Bio

Patrick Lewis focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and private equity, primarily in the financial services industry. Mr. Lewis represents acquirers, sellers, targets and financial advisors in a wide variety of transactions, including private and public acquisitions and divestitures (including auctions), joint ventures, reinsurance, capital raising transactions and other corporate matters.

Significant U.S. and cross-border transactions include the representation of:

  • XL Group Ltd in its $15.3 billion acquisition by AXA SA;
  • Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd. in its $6.3 billion acquisition by Sompo Holdings, Inc.;
  • Validus Holdings, Ltd. in its:
    • $5.6 billion acquisition by American International Group, Inc.; and
    • $690 million acquisition of Western World Insurance Group;
  • Privilege Underwriters, Inc. in its pending acquisition by Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc.;
  • Stone Point Capital LLC in its $2.7 billion going-private acquisition of AmTrust Financial Services, Inc., together with the Karfunkel and Zyskind families;
  • Fidelity & Guaranty Life in its $1.835 billion merger with CF Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company backed by existing shareholders Blackstone Funds and Fidelity National Financial, Inc., and its proposed (now terminated) $1.6 billion merger with Anbang Insurance Group Co., Ltd.;
  • Ameriprise Financial, Inc. in the $1.05 billion sale of its auto and home insurance business to American Family Insurance Mutual Holding Company;
  • Markel Corporation in its acquisition of Nephila Holdings Ltd.;
  • Highmark Inc. in its sale of Davis Vision, Inc. and a minority interest in Visionworks of America, Inc. to Centerbridge Partners, L.P., and the subsequent sale of Visionworks of America, Inc. to Vision Services Plan;
  • State National Companies, Inc. in its $919 million acquisition by Markel Corporation;
  • Blackstone Group LP in its sale of Lendmark Financial Services LLC to Lightyear Capital LLC and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board;
  • OFG Bancorp in its $550 million pending acquisition of Scotiabank’s Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands banking operations;
  • The Travelers Companies, Inc. in its:
    • $490 million acquisition of Simply Business Holdings Ltd, the U.K.’s largest online distributer for small- and medium-sized business insurance; and
    • acquisition of a majority interest in the property casualty business of its J. Malucelli joint venture in Brazil; and
  • Banco BTG Pactual S.A. in its acquisition of Ariel Re from Global Atlantic Financial Group Limited and its subsequent sale of Ariel Re to Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd.

Credentials

Education

  • LL.M., Columbia Law School, 2012
  • LL.B., University of Sydney, 2010
  • B.Lib.Stud., University of Sydney, 2006

Admissions

  • High Court of Australia
  • New York

Patrick J. Lewis

Associate, Mergers and Acquisitions; Financial Institutions
patrick.lewis@skadden.com