The increased risks for directors and officers Post-COVID
Since the outbreak of Covid-19, directors and officers of companies have faced increased risks and liabilities. These risks include potential litigation from shareholders, employees, and customers, as well as investigations and regulatory actions.
To protect themselves from these risks, directors and officers need to purchase D&O insurance. D&O insurance will help to cover the costs of legal fees and any damages that may be awarded.
With the remote work environment and the increase in cyber-attacks, there is an increased risk of data breaches. Directors and officers need to be aware of these risks and take steps to protect the company’s data. One way to do this is to purchase cyber insurance. Cyber insurance will help to cover the costs of a data breach, including the costs of investigation, notification, and data recovery.
One case study about D&O insurance during the pandemic is about a company named Blink. Blink is a smart home security company and their D&O insurance policy covered them when an employee made false statements about the company on social media. Litigation cost Blink the amount of $2.5 million and their D&O insurance policy covered $1.5 million of that.
Had the company not had the proper insurance coverages in place, they would have had to pay for the legal fees and damages out of their own pocket, which could have been detrimental to the company.
Another notable case of D&O insurance companies can learn from is the case of Hertz which filed for bankruptcy. During the bankruptcy process, it was revealed that the company did not have enough D&O insurance to cover all the potential claims that could be brought against the company. This led to the company having to purchase additional insurance to cover the potential risks.
If companies do not have enough D&O insurance, they may be left exposed to potential risks that could lead to financial ruin. It is important for companies to have the proper amount of D&O insurance in place to protect themselves from these risks.
The cost of D&O insurance in Asia post-pandemic is estimated at $600 million, which is a 50% increase from 2019. The rise in cost is due to the increased number of D&O claims being filed, as well as the increased amount of coverage that is needed.
Now more than ever, it is important for companies to have the proper insurance coverages in place. D&O insurance can help to protect the company from the increased risks that they are facing. Cyber insurance can help to protect the company from the increased risk of data breaches. companies should purchase the proper insurance coverages to protect themselves from the risks that they are facing.