Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP announced today that it has added two U.S. lawyers to its London office. Charles A. Cowan and Kristi M. Garrett join Andrea T. Best, who heads the office and was named a partner earlier this year. All three are part of the Corporate and Securities Practice Group and support the Insurance Transactional and Regulatory practice.
Cowan joins the firm as counsel and brings more than 15 years of diverse experience serving the property casualty insurance industry in the United States and in the U.K. His experience uniquely qualifies him to service international insurance and other risk transfer businesses in connection with their U.S. interests.
He was most recently the Manager of Investigations at Lloyd’s of London where he handled U.S. investigations and regulatory compliance, financial crime matters and trade sanctions compliance. Cowan also worked closely with Lloyd’s Performance Board to evaluate “emerging risks” including cyber-liability, virtual currency startups, marijuana businesses and others.
Cowan began his insurance industry career in the United States after having taught international economic and business law in Kyushu University’s renowned LL.M. program for three years. He first moved to the U.K. in 2004 when he began managing a wide range of direct and reinsurance claims at Resolute. Cowan is a graduate of Baylor University and of Harvard Law School. He is a member of the Texas bar.
John Mulhern, partner in the firm’s Insurance Regulatory and Transactions Team and the Lloyd’s relationship partner, said, “We have worked closely with Charlie for several years. His market knowledge is incredibly broad and his legal skills are first rate. We are fortunate that he chose to join our team and are confident our clients and friends will share our enthusiasm.”
Andrea Best added, “I am personally pleased that Charlie will add his varied capabilities to our London office. With his arrival, we can now advise London-based clients that write U.S. business on a wider range of issues in real time.”
Kristi Garrett joins the firm after successful stints at law firms in New York City and London and has previously worked with several of the firm’s NYC-based lawyers. She provides extensive experience as a litigator having played key roles in several internal investigations. She will support Andrea Best and Charlie Cowan in the London office.
Garrett is a graduate of Northwestern University and of Brooklyn Law School. She is a member of the New York bar.
Effective February 1, 2015, Drinker Biddle’s London office is now known as Drinker Biddle & Reath (U.K.) LLP, which is established under United States law. The firm’s lawyers are limited to advising clients on U.S. law, and not admitted to practice as solicitors in the U.K.