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As the leader in specialty insurance distribution, we work with retail insurance agents, brokers and consultants to provide solutions to their commercial property and casualty risk placement challenges.

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Through our relationships with more than 800 E&S and specialty markets, our P&C business has grown to be the largest wholesale insurance broker in the U.S., placing $8.9 billion in property, casualty and professional lines premium annually.

Our dedicated national practice groups, our brokers and underwriters have the collective knowledge and relationships of the firm at their fingertips. They can handle nearly any placement challenge – from highly complex, layered accounts to small binding authority business.

We also have underwriting authority for more than 30 niche insurance programs to meet the unique needs of specific classes, and access to a leading London broker through our international division.

 


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Casualty, Property & Casualty

Landlord & Tenants and the Subrogation Dilemma

08/15/17

While insurance may protect a tenant against subrogation by a landlord’s insurer, the liability of the tenant to the landlord is ultimately a question of law. As a result, any defense to a tenant’s liability is the practice of law. Learn the importance of consulting qualified legal counsel regarding questions of tenant liability, including the consideration of the various approaches to limiting that liability to the landlord.

Professional Lines, Property & Casualty

Is Your Insured’s Website Compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act?

08/15/17

Recent court rulings, have extended the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to apply to websites that are ‘heavily integrated’ with and serve as a ‘gateway’ to a physical stores/services. As a result, companies are now finding themselves targets for ADA claims based on the inaccessibility of their websites and media by those who are disabled. Learn how you can protect your clients.

Environmental, Property & Casualty

The New EPA Underground Storage Tank Regulations: A Compliance Primer

07/20/17

Underground storage tank (“UST”) regulations are intended to safeguard public health and safety, as well as reduce the economic impacts of a UST system failure. This article discusses developments set forth in the most recent federal UST regulations, which became effective in October 2015.

Property, Property & Casualty

Insurance-Linked Securities: Providing Capacity to Catastrophe Risks

07/20/17

Insurance-Linked Securities (ILS) provide alternatives to traditional indemnity-based insurance products by allowing investors to provide capacity, primarily on property catastrophe risks. Whether purchased in addition to a traditional program or in lieu of a traditional setup, ILS arrangements may offer a more efficient use of capital and can be fine-tuned to meet the needs of the insurance buyer.

Property & Casualty

Share, But Be Aware: Growing Up with the Sharing Economy

06/15/17

In today's sharing economy, millions of people rely on strangers to provide services and goods to them through various online platforms, such as Uber. Sometimes, however, problems can arise within the corporate structure of the sharing platform itself or arise out of the exchange. As a result, adequate insurance is an important consideration for those who wish to engage in the sharing economy.

Property & Casualty

Recent Changes to English Law Uberimmae Fidei, the Doctrine of Utmost Good Faith

06/15/17

Recent changes to English insurance law have replaced the doctrine of “utmost good faith” (uberimmae fidei) with the new principle of “fair presentation,” but the doctrine remains unchanged in United States federal maritime law. Will we see the strict doctrine of utmost good faith replaced by the principle of fair presentation in the U.S.? Inconsistency in recent federal court decisions provide insight into this possibility.

Property, Property & Casualty

10 Catastrophe Claim Tips for Severe Weather Season

05/16/17

Severe weather can be unpredictable and strike at any time. Help your clients be prepared in the event their property is damaged by a hurricane, tornado, hailstorm or similar disaster with these 10 catastrophe claim tips.

Property, Property & Casualty, Transportation

Railroad Property Business Keeps Rolling

05/16/17

The engine and cars that come down the track are only a small part of the property of any railroad operation. Property exposures are as diverse and complex as railroads themselves and require a specialized approach to navigate the insurance marketplace.

Casualty, Construction, Property & Casualty

CGL Exclusions Common To Construction-Related Claims

04/20/17

The Commercial General Liability policy (CGL) is an essential factor in the equation that consists of building planning, financing, construction, operation, and protection from risk. Standard ISO form CGL policies contain an insuring clause subject to long-standing exclusions, which have been the subject of interpretation and case law over the years. This article focuses on the operation of the form’s exclusions j, k, and l.

