Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced today that Richard B. (Ricky) Spitzer has joined the firm in New York as a partner in the Insurance Finance Group and the Banking & Finance practice. Previously, he was a partner in the corporate finance practice at Dewey & LeBoeuf.

“Ricky is highly regarded for his knowledge of and experience in handling a wide range of corporate finance and capital markets transactions related to the insurance industry,” said Kenneth R. Pierce, co-leader of Mayer Brown’s global Insurance Industry Group. “His deep understanding of structured finance, securities offerings and other corporate finance transactions will be a great asset to clients and further enhances the depth and breadth of Mayer Brown’s global insurance and reinsurance capabilities.”

Mr. Spitzer’s arrival follows that of Stephen Rooney and James Woods, senior insurance industry partners from Dewey & LeBoeuf, who joined Mayer Brown last week. Messrs. Spitzer and Rooney worked together at Dewey & LeBoeuf and will continue to work closely on insurance-related capital markets and M&A transactions in their new roles.

“The strength and reputation of Mayer Brown’s Insurance Industry Group were key factors in my decision to join the firm,” Mr. Spitzer said. “Mayer Brown provides an ideal platform for me to leverage my extensive experience with catastrophe bond offerings, sidecars and other insurance-linked securities to benefit insurance and reinsurance industry clients around the world.”

Mr. Spitzer focuses his practice on capital market and corporate transactions involving the insurance industry. He has represented issuers and underwriters in connection with securities offerings by insurance companies, including offerings of equity, debt and surplus notes. He also counsels insurers on structured finance transactions such as catastrophe bonds, mortality bonds and other risk-linked securities. Mr. Spitzer also has experience related to insurance mergers and acquisitions.

He received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center and earned a BA from The College of William and Mary.