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  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Florham Park, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Litigation - Insurance Reinsurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Corporate Law Insurance Law Reinsurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Burlington, Vermont
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Insurance Law Reinsurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Florham Park, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Insurance Reinsurance Law Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Reinsurance Law Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Reinsurance Law Litigation - Insurance Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Reinsurance Law Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Burlington, Vermont
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Commercial Transactions / UCC Law Reinsurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Reinsurance Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Uniondale, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Litigation - Insurance Reinsurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Reinsurance Law Corporate Law Real Estate Law Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Mediation Reinsurance Law Arbitration
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Florham Park, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Litigation - Insurance Reinsurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Insurance Law Commercial Transactions / UCC Law Reinsurance Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Insurance Law Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Trusts and Estates Litigation and Controversy - Tax Administrative / Regulatory Law Reinsurance Law Securities Regulation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Corporate Compliance Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Government Relations Practice Corporate Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Corporate Governance Law Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Municipal Law Electronic Discovery and Information Management Law Reinsurance Law Litigation - Insurance Privacy and Data Security Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Municipal Commercial Litigation Technology Law Mass Tort Litigation Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Insurance Reinsurance Law Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Reinsurance Law Insurance Law Professional Malpractice Law Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Burlington, Vermont
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Insurance Law Reinsurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Privacy and Data Security Law Reinsurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Concord, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Administrative / Regulatory Law Commercial Finance Law Litigation - Insurance Reinsurance Law Insurance Law Health Care Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Reinsurance Law Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Florham Park, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Insurance Reinsurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Litigation - Insurance Reinsurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Government Relations Practice Reinsurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Technology Law Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Labor and Employment Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Patent Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Trade Secrets Law Insurance Law Trademark Law Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Trusts and Estates Copyright Law Commercial Litigation Electronic Discovery and Information Management Law Energy Law Professional Malpractice Law Information Technology Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Employment Law - Management Patent Law Privacy and Data Security Law Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Litigation - Insurance Reinsurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Corporate Governance Law Litigation - Insurance Insurance Law Reinsurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Environmental Reinsurance Law Insurance Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Insurance Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Nonprofit / Charities Law Real Estate Law Public Finance Law Transportation Law Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Reinsurance Law Economic Development Law Government Relations Practice Land Use and Zoning Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Florham Park, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Insurance Reinsurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Reinsurance Law Litigation - Insurance Environmental Law Insurance Law Municipal Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

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Reinsurance Law Definition

Reinsurance is essentially “insurance for insurance companies.” It is a contractual arrangement whereby one insurer (the ceding insurer) transfers all or a portion of the risks it underwrites pursuant to a policy or a group of policies to another insurer (the reinsurer). The availability of reinsurance enables an insurer to accept risks that would otherwise be beyond its underwriting capacity by allowing the ceding insurer to “reinsure” a portion of the risk of loss. Reinsurance is a mechanism that enables insurers to spread the risk of catastrophic losses among a larger pool of insurers. 

Reinsurance is generally available on a “pro rata” or proportional basis, or on an “excess of loss” basis. A pro rata reinsurance contract obligates the reinsurer to indemnify the ceding insurer for a percentage of any losses from the original risk in return for a corresponding portion of the premium for the original risk. Pro rata reinsurance arrangements generally require the reinsurer to pay a proportion of any losses that occur with no retention (a portion of the risk that the ceding insurer “retains” for its own account). Excess of loss reinsurance indemnifies the ceding insurer for all or a stated portion of loss in excess of a stated retention. 
Reinsurance contracts are typically written on either a “treaty” or “facultative” basis. Both can be written as pro rata or excess of loss. Treaty reinsurance provides coverage for specified business (e.g. casualty or workers compensation). The treaty protects the ceding insurer’s entire “book” of policies for the specified business. Facultative reinsurance is designed to protect an individual policy or risk written by the ceding insurer. Both treaty and facultative reinsurance is commonly provided by a number of reinsurers, each agreeing to assume a portion of the reinsured liability. 

Attorneys who practice reinsurance law are involved in the negotiation and drafting of reinsurance contracts and in the resolution of disputes between ceding insurers and their reinsurers. Disagreements may arise over whether a particular risk or claim is covered by the reinsurance contract or how a large number of claims settlements are “allocated” among the ceding insurers policies. Administrative disputes involving underwriting practices, claims handling, access to records, and audit rights are not uncommon. Many reinsurance contracts call for disputes to be resolved through binding arbitration before a panel of current or former officers or directors of insurance or reinsurance companies.

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Reinsurance is essentially “insurance for insurance companies.” It is a contractual arrangement whereby one insurer (the ceding insurer) transfers all or a portion of the risks it underwrites pursuant to a policy or a group of policies to another insurer (the reinsurer). The availability of reinsurance enables an insurer to accept risks that would otherwise be beyond its underwriting capacity by allowing the ceding insurer to “reinsure” a portion of the risk of loss. Reinsurance is a mechanism that enables insurers to spread the risk of catastrophic losses among a larger pool of insurers. 

Reinsurance is generally available on a “pro rata” or proportional basis, or on an “excess of loss” basis. A pro rata reinsurance contract obligates the reinsurer to indemnify the ceding insurer for a percentage of any losses from the original risk in return for a corresponding portion of the premium for the original risk. Pro rata reinsurance arrangements generally require the reinsurer to pay a proportion of any losses that occur with no retention (a portion of the risk that the ceding insurer “retains” for its own account). Excess of loss reinsurance indemnifies the ceding insurer for all or a stated portion of loss in excess of a stated retention. 
Reinsurance contracts are typically written on either a “treaty” or “facultative” basis. Both can be written as pro rata or excess of loss. Treaty reinsurance provides coverage for specified business (e.g. casualty or workers compensation). The treaty protects the ceding insurer’s entire “book” of policies for the specified business. Facultative reinsurance is designed to protect an individual policy or risk written by the ceding insurer. Both treaty and facultative reinsurance is commonly provided by a number of reinsurers, each agreeing to assume a portion of the reinsured liability. 

Attorneys who practice reinsurance law are involved in the negotiation and drafting of reinsurance contracts and in the resolution of disputes between ceding insurers and their reinsurers. Disagreements may arise over whether a particular risk or claim is covered by the reinsurance contract or how a large number of claims settlements are “allocated” among the ceding insurers policies. Administrative disputes involving underwriting practices, claims handling, access to records, and audit rights are not uncommon. Many reinsurance contracts call for disputes to be resolved through binding arbitration before a panel of current or former officers or directors of insurance or reinsurance companies.