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For over a decade, Eric Jesse has advised corporate policyholders on an array of insurance issues in mergers and acquisitions, claim disputes with insurers, and the placement and renewal of insurance programs. In particular, Eric has deep experience with several niche specialty policies: representations and warranties (R&W) insurance, directors and officers (D&O) policies, and cyber insurance.
Eric is an R&W insurance specialist, and he brings his expertise to private equity and strategic buyers’ deals. He advises buyers on the selection of an R&W insurer – because they are not all created equal – and on the nuanced intersections between R&W policies and purchase agreements. Then, Eric negotiates R&W policy terms and conditions, narrows or eliminates deal-specific exclusions, and ensures a smooth underwriting process so that R&W insurance is a step ahead of the deal timeline.
Eric also counsels policyholders on their D&O and cyber insurance programs. When clients need to understand or enhance their coverage, Eric reads their insurance policies from “cover to cover.” Because of his deep awareness of the market and caselaw developments, Eric can guide clients to the policy enhancements that can pay dividends when a claim is presented.
When his policyholder-clients have encountered – as they inevitably do – insurers that refuse to pay claims, Eric has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance proceeds on their behalf. Eric has resolved claims under a host of policies, ranging from R&W policies to D&O policies to cyber policies, and he has defeated the assortment of coverage defenses that insurers have presented. To get insurers to pay, Eric focuses on the strategic issues and actions necessary to win, while working to avoid the distractions that can pervade claim disputes.
Eric has also handled multiple pro bono matters through the Lowenstein Center for the Public Interest. Eric is proud to have helped six unaccompanied immigrant minors – who faced abuse and violence in their home countries – obtain permanent residency in the United States.