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Locke Lord Expands New York Office With Addition of Former NYDFS Assistant Counsel Jared Wilner as Insurance Regulatory and Transactional Partner

January 10, 2022

(NEW YORK) January 10, 2022Jared Wilner has joined Locke Lord’s New York office as a Partner in the Firm’s Insurance Regulatory and Transactional Practice Group, bringing extensive experience advising insurance industry clients on a range of compliance and transactional matters.

Wilner, who joins Locke Lord from Clyde & Co, focuses his practice on advising domestic, foreign and alien insurers, reinsurers, insurance intermediaries and other insurance industry participants on a spectrum of insurance regulatory and transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, investments, various distribution, services and other commercial contracts, reinsurance, insurtech, insurance product development, corporate governance, regulatory compliance and regulatory enforcement actions.

Wilner began his career at the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS), where he helped shape the policy response to various issues resulting from the 2008 financial crisis. In addition, he worked on high-leverage policy matters emanating from both the life and property and casualty bureaus, including several market conduct exams and regulatory reform initiatives.

“Jared is a valuable addition to Locke Lord’s New York office and its highly regarded regulatory and transactional insurance team. We are thrilled to welcome another professional with in-house experience at the NYDFS, in addition to wide-ranging private practice experience,” said Greg Casamento, Managing Partner of Locke Lord’s New York office.

“Jared’s excellent reputation advising multistate companies and global insurers through complicated legislative and regulatory frameworks makes him an ideal strategic fit,” said Chicago Partner Jon Biasetti and Atlanta Partner Brian Casey, Co-Chairs of Locke Lord’s Insurance Regulatory and Transactional Practice Group. “His deep and varied experience serving the insurance sector adds to the Firm’s ability to deliver vast representation for our clients on a spectrum of matters.”

Following his work at the NYDFS, Wilner served as director and corporate counsel to Prudential Insurance’s life and annuities business units, advising on the distribution and administration of insurance products, reinsurance, company licensing and domestication, and regulatory advocacy relating to market conduct exams and new regulation. He also gained exposure to many novel legal issues resulting from the transformational effects of technology and data on insurance company product design, distribution and administration.

“I am eager to continue providing enhanced value and comprehensive solutions to clients as part of Locke Lord’s highly accomplished and collaborative team of regulatory and transactional insurance lawyers,” Wilner said. “It is an exciting time to join Locke Lord’s distinguished New York office, and I am excited to contribute to its growth.”

With more than 100 years of experience serving all segments of the insurance industry, Locke Lord helps its insurance industry clients meet today's challenges while preparing for the opportunities of tomorrow. The Firm’s deep experience in insurance regulation provides enhanced value and insight into many issues associated with mergers, dispositions and acquisitions of insurance companies or their insurance-related assets and liabilities through various forms of reinsurance and the sale of renewal rights. The Firm’s clients are drawn from the United States and from around the world and span the property/casualty and life/health sides of the industry.

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About Locke Lord LLP
Locke Lord is a full-service law firm with global reach and 20 offices designed to meet clients’ needs in the United States and around the world. The Firm has a history that spans more than 130 years and is a leader in the middle market arena. Locke Lord focuses on providing the highest levels of commitment, quality and service to clients across its five Key Sectors: Energy and Infrastructure; Finance and Financial Services; Insurance and Reinsurance; Pharmaceutical; and Private Equity. In addition, the Firm advises clients across a broad spectrum of other industries, including fund formation, venture capital, health care, public finance, real estate, technology, cybersecurity and white collar, while providing a wealth of experience through its complex litigation, intellectual property, tax, regulatory and transactional teams.

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