Thomas M. Dawson* represents U.S. and non-U.S. insurers on regulatory, licensing and corporate matters. He is co-chair of the firm's Insurance Regulatory and Transactional Team within the Corporate and Securities Practice Group.
Tom advises industry participants on a wide variety of regulatory and transactional matters, including cybersecurity compliance, insurtech ventures and Holding Company Act filings. He has assisted clients form, acquire and invest in U.S. insurers, reinsurers and intermediaries. He counsels non-insurers on advertising, licensing and marketing generally, and provides regulatory compliance advice to service contract issuers and other specialty product providers.
Tom has guided non-U.S. re/insurers in the London market, Europe, Bermuda and in Asia for more than 25 years, helping them obtain and maintain surplus lines and reinsurer approvals as well as monitoring state and federal legislation.
*Tom’s practice is limited to advising clients on U.S. law, and he is not admitted to practice as a solicitor in England and Wales.
Tom has advised numerous U.S. and non-U.S. insurance clients on regulatory, licensing and corporate matters over the course of his career. Among his recent representative matters:
- Forming and licensing of a new U.S. Branch of a non-U.S. reinsurer, including passage of state legislation permitting the venture.
- Obtaining NYDFS approval for a venture fund’s investments in two insurers, each in excess of 10%.
- Obtaining approval for multiple investment funds to file disclaimers of control following a debt-for-equity swap in which each fund acquired more than 10% of the equity of a regulated insurer.
- Advising many of the non-U.S. reinsurers that have obtained approval for (i) multiple beneficiary reinsurance trusts or (ii) “certified reinsurer” status.
- Advising numerous issuers of vehicle, watercraft, cell phone and consumer electronics service contracts on regulatory compliance and corporate structuring matters.
- Advising many of the non-U.S. surplus lines insurers that are NAIC/IID-listed.
- Heading the team that provides state and federal legislation, regulatory and insurance tax advice to the International Underwriting Association of London (IUA), the leading trade association for international re/insurers.
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Thomas Dawson of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP is renowned for his deep knowledge and experience in the regulatory and transactional insurance industry, in both domestic and international matters. A source reports: ‘You can really rely on him for practical and legal expertise of the highest end. He knows how to get business projects done and is a real partner in the decision-making and planning process.’
– CHAMBERS USA (2018)
Thomas Dawson offers ‘an incredible amount of experience and can give perceptive insight into the insurance market,’ according to impressed sources. He frequently advises US-based and foreign insurers on a range of regulatory issues and transactions.
– CHAMBERS USA (2017)
Tom is 'an advocate for our business, he has very strong relationships with regulators, has been around a long time and has a historical perspective on the business.'
– CHAMBERS USA (2016)
- New York
- London School of Economics and Political Science, LL.M.
- St. John's University School of Law, J.D.
- Colgate University, A.B.