Manufacturing, Professional Lines, Property & Casualty

Manufacturers E&O: Coverage Beyond a Standard Policy

04/20/17

The manufacturing industry contributed to over 12% of the U.S. economy in 2015, and this number is expected to increase. While new growth in production and sales is a positive development for businesses, it may also open the door to an elevated and often misunderstood insurance risk: financial damages not caused by bodily injury or property damage.

Cyber Liability, Professional Lines, Property & Casualty

Cyber Liability: The D&O Dilemma

03/21/17

In the event of a cyber attack, the Directors & Officers (D&O’s) of a company are often held liable. D&O's should ensure they have comprehensive insurance coverage as well as mitigate their cyber liability exposure with these three steps.

Casualty, Construction, Property & Casualty

5 Risk Transfer Options for Owners and Developers

03/21/17

Owners and developers involved in construction projects must deal with the inherent risks involved with such projects. Their options are typically limited to avoiding, assuming, controlling/mitigating, or transferring the risk. This article addresses the most common risk transfer options.

Environmental, Property & Casualty, Transportation

Transportation Pollution Liability: From Point A to B and In Between

02/21/17

When a cement truck turns over and pollutes a stream, how is that insured’s exposure addressed? If a freight hauler is unloading drums of soap and one of those drums turns over and spills into a storm drain, how will the insured be protected? In the environmental marketplace, carriers will offer transportation pollution liability coverage to address these exposures.

Professional Lines, Property & Casualty

Enhancing Securities Market Investors’ Protection in North America

02/21/17

The financial markets' crisis and the failure of major banks, securities broker/dealers and insurers together with an upswing in cases of fraud has meant that investors are profoundly concerned with the protection of assets they have entrusted to others. Fortunately, there are statutory bodies and insurance policies in both the US and Canada which have been created to address these concerns.

Casualty, Property & Casualty

Arbitration Law As We Move Into 2017

01/26/17

Arbitration is becoming a frequently preferred method for dispute resolution, especially in commercial matters and those involving consumer contracts. While there are many positives to arbitration, there are also drawbacks. This article discusses the basis and background of arbitration and current trending and emerging subjects.

Casualty, Property & Casualty, Transportation

8 Areas in which the Electronic Logging Mandate will Impact Trucking

01/26/17

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration mandate which requires nearly all U.S. truck operators to use electronic logging devices (ELDs) to track duty status has been upheld in court and will take effect December 16, 2017. The mandate will impact not just the trucking industry, but the trucking insurance sector as well.

Casualty, Healthcare (P&C), Property & Casualty

3 Factors Threatening the Nursing Home Liability Market

12/13/16

With ample capacity in nursing home and long-term care liability insurance, competition remains strong among carriers. However, the convergence of three separate events are threatening to create a perfect storm in the marketplace.

Casualty, Property & Casualty, Workers' Compensation

How to Combat Rising Rates and Retentions in Excess Workers' Compensation Insurance

11/08/16

For 10 years, rates and retentions for self-insureds have been steadily (sometimes drastically) increasing. The good news is there's a way to fight the increases, though it has little to do with insuranc​e.

Cyber Liability, Professional Lines, Property & Casualty

Endorsements that Protect Your Clients from Social Engineering Losses

11/08/16

In response to the masses becoming more aware of cyber-attack techniques, hackers have countered with more sophisticated attacks, such as CEO Fraud, also known as Social Engineering Fraud. How we do we address this increasing risk as an industry?

Casualty, Property & Casualty, Workers' Compensation

Protection & Indemnity Insurance – Overview and Coverage Concerns

09/20/16

P&I insurance, which is liability coverage for vessel owners, is subject to many exclusions and special conditions. Often, we see instances where the P&I insurer declines defense and indemnity in cases involving injuries to crew members. Here's a closer look at why.