Foreign firms face increased US class action exposure and scrutiny from D&O insurers

Foreign firms face increased US class action exposure and scrutiny from D&O insurers

Foreign firms face increased US class action exposure and scrutiny from D&O insurers

D&O underwriters are increasing their scrutiny of US American Depository Receipts (ADRs), following recent cases that point to likely increased class action exposure for foreign companies. Recent legal cases in the US have shown foreign companies with ADRs – derivative securities issued by a depositary bank – may be more exposed to securities class action litigation than previously thought. In…

Confidence and risk both set to rise sharply in Asia next year

Confidence and risk both set to rise sharply in Asia next year

Confidence and risk both set to rise sharply in Asia next year

Asian companies expect to see a sharp spike in business confidence as they enter 2020, with 76% of firms expecting to be confident by May 2020 despite ongoing political problems in Hong Kong and China’s trade war with the US, according to a survey carried out by insurer CNA Hardy. The insurer said that given the political instability in Hong…

Five megatrends mean company directors face heightened D&O risk according to Allianz

Five megatrends mean company directors face heightened D&O risk according to Allianz

Five megatrends mean company directors face heightened D&O risk according to Allianz

Company executives are facing five “megatrends” that are set to create a heightened risk environment for D&O liability in 2020 and further challenge the profit margins of D&O insurers, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS), which said it has seen double-digit growth in D&O claims in the past five years. ‘Bad news’ or event-based claims have driven a…

Corporates urged to step up climate disclosure as liability and regulatory risk gather pace

Corporates urged to step up climate disclosure as liability and regulatory risk gather pace

Corporates urged to step up climate disclosure as liability and regulatory risk gather pace

A failure by corporates to improve climate risk disclosure would invite further regulation, according to experts taking part in a webinar hosted by Commercial Risk. Panellists agreed that while it is “early days” for companies adopting the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), some corporates are not taking the measures seriously enough. Neil Beresford, a partner…

Risk managers need to think long and hard about coal-supporting insurers

Risk managers need to think long and hard about coal-supporting insurers

Risk managers need to think long and hard about coal-supporting insurers

US and Asian insurers including AIG and MS&AD are coming under increased pressure to play their role in the fight against climate change by directing their investments away from climate-damaging sectors and backing away from underwriting industries such as coal. As the United Nations met in Madrid for its COP 25 Climate Change Conference and leading Spanish insurer Mapfre promised…

Autonomous ships to take decades says Kennedys, amid low levels of public support

Autonomous ships to take decades says Kennedys, amid low levels of public support

Autonomous ships to take decades says Kennedys, amid low levels of public support

The buzz around autonomous shipping could be premature, with the adoption of fully automated ships likely to take decades rather than years, according to law firm Kennedys. The legal and regulatory obstacles are too substantial for autonomy to reach its full potential any time soon, the law firm said. Regulatory standards led by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and the…

Parima members urged to focus on business travel risk as concerns over geopolitical shifts rise

Parima members urged to focus on business travel risk as concerns over geopolitical shifts rise

Parima members urged to focus on business travel risk as concerns over geopolitical shifts rise

Security threats, civil unrest and geopolitical unrest are the three top risks that may persuade business travel managers to change their itineraries in 2020, according to the Business Resilience Trends Watch Survey carried out by medical and travel services company International SOS. The survey, based on responses from more than 1,300 business travel decision-makers, is carried out in partnership with…

Cyber remains top of the list for Indian risk managers finds RIMS-Marsh survey

Cyber remains top of the list for Indian risk managers finds RIMS-Marsh survey

Cyber remains top of the list for Indian risk managers finds RIMS-Marsh survey

Large-scale cyberattacks remain the top risk for corporations across India, according to a joint study conducted by Marsh, the world’s leading insurance broker and risk adviser, and RIMS, the North America-based international risk management society. The resulting report, Excellence in Risk Management – State of Risk Management in India in 2019, was published by RIMS and Marsh at the RIMS Risk…

Asian risk managers struggle with new experience of hardening market: Baron

Asian risk managers struggle with new experience of hardening market: Baron

Asian risk managers struggle with new experience of hardening market: Baron

Risk and insurance managers across the Asia-Pacific region are struggling to deal with the new experience of having to deal with a hardening market, according to Franck Baron, president of the Pan Asia Risk & Insurance Management Association (Parima), speaking as it met for its conference in Kuala Lumpur this week. But the increasingly challenging market conditions actually present Parima…

Baron opens Parima conference with call to members to learn language of the c-suite

Baron opens Parima conference with call to members to learn language of the c-suite

Baron opens Parima conference with call to members to learn language of the c-suite

Risk and insurance managers across the Asia-Pacific region need to up their game when in communication with the c-suite and the board, and learn the language of the business as well as risk, so that senior management can better appreciate the value that they bring to the table, said Franck Baron, president of the Pan Asia Risk & Insurance Management…

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