Geoffrey Etherington: Lawyer with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Geoffrey Etherington

New York,  NY  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Insurance & Reinsurance
  • Debt Finance & Capital Markets
  • Business Law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Regulatory & Transactional Services
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Healthcare
University Harvard College, A.B., 1978
Law SchoolUniversity of Chicago, J.D., 1982
Admitted1982, Rhode Island and U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island; 1983, Connecticut; 1985, Massachusetts; 1998, New York


Connecticut Bar Association
Massachusetts Bar Association

BornMilwaukee, Wisconsin, December 5, 1955

Jeff joined the firm in 1982 and has merger and acquisition experience across a broad range of industries. In recent years, he has focused on transactions involving insurance companies, hedge funds, life settlements, captive insurance programs, banks and securities firms, including debt and private equity investments in financial services providers, insurance companies and alternative risk transfer (ART). Since one of Jeff's strengths is his ability to manage complicated multi-party transactions, he often assists clients outside of the financial services industry to complete difficult and time-sensitive deals.

Jeff has been active in industry advisory committees to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. From 1988 to 1992, Jeff was chief executive officer of several manufacturing concerns in Connecticut and dealt on a daily basis with issues that all business people face. Jeff brings a unique perspective to counseling his clients informed by this management experience. He understands what it means to develop budgets, deal with service providers, like lawyers and accountants, and manage cash flow.
•Jeff and other members of the firm's Mergers and Acquisitions practice represented a multi-national insurance firm in over $2 billion of insurance company acquisitions in the United States in 2007.

•Jeff recently coordinated a team of U.S. and Bermuda counsel with respect to tax, regulatory, securities and corporate matters relating to the establishment of an off-shore insurance captive for managing general agents of two U.S. insurers.

•He structured a multi-jurisdictional transformer utilizing off-shore captives and special purpose vehicles to transfer longevity and mortality risks relating to a portfolio of life insurance policies through swaps, insurance policies and reinsurance agreements.

•Jeff represents an auto industry company in its dealer captive insurance program.

•Jeff led a team from our Insurance and Reinsurance and Securities practices in the acquisition by Maiden Holdings, Ltd. of the GMAC Re business from GMAC in October 2008 and Maiden's subsequent $260 million trust preferred offering in January 2009.

•Jeff and another member of our Insurance and Reinsurance practice advised Transatlantic Re in its investment in ILS funds managed by Pillar Capital in December 2012.

•He represented AmTrust Financial Services in its 2008 acquisition of commercial business lines from Unitrin, Inc. and 2007 acquisition of Associated Industries Insurance Company and continues to represent it in other acquisitions and reinsurance matters.

•Jeff managed a team of attorneys from the firm's Mergers and Acquisitions, Securities and Finance practices in connection with the merger of Model Reorg. Inc. into Perfumania Holdings, a public company, and the refinancing of three associated debt facilities in August 2008.

•Jeff coordinated the acquisition by Allied World Assurance Company of Finial Insurance Company an affiliate of National Indemnity Company.

•He managed a multi-disciplinary team of attorneys in connection with the investment by a U.S.-based hedge fund in a Bermuda-based insurance holding company.

•Jeff led a team of bankruptcy and tax attorneys in a cross-border insurance premium finance receivables securitization.

•He represents lenders and borrowers in syndicated facilities, including letter of credit and other collateral facilities for reinsurers.

•Jeff has served as outside counsel to a hedge fund that makes debt and equity investments in life settlements and the insurance industry.

•Jeff led a multi-lawyer team that represented lenders to an off-shore special purpose vehicle formed to acquire life settlements.

•Jeff coordinated a complex leveraged buyout by Great Hill Equity Partners of Vigo Remittance Corp., a major international money transmitter, and the sale of Vigo to First Data Corp. and continues to represent licensed money transmitters.

•Jeff guided the unsolicited tender offer by Kingsway Financial Services for American Country Holdings.

•Jeff and other members of the Insurance and Reinsurance Department have represented purchasers of renewal rights from managing general agents.

