AMANDA TODD is a co-leader of Sidley’s global Insurance practice and head of the firm’s Financial Institutions group in Chicago and Miami. Amanda focuses her practice on the insurance industry and helping her clients in their most critical transactional matters.
She is known as one of the leading insurance corporate lawyers in the U.S., having been named one of only five Law360 “Insurance MVPs” in the U.S. nationally in 2019, and is ranked in Chambers USA (2022–2023) for Illinois Insurance: Transactional & Regulatory.
Amanda has been recognized for her dedication to clients and for providing exceptional service. In the 2023 edition of Chambers, clients describe her as “very sharp and an effective communicator and negotiator” and go on to note that she is “very talented and gives sound, practical advice in dealing with sophisticated issues." In the 2022 edition, sources note that she “makes a great effort to understand her clients” and “makes herself an integral part of the team.” In 2022, 2021, and 2018, Amanda received Lexology’s “Client Choice Award” for Insurance and Reinsurance in Illinois. This award recognizes the “ability to add real value to clients’ business above and beyond the other players in the market” and winners may only be nominated by corporate counsel. Amanda has previously been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Euromoney LMG in 2015, an “Up and Coming” lawyer in Illinois by Chambers USA (2009–2011), and a top insurance lawyer in The Legal 500 US in 2011.
Notably, Amanda has helped structure a number of carve-out M&A transactions involving the innovative use of reinsurance to accomplish clients’ objectives. She represents insurance companies and financial institutions in a wide variety of insurance industry matters, including M&A, reinsurance transactions, corporate finance and capital markets, and corporate governance.