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Chadbourne has “the ability to handle any issue due to expertise in British, Bermudian and American law.” – Chambers USA

Chadbourne’s insurance and reinsurance group consists of approximately 40 lawyers worldwide (in London, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC). We have successfully addressed our clients’ varying needs for more than four decades. We work in collaboration with specialists from the firm’s other practice areas, including tax, general corporate, private equity/hedge funds, intellectual property and financial restructuring. Our understanding of the property/casualty and the life, annuity and health businesses, and the breadth of our experience, is unsurpassed. Three mainstays of our practice are:

  • Dispute resolution, whether through negotiation, mediation, arbitration or litigation. Chadbourne is a recognized leader in handling reinsurance litigations and arbitrations in the United States, England and internationally. Our US-based lawyers have achieved numerous victories for our clients in an array of controversies, ranging from rescission and fraud claims to adequacy of risk transfer, from interpretation of contract language to reformation of contracts, from issues relating to allocation and aggregation and to issues unique to captives and risk retention groups. Our London team likewise has an excellent track record handling high-value and high-profile reinsurance disputes. Our direct insurance team consists of market leaders in the fields of financial institutions and commercial crime insurance, with a strong reputation in handling disputes arising under hospital professional liability, professional indemnity and directors' and officers’ policies.
  • Coverage analyses, in both the direct and reinsurance context, across a broad spectrum of lines, including directors and officers, errors and omissions, professional liability, commercial crime, environmental, hospital professional liability, general liability, workers compensation, employment practices liability, cyber liability, and life, annuity and health; we are adept at fashioning innovative solutions to coverage issues, which hopefully eliminate possible coverage disputes.  
  • Transactional and regulatory, assisting our clients with structuring and implementing sophisticated financial arrangements, cell structures, sidecars and reinsurance assumption/novation agreements. We have represented companies, as well as trade associations and individuals, that were targets of investigations by insurance regulatory authorities and prosecutors, and have regularly appeared before state insurance officials with respect to proposed regulations, disciplinary proceedings, and rate and policy form filings.
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