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Willkie Expands Insurance Transactions and Regulatory Practice with Addition of Dewey & LeBoeuf Team

Posted on 19 Mar 2012

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Willkie Farr & Gallagher announced that a team of 12 insurance transactional and regulatory lawyers has joined the firm from Dewey & LeBoeuf.

The team, led by Alexander M. Dye, Michael Groll, Robert S. Rachofsky and John M. Schwolsky, is one of the preeminent practices in the industry, representing insurance companies, investment banks, sponsors and other financial institutions in M&A, capital markets and regulatory matters in the U.S., London, Europe, Asia and Bermuda. The group also includes Scott D. Avitabile, Donald B. Henderson, Jr., Arthur J. Lynch, Vladimir Nicenko and Allison Tam, who will reside in the New York office, Joseph D. Ferraro and Nicholas Bugler, who will reside in the London office, and Christopher S. Petito, who will reside in the Washington, D.C. office.

Thomas M. Cerabino, Co-Chairman of Willkie, said, “We have worked closely with this team in a number of transactions over the years. They are among the most elite practitioners in their field and will add greatly to our capabilities in their areas of expertise.”

Alexander Dye said, “Our team is very excited by the opportunity to join Willkie. We see terrific synergies with the firm’s world-class private equity, M&A and asset management practices, as well as its long-established and substantial insurance practice. We look forward to working with the talented lawyers at Willkie to provide clients with the advice and service they have come to expect from us.” The team had worked together at Dewey & LeBoeuf for many years prior to their move to Willkie. “We hold our many friends and former colleagues at Dewey in the highest esteem,” Mr. Dye said.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is an international law firm of approximately 600 attorneys with offices in New York, Washington, Paris, London, Milan, Rome, Frankfurt and Brussels. The firm is headquartered in New York City at 787 Seventh Avenue. Tel: 212.728.8000.