Matthew M. Ferguson

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Matthew Ferguson specializes in domestic and international coverage matters arising out of Directors & Officers (D&O), Professional Liability, Financial Institutions Liability, Fiduciary, Employment Practices and Fidelity policies.

Matthew Ferguson specializes in domestic and international coverage matters arising out of Directors & Officers (D&O), Professional Liability, Financial Institutions Liability, Fiduciary, Employment Practices and Fidelity policies.

Mr. Ferguson has a wide array of experience in evaluating and handling complex coverage issues on behalf of U.S. and non-U.S. insurers in highly publicized matters involving large and prominent multinational companies, including in such industries as finance, energy, manufacturing, mining, pharmaceutical, health care, technology, telecommunications, internet and media.

Experience includes:

  • D&O claims involving violations of the federal and state securities laws and breaches of fiduciary duty. Includes matters related to stock manipulation, misstatements in public and private offerings, management disputes in closely held companies and allegations surrounding mergers, acquisitions and other transactions.
  • Providing coverage and monitoring advice to insurers on professional liability and fidelity claims against large national banks, regional and community banks and trusts, private equity firms and related portfolio companies, investment banks, mutual funds, asset managers and hedge funds, broker-dealers and a variety of other financial institutions and their professionals.
  • Advising insurers on claims involving regulatory and criminal investigations initiated by the SEC, the Department of Justice, the Treasury Department, the FDIC, as well as investigations by state, local and non-U.S. authorities.
  • Providing coverage advice pertaining to claims against privately held, middle market and non-profit entities.
  • Counseling insurers on a range of issues pertaining to Insurance Coverage Defense.

Publications and Presentations

  • Co-presenter, “California Fair Claims Settlement Practices Regulations,” presented in-house to clients (April 16, 2015).
  • Co-presenter, “Deciphering the U.S. Securities Laws: Key Issues and Concepts for Insurers,” Sedgwick webinar (July 30, 2014).
  • Co-author, “D&O Claims – Overview of US Securities Law,” Sedgwick White Paper (July 2014).
  • Co-author, “D&O Insurers Take Note: U.S. Supreme Court Modifies the ‘Basic’  Game,” Sedgwick Insurance Law Blog (June 23, 2014).
  • Author, “New York to D&O Insureds: ‘You Can’t Relate!’ without Sufficient Factual Overlap,” Sedgwick Insurance Law Blog (June 6, 2014).
  • Co-presenter, “FDIC Failed Bank Litigation and Its Insurance-Related Implications,” presented in-house to clients (December 2013).

Mr. Ferguson served as a contributor to the 2011 edition of the Directors & Officers Liability Insurance Deskbook, published by the American Bar Association. Originally published in 1998, this book reflects on this history of directors and officers exposures and the insurance coverage called upon to address those risks, discussing existing issues as well as current topics and cases that reflect the dramatic legal changes over the past several years.

Affiliations, Accomplishments and Activities

Mr. Ferguson is active in professional development and mentoring initiatives at Sedgwick. He participates in the New York office subcommittee of the Sedgwick Working Parents Group. He has participated in activities involving the New York Office’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee. He is a member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS).

Prior to his law firm practice, Mr. Ferguson worked with the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) for the Department of Enforcement, and completed an internship with the New York Stock Exchange, Division of Enforcement. Mr. Ferguson also previously worked for a private investment bank in New York.

Areas of Concentration

D&O Coverage; Fidelity; Insurance; Insurance – Canada; Insurance – Latin America;  Offshore Professional Risks;  Professional Liability Coverage

Admissions

Florida; New York

Education

J.D. (2004) Tulane University Law School
B.A. (1998) University of Wisconsin-Madison