Charley Landgraf is widely recognized by his clients and peers as a leading "go-to" practitioner for challenging legislative and regulatory problems. Over the last three-plus decades, he has been involved in major legislative and regulatory initiatives involving insurance and financial services, international trade, environment, energy, housing finance, intellectual property, cyber-risk, and taxation. If it's a difficult or complex problem for sophisticated clients, Charley can help and is often called upon.
Charley proudly co-chairs the firm's Legislative & Public Policy team, where he has successfully navigated complex legislative and regulatory issues for clients in the insurance, banking, real estate, mutual fund, technology, steel, and energy industries, among others.
Charley has also formed and provided corporate and regulatory advice to various onshore and offshore insurance companies, including association and single-parent captives and risk retention groups, and he has deep experience in trade-in-services and insurance regulation at the state, federal, and transnational levels. He assisted in drafting the 1993 Russian Insurance Law, and has advised the China Insurance Regulatory Commission on regulatory development.
Prior to joining the firm, Charley was Managing Partner of the Washington, DC office of a former international law firm. He has a working knowledge of Russian and Thai.
- Played a key role in representing clients in connection with the development of Title V of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, both with respect to the creation of the Federal Insurance Office and the passage of the Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act, and has remained thoroughly engaged in the ongoing debate over insurance regulatory modernization.
- Advised numerous insurance clients in developing policies and procedures to comply with U.S. sanctions regulations, and was instrumental in developing a key provision in the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions Accountability and Divestment Act (CISADA) relating to such compliance programs.
- Played a key role in the development and passage of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002 (TRIA) and the successful efforts to renew the TRIA program in 2005 and 2007.
- Developed innovative solutions for insurance industry problems, including the formation of Policyholders Benefit Corporation, jointly financed by the nation's private mortgage insurers (PMI), to assume undefaulted insurance obligations when the then-largest PMI insurer was put into liquidation during the S&L crisis.
- Represented a variety of energy interests in successful legislative strategies relating to electric power transmission and supply, liquefied natural gas project development, nuclear power and renewable energy regulatory and tax policy.
- Pro bono activities include formation of charities responding to the 2004 Southeast Asian tsunami, contractual and liability insurance arrangements for community services in the post-Katrina Renaissance Village in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and creation of the Dek Thai Foundation.
Financial Services: Regulatory (2012)
- JD, New York University School of Law, 1978
- BA, Rice University, 1975
- District of Columbia
- Board of Trustees, Rice University, 2014
- Director and Secretary, International Insurance Foundation, 2000 – Present
- Staff Member, National Commission on Superfund, 1992 – 1994
- Vice President and Director, US-Thailand Amity for Charity, 2005 – Present