Neil B. Glassman

Neil B. Glassman is chairman of the Board of Directors of Bayard and chairs the firm’s bankruptcy group. Neil focuses his practice on bankruptcy and insolvency law, and insurance and entity law. 

Neil regularly represents debtors, official committees of unsecured creditors or equity holders, secured lenders, banks and insurance companies, financial institutions and publicly and privately held businesses in large bankruptcy cases and other insolvency proceedings including insurance company insolvencies. 

An experienced transactional attorney, Neil has also developed a substantial practice representing clients in relation to the law of Delaware business entities including corporations, business trusts, general and limited partnerships, limited liability companies, and conventional and captive insurance companies. 

Neil has developed a specialty in counseling insurance companies in regulatory matters in Delaware. Neil joined Bayard in 1986.

Neil is a past President of the Commercial Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association and is presently a member of its Statutory Trust Committee as well as a member of the Bankruptcy and the Corporation Law Sections. 

He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Delaware Captive Insurance Association.

Neil is a published author and a frequent speaker on issues and developments in bankruptcy and insolvency law.

He has been recognized by Chambers USA in 2006 through 2013 as a leader in bankruptcy and restructuring, and was also named by Best Lawyers® as one of the foremost practitioners in his region. (The Best Lawyers in America® Copyright 2013 Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC.) In 2013, he was recognized by Super Lawyers magazine as a Delaware Super Lawyer in bankruptcy & creditor/debtor rights. 

Neil is AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies. 

Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

Insurance

Bayard has a long history of advising insurance companies and the regulators responsible for their supervision. Bayard’s attorneys are experienced in working with the insurance industry, both as legal counsel and as business advisors. 

They share with insurers, reinsurers and regulators, the benefit of their in-depth knowledge of Delaware statutes relating to insurance regulation and Delaware laws governing the formation and management of Delaware entities.

Bayard’s attorneys often serve as hearing officers, appointed by the Insurance Commissioner of the State of Delaware, or as counsel to the hearing officers. 

Bayard attorneys have represented the Commissioner as a receiver in an insurance insolvency proceeding in the Chancery Court of the State of Delaware and the Delaware Department of Insurance, as well as insurance companies, on licensing, ownership and control issues, both in the traditional insurance area and the evolving captive insurance field.

Bayard is a founding member of the Delaware Captive Insurance Association (“DCIA”) and Bayard’s attorneys serve on the DCIA board of directors. In the captive insurance field, Bayard comprehensive provides legal services, combining the skills and experience of its insurance, transaction and tax attorneys with those of the client’s other advisors.

Bayard’s involvement in Delaware insurance law is neither new nor academic. Two former and one current Bayard attorneys have been elected or appointed to posts within the Delaware Department of Insurance, one as Insurance Commissioner and two as Deputy Insurance Commissioners.

Bayard is a recommended firm in the following areas:

Insurance & Reinsurance – USA – Delaware

Insurance & Reinsurance – USA – Delaware

 

GianClaudio Finizio

GianClaudio Finizio is a director at Bayard. He concentrates his practice on bankruptcy and insolvency law, insurance law and counseling companies on mergers and acquisitions, including general corporate and business law matters.

GianClaudio regularly represents debtors, official committees of unsecured creditors or equity holders, financial institutions, and publicly and privately held businesses in bankruptcy cases.

GianClaudio also focuses on insurance matters including advising insurance companies regarding compliance with state regulations and changes in ownership or control.

During 2008, GianClaudio performed the duties of Deputy Insurance Commissioner for the Insurance Commissioner of Delaware.

During 2010 and 2011, GianClaudio also served as counsel to the hearing officer in the matter of the proposed affiliation of Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware, Inc. with Highmark Inc.

GianClaudio is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Delaware.

Prior to practicing law, he served as a business analyst in Bassell USA Inc.’s Health, Safety and Environment, supporting North American manufacturing, research and development facilities in the areas of product regulatory activities, environmental, toxicological, health, safety, and industrial hygiene.

While in law school, GianClaudio was a member of Basell’s law department, assisting with litigation and corporate governance matters.

GianClaudio earned a J.D., magna cum laude (co-valedictorian), from the Widener University School of Law in 2002, and graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.A. in Biology and Italian in 1994.

He served as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Jane R. Roth in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

He is fluent in Italian

Insurance

Bayard has a long history of advising insurance companies and the regulators responsible for their supervision. Bayard’s attorneys are experienced in working with the insurance industry, both as legal counsel and as business advisors.

They share with insurers, reinsurers and regulators, the benefit of their in-depth knowledge of Delaware statutes relating to insurance regulation and Delaware laws governing the formation and management of Delaware entities.

Bayard’s attorneys often serve as hearing officers, appointed by the Insurance Commissioner of the State of Delaware, or as counsel to the hearing officers.

Bayard attorneys have represented the Commissioner as a receiver in an insurance insolvency proceeding in the Chancery Court of the State of Delaware and the Delaware Department of Insurance, as well as insurance companies, on licensing, ownership and control issues, both in the traditional insurance area and the evolving captive insurance field.

Bayard is a founding member of the Delaware Captive Insurance Association (“DCIA”) and Bayard’s attorneys serve on the DCIA board of directors. In the captive insurance field, Bayard comprehensive provides legal services, combining the skills and experience of its insurance, transaction and tax attorneys with those of the client’s other advisors.

Bayard’s involvement in Delaware insurance law is neither new nor academic. Two former and one current Bayard attorneys have been elected or appointed to posts within the Delaware Department of Insurance, one as Insurance Commissioner and two as Deputy Insurance Commissioners.

