Kenneth Pierce is Global Coordinating Leader of Mayer Brown's Insurance Industry Group. He has more than 20 years of experience as an insurance and reinsurance professional, serving the industry as a lawyer and as an investment banker. He has structured numerous complex insurance and reinsurance transactions, with a focus on transactions at the convergence of insurance and the capital markets, including sidecars, cat bonds, insurance-linked securities, co-and modco life reinsurance, transformer and structured insurance and reinsurance products. He is also a licensed broker and producer in New York for life, annuity and variable products, as well as property and casualty insurance products.
Ken’s experience encompasses virtually every type of insurance and reinsurance product and structure, including property and property catastrophe, casualty, life, annuity, variable products, surety, mortgage insurance, financial guaranty and other lines. He has advised clients on legal, regulatory and other issues in the establishment of life, annuity, property and casualty insurers and reinsurers, and he counsels clients on a wide array of insurance and reinsurance regulatory matters, including life settlements, premium finance, and issues at the intersection of derivatives and insurance.
Ken’s experience also includes substantial litigation and arbitration work. He has handled all facets of many complex reinsurance disputes, arbitrations and litigations.
In 2012, Chambers USA notes that Ken “has revolutionized the transactional practice.” Chambers USA 2011 described Ken as "peerless in terms of structuring acumen, given decades of first-hand experience not only as an attorney but also as an investment banker in the insurance industry." According to Chambers USA 2010, "Few people are as tuned in to the reinsurance market as he is." Ken is also recommended in The Legal 500 and included in the Who’s Who Legal of the world’s leading insurance and reinsurance lawyers.
Prior to joining Mayer Brown in 2009, Ken was co-head of Morgan Stanley’s reinsurance solutions practice in the Global Capital Markets Division. In that role, he co-managed a business unit responsible for securitization of insurance risk (e.g., cat bonds and sidecars), structured reinsurance solutions and various other proprietary products in the insurance and reinsurance space, including GICs and annuities. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Ken was an equity partner at two major New York law firms and was also an investment banker with Lehman Brothers. Ken is a frequent speaker in the reinsurance field.