From cyber risk to the changing regulatory landscape to increasing liability challenges for directors and officers, risks continue to evolve within the financial and professional liability insurance marketplace. What’s in store in the year ahead? Continue reading…
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Cyber coverage is also having an effect on directors and officers (D&O) liability in the United States. Oversight and increased requirements for disclosure on cybersecurity are making D&O coverage more important than ever. With the rise of data breaches and other cyber-attacks, directors and officers are responsible for making sure that they are taking sufficient steps to protect their company’s digital assets. In the case of a data breach, directors can be hit with shareholder suits and shareholder derivative actions claiming that the directors breached their fiduciary duty to the company for failing to put adequate cyber security measures in place.
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Contingent Business Interruption: Life Support for Industry: Traditional insurance products are insufficient to address these increasingly complex challenges. The standard business interruption policy only indemnifies an insured for a reduction in revenue following damage at its own premises. Contingent business interruption is a generic term for extensions to the standard cover that provide for reduction in revenue as a result of damage at locations other than the insured’s own premises, whether it be suppliers or customers. In some cases insurers are providing cover on a “non-damage” basis, which protects against insolvency or political risk among an array of contingencies that might disturb the supply chain.
Criminal Liability of Companies Under Spanish Law: What is the Real Impact on Directors & Officers Coverage? The financial crisis has triggered a number of criminal investigations against companies and their directors. In light of these developments, this section provides an overview of the recently introduced Spanish regulation concerning criminal liability of companies and the real impact this reform will have on directors and officers policies.
Swiss Supreme Court: Scope of Ban on Retroactive Insurance: The current Swiss Insurance Contract Act (Versicherungsvertragsgesetz, VVG) prohibits retroactive insurance. Therefore, an insurance contract is usually void if the risk no longer exists or the feared event has already occurred before the contract is concluded (Article 9 VVG).
Criminal Liability of Companies Under Spanish Law: What is the Real Impact on Directors & Officers Coverage?
The financial crisis has triggered a number of criminal investigations against companies and their directors. In light of these developments, this section provides an overview of the recently introduced Spanish regulation concerning criminal liability of companies and the real impact this reform will have on directors and officers (D&O) policies.
Employers Liability/General Casualty - United Kingdom:
Reinsurance rate reductions were achieved on accounts with good performance. Those accounts with a notable PPO exposure and where reinsurance purchasing was at a higher attachment point were subjected to higher volatility loadings.
Directors & Officers
D&O reinsurance rates were flat slightly at the January 1, 2012, renewal, despite small rate increases on some primary and lower excess insurance layers in recent months. Pricing was more competitive on higher excess insurance layers and is down approximately 10 percent year over year. For 2012 modest price increases in primary and first excess insurance layers are likely, especially in light of rate changes over the past few months. Rate decreases on excess insurance layers will be smaller, resulting in a net flattening. Small and medium-sized businesses are likely to follow the same trajectory.
Continental European Legislative and Judicial Trends: Directors and Officers (D&O) Liability Insurance: The Emerging Market in Poland
David Lewin, Managing Director
Directors and officers (D&O) insurance has grown steadily in popularity since it was introduced in Poland 15 years ago. Accompanied by a rise in risk-aware corporate leadership, D&O insurance has evolved from an unknown product in the mid-1990s to a near necessity during periods of economic instability.