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Clyde & Co hires market leader in New York

  • Press Releases 8 March 2011 8 March 2011

Clyde & Co, a world leader in advising the insurance and reinsurance market, announced today that Paul Koepff, a market-leading expert in insurance and reinsurance litigation with more than 30 years of experience in some of the most high profile cases in the industry, will join the firm in their New York office in March.

The firm launched its U.S. practice in 2006 to focus specifically on insurance and now has offices in New York, New Jersey and San Francisco.

With 70 partners worldwide working solely on insurance-related matters, the firm has a deep understanding of the industry and an ability to advise on all types of claims, corporate transactions, and regulatory issues.

“Clyde & Co’s U.S. insurance practice and team of experts has grown significantly since its establishment five years ago,” said Michael Knoerzer, partner in Clyde & Co’s New York office. “To be joined by a lawyer of Paul’s stature and expertise is a great compliment to the practice and the strategy that we are pursuing.”

“We are very clear about what we are building. We are insurance specialists through and through. This focus is a real benefit for clients in the breadth and depth of expertise it delivers,” Mr. Knoerzer continued. “Our firm represents some of the largest and most respected companies in the insurance and reinsurance industry in cases that are cross-border, high profile and complex – achieving rapid and cost-effective outcomes. The experience of our team, combined with our international reach, is a very powerful value proposition for clients.

“Paul’s reputation is second to none. He brings with him a tremendous practice that will both add to and complement our existing U.S. capabilities, and his arrival signifies our growing presence in the U.S. insurance market.”

Paul Koepff added, “I am very pleased to be joining a firm whose roots are so firmly planted in the insurance and reinsurance market. I have worked with, and against, lawyers from Clyde & Co for many years and have the utmost respect for their values and expertise. With increasing depth of service in both established and emerging markets, I believe this will make for first-class service for our clients.”

Previously Paul was a partner in O’Melveny & Myer’s New York office and chair of the firm's Insurance and Reinsurance practice. He has been counsel of record in some of the most significant and far-reaching insurance coverage and reinsurance disputes.

He has served as lead counsel in numerous appellate decisions, including ones: rejecting joint and several liability and adopting allocation; adopting a broad and fair reading of pollution exclusions; the proper interpretation of various kinds of liability policies (general liability, professional liability etc), and other significant coverage issues.

Additionally, Paul is a contributing author to the multi-volume Matthew Bender Treatise on New York Insurance Law, the multi-volume treatise Appleman’s Insurance Law, the multi-volume treatise Law and Practice of Insurance Coverage Litigation and the recently published book entitled Inside the Minds: The Insurance Business.

He is recognized by various publications, including Chambers USA and Legal 500 USA, as one of the nation's leading insurance lawyers. He is a member of ARIAS-US, the Claims Litigation Management Group, the Federation of Insurance & Corporate Counsel and the American Bar Association Tort and Insurance Practice Section.