NAIC Creates Working Group to Examine Accelerated Life Underwriting

Accelerated underwriting is one of the fastest growing sectors of the life insurance industry and has allowed both traditional life insurance companies and insurtechs to forego medical exams to reduce the life insurance underwriting process from as long as 12 weeks down to 48 hours. However, as accelerated underwriting has […]

NAIC Announces AI Principles at National Meeting

From the use of neural networks that identify fraudulent claims, to the adoption of chatbots that help respond to policyholder questions, artificial intelligence has the potential to transform the insurance industry by automating and streamlining a wide range of insurance processes. AI, however, is not without regulatory risk, and the […]

Data Privacy Draws Increased Scrutiny From Insurance Regulators

Data privacy has become an increasing area of focus for many of our insurtech clients as they work to ensure they are in compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation and the California Consumer Privacy Act, which will go into effect on January 1, 2020. Although many insurtechs are […]

Representation & Warranty (R&W) Insurance – Current Market Trends

Over the last decade the use of R&W insurance in merger and acquisition transactions has grown exponentially. From 2008 to 2018, the total R&W policies bound per year in North America rose from 40 deals, providing $541 million of coverage to 1500+ R&W insurance transactions, providing aggregate coverage of $38.6 […]

Licence and Registration Please: Stolen Motor Insurance Data

In Aviva Insurance Ltd v David Oliver [2019] EWHC 2824 (Comm), Aviva Insurance Ltd (“Aviva”) brought a claim against David Oliver (the “Defendant”) based on the Defendant’s misuse of Aviva’s confidential policyholder information. Aviva’s claim included: (i) breach of confidence; (ii) inducing a breach of contract; and (iii) unlawful means conspiracy. […]

D&O Coverage for Cyber and Privacy Related Exposure

It goes without saying that cybersecurity is a top D&O liability concern for organizations today. According to Willis Towers Watson’s 2018 Management Liability (Directors and Officers) U.S. Survey, respondents cited cyber risks as the most concerning D&O risk for 2019. This is not at all surprising given the many recent […]

Supreme Court rules on non-party costs order against insurer

In Travelers Insurance Co Ltd v XYZ [2019] UKSC 48, the Supreme Court considered the application of the discretion under s 51 of the Senior Courts Act 1981 to make a non-party costs order against a liability insurer, where that insurer, here Travelers Insurance Co Ltd (Travelers), was both funding […]

Mortgagee Bank Scuttled

It is rare for insurers to succeed in refusing to pay out because the insured ship was scuttled. The burden of proof on the insurers is high and the evidence may be at the bottom of the sea. The “BRILLANTE VIRTUOSO” ((1) Suez Fortune Investments Ltd (2) Piraeus Bank AE v […]

High Court grants order for pre-directions in relation to scheme of arrangement potentially affected by Brexit

In AXA Art Vershicherung AG, UK Branch and Others, Re [2019] 10 WLUK 186 Roth J considered a joint application from three companies for pre-directions with regard to a proposed business transfer scheme. The three applicants were a German company, a French company and an Irish company, all within the […]

ITC Conference Highlights

The Cooley team had a busy ITC, attending seminars and breakouts, meeting clients and contacts and immersing themselves in the world of Insurtech. More details of Cooley’s extensive work in the Insurtech space can be found here. What were the takeaways from the conference?