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Insurers watching Hong Kong directors’ ruling

  • Publish Date: Posted about 7 years ago

Global insurers are watching a tribunal ruling in Hong Kong that would tip Asia’s market for company insurance coverage into the purple. Directors and officers insurance coverage protects firm leaders from some liabilities when an organisation is sued. A civil suit in Hong Kong brought by the Securities and Futures Commission in opposition to a Chinese state-backed conglomerate could impact the market for the insurance policies. The SFC pressed market misconduct expenses in opposition to Citic in 2014 for failing in 2008, when it was known as Citic Pacific, to reveal instantly billions of in losses on a foreign money hedge gone improper. A ruling on that case, which is searching for HK$1.9bn ($245m) from 5 firm administrators to compensate 500 traders is predicted in the primary quarter of the year. The case resembles a category motion suit and, if dominated in favour of the SFC, will deliver with it a better threat to insurance coverage for executives. “If the recent case sets a precedent and becomes a systemic risk, it may have a potential to reset the D & O pricing in this market,” mentioned Lei Yu, CEO for Hong Kong at insurance coverage dealer Marsh.