People Moves: Lockton Adds IP Experts Sandler and Taylor; Byrne Hired at Cowbell as VP Tech E&O Underwriting

May 25, 2023

Lockton Adds Intellectual Property Experts to Transaction Liability Practice

Lockton has hired Jason Sandler and Craig Taylor to its intangible asset and contingent liability practice, a division within its broader transaction liability practice.

Gaurav Sud, partner and co-practice leader said: “We are deeply focused on innovation and believe that Jason and Craig will help our clients extract value from their IP assets, an asset class that is only taking on added importance as technological development accelerates and in the context of macro economic uncertainty.”

Sandler and Taylor bring significant expertise in IP matters and associated credit and monetization strategies, including collateral protection insurance. They will advise clients on the placement of coverages that support the residual value of IP, in addition to working with Michael Perich, head of litigation insurance, on policies that provide support for IP-related disputes and litigations.

Sandler most recently served as a senior vice president at Marsh. Before that, he was an IP attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

Taylor most recently served as a senior vice president at Marsh. He has spent over a decade in the insurance industry.

Cowbell Bolsters Underwriting Leadership

Cowbell, a provider of cyber insurance to small- and medium-sized businesses, said it has hired Matt Byrne as vice president of tech E&O underwriting, He will report to Caroline Thompson, senior vice president of underwriting.

Byrne has over eight years of underwriting experience in cyber and professional lines at traditional carriers and MGAs, supporting SMEs with up to multi-billion revenue risks. In addition to working on professional lines, Byrne has experience working on traditional P&C lines supporting larger programs. He is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and focused on retail and wholesale relationships across the US.