition of American Life from AIG.
Michael Groll also recently joined from Dewey & LeBoeuf. He specializes in insurance transactions and recently represented AMBAC in a major restructuring arising from conditions experienced during the global economic crisis.
Dewey's former transactional department co-head John Schwolsky recently represented AEGON in the $3.4 billion sale of its life reinsurance business. His broad transactional expertise incorporates insurance M&A, securities, restructuring and catastrophe bonds.
Clients praise regulatory partner Donald Henderson for his deep understanding of the issues facing his clients. He also joined from Dewey & LeBoeuf, and recently represented National Indemnity in complex asbestos reinsurance liability issues.
Vladimir Nicenko is another favorite among clients. According to sources, the former Dewey partner "will run through walls to get things done, will always find the right answer and you can be sure we will accomplish our goals with him on the team.