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Nicholas Potter is a corporate partner, Co-Chair of the firm’s Financial Institutions Group and a member of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets Groups. He also served as the Co-Chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee from 2001-2012. Mr. Potter’s practice focuses on corporate transactions in the insurance industry; he advises insurers and reinsurers, private equity firms, investment banks, and other industry participants on public and private mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, corporate governance, regulatory issues, and capital markets transactions and financings including life insurance “embedded value” and excess reserve financings.
Mr. Potter is ranked in the top tier for the Insurance: Transactional and Regulatory category by Chambers USA (2012-2014), which notes that he is an “outstanding lawyer,” and “deserves the utmost respect for his tremendous integrity.” Chambers USA (2008-2009) describes him as a leading insurance transactional and regulatory lawyer with “top-notch negotiation skills” and “the ultimate professional – a hard-working, dedicated lawyer who knows insurance, M&A and corporate law like the back of his hand. It’s a formidable package of skills.” Mr. Potter is also recognized by The Legal 500 US (2012-2014), which notes that he is the “authority on insurance M&A and provides instant credibility when he enters the room,” and by IFLR1000 (2014) as a leader in M&A. He was also named “Dealmaker of the Week” by The Am Law Daily (2012) for his leading role in advising both Canadian insurance company Sun Life Financial and specialty insurer Markel Corporation in two separate transactions that were announced just days apart.
Mr. Potter received his A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1985 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1988. He is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the American Bar Association and regularly writes and speaks on insurance industry M&A and finance topics. Mr. Potter serves on the Board of Directors of Poets House, Inc. and Search and Care, Inc.
Harvard Law School, 1988, J.D.
Harvard University, 1985, A.B.