Category Archives: Insurance

2018’s most dangerous risks for insurers

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One definition of insanity is “doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome.” Well, we asked insurers the same question in December 2017 that we asked in December 2016: What are the most dangerous risks to your company in … Continue reading →

The importance of D&O insurers’ commitment to advance defense costs

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The problem One of the most important provisions in any D&O policy is the commitment by insurers to advance defense costs pending the resolution of the claim. That’s because many large and complex claims, including U.S. securities claims, take many … Continue reading →

The Sharing Economy hits InsurTech

WeGoLook CEO, Robin Smith (right), presented her company’s offering to about 40 Willis Towers Watson colleagues in Chicago on November 30, 2017 during the monthly CHI-BAR event. Also pictured were the organizers and hosts of the event, Andrew Johnston (Head of InsurTech, left) and Greg Moore (Broker, center).

WeGoLook CEO, Robin Smith (right), presented her company’s offering to about 40 Willis Towers Watson colleagues in Chicago on November 30, 2017 during the monthly CHI-BAR event. Also pictured were the organizers and hosts of the event, Andrew Johnston (Head … Continue reading →

Managing design-build risk

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As an underwriter and a broker specializing in Architects and Engineers (A&E) professional liability (PL) insurance over the last twenty years, I’ve seen design-build (DB) projects succeed and I’ve seen them fail miserably. Most would agree that everyone loses when … Continue reading →

Can insurance help drive private equity investment in renewable energy?

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One of the main reasons private equity (PE) firms have held back on investing in renewable projects is the perception that it’s difficult to predict how investments will perform. Renewables are volatile. Energy produced from them can vary from year … Continue reading →

Seasonal climate forecast for Europe

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At this time of year, in the midst of contract renewals, property insurers are keeping an eye on the long-range forecasts for the rest of the winter in Europe. We’ve all seen the headlines in the tabloids about the next … Continue reading →

5 cyber insurance trends to watch for in 2018

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What will cyber insurance buyers face in the coming year? Here’s a snapshot of the top five trends buyers can expect, based on findings from our 2018 Marketplace Realities Report: Cyber risk. 1. Total annual cyber premiums will continue to … Continue reading →

Should insurers settle a directors’ obligation to repay defense costs after criminal conviction?

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With the threat and reality of high profile white-collar criminal proceedings being brought against directors of very large companies in the U.K., it’s worth highlighting one extension of cover under directors and officers (D&O) liability policies that may not receive … Continue reading →

4 key takeaways from the 2017 ACORD Innovation Finals

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For the last three years, ACORD has sought to accelerate digital transformation in insurance through its innovation challenge, a competition that highlights tech-driven solutions from some of the best and brightest in the business. Boston played host to this year’s … Continue reading →

Assessing the aftermath: Lessons learned from Hurricane Irma

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Soon after hurricane Irma struck, Willis Re sent a team to survey the property damage in southwest Florida. After four days, and 900 miles, the team completed its assessment, which can be found here. Among the key lessons learned was … Continue reading →