American Conference Institute's Advanced Forum on

Reinsurance Disputes in Litigation & Arbitration

Monday, April 30 to Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Flatotel, New York, NY

Day One – Monday, April 30, 2012

9:45 Main Conference Registration and Coffee Served

10:05 Co-Chairs’ Welcoming Remarks

Charles Scibetta
Chaffetz Lindsey LLP

Jeffrey L. Kingsley
Goldberg Segalla LLP

10:10 In-House Think Tank: Latest Risks, Claims and Trends They’re Seeing and How Outside Counsel Can Adapt As a Result

Peter Szendro
SVP Reinsurance Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
Willis Re

Marnie Hunt
Managing Director
Aon Benfield

Patricia Taylor Fox
Assistant General Counsel

Andrew L. Noga
Executive Vice President & General Counsel
Aspen U.S. Holdings, Inc.

Edward J. Kelley
Vice President & Deputy General Counsel
Transatlantic Reinsurance Company

Jeffrey L. Kingsley
Goldberg Segalla LLP

  • Factors companies consider in hiring outside counsel
  • Deciding when and whether to arbitrate
    • Posting of collateral in the event of arbitration
  • Market consolidation and its impact on dispute resolution
  • A look at the current arbitration system
    • Would an all neutral arbitration panel improve the arbitration process?
    • Is the informal discovery process impacting the effectiveness of arbitration?
    • Is mediation a viable alternative?
    • Is an “honorable engagement clause” a blessing or a curse?
    • Finality of the arbitration award
  • Reforming the arbitration process among companies through an agreement
  • Realities of reinsurance companies in runoff
  • Special challenges currently faced


11:30 Avoiding the Coin Toss: Proven Methods of Streamlining the Arbitration Process and Its Alternatives

Anthony Vidovich
Vice President & Assistant General Counsel
The Hartford

Denis Loring
Senior Vice President, Global Financial Solutions
RGA Reinsurance Company

Lee Routledge
SVP Claims and Litigation

William C. O’Neill
Crowell & Moring LLP

Selection of Arbitrator and Umpires

  • Clarifying arbitrator and umpire qualifications
  • Widening the pool of party arbitrator and umpire candidates
  • Ensuring umpire impartiality without sacrificing expertise
  • Avoiding party manipulation in the selection process
  • Specialized umpire selection methods

Improving the Arbitration Process

  • Controlling discovery
  • mproving transparency in the award decision
  • Simplifying the process

Streamlining the Process: An Examination of English and Bermudian forms:

  • Utilizing all neutral panel
  • Reasoned awards
  • Limiting ex-parte communication

Alternatives to Arbitration

  • AIRROC Dispute Resolution Procedure
  • AAA Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Early mediation and settlement

12:30 Networking Luncheon for Speakers and Delegates

1:30 Procedural Challenges to Arbitration Proceedings and Federal Arbitration Act Disputes: Incorporating the Latest Developments Into Your Reinsurance Dispute Strategy

Robert W. DiUbaldo
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Philip J. Loree Jr.
Loree & Loree

Richard Faulkner
Blume, Faulkner, Skeen & Northam, PLLC

Mary Cannon Veed
Arnstein & Lehr LLP

Judicial Review of Arbitration Awards

  • When can an arbitration award be challenged?
  • Factors for vacating or modifying and award
  • What is the standard of review?

Umpire and Arbitrator Disqualification

  • What are the most common challenges being brought?
  • What constitutes grounds for disqualification?
  • When can a motion to disqualify be made?

2:30 Avoiding Ethical Landmines in Reinsurance Arbitration – Featuring 1 Hour of CLE Ethics

Peter A. Scarpato
ARIAS-U.S. Certified Arbitrator
President, Conflict Resolved, LLC

Larry P. Schiffer
Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP

Teresa Snider
Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP

Brett H. Ludwig
Foley & Lardner LLP

  • Application of ethical guidelines and codes to arbitrators
    • Do existing codes apply
    • Should arbitrators be held to existing codes
    • The role of ARIAS-U.S.
  • Scope and applicability of disclosures
    • Responding to arbitrator or umpire questionnaires
    • Initial disclosures and their scope
    • Ongoing disclosures
  • Accepting appointments
    • Issues for sitting arbitrators
    • Issues for sitting umpires
    • When to say no
  • When should party arbitrators resign from a panel?
    • When is there a conflict of interest?
    • Actions by other panel members
  • Can and should arbitration panels use independent experts?
  • What can/can’t attorneys ask arbitrators to do?
    • Must party-appointed arbitrators “toe the party line”?
    • Can arbitrators be fired?
  • How should arbitrators deal with unethical conduct by the parties
    • Bad faith in various contexts, including: contract formation, underwriting risk and renewals, handling of claims, frivolous or unnecessary discovery
    • Scope of authority for arbitrators to impose “punishment” outside the contract language