•During the liquidation of the Reliance Insurance Company, he advised QBE Insurance Corporation on their acquisition of Reliance's Latin America affiliates.

•Jeff acts as lead outside counsel for an electrical components manufacturer in China, providing general corporate advice and assistance in negotiation of joint ventures with multi-national corporations to source products in the People's Republic of China.

South Asia

Besides Edwards Wildman

Jeff and his wife live in Manhattan but escape on weekends to a lake house in the Hudson Highlands north of NYC. They are active members of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Jeff enjoys snowboarding and golf, which he plays poorly.


Indemnity and Assumption Reinsurance Transaction

Our insurance team in New York negotiated, documented, and closed transfer of all US fixed annuities and accumulation riders of Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services (IA) and its affiliates to Security Benefit Life Insurance Company and Equitrust Life Insurance Company, affiliates of Guggenheim Capital Partners through an indemnity and assumption reinsurance transaction.

Performing for Perfume Purveyor

Edwards Wildman lawyers in New York advised specialty retailer Perfumania in the acquisition of Parlux Fragrances completed in April 2012.

Investment Acquisition of a Money Transfer Business

Our lawyers represented US private equity fund in its acquisition of a money transfer business with operations in the US, Guatemala, Mexico and Spain.

Money Transfer Business Acquisition

A team of Edwards Wildman lawyers represented the lead investors in the acquisition of a money transfer business with operations in the US and the Dominican Republic.

Insurance M&A and Capital Raising Roundtable
November 5, 2014

Please join BDO USA, LLP, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP and Sandler O'Neill + Partners, L.P. for a complimentary breakfast briefing. This event will highlight key considerations in a successful M&A transaction or capital raising transaction in today's economic climate for the insurance industry. event
Edwards Wildman's Jeff Etherington Examines Captives in Advisen
July 10, 2014
13th Annual Half-Day Insurance and Reinsurance Seminar
June 5, 2014 event
Edwards Wildman's Jeff Etherington and A.J. Kritzman Analyze What US Sanctions Mean for Insurers' OFAC Compliance in Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage
May 30, 2014
AIRROC Boston Regional Education Day
April 9, 2014 event
Anti-Corruption and OFAC Compliance for the Insurance Industry
December 18, 2013 event
Insurance M&A and Capital Raising Roundtable
November 13, 2013 event
Edwards Wildman's David Kendall and Jeff Etherington Analyze the Risks of Insurance Linked Securities in Zeitschrift fur Versicherungswesen
November 6, 2013
Edwards Wildman's 2013 ILS Roundtable: The Convergence of Insurance and the Capital Markets
October 30, 2013 event
Please Join Us - Edwards Wildman's 2013 ILS Roundtable: The Convergence of Insurance and the Capital Markets Insurance & Reinsurance Blog
October 1, 2013

Writing for the New York Law Journal, Jeff Etherington Analyzes How Iranian and Ukrainian Sanctions Impact Insurers
December 3, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Jeff Etherington Discusses Alternative Risk Financing in Healthcare Risk Management
July 31, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Jeff Etherington Weighs In on the Short-term Opportunities Arising in Iran in Reactions
March 12, 2014
Edwards Wildman Advises AmTrust and National General in Acquisition of Renewal Rights to the Commercial Lines and Personal Lines Insurance Business of Tower
January 9, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Jeff Etherington Addresses Insurance Regulation And Legislation To Watch In 2014 in Law360
January 2, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Jeff Etherington Outlines Tips For Navigating US Sanctions On Iran in Law360
November 8, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Jeff Etherington Breaks Down New Iran Sanctions in Business Insurance
July 15, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Jeff Etherington Addresses Iran Sanctions Adding Pressure on Reinsurers
July 10, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Jeff Etherington Analyzes New York Probing Foreign Reinsurers Over Iran in Law360
July 8, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Huhnsik Chung and Jeff Etherington Comment on How Insurers are Drowning in Regulation in Reactions
April 29, 2013

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Geoffrey Etherington

750 Lexington Avenue
New YorkNY 10022-1200


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