Willkie Continues Global Insurance Practice Expansion With Addition of Partner David Luce in New York

New York, NY (January 26, 2022) --- Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP today announced the addition of partner David Luce, who has joined the Firm’s Insurance Transactional and Regulatory Practice in New York.

Today’s announcement is the latest development in Willkie’s ongoing expansion of its preeminent global insurance practice, which has included welcoming partners Melanie James and Tim Baumgartner in London earlier this month, as well as adding partner PK Paran and counsel Gabriel Gershowitz in New York (October 2021), and partners Kara Baysinger, Stephanie Duchene, Matthew Gaul and David Heales in California and New York (April 2021).

“Over the years we have worked with David on some of the insurance industry’s most significant M&A, alternative risk transfer and financing transactions,” said John Schwolsky Co-Chair of the Firm’s Insurance Transactional and Regulatory Practice Group. “We have the highest respect for David and his practice and are delighted to have him join us.”

David is a nationally recognized insurance lawyer with over 20 years of experience in complex insurance related transactions, regulatory matters and litigation. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, insurtech and venture capital financings, reinsurance, securities offerings, variable annuity hedging, sidecars, catastrophe bonds, transformer trades, insurance and weather-linked derivatives, longevity and mortality swaps and pension solutions. He also advises insurance companies on strategic venture investments, as well as insurtech emerging growth companies and start-ups.

David commented: “Willkie’s best-in-class insurance practice and growing tech-focused capabilities are an ideal complement to my current work, and present a terrific opportunity to expand my practice. I look forward to working with the talented team at Willkie to further enhance our services to clients.”

Willkie’s Insurance Transactional and Regulatory Practice is described as the “preeminent transactional practice” with “standout experience,” in Chambers USA (2021) and “commercially pragmatic” with “depth of knowledge and efficiency” in Chambers UK (2021). The group represents insurance companies, reinsurers, insurance intermediaries, insurtechs, investment banks, private equity sponsors and other financial institutions in M&A, capital markets, ILS and regulatory matters in the United States, London, Europe, Asia and Bermuda. Our multidisciplinary team, ranked Band 1 by Chambers USA 2021, Legal 500 US 2021 and Legal 500 UK 2022, comprises over 40 partners and is among the largest in both the United States and in London.

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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is an international law firm of approximately 1,000 attorneys with offices in Brussels, Chicago, Frankfurt, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Milan, New York, Palo Alto, Paris, Rome, San Francisco and Washington. The Firm is headquartered in New York City at 787 Seventh Avenue.

Willkie Adds Leading Music and Entertainment Partner Sid Fohrman in Los Angeles

New York, NY (January 24, 2022) --- Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP today announced the addition of Sid Fohrman, who has joined as a partner in the Firm’s Los Angeles office. A prominent transactional attorney in the music and entertainment industry, Sid joins Willkie’s Corporate & Financial Services Department. He was previously a partner at Sheppard Mullin, where he was Leader of the firm’s Music Industry Team and Esports & Games Industry Team.

“Sid is among an elite group of leading deal lawyers for music and entertainment transactions, and we are thrilled he is joining our growing team at Willkie,” said Los Angeles-based partner Alan Epstein, who co-led the launch of the Los Angeles office. “Our LA team has expanded to approximately 50 lawyers since September, across core practice areas including corporate and M&A, asset management, private wealth, estates and trusts, litigation, and tax. We look forward to accelerating our growth across these areas on the West Coast this year.”

A nationally-recognized top music lawyer and thought leader at the convergence of technology and entertainment, Sid has a diverse client base that includes public and private companies and entrepreneurs across the entertainment industry, including, music, social and interactive media, connected fitness, sports, technology and location based entertainment. He represents some of the world’s largest music, technology and media companies on complex entertainment, corporate and commercial transactions, including, social media platforms, digital service providers, podcasting companies, music labels and publishers, and metaverse (including, AR/VR) companies.

Sid also advises on new media business models and joint ventures, and handles content and licensing deals related to technology and new media exploitation; major endorsement and sponsorship deals; publishing, licensing and other copyright and trademark transactions; and production, labor, trade and venue matters for live events.

Sid commented: “Willkie’s best-in-class corporate and technology practices, deep bench of top talent and fast-growing West Coast presence provide a unique opportunity to expand my practice and build something truly special. I look forward to working with the exceptional attorneys at Willkie to further enhance our capabilities and value to our clients.”

Sid’s arrival follows the addition of asset management partner David Hong, who joined Willkie’s Los Angeles office earlier this month. In September 2021, Willkie launched its Los Angeles office, which now includes approximately 50 attorneys in the areas of corporate and M&A transactions, private wealth, estates and trusts, asset management, litigation, and tax.

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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is an international law firm of approximately 1,000 attorneys with offices in Brussels, Chicago, Frankfurt, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Milan, New York, Palo Alto, Paris, Rome, San Francisco and Washington. The Firm is headquartered in New York City at 787 Seventh Avenue. Tel: 212.728.8000.

Willkie Scores 100 Percent on Human Rights Campaign’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index

Willkie earned a 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index, the nation’s leading survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality.

Willkie has again been recognized among the employers that earned a perfect score in the report, highlighting its commitment to equality and inclusion and the Firm’s longstanding effort “to establish and implement comprehensive policies, benefits and practices that ensure greater equity for LGBTQ+ workers and their families.”

The annual benchmarking report, now in it is 20th year, rates employers on detailed criteria in four central areas: non-discrimination policies across business entities; equitable benefits for LGBTQ+ workers and their families; support of an inclusive culture; and corporate social responsibility.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people.

To view the full CEI report, please click here.