30 April 2012
Clifford Chance adds partner Gary Boss to its US Insurance Practice
Leading international law firm Clifford Chance today announced that Gary Boss has joined the firm in New York as a mergers and acquisitions partner specializing in insurance industry transactions.
Mr. Boss has extensive experience advising on all types of domestic and cross-border M&A, with a primary focus representing insurers and private equity companies. During the last three years, he led more than 20 transactions in the insurance and reinsurance sector, having advised a roster of insurance clients that includes AEGON, AETNA, FNF, Hanover Re, Liberty Mutual, MetLife, Munich Re, RenaissanceRe, SCOR, Sun Life and Transamerica, and private equity and hedge fund clients that include Bain, Blackstone, Cerberus, Corinthian, HBK, Soros, Thomas H. Lee and TPG.
"We're delighted to welcome Gary to our team," said Paul Meyer, who heads Clifford Chance's highly-rated US Insurance Transaction and Regulatory group. "He's an exceptional lawyer who is well respected across the insurance sector. His collegial approach and strong client focus make him an excellent fit for our firm, both in the US and across our network."
Clifford Chance's global insurance practice is rated Tier One by Chambers Global, one of the leading independent guides to the legal profession. Katherine Coates, who heads the firm's global Insurance practice in London: "Gary brings us tremendous expertise and a strong track record of successfully executing highly complex transactions. His experience advising insurance and private equity clients is a welcome addition to our firm's strong corporate lineup. We couldn't be happier that he decided to join us."
Mr. Boss has nearly a decade of experience leading many of the more innovative and complex reinsurance and insurance M&A transactions completed in the sector. His M&A experience encompasses nearly all types of insurance risk transfer, ranging from traditional public company and private company M&A transactions, to transactions involving the sale of closed and open blocks of insurance through indemnity reinsurance transactions, to highly structured synthetic risk transfer arrangements. He regularly advises clients on legal, regulatory and other issues related to the formation and operation of life, annuity and property and casualty insurers and reinsurers. He also has substantial capital markets expertise, having worked on public company spinoffs, primary and secondary equity offerings, IPOs, tender offers, private placements, 144A offerings and various life insurance securitization structures. In addition, Mr. Boss has worked in insurance sector startups and insurance rehabilitation matters. In terms of products, his experience encompasses nearly all types of products and lines, including life, property and casualty, financial guarantee, mortgage insurance, surety, annuity and surplus lines, as well as business written through Lloyd's syndicates.
"Clifford Chance is the preeminent global law firm in the insurance sector with an unrivaled depth and commitment to the practice. I anticipate having many opportunities to expand the most challenging and interesting aspects of my practice," said Mr. Boss. "On a personal note, I am honored to join the firm. The caliber and integrity of the firm's lawyers is exceptional. I welcome the opportunity to be affiliated with a firm that has a culture centered on building excellence and fostering broad-based cooperation to better fulfill client needs."
Mr. Boss received his J.D. in 1996 from Yale Law School, where he was a John M. Olin Fellow. He earned his M.B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1993, and his B.A. in Economics in 1989 from Brigham Young University, where he was a Kimball Scholar.