Lawfuel – The Law Newswire – New York, May 30, 2007 – Sidley Austin LLP announced today that Jeff S. Liebmann, Jonathan L. Freedman and Jonathan J. Kelly have joined the firm as partners in its global Insurance Practice, resident in the New York office. Their practices will focus principally on insurance transaction matters.
Messrs. Liebmann, Freedman and Kelly all have extensive experience representing insurance companies, investment banks, financial services firms and commercial banks, insurance regulators and private equity funds in various capital markets, merger and acquisition transactions, securitization, reinsurance, insurance insolvencies, regulatory matters and other complex insurance matters.
“Our insurance lawyers have an intimate knowledge of the dynamic insurance industry and its unique issues and challenges,” said Thomas A. Cole, chair of the Sidley’s Executive Committee. “Jeff, Jonathan and Jon add to a practice already known for its representation of insurance clients and other financial institutions on complex insurance transactions.”
Michael P. Goldman, co-chair of Sidley’s Insurance Practice added, “Jeff, Jonathan and Jon provide tremendous depth and breadth of experience in the insurance transactional area. They are recognized as leaders within this segment of the insurance industry, and the synergies with our existing transactional practice will be significant and of immediate benefit to our current and prospective insurance and financial services clients. We are truly excited about this addition to our global Insurance Practice.”
Mr. Liebmann is a 1978 graduate of Harvard Law School and a member of the Society of Actuaries, Mr. Freedman graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1981 and Mr. Kelly graduated from SUNY Buffalo with a joint JD/MBA in 1996.
Sidley has a growing team of more than 80 lawyers devoted to providing both transactional and dispute resolution services specifically to the insurance industry. Sidley’s transactional insurance lawyers have significant experience in the convergence between capital markets, banking and insurance industries.
Sidley Austin LLP is one of the world’s largest full-service law firms, with more than 1,700 lawyers practicing in 16 U.S. and international cities including Beijing, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. In 2006, Sidley was named to Legal Business’ Global Elite, their designation for “the 15 finest law firms in the world.” Sidley was again named the number one law firm for overall client service by BTI, a Boston-based consulting and research firm, in 2007. BTI has also named Sidley to their Client Service Hall of Fame as one of only two law firms to rank in the Client Service Top 10 for six years in a row.
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