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Why cannabis companies are seeing lower D&O rates

February 22, 2022 Jason Contant

Pricing for cannabis-related directors and officers (D&O) insurance is trending downward, but only relative to the rest of the market, said an insurance brokerage executive. “When cannabis was first legalized in Canada, you had a handful of carriers that [offered]

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Challenging market conditions remain for these two lines in Canada

February 10, 2022 by Jason Contant

Market conditions for cyber and directors’ and officers’ (D&O) lines of business remain challenging in Canada, according to Aon plc’s latest quarterly Global Market Insights Report. Aon’s report for the fourth quarter of 2021, released Wednesday, emphasizes how new forms

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Fast pace of private equity investments means more insurance placements for portfolio companies

December 14, 2021 Jason Contant

Speed can equal success when a private equity firm is looking to acquire a company. But the rush to close a deal can also mean insurance gets put on the back burner. A private equity firm often buys a controlling

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Institutional investors increasingly likely to divest on ESG grounds

December 6, 2021 Canadian Underwriter Staff

Like insurers, Canada’s institutional investors are examining how environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors weigh into their operational decisions. A new EY report on global institutional investors that includes Canada showed 74% are more likely to divest from companies with

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Stability, finally? What insurers and brokers can look forward to in 2022

November 12, 2021 Brooke Smith

Brokers and insurers may see some stabilization in the market in 2022. “We saw tremendous rate pressure, high operating ratios, and low ROIs in 2019 and 2020,” said Kevin Neiles, president, Western Canada and chief markets officer at Gallagher, during

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Ignoring ESG means ‘significant’ D&O risk to insurers and business: AGCS

October 19, 2021 Canadian Underwriter Staff

Businesses and insurers ignore environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues at their peril, an Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) report released this month suggests. “If an ESG issue is not handled or disclosed appropriately by the company or board,

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Two emerging trends in D&O liability

March 2, 2021 by Jason Contant

Cyber claims morphing into directors’ and officers’ liability and the increased sophistication of the plaintiff bar in Canada are two emerging trends in D&O lines, HDI Global Specialty SE – Canada told Canadian Underwriter recently. Oren Schemool, head of financial

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Financially, which of your clients are hurting the most?

August 7, 2020 by David Gambrill

Canadian construction and real estate development companies appear to be hurting the most during the pandemic, according to bankruptcy records kept by the federal government. Twenty-seven Canadian companies have been granted creditor protection since the novel coronavirus was declared a

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How D&O claims could arise from COVID-19

March 17, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If your clients are accused of failing to warn shareholders of the impact of COVID-19, their directors and officers could have liability exposure, experts from Marsh suggest. Generally speaking, directors and officers tend to have the same liability exposure as