NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP announced today that Dodie C. Kent has joined the firm’s insurance and financial services practice as partner in New York. Prior to joining Sutherland, Ms. Kent was Associate General Counsel at AXA Equitable, where she served as the company’s principal legal securities advisor regarding its variable and fixed life and annuity product lines.
With more than 20 years of experience as corporate counsel in the financial services industry, Ms. Kent advises on product design, marketing and administrative issues as they relate to variable and fixed life insurance and annuity products. She also has particular experience counseling on related regulatory compliance and enforcement issues. She focuses on many novel and complex insurer initiatives, including the de-risking of legacy product offerings; the design and regulation of index-linked investments; issues related to the use of volatility management; and the simplification of variable annuity disclosure.
Ms. Kent’s in-depth knowledge of these topics and tenure as corporate counsel provides her with a practical, results-oriented understanding of insurance companies’ internal processes and competing business inputs related to product development, distribution and administration.
“We are thrilled to welcome Dodie to the firm,” said Sutherland Financial Services Practice Group Leader Stephen E. Roth. “Her background, particularly in variable life and annuity insurance regulations and issues, enhances the comprehensive legal and strategic advice we provide to insurance industry clients.”
Sutherland’s addition of Ms. Kent is the latest step in the firm’s expansion of its insurance and financial services practice in New York. Sutherland, one of the premier insurance and financial services firms in the country for decades, has more than 125 attorneys serving insurance and financial services sector clients.
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