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John Vasily is a retired partner and a former member and Co-Chair of the firm’s Financial Institutions Group. His practice was dedicated to handling insurance M&A deals, public and private, in the United States and other major markets. Mr. Vasily occupied a unique space in the insurance transactional market, focusing his practice on significant U.S. insurance M&A deals as well as transactions in emerging markets, including Asia, Africa, Latin America, Russia and Europe. Few, if any, lawyers practicing in the insurance space have done as many deals, in as many countries, as Mr. Vasily. Among his recent third-party reviews:

-Classed as “Highly Regarded” by the IFLR1000 (2022) for M&A in the Banking, Financial services, Insurance and Investment management sectors.

-A leading lawyer and a member of the Hall of Fame in The Legal 500 US (2022) for insurance transactional work.

-Ranked by Chambers USA (2023) for Financial Institutions M&A, where he has been described as “a class act,” “extremely knowledgeable, extremely responsive,” and “a superb lawyer with a very good business sense,” who “advises principally on mergers and acquisitions with an international element.”

-Named by Super Lawyers (2018) as a leading M&A attorney.

-Named The American Lawyer’s “Dealmaker of the Year” (2011) for his representation of AIG in its global asset disposition program to repay the United States government.

The Debevoise Insurance Group, which Mr. Vasily co-chaired for 10 years, has received many awards as a leading global insurance practice, including:

-Ranked in Band 1 for Insurance: Transactional & Regulatory by Chambers USA and Chambers Global (2019).

-Chambers US (2016) Award for Excellence in Insurance.

-Law 360 (2016, 2017) Insurance Practice Group of the Year.

-The Legal 500 US (2014, 2015, 2017) Financial Services Team of the Year.

Mr. Vasily has been an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law School since 2002, lecturing on international securities laws. He received a J.D. from Georgetown in 1982 and a B.S. from Villanova University in 1979. Mr. Vasily serves on the Board of Visitors of the Georgetown University Law Center and on the Advisory Board for the Law Center’s Corporate Counsel Institute. He is a recent recipient of the Law Center’s Paul R. Dean award, awarded to distinguished alumni.


  • Georgetown University Law Center, 1982, J.D.
  • Villanova University, 1979, B.S.

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  • New York