Directors and Officers Liability Insurance Products

Compare 74 products offered for Directors and Officers Liability Insurance from 38 companies including SLE Worldwide Australia Pty Ltd, Berkley Insurance Australia, and Arena Underwriting Pty Ltd.

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Gold Complete - Directors’ and Officers’ Liability (Financial Institutions) by AIG Australia Ltd Max Coverage N/A Min Premium N/A


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Gold Complete - Directors’ and Officers’ Liability (Commercial Institutions) by AIG Australia Ltd Max Coverage N/A Min Premium N/A


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Professional Indemnity and Directors and Officers Liability by Specialist Underwriting Agencies Pty Ltd Max Coverage N/A Min Premium N/A


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Directors and Officers Liability by AXA XL Max Coverage US$25M Min Premium N/A
  • US domiciled policyholders


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Directors' and Officers' Liability (D&O) by Liberty International Underwriters - Australia Max Coverage US$25M Min Premium N/A
  • companies with poor corporate governance
  • financially distressed companies
  • moral risks


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Excess of Loss Directors’ and Officers’ Liability by Pen Underwriting Pty Ltd Max Coverage AUD10M Min Premium N/A


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SHIELD Director's and Officer's Liability by London Australia Underwriting Pty Ltd Max Coverage AUD10M Min Premium N/A


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Directors and Officers Liability by DUAL Australia Pty Ltd Max Coverage AUD30M Min Premium N/A
  • bodily injury and property damage
  • fraud
  • prior known facts


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Directors and Officers Liability by Berkley Insurance Australia Max Coverage AUD20M Min Premium N/A
  • financial institutions


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Directors and Officers Liability by JUA Underwriting Agency Pty Ltd Max Coverage AUD10M Min Premium N/A


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Frequently Asked Questions

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What Is Directors and Officers Liability Insurance?

Directors and Officers (D&O) insurance, also known as Management Liability, is coverage for Management-level employees that provides protection against claims against them which may occur due to the outcomes of their decisions or practices. D&O Liability can protect company directors and officers individually, as well as the company as a whole.

Why Should I Purchase D&O Coverage?

Company managers are not just accountable for their own actions, but also the outcome of any decisions they make. It’s easy to make the wrong call if you’re working in a high-pressure environment, and if the mistake is particularly damaging the manager is personally liable for it. As more and more businesses operate globally it is essential for managers to have a solid knowledge of their markets as well as the various compliance regulations, government bodies, auditors’ opinions and best practices for corporate governance and risk management. Any broken regulation or missed area of compliance could prove costly for a business that trusts an employee to make high-level decisions. By purchasing D&O insurance coverage, companies and organizations can protect themselves against any unintentional mistakes.

What Does Directors and Officers Insurance Cover?

D&O insurance is primarily focused on the financial protection of managers in business, companies or organizations from claims made regarding any perceived wrongful acts, errors and omissions or whistleblowing. Certain risks, depending on the country of origin, can include:
  • employment practices
  • HR issues such as discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination or constructive dismissal shareholder actions
  • reporting errors
  • inaccurate or inadequate disclosure
  • unauthorized decisions
  • legal action already taken when the policy begins
  • breaching compliance, regulations or laws
D&O does not necessarily just cover the direct actions of a managing executive, but also the wider activities of the workforce. If any of these risks occur because of negligence from a manager -- or they fail to ensure their team upholds any areas of compliance -- then they may also be held responsible and accountable for their actions. Claims can be made from a variety of sources ranging from former employees, regulators, shareholder groups, third parties and even the actual company themselves. The expenses that need to be paid because of claims of wrongdoing or negligence from a manager include:
  • administrative and criminal proceeding costs
  • legal expenses / defense costs
  • financial losses / loss of earnings
Under a typical D&O insurance policy all past, present and future managers are covered. This means that as long as the coverage is kept up to date, historical claims can be included.

What Is D&O Side A Coverage?

Side A coverage (also referred to as ‘personal protection’) is the cover that applies to Directors and Officers individually, rather than the company. This allows a corporation to protect their executives against non-indemnifiable claims where the company cannot legally provide protection or is financially unable to do so. Side A coverage can either be bought as part of a large or general D&O package or as a stand-alone policy. It usually sits in excess of the other coverages and is usually referred to as ‘broad-form’ coverage.

What Is D&O Side B Coverage?

Side B coverage is the coverage for a company that requires reimbursement for its indemnification obligation to its directors and officers. As such, Side B coverage is mostly related to the claims brought against directors and officers.

What Is D&O Side C Coverage?

Side C coverage, also known as ‘entity coverage’ or ‘entity securities coverage’, is required when claims are made against both a company and its directors and officers. If a company is sued alongside the management associated with the claim then Side C covers the cost of anything associated with the lawsuit. Taken together, Side B and C coverage can also be known as Balance Sheet Protection.

Is There Insurance For Non-Profit Directors And Officers?

While some D&O products are all inclusive of directors and officers from all sectors, others concentrate specifically on nonprofit organizations. As the professional stakes can be higher for a nonprofit – in terms of brand reputation and personal assets – it is important to make sure that any potential legal fees or damages are covered from in the event of litigation from vendors, donors, competitors, employees and government regulators.

Are There Any Exclusions For Directors And Officers Insurance?

As with most insurance policies, there are certain areas that are not typically covered under most D&O plans. Of course, each insurance policy is different, so it is important to check exactly what is offered from a specific product, but most D&O policies tend to exclude the following:

 

  • deliberate or intentional acts
  • fraud
  • crime
  • illegal remuneration or personal profit
  • property damage and bodily injury (except corporate manslaughter)
  • legal action already taken when the policy begins
  • claims made under a previous policy
  • claims covered by other insurance

How Much Does Directors And Officers Insurance Cost?

The maximum limits of coverage will depend on the size of the company -- small companies may only require a coverage limit of $2m whilst larger international corporations can purchase limits of $300m and above. The will depend on a company’s revenue and will also determine the cost of any premiums. Any add-ons, extensions or excess layers will also affect the limits or total amount covered.

 

We spoke to Patrick Bourk, National Practice Leader at Integro, about the ins and outs of D&O Insurance.