Thomas F. "Tom" Morante

Partner
Ft Lauderdale
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Tom Morante's practice focuses on the intersection of insurance, securities, corporate, banking and tax laws in an increasingly complex global regulatory environment. He counsels a broad range of businesses and investors, with a focus on the financial services industry.  He is co-chair of the Firm's Insurance Industry Team. His clients include insurers, reinsurers, captive insurers, funds and fund managers, intermediaries/producers and insureds, with emphasis on the following product lines: life and annuities (including PPLI and PPVA), health, title, property and casualty and cyber insurance.

Mr. Morante is a member of the firm's Latin America Practice Team, is fluent in Spanish, and has studied abroad in Colombia, Mexico and Spain. He is also a member of the firm's Data Privacy and Security Team with a focus on cyber insurance, and a member of the firm's National Healthcare and Life Sciences Team with a focus on the insurance aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

With respect to the financial services industry, Mr. Morante handles cross-border M&A, international trade regulatory, and compliance and enforcement matters. In collaboration with attorneys in the firm's offices in the U.S., Bogotá and Mexico City as well as partnering with foreign law firms, he advises insurance companies, producers and investment funds with respect to establishing operations and addressing compliance challenges in foreign countries.

Mr. Morante also assists in the development of offshore life insurance, annuities and other financial products in Bermuda and other jurisdictions, and provides counsel on the foreign country laws implicated in distribution and cross-border sale of offshore insurance products, with emphasis on Latin America.

Mr. Morante helps financial services companies comply with the USA Patriot Act and foreign country anti-money laundering laws, U.S. Export Control laws including Foreign Asset Control Regulations, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and foreign anti-corruption legislation. In addition, he advises insurance companies regarding the activities of the Federal Insurance Office (FIO) and its December 2013 Report, as well as in connection with the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) and the designation of systemically important financial institutions (SIFIs).

Mr. Morante also counsels clients on the financial services and insurance provisions of free trade agreements, including NAFTA and DR-CAFTA, the Free Trade Agreements (TPA) with Colombia and Panama, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership currently under negotiation.

Honors & Awards

  • PLI's 5th Edition Corporate Compliance Answer Book 2014
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, International Trade and Finance Law, 2005-2014; Insurance Law, Tax Law, 2014
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Insurance, 2011, 2012 
  • Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2007-2014
  • Top Lawyer, South Florida Legal Guide, 2003-2014
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Union College, New York
  • Distinguished Alumni, Washington College of Law Business Law Society, 2013
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated

Memberships

  • District of Columbia Bar, International Section, Member
  • The Florida Bar, Sections on International Law and Business Law, Member
  • Virginia State Bar, International Practice Section, Member 
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Member; International Business Law Committee, Member and Past Chair; Cyberspace Law Committee and Cybersecurity Subcommittee; Banking Law Committee, Corporate Governance Committee, and Federal Regulation of Securities Committee, Member
  • American Bar Association, Council of the Business Law Section and the Council Committee on Committee Support, Member
  • American Bar Association, Section of International Law; International Trade Committee, Member
  • American Bar Association, Rule of Law Initiative, Latin America and Caribbean Council
  • Thomson Reuters Business Law Partner, Advisory Board Member
  • Dean's Advisory Council, American University Washington College of Law, Member
  • International Alumni Leadership Council, American University Washington College of Law, Member 
  • Inter-American Dialogue's Latin American - Financial Services Advisor, Board of Advisors
  • Roster of U.S. Panelists for NAFTA Chapter 19 Dispute Settlement, Arbitrator
  • Export Legal Assistance Network (ELAN), U.S. Department of Commerce program, South Florida Coordinator