5 Key Themes from the SEC’s Cybersecurity Roundtable

SEC Cyber Security

On March 26th, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission hosted a day-long roundtable to discuss cybersecurity and the ensuing issues and challenges for the securities markets and public companies. Continue reading →

Deferred Prosecution Agreements in the UK: Should Directors Worry?

Maginot Line

Should directors worry about deferred prosecution agreements, or are DPAs just another instance of facing the right enemy but in the wrong direction? Continue reading →

Why Would a Charity Use a Captive Insurer?


Recently a major international charity announced their captive will expand from writing UK-only business to play a key role in their international property programme. But with no tax drivers, and no shareholders demanding increased profits, or demonstrations of risk governance, … Continue reading →

Guide to ERM: Risk Management Disclosures

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U.S. insurers have made the case to the insurance regulators at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) who have been drafting the U.S. Own Risk and Solvency Assessment (ORSA) requirements that the ORSA report as defined will contain sensitive … Continue reading →

Buying Cyber Insurance: A Matter of Perspective

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With stories of commercial mass data loss and network downtime grabbing headlines on an almost weekly basis, the commercial world is having to take note of the very real risk presented by our reliance on technology—and the methods available to … Continue reading →

Dewey & Le Boeuf: The Kitchen Becomes Decidedly Hot

Hot under collar

Several months ago I blogged on an aspect of the fall-out of the collapse of law firm Dewey & Le Boeuf.  Now it seems the position has become even bleaker for a number of former senior executives within that practice.  Continue reading →

When 25% of the Top 500 Multinational Corporations are in Emerging Economies

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The World Economic Forum’s Outlook on the Global Agenda 2014 provided one of the more interesting numbers in international business recently:  Firms in emerging economies accounted for 25% of the top 500 multinational corporations in 2012, with 127 out of … Continue reading →

Video: How Reinsurance Training has Developed

Keith Riley video

Recently I spoke with Richard Mackillican, Communications Director for Willis Re, about the Reinsurance Training Programme and how the industry has changed since I joined over 40 years ago. Continue reading →

Cyber Vulnerabilities of Tech and Telecom Companies— as Reported to the SEC

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It is virtually impossible to do business today without using technology and telecommunications, both directly and indirectly, in the delivery and payment of goods and services.  “Critical infrastructure” is what the federal government labeled this sector. Continue reading →

Sex, Greed and Fear on Remuneration Committees

Rolls Royce

I went to an interesting debate on executive pay recently at the Financial Times Non-Executive Directors’ Forum.  One of the speakers expressed the view that remuneration committees in public companies are no different from any other group of humans interacting … Continue reading →