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RESEARCH AND BRIEFING

Navigating the Rapidly Changing Directors and Officers Liability Market

 


In MENA, the D&O market has consistently been a buyers' market, with low premium rates, broad coverage, and a multitude of insurers competing to provide capacity for client programmes. While some sectors of the market became more challenging towards the end of 2019 – especially in high risk sectors such as US-listed companies – several other factors, including the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, have contributed to what is quickly becoming a hardening market in MENA. Navigating this rapidly changing market requires thoughtful advice, experienced broking, and the best support possible from your team of specialists.

The Rise of the MENA Multinational

MENA companies have traditionally been viewed as ”lower risk” from a D&O perspective due to the mostly favourable local litigation and regulatory environments. So why do these global trends impact MENA clients? The answer is simple: The rise of the MENA multinational. MENA companies are increasingly investing outwards and expanding their operations into overseas jurisdictions. For this reason, they are faced with an increasingly complex web of global regulation, opening themselves up to claims from regulators, customers, shareholders, and employees in international jurisdictions.