Protecting Against Catastrophic Loss with D&O Liability Insurance


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Helen K. Michael, Partner and Co-Leader Insurance Recovery Team, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Louise E. Ma, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Margaret J. Davidson, Editor, Commercial, Practical Law Company 



In the wake of the recent financial crisis, the passage and implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act, and heightened enforcement activity by the SEC, the FDIC and other agencies, companies and their legal counsel face increased exposure for civil and criminal governmental investigations and lawsuits brought by the government and private litigants. Such investigations and litigation can have serious financial consequences. Directors’ & officers’ (“D&O”) liability insurance can provide important protections against these potentially catastrophic losses. 

Join Practical Law Company and Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP for a free 75-minute webinar in which Helen K. Michael, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, Louise E. Ma, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP and Margaret J. Davidson, Editor, Practical Law Company, will provide an overview of recent legal developments creating increased risks for companies including:

  • New SEC units overseeing enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and regulatory oversight of financial practices and markets.
  • The rise in whistleblower tips and enforcement activity resulting from implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act.
  • The SEC and other regulators’ creative and aggressive pursuit of expanded theories of liability.
  • The growing usage of investigative techniques including wiretapping and electronically recorded evidence, “sweeps” investigations, and pre-complaint subpoena power.

Additionally, the presenters will provide legal counsel with information to help their client companies maximize their D&O insurance protection for such risks including: 

  • Avoiding traps in the policy placement and renewal process.
  • Best practices for managing D&O insurance claims.
  • Other steps for protecting and maximizing insurance policy payout.


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