Category Archives: Insurance and Risk Management

Do D&O insurance policies cover claims for ‘damages’ brought by insolvency practitioners?

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With D&O policies becoming longer and more complex, an increase in claims activity and signs that the market may be hardening, the need to focus on the important stuff has never been greater. I have often blogged before about the … Continue reading →

Highlights from the 2018 ACORD Insurance Innovation Challenge (Semifinals)

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This year’s ACORD InsurTech Innovation Challenge revealed that InsurTech companies are identifying efficiencies in the insurance industry through a variety of different methods. Both the sharing economy and artificial intelligence (AI) are predicted to become more important over the coming … Continue reading →

Looking to succeed in credit markets? Diversity and a long time horizon can be your best friends

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Ever since the global financial crisis, we’ve found investors have been slow to diversify their fixed income portfolios, and for good reason: Mainstream corporate credit (including investment grade and high yield), have performed incredibly well, supported by declining interest rates, … Continue reading →

How risk appetite frameworks can be more than ‘tick-box’ exercises

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When we talk to board members of insurance companies, we often hear that risk appetite frameworks are too far removed from the day-to-day reality of conducting business and their only purpose is to satisfy regulatory or rating-agency requirements. But if … Continue reading →

Are you ready for peak 2018 hurricane season?

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While current predictions indicate a relatively quiet hurricane season, particularly in comparison to last year, it only takes one major hurricane making landfall in a built-up area to create a significant loss, as we saw with Hurricane Andrew in 1992 … Continue reading →

Are new laws that will make directors of holding companies accountable for the sale of distressed subsidiaries a charter for zombies?

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I’ve written before about the extent to which English courts have been prepared to lift the corporate veil and hold a parent company responsible for the acts and defaults of another company in the same group. In the Chandler case, … Continue reading →

IFRS17: More snakes than ladders for property & casualty insurers?

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On first sight, the requirements of the new IFRS17 global accounting standard that will come into effect on January 1, 2021, appeared none too daunting for property and casualty (P&C) insurers. In general, such insurers appeared pretty relaxed, even nonchalant, … Continue reading →

Can you rely too much on professional advice as a director?

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Blame the lawyers is a familiar refrain. As one myself, I recognize the accusation. There is perhaps a connection between the uncertain times in which we live and the stellar earnings reported recently by Magic Circle law firms. From sanctions … Continue reading →

Midyear update: Most dangerous risks for insurers in 2018

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In January, we wrote about 2018’s most dangerous risks for insurers, highlighting what more than 200 insurance managers cited as the top 10 risks to watch for the year. Now that we’re midway through 2018, it’s time to take a … Continue reading →

Three tips for senior managers seeking to avoid reputational damage

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A theme to which I often return is the extent to which there is scope for divergence of interest between individuals and their employers, especially in the context of regulatory investigations. For more, see my blog, Supreme Court victory for … Continue reading →