Article October 28, 2021
Key Takeaways From The NAIC Summer National Meeting

 Click here to download full version Authors Stephanie Duchene | Kara Baysinger At the 2021 summer national meeting of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, or NAIC, held from August 14-17 in a hybrid format, with attendees participating virtually or in person in Columbus, Ohio, insurance regulators continued to tackle several significant issues affecting the insurance industry. Florida Insurance Commissioner and NAIC President David Altmaier opened by identifying the NAIC's...

Client Alert August 4, 2021
Preview: 2021 NAIC Summer National Meeting

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (the “NAIC”) will hold its 2021 Summer National Meeting (the “Summer National Meeting”) from August 14-17, 2021. The Summer National Meeting will be a hybrid format, taking place in Columbus, Ohio, and also streamed virtually. Click here for a preview of some of the key topics that Willkie attorneys will be following at the upcoming Summer National Meeting.

Article July 22, 2021
Acquisition of Control of U.S. Insurance Companies

Click here to download full version Authors Stephanie Duchene | David Heales | Allison J. Tam Acquisitions of U.S. insurance companies entail working through the insurance industry’s unique complexities. In the United States, insurance company acquisitions present regulatory and execution intricacies. Insurance companies can be acquired via a stock acquisition or the business of insurance companies can be acquired through asset sales, bulk reinsurance transactions, assumption and novation, and renewal...

Article July 22, 2021
Key General Principles for Insurance Advertising

Click here to download full version Authors Stephanie Duchene | David Heales Insurance is a heavily regulated industry and advertising insurance products attracts greater scrutiny than most other financial products. “Advertising”, for the purposes of insurance regulation, is typically defined (or otherwise interpreted by regulators) very broadly. Below are a set of “best practice” key general principles for all participants in the insurance industry – e.g. whether insurance producers, program...

Client Alert July 1, 2021
Colorado Adopts Insurance Company Division Law

In recent years, several U.S. states have enacted insurance business transfer legislation or promulgated regulations allowing an insurer to transfer its business, or a book of business, to another entity without the need for individual policyholder consent. Separately, a few other U.S. states have taken a step in the direction of corporate reorganization by allowing an insurer to divide into separate companies. We have previously reported on such legislation and...

Client Alert May 6, 2021
New York Insurance Regulation 187 Overturned by the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court

In a stunning reversal of efforts by the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) to impose a “best interest” standard on all life insurance sales, the Appellate Division struck down recent revisions to New York Insurance Regulation 187 – Suitability in Annuity Transactions (“Revised NY Regulation 187”) as unconstitutionally vague. Insurers and producers who have been struggling with the complexities of complying with inconsistent new sales practice standards...

Client Alert April 28, 2021
NAIC Report: 2021 Spring National Meeting

The 2021 Spring National Meeting of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (the “Spring National Meeting”) was held from April 7-9 and 12-14, 2021. The Spring National Meeting marked the NAIC’s fourth national meeting held in a virtual format. In his inaugural National Meeting as NAIC President, Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier opened the Spring National Meeting by reflecting on the past 150 years of accomplishments of the NAIC, discussing...

Publication January 15, 2021
2020 Insurance Industry Review

Corporate and Risk Transactions, Regulation and Tax Developments January 15, 2021 To Our Clients and Friends: As lawyers we are trained to anticipate the worst-case and to always have a Plan B. This has served us well for the decades we have been advisors to the insurance industry during which we and our clients have experienced financial market dislocations and recessions, armed conflicts, natural catastrophes and terror events. But never...

News January 15, 2021
Porch Group Announces Acquisition of Homeowners of America and Expansion Into InsurTech

Willkie represented HOA in the transaction. Porch Group, Inc. (Porch) and Homeowners of America (HOA) have executed a definitive merger agreement for Porch to acquire HOA and all related subsidiaries. HOA is a Managing General Agent (MGA) and insurance carrier hybrid with high margins and a capital efficient reinsurance strategy which limits retained risk. HOA operates in six states, including Texas, Arizona, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia. The...

News December 15, 2020
Truist Insurance Acquires Insurtech Company Wellington

Willkie represented Truist in the transaction. On December 7, Truist Insurance Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of Truist Financial Corporation, announced the acquisition of Wellington Risk Holdings, Inc., an industry-leading Insurtech that operates as a managing general agent (MGA) in the admitted residential property markets, with a strong presence in Texas. Wellington has developed a virtual marketplace offering that includes an easy-to-use agent portal and unique pricing flexibility, resulting in competitive...

Article August 19, 2020
Insurtech IPO Success Highlights Shifting Investor Priorities

The last six months have been marked by profound changes in how we live and interact with one another. The COVID-19 pandemic has cast a spotlight on societal inequities and racial injustice and reinvigorated dialogue around sustainability and environmental reform. Click here to read more from Law360.