Directors' and Officers' - DAC Beachcroft

Directors' and Officers'

We are acutely conscious of the potentially serious reputational, financial and personal impact D&O claims can carry with them for individuals, companies and their insurers. We offer pragmatic and focused solutions tailored to the needs of our clients and the issues they face.

What we do

Across the globe, DAC Beachcroft has a network of highly experienced lawyers, with specialist knowledge of the local jurisdiction. Our lawyers:

  • Assist on minimising risk management issues and advise on corporate governance and regulatory issues;
  • Advise on the duties and liabilities of company directors and officers;
  • Defend companies, directors and officers against civil claims and regulatory investigations;
  • Advise and defend directors in connection with disqualification proceedings;
  • Advise insurers with regard to policy coverage investigations;
  • Our experience extends to both financial institutions and commercial D&O claims/issues.

What we are known for

  • Advising D&O insurers in relation to the largest corruption case in Norwegian history;
  • Acting for directors facing disqualification proceedings brought by the Secretary of State in respect of European Home Retail and Farepak ("Christmas Hampers")
  • Advising insurers on coverage of claims for an indemnity by former directors of a highly publicised failed collective investment scheme incorporated in Guernsey;
  • Advising reinsurers on coverage of defence costs incurred by directors and officers in investigations by Iceland’s Special Prosecutors Office, and the UK’s Serious Fraud Office;
  • coverage advice in respect of a deception claim made against the CEO of a major pharmaceutical company;
  • Providing coverage advice to D&O insurers in FSA/FCA investigations into the activities, management control and financial security of large UK broker and its directors.

What our clients say

"An innovative firm that never fails to deliver ... They are able to mobilise a strong team whatever the size of the claim." Chambers and Partners 2015 Edition, London 2015

"DAC Beachcroft LLP is ‘prompt, excellent and understands the needs of the client.'" Legal 500, London 2015

“A very progressive firm with extensive knowledge of the compensation landscape in Ireland ... has a vibrant defence litigation team which specialises in professional indemnity." Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa, 2014 Edition, Insurance: Ireland

Co-ordination with the firm’s Latin American offices is so good; there is a seamless flow of information. The firm has a strong base in London and Madrid, with lawyers in Latin America who have knowledge of the local market and can go out and interview relevant parties.” Chambers and Partners 2015 Edition, Insurance - Latin-America wide

“The team is tremendously practical and very competitive; it’s hard to beat for insurance matters ... All the partners, including the most junior, provide an excellent service. They are all very good at what they do.” Chambers and Partners 2015 Edition, Insurance - Spain

“They’re meticulous in their work and focused on achieving the goal ... They have a strong ability to manage the relationship and make sure our needs as clients are met.” Chambers and Partners 2015 Edition, Insurance - Singapore

“We hold them in high regard, we find them very efficient and the level of communication is excellent.” Chambers and Partners 2015 Edition, Insurance – New Zealand

“They offer excellent support and advice. They have empathy for the customer, a depth of knowledge in the market and the drive to complete a task on time.” Chambers and Partners 2015 Edition, Insurance - Mexico

“The team delivers a great client service and we can absolutely rely on them. They understand our needs and are totally worth their fees.” Chambers and Partners 2015 Edition, Insurance - Chile

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