Peter D.Laun

Partner

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Peter Laun has recovered more than $1 billion for Firm clients and has successfully defended actions involving claims as high as $1.6 billion. His experience includes insurance recovery, engineering/construction, product liability, contracts, securities, employment, and class actions. He has litigated in more than 20 federal and state courts, including courts in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Texas, Mississippi, Minnesota, New Jersey, and California. His experience includes trials in state and federal courts, injunctions, agency proceedings, and arbitrations. Peter has handled matters in foreign countries, including the U.K., Bermuda, Europe, and Latin America. He has extensive experience with international discovery and electronic discovery.

As a practice focus, Peter represents policyholders in insurance coverage disputes and counsels clients on insurance matters. In recent years, he has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for clients in matters involving virtually every type of insurance policy, including property, directors and officers, errors/omissions, general liability, employment, environmental, and workers compensation. Peter has extensive experience in property damage and business interruption claims in the U.S. and abroad, as well as reinsurance claims. He has drafted insurance policies and has litigated against virtually all major U.S. and non-U.S. insurers.

Before joining Jones Day in 1993, Peter served as an in-house attorney with Alcoa. He is an avid tennis and platform tennis player and played lacrosse in college. Peter is involved in a wide range of community activities ranging from pro bono matters to coaching lacrosse. He has spoken and written on a range of insurance topics.

