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Insurance Litigation

Allen & Overy’s international team of insurance litigation and arbitration lawyers is renowned for its legal and tactical expertise, depth of resource and clout in resolving coverage disputes.

We specialise in advising on the resolution of large and difficult claims and in the defence of claims against companies and their directors that are insured under all types of liability insurance policies. 

A&O is ideally positioned to take on cross-border cases given our extensive office network covering the key insurance markets in Western Europe, Asia and the U.S. We are world leaders in the use of arbitration, typically the preferred form of dispute resolution in insurance policies. 

Our insurance cases frequently involve catastrophic losses, difficult coverage and loss allocation issues, often with complex underlying international litigation and arbitration. We are experts in:

  • professional indemnity/civil liability 
  • product liability, toxic tort liabilities and product withdrawals (particularly in the pharmaceutical context) 
  • environmental, nuisance, property damage and business interruption claims 
  • directors and officers (D&O) liabilities, often connected to U.S. securities class actions 
  • catastrophe financial risk 
  • credit insurance 
  • crime policy/bankers blanket bond 
  • regulatory risk and political risk 
  • distressed captives and insolvent insurers 
  • insurance and reinsurance advisory services 

News & insights

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Publications: 21 JULY 2021

What to look for in a directors’ and officers’ liability insurance policy

A checklist setting out the key terms that insureds should review when notifying a claim or negotiating the terms of a directors’ and officers’ liability insurance policy.

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Publications: 07 APRIL 2021

Covid-19 triggers rapid shifts in private M&A tactics

From standstill to strong recovery, Covid-19 created a year of two halves for transactions in 2020, forcing buyers and sellers to adjust their tactics in the private M&A market.

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Global trends in private M&A

Publications: 13 JANUARY 2021

Global trends in private M&A

We have recently produced a client presentation on global trends in private M&A. Our findings draw on an in-depth analysis of around 1,400 private M&A deals that A&O has advised on globally, looking…

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Publications: 02 DECEMBER 2020

Court of Appeal restates the legal principles applicable to the sanction of Part VII transfers of insurance businesses

The Court of Appeal has today upheld the joint appeals by The Prudential Assurance Company Limited (PAC) and Rothesay Life Plc (Rothesay) against Snowden J’s refusal to sanction the transfer of a…

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A brief look at topical issues in contract law

A blog where experts from Allen & Overy analyse the latest contract law themes and developments, and what they mean for your business.