(NEW YORK) February 6, 2023 – Nick Williams has joined Locke Lord’s New York office as a Partner in the Firm’s Insurance Regulatory and Transactional Practice Group. His far-reaching experience coupled with his impressive portfolio of clients in the property, casualty, life and health insurance industries will bolster the Firm’s already strong insurance, reinsurance and regulatory team.
Joining Locke Lord from Dentons, Williams has nearly 30 years of experience focusing on mergers, acquisitions and capital markets transactions. He has assisted clients on all manners of insurance-related needs, including reinsurance, brokering, demutualizations, insolvencies, captive insurer formations, licensings and coverage issues, and has represented clients in the governmental as well as the private sector. Williams also has considerable experience in insurance-related capital markets transactions, including IPOs, private placements, 144A and Regulation S offerings, primary and secondary equity offerings and contingent capital transactions.
“Nick brings to Locke Lord an incredible skill set in the insurance and reinsurance space and an exceptional track record advising on domestic and cross-border insurance mergers and acquisitions transactions, which will further expand the Firm’s ability to deliver unmatched representation for our clients on a spectrum of matters,” said Chicago Partner Jon Biasetti, Co-Chair of Locke Lord’s Insurance Regulatory and Transactional Practice Group. “His impressive experience and vast knowledge of the ever-changing regulatory landscape immediately adds depth to the Firm’s offerings across a multitude of disciplines.”
“Nick’s addition further cements Locke Lord’s commitment to growth in the region, following the arrivals of a number of recent key hires in the Firm’s New York office, including Real Estate and Finance Partner Jeff Escobar, IP Litigation Partner Mark Hannemann and Financial Services Litigation Partner Dom Cervoni,” said Lisa Ruggiero, Managing Partner of Locke Lord’s New York office. “We are extremely proud to welcome such a highly sought-after lawyer to our New York office.”
In recent years, Williams has been at the forefront of the development of Basel III-compliant insurance products, which provide capital relief for global banks and other financial institutions, and he has guided numerous major U.S. and international institutions in this space. He is also a recognized leader in the life settlement industry, having participated in many of the largest and most notable transactions worldwide. Williams is frequently called upon by boards of directors and senior executives for assistance with their directors' and officers’ insurance coverage needs.
“Locke Lord, which has a robust national platform and a very well-regarded insurance and reinsurance practice, is the ideal destination for me,” said Williams. “I have always been impressed with the Firm’s forward-thinking and collaborative approach, which will be integral to continue providing the highest level of service to current and future clients.”
Williams serves as Director of the Columbia Law School Association, and previously served as President. He is also a member of the Life Insurance Council of New York and the Life Insurance Settlement Association. Active in his community, Williams serves as Chairman and Director of Art Beyond Sight, a nonprofit that supports access to arts for those with a disability or mental health condition, and as Secretary and Director of Urban Upbound, a nonprofit that helps provide access to banking services for local residents.
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.
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 135 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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