3:30 Afternoon Refreshment Break

3:45 View from the Commissioners: NAIC Action and Revisions, New Priorities and Emerging Trends in State Regulation, and the Impact of It All for Reinsurance Litigators and Arbitrators

Susan E. Voss
Iowa Insurance Division

Christina Urias
Arizona Department of Insurance

William P. White
Commissioner District of Columbia
Department of Insurance Securities and Banking

John Franchini
Commissioner New Mexico
Insurance Department

Karen Weldin Stewart
Insurance Commissioner
State of Delaware

Amanda Yanek

Government Relations Policy Counsel Chief State Liaison

  • Accrediting reinsurers
  • Notice and special reporting provisions
  • Credit for Reinsurance Model Law and Regulation
    • An overview of reinsurance collateral reform under the NAIC model law
    • New requirements for reinsurance credit

5:00 Minimize Exposure and Ensure Compliance With Recent Legislative and Regulatory Changes

Roland Goss
Jorden Burt LLP

Michael Kurtis
Nelson Levine de Luca & Horst, LLC

Jeffrey S. Burman
Deputy General Counsel – Reinsurance

Lindsay Doering

Law Office of A. Lindsay Doering

  • Dodd-Frank
    • Non-Admitted and Reinsurance Reform Act
    • Federal Insurance Office Act
    • Financial Stability Oversight Council
    • Surplus lines reform issues under Dodd-Frank
  • Solvency II: A look at the European Insurance Industry’s capital adequacy requirements
    • The US response to Solvency II
  • Taxation of offshore cessions
    • Effect on foreign reinsurers with US subsidiaries and cross border business
  • Practical short term implications of recent NAIC action, including:
    • Recent changes to the Model Holding Company Act
    • Amendments to credit for reinsurance models involving collateral reform, and reduced collateral programs in various states

6:00 Conference Adjourns

Day Two – Tuesday, May 1, 2012

7:30 Continental Breakfast

8:00 View from the Bench: Federal Magistrates Share Their Views on Overturning Arbitration Decisions, Umpire and Arbitrator Disqualification, Loss Allocation and Consolidation, and Agreements to Maintain Confidentiality

The Honorable James P. O’Hara
Magistrate JudgeUnited States District Court, District of Kansas

The Honorable Janie S. Mayeron
Magistrate Judge United States District Court, District of Minnesota

Edward K. Lenci

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

  • When are courts willing to overturn arbitration decisions?
    • What factors go into the decision to vacate or modify?
    • What is the standard of review?
  • Questions surrounding allocation
    • When allocation is binding, and when it can be challenged by a reinsurer
    • What do courts look at in deciding issues involving layers of loss and allocation?
  • Umpire and arbitrator disqualification
    • What are the grounds for disqualification?
    • When can a motion be made?
  • Consolidation questions
  • How do courts treat agreements to maintain confidentiality?

9:00 View from the Arbitrators: Resolving the Thorniest Issues of Discovery, Consolidation of Claims and Acting Outside the Scope of the Contract

Timothy McCaffrey
ARIAS-U.S. Certified Arbitrator

Mary Ellen Burns
ARIAS-U.S. Certified Umpire and Arbitrator

Ronald S. Gass
ARIAS-U.S. Certified Umpire and Arbitrator

Richard Chernick
Certified Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Clifford H. Schoenberg
Mayer Brown

Arbitral Control of Discovery & the Process in General

  • When do arbitrators limit discovery
  • The use of non-party witnesses in deposition and discovery
  • Controlling scheduling and updates
  • What the panel wants to hear: acts, specifics and business perspective

Consolidation of Separate Claims and Multi-Party Arbitration

  • Who decides the issue of consolidation
  • The role of the arbitrator in multi-party arbitration
  • Complications raised by cross border arbitrations

Acting Outside the Scope of the Contract

  • The power to grant relief not requested by the parties
  • Attorney’s fees, punitive damages, etc.
  • When is an equity based ruling appropriate?
  • Availability of bad faith damages in reinsurance disputes
  • Can a cedent recover declaratory judgment costs from their reinsurer?

