Directors' & Officers' Insurance

Directors' & Officers' Insurance

In today’s corporate environment, the role of the director is not only demanding but individuals holding such a position have an increasingly high exposure to risk. Beholden to company shareholders, financial regulators and government agencies, a director faces potential legal liabilities on all sides.

With the onset of more stringent corporate governance guidelines and complex legislation, the risks and responsibilities borne by directors and officers worldwide are ever increasing.

Directors’ and Officers’ Liability Insurance (D&O) is the most effective means of ensuring a level of protection against the potential costs of defending a court case, regulatory investigation or the settlement of a claim. Failure to purchase such cover can be costly for businesses and put the personal assets of directors at risk.

THE COVER

In addition to covering the cost of defending legal proceedings, an effective D&O policy should also offer specific protection against the following:

  • Investigation by governments and regulators
  • Damages awarded by a court
  • Civil sanctions (fines and penalties)
  • Claims made by dissatisfied employees
  • Claims made against the directors by the company itself
  • Claims made against the directors of subsidiary companies
  • Claims made against individuals in their capacity as directors of external entities, with positions held on the insured company’s behalf

We would also urge clients interested in D&O insurance to consider a number of closely related insurance products to further strengthen overall protection levels, including:

  • Public Offerings Insurance (Prospectus Liability)
  • Public Officials Liability Insurance
  • Side A Insurance (directors only cover)
  • Trustee Liability Insurance
  • General Partner Liability Insurance

OUR TEAM

Our team of D&O specialists uses its expertise to develop custom-made policies that meet our clients’ specific needs. We are determined negotiators and our excellent relationships with all the major insurers result in competitive premiums for our clients.We also have an integrated and specialised claims team which is instrumental to the design of our insurance products.