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 is also a member of the firm’s Management Committee.
Mr. Potter’s practice focuses on corporate transactions in the insurance industry; advising insurers and reinsurers, private equity firms, investment banks and other industry participants on public and private mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, corporate governance, regulatory issues, capital markets transactions and financings.
Mr. Potter is ranked in the top tier for Insurance: Transactional and Regulatory by Chambers USA (2023), where he is described as “one of the best insurance M&A partners in the industry” and “an extraordinary partner and adviser.” The guide also notes that he is a leading lawyer for Financial Services Regulation: Financial Institutions M&A. In previous editions of the guide, he is said to be a “thought leader,” a “very steady hand and a real specialist in insurance,” and “a very commercially minded, smart and thoughtful insurance lawyer.” One source says that he is “exceptional” and that he “gets the issues quickly, offers good, thoughtful advice and is very experienced,” going on to add, “when you hear a suggestion from him you can rely on it.” He is named a Leading Lawyer for Insurance: Non-Contentious by The Legal 500 US (2023) and is a member of its “Hall of Fame.” Mr. Potter is cited in The Legal 500 as an “authority on insurance M&A” who “provides instant credibility when he enters the room.” He is also listed as a leading lawyer for M&A in the IFLR1000 (2022). Mr. Potter was recognized as a New York Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America (2017). He was 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’s recent articles include “The Legal 500: Insurance & Reinsurance Country Comparative Guide,” The In-House Lawyer (April, 2017); “Developments At The NAIC Spring Meeting,” Parts 1–3, Law360 (April, 2016); “Financial Buyer Participation In the Insurance Industry: An Update for 2015,” FC&S Legal (July, 2015); “NAIC 2015 Spring National Meeting,” Insurance Coverage Law Report (May/June, 2015); and “Up To 49 Percent Foreign Ownership Of Indian Insurers Is Now Law,” FC&S Legal (May, 2015).
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 as President of the Board of Directors of Poets House, Inc. He also served as the Co-Chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee from 2001–2012.
《美国钱伯斯》（2022年）将Potter律师评为“保险：交易和监管”类别的顶尖律师，称其为“业内最佳保险并购合伙人之一”和“非凡的合伙人和顾问”。该指南还提到Potter律师是“金融服务监管：金融机构并购”领域的杰出律师。该指南在往期版本中称Potter律师“思想领袖”， “稳重果断，是一位真正的保险专家”，是“一名具备强烈商业意识，聪明、细心的保险律师。”有消息来源称Potter律师“出类拔萃”，他“总是迅速明确症结所在，提供恰当而周全的建议，经验丰富，”而且“你尽可以信赖他所给出的建议”。Potter律师被《美国法律500强》（2022年）评为“保险：非诉讼”领域的杰出律师，并入选其“名人堂”榜单。他被《法律500强》称为“保险业并购的权威”，“他迈入房间的那一刻即带来可信度”。《国际金融法律评论1000》（2022年）亦将他列为并购领域的杰出律师。《美国最佳律师》（2017年）称Potter律师为“年度纽约最佳律师”。他因领导了为加拿大保险公司永明金融（Sun Life Financial）和专业保险公司Markel的两项交易提供法律服务（这两项交易的宣布仅相隔数日）而被《美国律师日报（2012年）》评选为“本周交易人物”。
Potter律师近期的著作包括“The Legal 500: Insurance & Reinsurance Country Comparative Guide,” The In-House Lawyer (April, 2017); “Developments at the NAIC Spring Meeting”第1-3部分，Law 360（2016年4月）；“Financial Buyer Participation In the Insurance Industry: An Update for 2015” FC&S Legal（2015年7月）；“NAIC 2015 Spring National Meeting,” Insurance Coverage Law Report（2015年5月/6月）；以及“Up to 49 Percent Foreign Ownership of Indian Insurers Is Now Law” FC&S Legal（2015年5月）。
Potter律师1985年从哈佛大学获得文学学士（最高荣誉）学位，1988年从哈佛法学院获得法学博士学位。他是纽约市律师协会和美国律师协会的会员，并经常就保险业的并购和融资发表文章和演讲。Potter律师是Poets House, Inc.的董事会主席。2001年至2012年间，他担任本所公益委员会联合主席。