Experience

  • Beneficient Company Group acquires shares in GWG Holdings, Inc.Jones Day advised The Beneficient Company Group, L.P. (BEN), a provider of liquidity products and services to the owners of alternative assets and illiquid investment funds, in its acquisition of shares in GWG Holdings, Inc. (GWG Holdings), a NASDAQ listed company that is a leading provider of liquidity to owners of life insurance in the secondary market, previously held by GWG Holdings’ founding stockholders, Jon R. Sabes and Steven F. Sabes.
  • Motorola successfully obtains affirmation of judgment in case involving clean room claimsJones Day successfully represented Motorola Solutions, Inc. in insurance coverage litigation in Cook County, Illinois arising from "clean room" cases asserted against Motorola.
  • Granite Construction acquires Layne Christensen for $536 million stock mergerJones Day advised Granite Construction Incorporated in its $536 million stock-for-stock acquisition of Layne Christensen Company, a global water management, construction, and drilling company.
  • KeyBank sells Key Insurance & Benefits Services to USI Insurance ServicesJones Day advised KeyBank in the sale of Key Insurance & Benefits Services, Inc. to USI Insurance Services.
  • Calgon Carbon acquired by Kuraray for $1.3 billionJones Day advised Calgon Carbon Corporation (NYSE:CCC) in its $1.3 billion all-cash acquisition by Kuraray Co., Ltd. (TSE:3405).
  • Koch Disruptive Technologies leads $150 million investment in INSIGHTECJones Day advised Koch Disruptive Technologies, a subsidiary of Koch Industries focused on finding and funding innovative and emerging companies, as the lead investor in a $150 million Series E funding round for INSIGHTEC, a commercial stage medical device company.
  • Smith & Nephew acquires Rotation Medical Inc. for up to $210 millionJones Day advised Smith & Nephew plc in its acquisition of Rotation Medical Inc., a developer of a novel tissue regeneration technology for shoulder rotator cuff repair, for an initial cash consideration of $125 million and up to $85 million over the next five years, contingent on financial performance.
  • USI Insurance Services acquires Wells Fargo Commercial Insurance businessJones Day advised USI Insurance Services ("USI"), a portfolio company of KKR and CDPQ, on the acquisition of Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc. ("WFIS") from Wells Fargo & Company.
  • comScore achieves successful settlement agreement with Starboard Value LPJones Day advised comScore, Inc. in its successful settlement agreement with activist shareholder Starboard Value LP.
  • Pennsylvania man granted injunction ending 36 years of solitary confinement by state Department of CorrectionsJones Day represented a man who has been held in solitary confinement by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections since 1979 in spite of having no major disciplinary infractions in over 25 years.
  • The Southern Company, Kinder Morgan finalize Southern Natural Gas pipeline strategic ventureJones Day advised The Southern Company ("Southern") in its acquisition from Kinder Morgan of a 50 percent equity interest in the 7,600-mile Southern Natural Gas ("SNG") pipeline system.
  • American Capital Agency Corp. acquires American Capital Mortgage Management, LLC for $562 millionJones Day advised American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ: AGNC), a mortgage REIT that invests primarily in agency securities, in its $562 million cash acquisition of American Capital Mortgage Management LLC from American Capital Asset Management, LLC ("ACAM"), a wholly-owned portfolio company of American Capital Ltd. (NASDAQ: ACAS).
  • Southern Air sold to Atlas Air Worldwide for $110 millionJones Day represented the Board of Directors of Southern Air Holdings, Inc. in connection with its $110 million sale to Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAWW).
  • naviHealth acquires RightCare SolutionsJones Day represented Cardinal Health and its subsidiary, naviHealth, Inc., in connection with the acquisition of RightCare Solutions, Inc., a health care decision support software service provider specializing in hospital discharge planning software and readmissions management.
  • Newell Rubbermaid acquires Elmer's for $600 millionJones Day advised Newell Rubbermaid Incorporated in its $600 million acquisition of Elmer's Products, Inc. from an affiliate of Berwind Corporation, a family-owned investment management company.
  • Flowers Foods acquires Dave's Killer Bread for $275 millionJones Day advised Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) in its $275 million acquisition of AVB, Inc. (d/b/a Dave's Killer Bread).
  • Cardinal Health acquires The Harvard Drug Group for $1.115 billionJones Day advised Cardinal Health in its acquisition of The Harvard Drug Group, a distributor of generic pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter medications, and related products to retail, institutional, and alternate care customers from Court Square Capital Partners for $1.115 billion.
  • Exelis acquired by Harris Corporation for $4.8 billionJones Day advised Exelis, Inc. in its acquisition by Harris Corporation in a cash and stock transaction valued at $23.75 per share, or approximately $4.8 billion enterprise value.
  • NEP Group acquires Mediatec GroupJones Day advised NEP Group, Inc. in its acquisition of Mediatec Group, one of Europe’s largest corporations in delivering integrated technical solutions for event and television productions with activities across Europe (including Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the UK, and Spain).
  • High Road Capital acquires York WallcoveringsJones Day advised High Road Capital Partners in connection with the acquisition and related financing of York Wallcoverings Inc., a manufacturer of wallpaper, borders, murals, and RoomMates peel-and-stick removable and reusable wall decals.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • November 7, 2017
      2017 Jones Day Speaker Series: Current Trends in Securities Litigation and Enforcement
    • October 15, 2015
      2015 Regional Energy Conference: Navigating Turbulences in Global Oil & Gas Markets
    • April 26-29, 2015
      "On Directors & Officers Insurance: 50 Ways to Lose Your Coverage." and "Deconstructing Construction Coverage: What on Earth Do Construction Project Policies Cover?", RIMS 2015 Annual Conference and Exhibition
    • July 25, 2014
      Jones Day Regional Energy Conference, International Implications of the Marcellus and Utica Shale
    • May 20, 2014
      2014 Speaker Series: Energy and Construction Law Update
    • February 14, 2013
      Jones Day Regional Energy Conference, Harnessing Regional Opportunity in the new Energy Economy
    • November 15, 2012
      2012 Speaker Series
      International Disputes: Laying the Foundation for an Effective Resolution Strategy
    • April 2012
      Insured/Insurer Privilege: Can You Tell Your Insurer Your Deepest Secrets, RIMS 2012
    • April 2012
      On Foreign Soil - Best Practices for International Property Insurance Claims, RIMS 2012
    • February 2012
      Global Insurance Risks, Business Insurance Risk Management Summit 2012
    • March 2, 2009
      Insurance Coverage Issues, Association of Corporate Counsel
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