Practice/Industry Group Overview
Our Experience and Depth
The Edwards Wildman Insurance and Reinsurance Department is known as a world leader. With 75 lawyers and seamless access to outstanding firm resources, our group is part of a large international firm that has the experience and depth necessary to provide a full range of sophisticated, industry-wide services on a global basis.
Our Commitment to Client Service and Client Success
Our Insurance and Reinsurance Department represents clients in a full range of corporate, coverage, regulatory, litigation, arbitration, claims and insolvency matters. Years of top-level experience have given us a solid technical understanding of the business of the industry and the ability to speak the language of insurance and reinsurance professionals.
We act for major clients in the London and European markets, North America, Latin America, Bermuda, Hong Kong and other important insurance centers. We work regularly with correspondent lawyers on transactions and proceedings throughout the world, but particularly in Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Pacific Rim.
Our clients are in all segments of the industry. They comprise major insurance and reinsurance companies, Lloyd's syndicates, captives, financial and investment service providers, P&I club managers, HMOs, agents, brokers, reinsurance intermediaries, state insurance regulators, guaranty funds, trade associations, insolvency practitioners, debtors and creditors of insolvent insurers, purchasers and run-off managers.
Members of the department enjoy national and international reputations, and the firm is regularly ranked among the top international firms by our Asian, European and American peers in leading publications, including The Legal Media Group Guide to the World's Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers. Each year, our lawyers teach, publish and speak on emerging industry issues.
When it comes to Insurance and Reinsurance… we know your business.
Articles Authored by Lawyers at this office:
NAIC: Bermuda, Germany, Switzerland and UK Now Qualified for Reduced Collateral Requirements
Amber S. Mills,Nick Pearson, January 06, 2014
On December 18, 2013, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) approved four jurisdictions as "Conditional Qualified Jurisdictions," meeting its year-end goal for expedited review of certain jurisdictions. The four jurisdictions are Bermuda, Germany, Switzerland and the...
Solvency II†- ECIROA Raises Concerns Over Solvency II for Captives
Kimberley Cottrell,Chris Finney, December 26, 2013
The European Captive Insurance and Reinsurance Owners’ Association (ECIROA) has written to the Internal Market and Services Directorate General of the European Commission, and the European Insurance and Occupation Pensions Authority (EIOPA).
UK: Notification of ‘Circumstances’ Need Not Specify An Incident
Ajita Shah, December 20, 2013
The Court of Appeal in European Risk Insurance Company HF v Collette Ann McManus & Ors  EWHC 18 (Ch), has upheld a High Court judge’s decisions to a) refuse declaratory relief and b) award the claimants 60% of the costs of the hearing, stating that the first instance judge had given...
California Adds New Hazardous Financial Condition Regulations
Barry Leigh Weissman, December 16, 2013
Effective January 1, 2014, the California Department of Insurance has added six new regulations to Title 10 of the California Code of Regulations. These can be found at Title 10, Chapter 5, Article 22 Sections 2598 through 2598.6. The purpose of the new regulations is to provide the Insurance...
California Court of Appeal, Third District Holds In-House Attorney May Be Liable for Malpractice for Failing to Warn Employee About Conflict
Nora A. Valenza-Frost,Barry Leigh Weissman, December 06, 2013
The California Court of Appeal, Third District, in Yanez v. Plummer, 2013 WL 5915639, Cal. Ct. App. 3d Dist., No. C070726 (Nov. 5, 2013) recently held that a former employee deposed in connection with a co-worker’s personal injury suit may pursue malpractice claims against in-house counsel...
UK: English High Court Rules on the Application of a Follow the Settlements Clause
Mark Everiss,Sam Tacey, November 25, 2013
The case of Tokio Marine Europe Insurance Ltd v Novae Corporate Underwriting Ltd  EWHC 3362 (Comm) concerned losses suffered by a Thai subsidiary of Tesco plc arising out of severe floods in Thailand in 2011. The Tesco subsidiary claimed for losses of approximately £125m under various...
California Appellate Court Issues Bad Faith Duty to Settle Opinion
Gregory D. Pendleton, October 29, 2013
On October 7, the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, held that a liability insurer, in the absence of any demand or settlement offer from a third party claimant, need not initiate settlement negotiations or offer its policy limits, even where liability is clear and there is a...
Claims Control Clauses: No Self-Control?
Mark Everiss,William Haig,Sam Tacey, August 13, 2013
The High Court rules on the effect of a claims control clause where cedants and some reinsurers unilaterally paid out their share of a claim.
Reinsurers Pressed for Compliance with Iran Sanctions
John C. Fusco,Nick Pearson, August 13, 2013
The U.S. government administers and enforces economic sanctions programs primarily against countries and groups of individuals such as terrorists, through either comprehensive or selective action, using the blocking of assets and trade restrictions to accomplish its foreign policy and national...
World Trade Center Events: One or Two?
David R. Kendall, August 13, 2013
In many areas of business insurance and reinsurance, whether a series of claims or losses is treated as one claim or several claims for the purposes of the insurance or reinsurance contract is an important question. It has repercussions on how many deductibles or excesses apply, the applicable...