Jeff S. Liebmann

USA: New York

Sidley Austin LLP
787 Seventh Avenue
New York
NY 10019

Tel: +1.212.839.6775
Fax: +1.212.839.5599


Jeff S. Liebmann is a partner in the New York office. He has for over thirty years practiced exclusively in the insurance, corporate, restructuring and insolvency areas. He has represented insurance companies (property-casualty and life; stock and mutual), insurance holding companies, investment banks, financial advisers, commercial banks, private equity funds, financial guarantors, insurance agencies and brokers, credit card companies, insurance markets, insurance regulators, guaranty associations, insurance company receivers and creditor committees in a broad array of insurance matters.

These matters include traditional insurance company mergers and acquisitions, non-traditional insurance mergers and acquisitions (involving features such as complex reinsurance structures, reinsurance pooling and depooling, sales out of rehabilitation, mutual holding companies, mutual/mutual mergers, policyholder dividend issues, hostile offers, affiliate transactions and reserve guarantees), sales and purchases of insurance blocks of business and divisions (generally via reinsurance or renewal rights), traditional capital market financings, closed block securitizations, triple-x securitizations (for insurers, financial guarantors and initial purchasers), embedded value securitizations, contingent capital transactions, demutualizations, mutual holding company conversions, surplus note transactions, reinsurance side-cars, reinsurance treaties and contracts of all types, agency captive programs, international reinsurance pooling, insurance insolvency matters (including rehabilitation and liquidation plan design for receivers; counseling creditors, affiliates and guarantee funds).

Mr. Liebmann has been recognized by clients and fellow lawyers as a “Leading Lawyer” nationally (rank one) and in New York (rank one) in the field of insurance (transactional & regulatory) by Chambers USA-America’s Leading Business Lawyers (2003 – 2013), in the PLC Cross-border Insurance and Reinsurance Handbook (2010 – 2012), in The Legal 500 U.S. (2011 – 2013), in The International Who’s Who of Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers (2010-2012), ) and in The Best Lawyers in America (2006-2014). He was also selected for inclusion in 2011 New York Super Lawyers and was named the Best Lawyers’ 2012 New York City Insurance Law Lawyer of the Year.

Sidley is one of only a few global law firms to have a substantial, multidisciplinary practice group devoted to the insurance and financial services industry. We have more than 35 years of experience and an expanding team of more than 85 lawyers dedicated primarily to providing transactional and regulatory advice to the insurance industry and financial institutions that transact with insurance companies. In addition, as part of a global law firm, we can call upon the resources of experienced lawyers from our many offices around the world in a variety of other practice groups, including Securities, Global Finance, Tax, Financial Institutions Regulatory, Healthcare, Complex Commercial Litigation and Employee Benefits.

Our Insurance practice offers extensive experience in a wide range of domestic and international insurance and reinsurance transactions, as well as related regulatory matters. Our experience includes the handling of traditional corporate and financing transactions for the insurance industry, such as mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, corporate reorganizations (including demutualizations and mutual holding company conversions), formation and capitalization of new insurance companies, public and private debt and equity financings and complex insurance company investment transactions. In addition, our lawyers have been at the forefront in structuring and handling many of the most novel and innovative transactions being conducted in the industry today, such as redundant life reserve (XXX and AXXX) and embedded value securitizations; catastrophe and catastrophic mortality-linked bonds and derivatives, sidecars and other forms of risk securitization/finance; and the securitization of various insurance products, including funding agreements and life and annuity contracts.

Our clients include many of the world’s largest life, health, property & casualty, mortgage and financial guarantee insurance and reinsurance companies, insurance brokers, commercial banks, investment banking firms, investment advisors, private equity firms, hedge funds and regulatory agencies.

Sidley provides a broad range of legal services to meet the needs of our diverse client base. The strategic establishment of our offices in the key corporate and financial centers of the world has enabled us to represent a broad range of clients that includes multinational and domestic corporations, banks, funds and financial institutions.

Sidley has a broad transactional practice. Major practice disciplines include corporate and securities, mergers and acquisitions, securitization, intellectual property, funds and other pooled investments, bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, bank and commercial lending, public finance, real estate, project finance, tax and employee benefits, as well as trusts and estates.

We offer clients extensive litigation experience in trial, appellate and arbitration matters spanning virtually every area of substantive law. Main practice areas include general and commercial litigation, regulatory and financial litigation, antitrust, white collar criminal defense, environmental, life sciences, patent and other intellectual property litigation, product liability and mass tort litigation, international commercial arbitration and dispute resolution, and international trade law.

Sidley’s regulatory practice in Washington, D.C., Brussels and elsewhere provides communications, energy, environmental, food, drug and device, healthcare, insurance, financial institutions and securities regulatory services to our clients in virtually every major industry, especially those industries that have been strictly regulated worldwide, such as the life sciences, energy, telecommunications and financial industries.

We are one of only a few US law firms with a continuous presence in Asia for the past 30 years. During that time, we have earned a reputation among our clients and industry publications as a leading law firm in the Asia Pacific region.

Jeff Liebmann is an established national leader in transactional and regulatory insurance matters. Commentators enthuse: “He is the complete package – able to provide incredible legal services with a keen business sense and the ability to understand how the client makes their money.”
Chambers USA, 2015