Tag archives: insurance

Trends and opportunities in InsureTech M&A

Insurance companies have increasingly looked at technological innovation as both an opportunity to increase profit margins, and as a potential disruptive force in the industry, with some insurance executives estimating that one third of their operations may be lost to FinTech. On-demand insurance that allows a consumer to purchase insurance on an as-needed basis has … Continue reading

AIG reports increased R&W insurance claims in the M&A market

AIG, in its recently published 2017 M&A Claims Report, explored the rising number of representations and warranties (R&W) claims in the M&A market by examining AIG policies written between 2011 and 2015. Increase in R&W claims Mary Duffy, AIG’s global head of M&A insurance, posits that the marked increase in claims could stem from buyers … Continue reading

A rundown of “run-off insurance”

Run-off insurance is a particular aspect of director and officer liability (D&O) insurance that can protect directors and officers of a target company following an M&A transaction.  In many cases, a target company’s directors and officers will resign from their roles following an acquisition. Run-off insurance (also known as closeout insurance or run-off cover) protects … Continue reading

Cyber security: what the hack?

In a previous blog post, we discussed how to manage cyber security risks during the negotiation and due diligence stages of an M&A transaction. In this post we discuss cyber security insurance as a tool for managing this unwelcome risk. The cyber security risk Although businesses have been ramping up their information security systems, the … Continue reading

Foreign investors eye Canadian companies

Canadian companies are becoming increasingly attractive to American and European companies as targets of foreign investment according to a recent article from the Lexpert Special Edition on Canada’s Leading Corporate Lawyers, published within the June edition of The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business Magazine. The Lexpert article states that both U.S. and U.K.-based investors … Continue reading

Webinar – M&A in 2015: Reps and warranties insurance

Buyers and sellers are using M&A representations and warranties insurance more often in transactions as a tool to enhance bids in competitive auction processes and to minimize exposure to post-closing indemnification obligations. This type of insurance is beneficial to both buyers and sellers in M&A transactions by providing access to the insurance industry’s capital and … Continue reading

Make it someone else’s problem: allocating risk in M&A transactions through insurance

During the course of an M&A transaction, it is often the case that the most hotly negotiated aspects of a purchase agreement are the representations and warranties and related indemnities. This is not surprising as these are the key devices used to address allocation of risk as between the parties, and by extension, price. While … Continue reading

Representation and warranties insurance: 2015 outlook

The Financial Post recently published an article highlighting legal innovations from the US that may see an upsurge of use in the Canadian landscape in 2015, including representation and warranties insurance (R&W insurance). South of the border, Law360 reported that the use of R&W insurance “exploded, with the market for the liability policy growing roughly … Continue reading

M&A in the insurance industry

Mergers and acquisitions in the insurance industry are a big deal. Insurance companies range from small, regional private companies to large, international publicly-traded corporations with market capitalizations in the billions of dollars. When two companies decide to merge, or one company purchases part of another company, transactions can reach multi-billion dollar levels. In a fiercely … Continue reading
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