James R. Dwyer

New York,  NY  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Insurance
  • Insurance M&A and Demutualizations
  • Insurance Regulatory and Compliance
  • Retirement Products & Services
  • Insurance Finance
  • Financial Services
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
Contact InfoTelephone: 212.389.5046
Fax: 212-389-5099
University University of Notre Dame, A.B., with high honors
Law SchoolUniversity of California at Los Angeles, School of Law, J.D.
Admitted1980, Illinois; 2011, New York
BornChicago, Illinois, 1955

For more than 30 years, Jim Dwyer has represented market leading companies on some of the largest mergers, acquisitions and divestitures in the insurance industry. Jim advises clients on a full range of insurance transactional matters including company sales, mergers and acquisitions, reinsurance transactions, financing and securitizations, business transition and renewal rights transactions, administrative services agreements, collateral protection arrangements, insurance holding company act transactions, company governance and general corporate matters, and related regulatory and judicial proceedings.

Prior to joining Sutherland, Jim was a senior partner in Dewey & LeBoeuf's nationally recognized insurance M&A and regulatory practice groups. Over the course of his career Jim has been recognized as a leading practitioner in insurance transactional, regulatory and financing matters by numerous organizations.

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Selected Experience

Sutherland attorney advised on $471 million divestiture of EquiTrust Life by FBL Financial Group.
Sutherland attorney represented Lincoln National in $7.5 billion merger with Jefferson-Pilot Financial Corporation.
Sutherland attorneys represented Munich Re in multiple insurance company acquisitions.

Awards and Rankings

Recognized by Chambers USA: Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of Insurance Transactional and Regulatory

Named to The Best Lawyers in America for Insurance Law

Selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers in the area of Mergers and Acquisitions (2005, 2014-2015)


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Focus On International Standards
Bert Adams,Eric A. Arnold,B. Scott Burton,James R. Dwyer,Eric R. Fenichel, May 13, 2015
The influence of international standards on the direction of insurance regulation in the United States has dominated public discussion about insurance regulation during recent years. Nowhere was that more evident than in Washington, D.C., last week. On May 5, the 6th Annual U.S.-EU Insurance...

Recent Developments on Variable Annuity Captive Reinsurance and Hedging Risk Evaluation; and Impacts on VA Issuers
Frederick R. Bellamy,B. Scott Burton,Thomas W. Curvin,James R. Dwyer,Eric R. Fenichel, April 8, 2015
In the midst of the broader discussion within the insurance regulatory community regarding the financial risks potentially posed by captive reinsurers, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has recently taken steps to evaluate the use of captive reinsurance for guaranteed...

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James R. Dwyer

1114 Avenue of the Americas, 40th Floor
New YorkNY 10036-7703


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