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Coverage Snapshot: D&O Liability

You’ve probably heard the term Directors and Officers Liability or D&O, but what exactly is it and why is it important you and your business? 

Directors & Officers Liability is an insurance policy that protects both the personal assets of individual Directors and Officers of a company, as well as the corporate balance sheet for the company they work for.  


Most D&O Liability policies include three major coverage components, which are universally recognized as: 


Insuring Clause A 

aka Side A – Protects the personal assets of the individuals Directors & Officers for scenarios where the company they work for us unable to indemnify them. 


Insuring Clause B 

Policy reimburses the company for indemnification provided to individual D&O’s. 


Insuring Clause C 

Policy reimburses the company for claims where the company is named, subject to the exclusions in the policy. Note that for publicly-held companies, the Coverage C is only available for securities claims against the entity. 


Equally as important as understanding the basic tenants of a D&O policy is recognizing the impact that individual definitions, exclusions, or conditions can have on any given claims scenario. It is the job of a trusted insurance advisor to strengthen, as much as possible, definitions, such as Claim or Loss while restricting, as much as possible, exclusions, such as Fraud exclusions Entity versus Insured exclusions. 


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Coverage Snapshot- D&O Liability