Insurance INDUSTRIES

WilmerHale has provided a broad range of litigation and counseling services in connection with various high-stakes insurance matters, including matters involving primary and excess general liability and product liability insurance, directors and officers insurance, legal malpractice insurance, errors and omissions insurance, media liability insurance, fidelity insurance, mortgage insurance, financial institution bonds, and reinsurance.

Deregulation, globalization, the Internet, and most recently, the events of September 11 have dramatically changed the face of the insurance industry and raised a number of new and difficult legal challenges. From international arbitration to litigation in bankruptcy proceedings to counseling on anti-money laundering issues, we provide the insight and experience needed to face these challenges and resolve the complicated issues.

Our lawyers have represented insurers and policy holders in Federal and State Court coverage litigation; participated in alternative dispute resolution proceedings, arbitrations, and settlement negotiations; provided strategic and policy advice on high-profile insurance-related matters; advised and litigated coverage disputes in bankruptcy proceedings; represented and advised insurers and insureds in matters involving various kinds of financial and specialized liability coverage matters; and provided legal services in connection with mergers, joint ventures and regulatory matters.

WilmerHale has provided a broad range of litigation and counseling services in connection with various high-stakes insurance matters, including matters involving primary and excess general liability and product liability insurance, directors and officers insurance, legal malpractice insurance, errors and omissions insurance, media liability insurance, fidelity insurance, mortgage insurance, financial institution bonds, and reinsurance.

Deregulation, globalization, the Internet, and most recently, the events of September 11 have dramatically changed the face of the insurance industry and raised a number of new and difficult legal challenges. From international arbitration to litigation in bankruptcy proceedings to counseling on anti-money laundering issues, we provide the insight and experience needed to face these challenges and resolve the complicated issues.

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Experience

  • We represent a leading insurance company group with respect to strategic, legal, and constitutional issues related to the overall asbestos litigation problem, including the possibility of a comprehensive national legislative approach to compensating individuals who claim asbestos-related injuries.
  • We are counsel in an ICC arbitration, sited in Paris, between major US and French insurance companies. The arbitration involves issues of Luxembourg and US law, with amounts in dispute exceeding $125 million.
  • We represent insurance companies and a national insurance trade organization in the recent wave of bankruptcy proceedings initiated by insureds. These matters include litigation in bankruptcy courts, district courts and in the courts of appeals, on issues such as the insured’s compliance with Section 524(g) of the Bankruptcy Code; the propriety or proposed confirmation plans and trust distribution procedures; challenges to efforts to accelerate insurers’ obligations and to bankruptcy cases not filed in good faith; and questions relating to the standing of insurers to participate in bankruptcy cases brought by their insureds.
  • We represent insurance companies in connection with securities disclosures, including complex financial disclosure issues relating to loss reserves and valuation of portfolios.

Publications & News

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July 15, 2015

Final Deal Reached on Iran Sanctions Relief

On July 14, 2015, the United States and its P5+1 negotiating partners, together with Iran, announced the final terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) concerning Iran’s nuclear program.

April 13, 2015

Report Highlights Bank Vendor Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

On April 9, the New York State Department of Financial Services released a report on bank vendor cybersecurity that highlights the risk that hackers will use third-party service providers to gain access to bank data.

December 15, 2010

FCIC Commissioners Issue Preliminary Findings on Crisis Causes

September 15, 2010

U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers Release Inaugural Best Law Firms Rankings

WilmerHale earns first-tier rankings for a dozen national practices.

July 8, 2010

For Whose Benefit? Courts in Adelphia and eToys Bankruptcies Decline to Unwind Transactions Where Suits Do Not Serve Goal of Creditor Protection

March 18, 2010

Chambers USA 2010 Honors WilmerHale, Ranking Over 100 Lawyers and Dozens of Practices

January 13, 2010

Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission Holds First Public Hearing

November 19, 2009

Establishment of New Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force

September 15, 2009

Financial Crisis Commission Picks Staff Director, Sets First Meeting

April 23, 2009

Hearings Begin on American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009