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Lawrence Hamilton

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Mayer Brown

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Corporate & Securities; Banking & Finance; Insurance Regulatory


Larry Hamilton is a partner in Mayer Brown's Corporate & Securities practice and Insurance Industry Group in Chicago. He focuses his practice on mergers, acquisitions and regulatory compliance of insurance companies and investment companies, both in the United States and in offshore markets. In addition, he regularly advises clients in connection with reserve financings, insurance-linked securities, pension de-risking transactions and public and private offerings of equity, fixed-income and hybrid securities. He also advises insurance companies and insurance agencies on regulatory issues associated with e-commerce, cybersecurity and business process outsourcing, and is a member of Mayer Brown’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice. Larry has a 50-state insurance regulatory practice and has extensive experience negotiating directly with insurance regulators, helping clients overcome regulatory obstacles and gain approval for their proposed forms of business arrangements. Larry is also part of Mayer Brown’s Insurance and Capital Markets Convergence subgroup, which uses the combined talents of the firm’s insurance and structured finance practitioners to ensure that transactions take into account the customs and expectations of both markets. He regularly advises US and European financial institutions on the insurance regulatory issues associated with complex capital market and derivative structures, including techniques such as credit derivatives, “transformer” vehicles, synthetic CDO bonds, collateral trusts and special purpose reinsurance companies. Larry is ranked in Chambers USA (Illinois – Insurance: Transactional & Regulatory), which has described him as “great with the regulator and a very effective and good advocate for his client's cause.” He is also ranked for Insurance – Non-contentious in the Legal 500 and has also been listed in Illinois Super Lawyers for mergers and acquisitions since 2010. Larry joined Mayer Brown in 1996.


Harvard University, BA, 1977 summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa; University of Chicago, JD, 1996 with Honors; Order of the Coif.

United States: Industry focus

Insurance: non-contentious

Within: Insurance: non-contentious

The 'knowledgeable, responsive and experienced' team at Mayer Brown 'gives great advice to clients', which include insurers and reinsurers, financial institutions and insurance brokers, as well as private equity firms and investment funds. The practice covers M&A, corporate finance, structured reinsurance and pension risk transfer transactions, as well as capital markets offerings, regulatory advice, investments and company formations. In a recent highlight, New York partner Stephen Rooney assisted The Hartford Financial Services Group with the $2.1bn acquisition of The Navigators Group, while David Alberts advised Premia Holdings on its purchase of Alan Gray from Vanbridge. 'Sound regulatory advisor' Lawrence Hamilton in Chicago represented Everest Re in the negotiation of a strategic collaboration agreement with Hudson Structured Capital Management regarding opportunities in the insurtech sector. The team received a major boost in early 2019 with the addition of three partners from Dentons - Kara Baysinger in San Francisco, Stephanie Duchene in Los Angeles and Matthew Gaul in New York.

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