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Financial lines / D&O

Financial lines / D&O

Our financial institutions and D&O team has a huge depth of experience in all aspects of FI and D&O work in the UK and internationally. The team advises on some of the largest losses in the sector for many insurers with an interest in the field. We have a mix of contentious and non-contentious experience, reflecting the needs of our clients both for practical advice on risk management and corporate governance issues, and for help in dispute resolution. We have considerable experience in drafting policies, dealing with coverage issues and advising insurers and the insured on the defence of complex claims, in what is a continually changing and expanding area.

We have acted for (re)insurers in coverage disputes and defended complex claims involving banks, building societies, pension funds, split caps, asset managers and hedge funds. We routinely handle disputes concerning complex investment products, hedging transactions and portfolio management, as well as multimillion pound misselling claims, and we are involved in disputes and in monitoring claims for insurers all over the world. 

We have considerable experience in drafting financial institutions policies, including producing new Computer Crime exclusions which are now being used market wide and are familiar with all financial institutions insurance products, including bankers' blanket bond, and professional indemnity. 

We have handled a wide-range of claims including directors’ disqualification proceedings; prospectus liability and M&A disputes including claims under warranty and indemnity insurance policies as well as on FSA and other regulatory investigations. We also have particular experience in handling international D&O claims on behalf of the market. 

We are fortunate in having the depth of experience and quality of fee earners to allow us to assist in any size of claim. Our associates are experienced in the field and we are able to operate with a level of partner involvement that is appropriate, depending upon your needs and those of your customers. Equally, we have the ability to assemble large teams at short notice to deal with difficult and complex matters.

We provide advice of the highest quality which reflects both the legal merits of the claims and the business priorities of the participants. A strong commercial understanding is essential to this process. Where disputes arise, we do our best to ensure that claims are handled promptly and with a minimum of publicity.