Working closely with company officers and directors, Scott Burton guides both buyers and sellers through the acquisition and/or disposition of private or publicly-held insurance entities. Scott oversees the Insurance Finance team, an integral part of Sutherland’s Insurance Practice. He focuses on domestic and international M&A, finance and securities and taxation issues as they relate to life, property and casualty insurance companies, blocks of insurance business, investment advisers, broker-dealers, insurance agencies and other insurance-related organizations.
A former corporate general counsel of ING America Insurance Holdings, Inc., Scott possesses an intimate understanding of the inner workings of major corporations and their legal departments. That experience helps insurance companies navigate the legal issues that often run parallel to, or follow, major transactions, including restructuring, reinsurance, financing, regulatory, and general corporate and transactional matters.
Sutherland advises The Hartford in strategic sale of its life insurance business.
Sutherland represented Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. in the sale of its individual life business; a strategic disposition in support of the company's plan to narrow its focus to property and casualty, group benefits and mutual fund businesses.
Sutherland represents The Hartford in $117.5 million sale of its corporate-owned life insurance business.
The Hartford turned to Sutherland for representation in the sale of its corporate-owned life insurance business to an affiliate of Philadelphia Financial Life Assurance Company.
Sutherland advises QBE Holdings, Inc. on the acquisition of the Balboa Insurance business.
Sutherland advised QBE Holdings, Inc. on its acquisition of the lender-placed and voluntary property and casualty insurance business from Bank of America.
Member, American Bar Association
Member, State Bar of Georgia
Member, North Carolina State Bar
Member, Atlanta Bar Association
Member, Association of Life Insurance Counsel
General Counsel, Risk Management Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit foundation supporting Georgia State University’s Mack Robinson College of Business, School of Risk Management
Member, Board of Visitors, Wake Forest School of Law