Covid-19 brings insurance policies for directors back into mainstream

Enlightened buyers, particularly those with complex global exposures to litigious markets, are waking up and demanding sophisticated covers for their specific needs.

Why, how, and to what extent AI could enter the decision-making boardroom?

While it is still early days, some independent directors and professional advisors have begun to assert what they will do and what they will not, and they want to have that preferably in black and white.

Praveen Gupta
An insurance offering that almost became a laggard is getting back into the mainstream, thanks to  Covid-19. Despite the growing frequency and severity of claims, many intermediaries stopped selling the Directors and Officers (D&O) Liability insurance because the product became very commoditised in the recent past, and the servicing demands attached to it were high.

Starting from the Bhopal Gas tragedy of 1984, the Indian insurance industry began to realise the need for domestic expertise in liability classes. Despite a D&O product becoming available by the late 1990s, Satyam Computers was a wake-up call. While overseas shareholders could as a class bring action and seek remedy from Satyam, domestic shareholders were left high and dry.

Ironically, the Companies Act 2013

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First Published: Jun 20 2020 | 11:21 PM IST

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