Key Trends in Insurance Industry Investing: What to Watch for in 2015

12 March 2015
Organizer: Debevoise & Plimpton
Location: Debevoise & Plimpton, New York

Debevoise invites you to join our seminar focusing on key developments driving deal making and investment in the insurance industry. Featuring an array of Debevoise attorneys, including former regulators, topics will include emerging cybersecurity issues and their impact on transactions involving FinTech businesses, important developments with respect to financial sponsor investments in the insurance space and transactional opportunities as a result of changing global capital regimes.

Panel 1
Fintech: Emerging Issues to Watch

Panel Participants: Lion, Chu, Pastore, Dinallo

Panel Description: In the wake of the Anthem cyber attack and the New York Department of Financial Services’ Report on Cybersecurity in the Insurance Sector, data privacy and enhanced regulations are at the forefront for insurance industry participants—whether insurance companies, insurance service providers or other FinTech companies—as well as those that invest in the sector. This panel will:

  • Provide an overview of the regulatory landscape at the federal and state level, with a focus on cybersecurity;
  • Discuss licensing and other regulation of new economy businesses;
  • Survey deal activity in the FinTech space; and
  • Analyze key risk allocation issues that should be considered in the context of a FinTech deal.

Panel 2
Financial Sponsor Participation in the Insurance Industry: Trends for 2015

Panel Participants: Potter, James, Cochran, Benger

Panel Description: Private equity and hedge funds as well as other financial sponsors continue to be active players in domestic and cross-border insurance deals. This panel will review deal activity in 2014 and discuss emerging trends for 2015, including:

  • Key trends both in the U.S. and abroad that have the potential to affect deal activity;
  • Increasing variety of financing options for insurance M&A transactions; and
  • Evolving regulatory landscape and key compliance issues.

Panel 3
Changing Legal and Regulatory Landscape and the Effect on International Deal Activity, Particularly in Europe and Bermuda

Panel Participants: Kelly, Schuur, Scoville, Devins

Panel Description: New and emerging capital requirements are likely to drive global deal activity, particularly in Europe and Bermuda. This panel will:

  • Provide an update on Solvency II implementation in Europe as well as other emerging international capital regimes, including IAIS developments;
  • Discuss global deal activity being driven by these changing capital requirements; and
  • Discuss the effect of the changing tax environment, including the expanded US anti-inversion rules and the OECD Basis Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Project.