Placement Assistance, Policy Reviews & Program Audits
The best way to ensure an insurance recovery is to get it right from the very beginning.
We work closely with our corporate clients, as well as their brokers and other advisors, to evaluate potential exposures and proposed policy wording when needed. Our team provides assessments at all levels of coverage, helping to seek enhancements when possible and ensuring that our clients are comfortable with their programs. When necessary, we provide guidance and counsel for clients as they deal with their brokers and insurers.
Our experience in handling coverage disputes combined with an understanding of market indicators, assists our clients in identifying improvements in policy language. As situations change over the course of time, we help clients understand what is attainable depending on the policy language and provide advice as to what may be achievable enhancements to their coverage.
Should a dispute arise, our team is highly capable of advocating and litigating for coverage rights, contributing to our clients’ bottom line by obtaining recoveries.
Insurance policies that we routinely review include:
- property and business interruption
- product contamination and recall coverage
- reps and warranties
- D&O, E&O, fiduciary and other professional lines
- construction, including OCIPs and CCIPs
- cyber insurance
- pollution liability insurance
- other specialty coverages
Contractual Risk Management
We design and implement contractual risk management techniques, including insurance procurement and indemnity provisions, being mindful of additional insured issues such as those we litigated in disputes related to the Deepwater Horizon disaster and major wildfires. More recently, we have advised companies in connection with issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic and the extreme winter storm in Texas.
We take a risk-focused approach to this work, as the activities our clients undertake have varying risks, which often warrants differing contract terms. We use a similar risk-focused approach to compliance, as many companies cannot, or do not wish to, dedicate the resources to audit every single contract that contains insurance procurement provisions.
Our indemnity work helps ensure that our clients know what risks they are taking on and what risks they are transferring to others so they can be consistent with their desired risk profile. We focus on special concerns such as anti-indemnity statutes concerning construction, public projects and the extraction of natural resources such as oil and gas, along with crafting provisions that comply with permissible exceptions.
Due diligence into a target company’s insurance program is necessary for any potential merger or acquisition of investment. With one of the nation’s strongest corporate teams, we know how deals are done and understanding a company’s insurance program is crucial to assess potential risk. In most cases, this due diligence is completed by brokers, but their work is not privileged. For any acquirer or investor, it is critical to understand the amounts, terms, quality and types of insurance. We help identify whether the policies are adequate, and confirm they are at a level that protects any potential veil‐piercing.
We focus on legal issues such as:
- ensuring the benefits of insurance policies can be property transferred
- designing runoff or tail coverage
- structuring coverage to match the terms of the transaction documents
- assessing potential and pending claims
- evaluating whether these claims have been properly reported
In addition, we help clients place reps and warranties policies in transactions, along with submitting claims and pursuing recoveries when those policies are triggered.