Stephen G. Rooney is Co-leader of Mayer Brown's Global Insurance Industry Group and is based in New York. He practices in the areas of securities offerings, structured finance and mergers and acquisitions. Over the past 25 years, he has represented issuers and underwriters in connection with domestic and international securities offerings of equity, debt and hybrid securities, including registered public offerings and offerings pursuant to Regulation S and Rule 144A. He has extensive experience in negotiating and structuring M&A within the insurance and financial services industries. Stephen also counsels domestic and international clients on corporate governance matters and director fiduciary duties.
Stephen has served as transaction counsel in a variety of insurance-linked and other structured financings, including numerous catastrophe bond offerings; the first securitization of life insurance regulatory reserves; the first securitization of private equity investment portfolios; and the first securitization of insurance policy loans. He has advised on more than 60 insurance‐linked securities offerings and reinsurance side‐car formations in the last five years alone.
Stephen was named a "Dealmaker of the Year" for 2014 by the American Lawyer for his role as transaction counsel in the first-of-its-kind catastrophe bond offering for New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). He has also been recognized as a leading insurance industry transaction lawyer in Chambers USA and Who's Who Legal: Insurance and Reinsurance 2014.