10:05 Morning Coffee Break

10:15 Expert Strategies for Solving Runoff Disputes and Achieving Finality and Profitability in a Tough Economy

David Vaughan
Chief Operating Officer
Tawa plc

John M. Parker
Senior Vice President-Reinsurance Reinsurance Counsel

Cynthia R. Koehler
Vice President, Assistant General Counsel
Complex & Emerging Risks Liberty Mutual Group

Costas Frangeskides
Insurance and Reinsurance
Holman Fenwick Willan LLP

Norbert Lommer
Global Head of Finance Global Discountinued Business Division
Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

Jonathan F. Bank

Locke Lord LLP

  • Insights and tactics for collecting:
    • From a run-off company
    • As a run-off company
  • Improving your experience with companies in run-off
    • Maintaining the relationship after run-off
    • Understanding the mind-set of run-off companies and their counter-parties
  • STRIPE as an alternative for tackling complex run-off recovery
  • Debt: sales and purchases
  • Broker abandonment
  • Working within the follow the fortunes doctrine
  • International collections
    • Special issues involving foreign reinsurers and retrocessionaires
    • Working with U.S. companies in London market disputes

11:30 Effective Methods for Controlling Legal Costs in Reinsurance Disputes: Best Practices, Project Management, Limiting Discovery and Beyond

Martin P. Cillick
Senior Attorney
Allstate Insurance Company

Arthur Gang
Senior VP and Associate General Counsel Partner
Reinsurance Company of the US

William G. Goldsmith
Assistant General Counsel
Chartis Insurance

Edward M. Manganiello
Of Counsel
Bruckmann & Victory LLP

Charles Scibetta
Chaffetz Lindsey LLP

Establishing an Efficient Lawyer-Client Relationship

  • Utilizing in-house counsel
    • Considering value when selecting outside counsel and structuring fees
    • Communication and interaction between in-house and outside counsel
  • Identifying client’s core objectives
  • Use of and adherence to an arbitration budget
  • Allocation and management of resources

Scope and Schedule for the Adversarial Proceeding

  • Identification, analysis and narrowing of issues
  • Use of simplified arbitration process where appropriate
    • Single arbitrator; statement of facts, stipulated facts; briefing; oral argument; telephonic meetings and hearing
  • Using the organizational meeting to develop an agenda
  • Using available procedural rules/guidelines

Discovery and E-Discovery

  • Determining how much discovery is necessary
    • Obtaining documentation from reinsurance intermediaries, brokers, managing agents, and other third party administrators
  • How to prevent depositions and document requests from stalling the arbitration
  • Modernizing and simplifying the procedure for accessing electronic information

Arbitration Hearing or Trial

  • Setting the number of witnesses
  • Stipulating agreed facts
  • Curtailing the length and number of briefs
  • Using the arbitration clause to control proceedings

12:30 Reinsurance Claims in the Context of Insolvencies: How to Navigate Disputes with Receivers

William Costigan
Dornbush Schaeffer Strongin & Venaglia LLP

Lewis E. Hassett
Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP

Rick Rosenblum
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Deborah F. Cohen
Pepper Hamilton LLP

  • Litigation Forum
    • Federal court vs. state court vs. arbitration
    • Insolvency court’s power over non-residents
  • Enforcement of arbitration clause against receiver
  • Follow-the-fortunes and follow-the-settlements
  • When is the arbitration contract enforceable against the receiver of an insolvent insurance company?
    • State by state comparison; New case law in this area
  • Alternatives to rehabilitations and liquidation

1:30 Networking Luncheon for Speakers and Delegates

2:30 U.S. Department of the Treasury Update: OFAC Compliance for Reinsurers and Their Counsel

David J. Brummond
Senior Sanctions Advisor – Insurance Office of Foreign Assets
Control Department of the Treasury

  • What litigators/arbitrators need to know about sanctions
  • Profile of sanctions most encountered by reinsurers
  • Sanctions expectations of OFAC
    • Facultative vs. proportionate reinsurance; list-based programs; exclusionary clauses; levels of due diligence
  • Reinsurer response to sanctioned interest or transactiono Blocking requirements; reporting requirements

3:05 Anticipating the Effect of Significant Changes in International Standards and Regulatory Systems to Benefit Your Litigation and Arbitration Strategy

Marcelo Ramella
Deputy Director - Policy, Research and International Affairs Department,
Bermuda Monetary Authority

  • Systemically important financial institutions
  • Macro-prudential approaches and other developments
  • Recent developments and current priorities at the IAIS
    • New standards for the supervision of reinsurance
    • Systemic risk and global financial stability
  • The Financial Stability Board reform agenda and its influence on insurance and reinsurance regulation

3:40 Conference Ends – Focus Session B Registration