Russell Marcus  - Attorney at Law

401 East Las Olas Blvd.
Suite 1000
Post Office Box 2328 (33303-9998)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

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Biography

Russell Marcus’ practice is focused on mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions with a concentration on transactions involving the insurance industry. In his mergers and acquisitions practice, Russell has represented public and private companies and private equity funds in multi-million and multi-billion-dollar transactions. His wide-ranging experience at major international law firms in New York and Florida includes mergers, stock and asset acquisitions, and acquisitions of blocks of business using reinsurance. Russell also has advised clients regarding indemnity and assumption reinsurance, coinsurance and modified coinsurance and retrocession transactions, insurance company insolvency, rehabilitation and liquidation, investment regulations, licensing, triple-X securitizations, formation and licensing of captive insurance companies and insurance producers, life settlements, life settlement securitizations, premium finance and directors’ and officers’ insurance. Russell’s mergers and acquisitions experience also includes a variety of industries, including healthcare, life sciences, banking, technology, energy, and manufacturing.   

Prior to joining GrayRobinson, Russell served as the President and Executive Director of the Florida Opportunity Fund, Inc. (FOF), one of the largest venture capital funds in Florida with an approximately $125 million portfolio of assets. Prior to joining FOF, Russell was the Chief of Business Development with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, where he oversaw approvals of the State’s key business incentive and capital programs.

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Representative Transactions

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Represented JPMorgan Chase & Co. in connection with its $1.2 billion auction and sale of Chase Insurance to Protective Life Insurance Company
  • Represented Lincoln National Corporation in connection with its $7.5 billion merger with Jefferson-Pilot Corporation
  • Represented APR Energy, LLC in connection with its $855 million sale to Horizon Acquisition Company PLC, a special purpose acquisition company
  • Represented Mapfre S.A. in its $2.2 billion acquisition of Commerce Group, Inc.
  • Represented MetLife, Inc. in its $11.8 billion acquisition of The Travelers Life & Annuity Company from Citigroup Inc.
  • Represented a consortium of private equity funds in connection with their acquisition and investment in SPARTA Insurance Company.
  • Represented The Blackstone Group, as lead investor, in the $1 billion acquisition of common stock of Ariel Holdings Ltd.
  • Represented Capital Assurance Corporation in its $78.9 acquisition of Standard Life Insurance Company of Indiana.
  • Represented Credit Suisse in its acquisition of ING Financial Holdings Corporation’s insurance premium finance business.
  • Represented Palladium Equity Partners, LLC in connection with its acquisition of Jordan Health Services
  • Represented Global Pathology Laboratory Services, Inc. in connection with its sale to Aurora Diagnostics LLC
  • Represented Deutsche Bank AG, Credit Suisse, Maple Life Financial, Proverian Capital, Coventry First and Merrill Lynch in life settlement and annuity portfolio acquisitions
  • Represented Mark Global Corporation in connection with its investments in Mobli Media Inc. and TriPlay Communications Ltd.
  • Represented The Chinese American Bank in connection with its $200 million sale to UCBH Holdings, Inc. 
  • Represented The Blackstone Group, as lead investor, in the acquisition of Ariel Holdings Ltd.
  • Represented Hannover Rückversicherung AG (Hannover Re) in connection with its $800 million auction and sale of Praetorian Financial Group to QBE Insurance Group Limited 

 

Securities and Finance

  • Represented Scottish Re (U.S.), Inc. in its $1.7 billion Regulation XXX excess reserve securitization
  • Represented Genworth Financial, Inc. in its $1.2 billion Regulation XXX excess reserve securitization
  • Represented Lincoln National Corporation in its $1.075 billion issuance of hybrid securities
  • Represented Lincoln National Corporation in its $1 billion issuance of senior notes
  • Represented The Blackstone Group, as lead investor, in the acquisition of $1 billion of shares of common stock of Ariel Holdings Ltd.
  • Represented Genworth Financial, Inc. in its $300 million Regulation XXX excess reserve securitization
  • Represented Genworth Financial, Inc. in its $315 million AXXX reserve securitization (the first universal life insurance excess reserve securitization) 
  • Represented AEGON NV in its $550 million Regulation XXX excess reserve securitization
  • Represented Legal & General America, Inc. in its $475 million Regulation XXX excess reserve securitization
  • Represented Credit Suisse in connection with its $500 million Redwood and Eden Park life insurance premium finance programs
  • Represented Merrill Lynch & Co., as representative of several underwriters, in the $250 million issuance of trust originated preferred securities by W. R. Berkeley Corporation
  • Represented Goldman, Sachs & Co, as representative of several underwriters, in the $200 million issuance of senior convertible notes by National Financial Partners Corp.
Education
  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D. (2004)
    • Articles Editor, Columbia Business Law Review
  • Florida State University, B.S., Finance, B.S., Economics and Political Science (magna cum laude 2000)

Civic
  • Commissioner, Judicial Nominating Commission for the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit covering Broward County (appointed by former Governor Rick Scott) (2015-2019)
  • Commissioner, Broward County Housing Authority Board of Commissioners (appointed by former Governor Rick Scott)
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Leadership Fellow, James Madison Institute
  • Broward County Chairperson, Israel Development Corporation (Israel Bonds) (2011-2013)
  • Leadership Network, American Enterprise Institute
  • Reunion Committee, Columbia Law School
Admissions
  • Florida
  • New York 
Presentations & Seminars
  • “Culture, Clients, and Compensation – How to Excel Within a Firm, and Knowing When to Start Your Own”, Broward County Hispanic Bar Association, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, November 6, 2019

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