For over 100 years, Vinson & Elkins LLP has provided innovative and commercially-focused legal advice. V&E lawyers provide full-service solutions to sophisticated business enterprises around the world addressing the most challenging litigation, regulatory, and transactional matters in 15 offices around the world.
With a history dating back to 1925, Alliant Insurance Services is one of the nation’s leading distributors of diversified insurance products and services. Operating through a national network of over 70 offices, Alliant offers a comprehensive portfolio of services to clients for all risk management and employee benefits matters. Alliant has over 3,400 employees nationwide and is amongst the top 11 insurance brokers in the U.S. Alliant also has a robust Mergers & Acquisitions Practice with an extensive list of private equity clients, law firm clients and strategic acquirers. In addition to transactional risk insurance, the M&A practice also serves as pre-close risk and employee benefits advisor for acquirers, lenders and minority investors.
Sarah is a member of the firm’s Litigation group. Her practice focuses primarily on representing policyholders with respect to insurance coverage matters. Sarah represents policyholders on claims under various lines of insurance and routinely advises policyholders on the insurance aspects of corporate transactions and ways to enhance coverage in connection with policy placements and policy renewals.
In addition to her insurance coverage practice, Sarah advises clients on indemnification agreements and contractual claims for indemnity.
Sarah’s practice also includes a variety of complex business and commercial litigation matters in both state and federal courts, as well as in domestic and foreign arbitrations. Sarah has represented clients from a variety of industries, including pharmaceutical, life sciences, private equity, banking, energy, real estate, communications, retail, restaurant, hospitality, financial services, and manufacturing companies.
Jon Gilbert is a Senior Managing Director and leads Crystal & Company’s Mergers & Acquisitions practice. Jon has over 10 years of Private Equity Mergers & Acquisitions insurance experience. In addition to his due diligence expertise, Jon has led insurance procurement initiatives for private equity firms nationwide, with a focus on reducing expense and increasing liquidity. He has worked with insurance markets to develop one-off risk transfer solutions to solve deal-related issues, including insuring against breaches of representations & warranties and other contingent liabilities.
He brings a wealth of expertise regarding risk management issues and its financial impact to buyers, including traditional leverage buyouts; public-to-private sales; debt/equity swap; asset sales out of bankruptcy; and corporate divestitures. In 2014, Jon was named as one of M&A Advisors’ “40 Under 40” award recipients.