Patrick Lewis focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and private equity, primarily in the financial services and health care industries.


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:

  • Willis Towers Watson in its pending $80 billion combination with Aon plc;
  • 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 $3.1 billion 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:
    • $2.7 billion acquisition by Fidelity National Financial Inc.; and
    • $1.835 billion merger with CF Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company backed by The Blackstone Group, Inc. 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:
    • pending affiliation with HealthNow New York Inc., d/b/a/ Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York and Blue Shield of Northeastern New York; and
    • 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;
  • Core Specialty Insurance Holdings, Inc. in its pending acquisition of StarStone U.S. Holdings, Inc. from Enstar Group Limited, and its initial formation and $610 million capital raise; and
  • 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.



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


  • High Court of Australia
  • New York

Patrick J. Lewis

Counsel, Financial Institutions; Mergers and Acquisitions