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Thomas Morante Joins Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck As Partner and Chair of Newly Formed ‘Insurance Regulatory and Transactional Practice’ in Ft. Lauderdale Office

Posted Jan 2, 2019

(January 8, 2019, Ft. Lauderdale, FL) — Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP (KDV), a leading national law firm, today announced that Thomas F. Morante has joined the firm as a partner and chair of the firm’s new Insurance Regulatory and Transactional Practice in its Ft. Lauderdale, Florida office. Morante has more than three decades of experience assisting financial services and insurance clients, handling state, federal and foreign regulatory and transactional matters in an increasingly complex regulatory and technology-driven environment worldwide. Joining with Morante is consultant Yani R. Contreras who will be affiliated with the firm’s Ft. Lauderdale office.

Prior to joining KDV, Morante was a partner at Holland & Knight in Ft. Lauderdale and co-chair of their insurance industry practice. Contreras, an attorney licensed in Mexico, was a consultant in Holland & Knight’s insurance industry practice.

Morante represents insurance and reinsurance companies, captive insurers, insurance wholesalers, insurance agents/brokers, financial institutions, and funds and fund managers. He handles federal, state and foreign insurance regulatory and transactional matters with respect to life and annuities, health, property and casualty, extended warranty, representations and warranties, CGL, title, travel, environmental, cyber risk, D&O, crop, and political risk insurance.

“With Tom joining the firm, KDV is taking a pivotal step in our hallmark insurance practice to broaden both the services we provide to our clients and the geographic scope of our work,” said Ivan J. Dolowich, co-managing partner of KDV and co-chair of the Insurance Coverage & Litigation practice. “Tom built a premier insurance regulatory and transactional practice. He will significantly enhance KDV’s global insurance practice and further help us expand our global regulatory work in Bermuda and Latin America as our clients address their growing global compliance challenges.”

Morante’s representative matters include domestic and foreign insurance company formation and authorization, U.S. and cross-border M&A, captive insurance company formation, policy contract drafting and coverage analysis, insurance agent/agency and third party administrator licensing, Insurtech/blockchain/AI, telematics, fronting/reinsurance transactions, private placement life insurance (PPLI) and private placement variable annuities (PPVA) in connection with estate planning and structuring insurance dedicated funds in connection therewith, and cybersecurity/data privacy compliance.

Morante’s international focus includes development of offshore life insurance, annuities and investment products in Bermuda and other jurisdictions. He provides counsel on the foreign country laws implicated in the distribution and cross-border sale of life and health insurance products, with an emphasis on Latin America and Asia. He advises financial services clients with respect to Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Regulations, the USA Patriot Act and foreign country anti-money laundering laws, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and foreign anti-corruption legislation.

“KDV’s growing presence in south Florida, its national insurance and financial services practices and the firm’s nimble and entrepreneurial spirit make this a natural next step for me to continue to grow my practice,” said Morante. “Insurance is a complex and constantly changing business filled with economic uncertainties. The firm’s receptivity to new ideas to help clients meet these challenges makes me very excited about joining KDV.”  

“I met Tom nearly two decades ago and he has been a colleague, mentor and friend,” said Bruce S. Liebman, co-managing partner of the Florida office. “Tom brings a global perspective that is invaluable as we build on our insurance and financial services work in South Florida, nationally and internationally.”

Contreras’ practice focuses on insurance, financial services and corporate law, including offshore transactions and foreign regulatory compliance, with an emphasis on life and annuities, health, P&C, travel, surplus lines and cyber insurance with a particular focus on Latin America.

Morante earned his B.A. (magna cum laude) from Union College, his LL.M in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University Law Center and his J.D. from American University Washington College of Law. He is fluent in Spanish, and has studied in Colombia, Mexico and Spain. He chairs the American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law Section’s International Coordinating Committee.

Contreras earned her LL.M (with honors) from Northwestern University School of Law and her J.D. from Universidad Iberoamericana.

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