is a partner in the Firm’s Financial Services and Mergers and Acquisitions Groups and co-head of the North America insurance practice. Mr Gerlach’s practice is primarily focused on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, securities offerings and similar transactions involving financial institutions. He also advises clients on a variety of regulatory, takeover defence and corporate control, general corporate, strategic and corporate governance matters. Mr Gerlach represents both US and non-US public and private financial institutions, including banks, insurance companies, private equity funds, hedge funds, investment advisers and broker-dealers. Mr Gerlach has worked on a variety of regulatory matters with federal and state regulatory agencies, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and other governmental agencies on behalf of a number of US and international financial institutions.