Our Perspective

  • How the Best Laid Plans Can Cut Cat Losses [Infographic]

    By Mike Griffin|May 26, 2014|English

    The hurricane season is here, and it's time to make sure you have an effective catastrophe plan in place. A good Cat plan translates into satisfied customers, fewer complaints and better retention levels. Going deeper, it also means reduced bad faith...

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  • How Facultative Reinsurance Can Help Ocean Marine Insurers [Presentation]

    By Sydonie Williams|May 15, 2014|English

    Our ocean marine clients bring us a wide range of risks, from individual shipments to complex project cargo on a single and open policy basis. Some cargo insurers, for example, have growing concerns about how to manage peak shipment values coming from...

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  • Multi-Story Wood Frame Construction - A Cause for Alarm?

    By Bill Healy|April 10, 2014|English

    Multi-story wood frame projects have been in the news recently, following a string of serious fires on construction sites. In December 2013 there was a massive fire on a $26 million wood frame site in Ontario. This year a development under construction...

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  • Cracks Starting To Appear in Causation Clauses

    By Sue Stein |April 08, 2014|English

    Causation continues to be a source of disputes between policyholders and carriers across the spectrum of first-party property claims. From wind and water claims to collapse and time element claims, causation is the starting point for any coverage determination...

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  • Farm Pollution Exposures: A New Crop of Claims [Infographic]

    By Charlie Kingdollar|April 06, 2014|English

    There is a new trend in pollution exclusion litigation arising from traditional environmental events; these claims are characterized by more benign, yet bothersome, scenarios and materials. In the farm context, the new crop of claims involves the spreading...

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  • Lightning Strikes and Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing

    By Mike Griffin|March 23, 2014|English

    Lightning strikes cause 22,600 fires a year, resulting in approximately $407 million in damage. While the majority of lightning-related fires involve outdoor vegetation, most notably forest fires, there are also approximately 4,300 structure fires yearly...

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