Martin, Christopher L.

Christopher L. Martin

Partner
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Christopher Martin focuses his corporate and transactional law practice on commercial transactions, outside general counsel representation, private equity investments, financing arrangements, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and investor matters, executive employment matters, regulation and governmental relations and structural issues in a variety of industries. He also has a wealth of experience in insurance industry-related transactions and insurance regulatory matters. Formerly, he was the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc.

Christopher Martin focuses his corporate and transactional law practice on commercial transactions, outside general counsel representation, private equity investments, financing arrangements, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and investor matters, executive employment matters, regulation and governmental relations and structural issues in a variety of industries. He also has a wealth of experience in insurance industry-related transactions and insurance regulatory matters. Formerly, he was the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc.

Chris' experience includes:

Recent Representative Insurance Industry Transactions

Private Insurance Holding Company

  • Advise insurance holding company borrower in negotiation of syndicated revolving credit facility (2008-2019)
  • Advise purchaser in documentation and regulatory approvals related to acquisition of private surety company (2018)
  • Advise insurance holding company in recapitalization and equity transactions with principal investors (2014-2019)
  • Advise issuer in capital raise effected through private offering of subordinated debt securities (2019)
  • Advise issuer in capital raise effected through private offering of convertible preferred securities (2020)

Wholesale Insurance Agency

  • Advise sellers and company in disposition of Texas managing general agency to national platform purchaser (2019)
  • Advise wholesale agency in credit facility negotiation (2014-2019)
  • Advise strategic investors in acquisition of interests in Texas agency (2019)

Public Insurance Holding Company

  • Advise seller in disposition of multiple North American business units (2018-19)

Mutual Insurance Holding Company

  • Advise purchaser in acquisition of Alaska domiciled workers compensation and liability insurer (2019)

Public National Title Company

  • Advise purchaser in acquisition of title assets in multi state transaction (2017)
  • Advise purchaser in acquisition of multiple appraisal services companies (2020)
  • Advise purchaser in acquisition of remote online notary services company (2020)

Wholesale Insurance Agency

  • Advise purchaser in acquisition of California and Texas retail broker (2018)

Wholesale Insurance Agency

  • Advise purchaser in acquisition of North Carolina reinsurance broker (2016)

Public Insurance Holding Company

  • Advise purchaser in acquisition of Puerto Rico managing general agency (2016)

Insurance Agency

  • Advise seller in disposition of Texas insurance agency assets and book of business to national platform purchaser (2019)

Insurance Agency

  • Advise seller in disposition of Texas insurance agency assets and book of business to national platform purchaser (2018)

Insurance Agency

  • Advise regional platform agency holding company in acquisition of insurance agency assets and book of business (2016)

Private Insurance Holding Company

  • Advise purchaser in bid for life insurance and annuity assets and company (2017)
  • Advise life holding company in credit facility negotiation (2018)

Surety Managing General Agency

  • Advise seller in disposition of Texas surety managing general agency assets and book of business to national platform purchaser (2016)

Private Insurance Holding Company

  • Advise seller in disposition and re-domestication of Connecticut life insurance company shell (2016)

Private Surety Holding Company

  • Advise borrower in negotiation of revolving credit facility (2016)
  • Advise Texas surety company in merger with public insurance holding company (2017)

Private Home Warranty Company

  • Advise home warranty company in formation of Texas captive insurer (2016)
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CREDENTIALS
Education
  • J.D., Baylor University School of Law, 1992
    Member, Baylor Law Review
  • B.A., English Literature, Baylor University, 1989
Bar Admissions
  • Texas, 1992
Professional Affiliations
    • Member, Houston Bar Association 
    • Member, American Corporate Counsel Association
    • Member, Insurance Council of Texas
    • Member, Texas Association of Life and Health Insurers
    • Member, Texas Captive Insurance Association
Awards & Recognitions
    • Named, The Best Lawyers in America®, Insurance Law (2020-2022)
Community Leadership
    • Member, Baylor Alumni Association
    • Member, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Junior Market Barrow Auction Committee
    • Member, Texas Children's Hospital Ambassadors Program
    • Member, Texas Children's Hospital Heart Center Fraser's Friends
Professional History
    • Partner, Locke Lord LLP
    • Shareholder, Nathan Sommers Jacobs, P.C.
    • Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc.
    • Associate, Winstead, Sechrest & Minick, PC