His practice is concentrated primarily in the corporate and regulatory representation of insurance companies, investors and financial advisers with a focus on alternative risk transfer transactions, including insurance securitization and derivatives transactions (catastrophe bonds, sidecars, industry loss warranties); the organization and operation of insurance-linked securities funds; complex reinsurance arrangements; acquisitions, divestitures and corporate reorganizations; the formation, capitalization and corporate financing of insurance companies and related ventures; the regulation of insurance holding company systems; the regulation of insurance company investment practices, including the use of derivative instruments; and the development and funding of insurtech businesses. His practice also involves the representation of investment banks, hedge funds, private equity funds, investment advisers, derivative dealers and other sectors of the financial services industry, with respect to their insurance industry relationships and transactions.
Examples of Michael’s recent representations include:
- Markel Corporation in its $919 million acquisition of State National.
- Validus/AlphaCat Managers in connection with its insurance-linked securities funds and reinsurance sidecar transactions.
- ACE in a venture with BlackRock in connection with the organization and $800 million private placement of ABR Reinsurance Capital Holdings Ltd., a Bermuda-based reinsurance organization. The venture was named “Capital Raising of the Year” and “Launch of the Year” at the 2015 Reactions North America Awards.
- Japanese insurer Zenkyoren on the transfer of a combined $2.375 billion of earthquake risk through the Nakama Re series of catastrophe bonds (2014–2018).
- American International Group on the transfer of a combined $1.325 billion of multiple-peril catastrophe risk through the Compass Re II 2015-1, Tradewynd Re 2014-1, and award-winning Tradewynd Re 2013-2 and Tradewynd Re 2013-1 bonds.
From February 1999 until March 2001, Michael served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of a property/casualty insurance organization operating in both the excess and surplus lines commercial market and the personal lines market. He previously had been a partner in the insurance practice of another law firm.
Michael has been recognized by Chambers USA-America’s Leading Business Lawyers (2008–2019) and is a frequent speaker on insurance topics, including alternative risk transfer.
Admissions & Certifications
- U.S. District Court, N.D. of Illinois - General
- The University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1991
- Duke University, A.B., 1988 (Economics, Psychology and Religion, cum laude)