Bayard is a recommended firm in the following areas:
Insurance & Reinsurance – USA – Delaware
Insurance & Reinsurance – USA – Delaware

 

Zeenat Al Mansoori

Zeenat is the managing partner at Zeenat Al Mansoori & Associates and partner at Qatari law firm Nada Al-Sulaiti & Partners. Admitted to practice law in Bahrain since 1988 and partner since 1990, Zeenat draws on over two decades of experience in legal consultation, litigation and commercial arbitration.

Zeenat represents a wide range of clients including prominent banks, private equity firms, leading multinationals and investors. Zeenat has extensive experience with financial transactions in both Shari’ah-compliant and conventional banking, insurance/reinsurnace and corporate acquisitions in Bahrain. Zeenat regularly represents property developers and advises on arrangements between hotel developers and international hotel operators.

Zeenat is admitted to practice law in front of the Court of Cassation and the Constitutional Court of Bahrain and is a member of the Bahrain Bar Society.

Zeenat is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the International Bar Association and the GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre. Zeenat sits on the board of the National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce and the Committee of Petition and Reconsideration of Tenders. Zeenat is also the founder of the Bahrain Consumer Protection Society and served as president from 2001 to 2006.

Zeenat has written a number of articles which have been published in local newspapers and international law journals and magazines. Zeenat often speaks at legal conferences, seminars and workshops and is guest lecturer at the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance.

Areas of Practice: Banking and Finance; Insurance and Reinsurance; Corporate Acquisitions; Real Estate; Hospitatlity; Litigation; General Practice.

 

Jay Ahn

Jay Ahn is an attorney at Kim & Chang. He practices primarily in the areas of antitrust and competition, insurance, mergers & acquisitions, Japanese, corporate governance and foreign direct investment. He serves as the chair of the firm’s Insurance Practice Group.

Mr. Ahn’s antitrust and competition practice focuses on cartel, abuse of dominance, merger filings and other anti-competitive issues. He also serves as defense counsel in complex competition law litigation cases. For the past two decades, Mr. Ahn has represented clients in a wide range of industries, such as the software, information technology, telecommunications, insurance, banking, paper, power cable, pharmaceutical, motion picture, airline and construction industries.

As chair of the firm’s Insurance Practice Group, Mr. Ahn has experience with a variety of insurance transactions and regulatory matters. These include mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, license applications, regulatory compliance and regulatory examinations. He works extensively with Korean and multinational insurance companies, reinsurance companies, brokers and other participants in the insurance industry.

Mr. Ahn has also advised sellers and buyers in strategic and financial merger and acquisition transactions.

In addition to his legal practice in Korea, Mr. Ahn was a visiting attorney at Proskauer Rose Goetz and Mendelsohn’s New York office in 2004 and 2005. Since 2003, Mr. Ahn has also acted as an advisor to the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC), serving as a member of the Competition Policy Advisory Committee to the KFTC. In this capacity, Mr. Ahn has helped the Korean competition authorities establish policies on leniency programs.

Mr. Ahn received an LL.M. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1994 and an LL.B. from College of Law, Seoul National University in 1984. He also received training from the Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea in 1985. He is admitted to the Korea bar and New York bar.

Insurance Law Practice:

Kim & Chang’s market leading Insurance Practice Group offers superior service to clients, utilizing the expertise and resources of the Group, as well as the firm’s other practice groups, to provide for a wide range of client needs, including establishment and licensing of new business entities, general legal advice and assistance on regulatory compliance.

Our Insurance Practice Group is also well-known for its expertise in mergers & acquisitions in the insurance industry and insurance dispute resolution.

Our Insurance Practice Group consists of attorneys, CPAs, certified tax accountants, actuaries and other experts, many of whom have focused their practice on insurance matters and accumulated experience in leading legal and accountancy practices. Drawing upon such wealth of expertise, our Group is able to provide effective and efficient advice to our clients based on the understanding of the legal issues and the regulatory requirements, as well as an up-to-date knowledge of the industry trends and developments.

Peter Ch’ng

Peter Ch’ng is a Director in the Corporate Department in the Bermuda office of Conyers Dill & Pearman having joined the firm in 2001.

Peter’s broad corporate practice covers mergers and acquisitions, reinsurance and insurance linked securities structures (ILS), mutual and investment funds, segregated accounts companies (SACs), private equity partnerships and investments, structured finance, special purpose vehicles and ownership-remote structures, debt and equity offerings, corporate finance including IPOs and private placements, banking and financial services including financial derivatives, credit and security, and general corporate and commercial matters across multiple jurisdictions

Peter specializes in Bermuda segregated accounts companies, setting up private equity funds and advising on banking and derivatives. Peter guides the firm’s Financial Derivatives practice in Bermuda, the BVI, Cayman and Mauritius in providing netting and collateral enforceability opinions to leading banks and industry organizations such as International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA), International Capital Markets Association (ICMA), International Securities Lending Association (ISLA) and the Securities Industry Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). Peter counts many global commercial banks and financial institutions (including The World Bank Group, NASDAQ), Canadian public pension funds and US-based global private equity fund managers amongst his long-standing key clients.

Peter is recognised in the 2014 edition of Legal 500 Caribbean (corporate and commercial, insurance/reinsurance) and has been interviewed and cited in 2013 as a legal expert in Bermuda segregated accounts companies by Trading Risk, a leading ILS industry publication.

Conyers Dill & Pearman:

Founded in 1928, Conyers Dill & Pearman is an international law firm advising on the laws of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and Mauritius. With a global network that includes 140 lawyers spanning eight offices worldwide, Conyers provides responsive, sophisticated, solution-driven legal advice to clients seeking specialised expertise on corporate and commercial, litigation, restructuring and insolvency, and trust and private client matters. Conyers is affiliated with the Codan group of companies, which provide a range of trust, corporate secretarial, accounting and management services.