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Finding Balance: The Post-COVID Landscape for Financial Institutions

This series of briefings seeks to map the post-pandemic environment that financial institutions need to navigate as we move to the new normal.
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Insurers are pursuing more careful investments and underwriting standards amid growing transparency and sales practice scrutiny. As capital requirements mount and competition intensifies, acquisitions and strategic alliances, and more effective handling and management of disputes and regulatory challenges, have become vital for reducing costs and serving new market needs.

We work with major international and local insurers and reinsurers, captives, insurance intermediaries, and self regulatory bodies to address these issues. Our insurance team has extensive experience assisting the insurance industry with acquisitions, investments and market issues as well as addressing its operational and regulatory needs. The team also routinely provides advice on the assessment and mitigation of risks and exposures arising from mergers, acquisitions, corporate transactions and risks facing alternative asset investors. That insurance and risk management advice also extends to project finance transactions, stakeholders, lenders, joint venture partners, third party equity investors, sponsors, bond underwriters and other parties in various industry sectors including, but not limited to, Oil and Gas, Utility, Transportation, Renewable Energy and Mining.

On the dispute side, our team consists of lawyers who have handled a wide variety of insurance, reinsurance and commercial matters for the insurance industry. They include issues arising under general liability, financial institutions coverage including D&O and E&O, professional liability, fiduciary responsibility, employment practices, environmental impairment, employee benefits and ERISA, life, health and disability, builders risk, commercial crime, technology, media and telecom, cyber-risk, intellectual property, and first-party property policies including nuclear facilities, as well as matters involving fidelity and surety bonds, payment and performance bonds, financial guaranty, securities litigation, and government investigations. Our team has represented parties before virtually every major judicial forum and arbitration institution in the world.

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Episode 24: The Year Ahead: Financial Institutions Trends in the Global Disputes Landscape

Baker McKenzie's fifth annual report, The Year Ahead: Global Disputes Forecast 2022, addresses key trends in the evolving disputes landscape. The report includes a new survey of 600 senior legal and risk leaders from large companies across the world.

Amy Greer, a partner from our New York office and co-chair of our North America Financial Regulation and Enforcement practice, Marc Thorley, a partner from our Dispute Resolution practice in London, and Carolina Duque, a partner from our Bogota office, talk about the key findings relevant for financial institutions. The episode examines the factors driving the increase in disputes and emerging concerns related to liabilities. It also covers litigation around digital transformation, tax, 'business-as-usual' conduct, and new environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards.


Episode 23: Financial Institutions Takeaways from the 2021/2022 Digital Transformation and Cloud Survey

In the latest iteration of our Digital Transformation and Cloud Survey, financial institutions (FIs) identify cost reduction and increased security as top benefits from investment in cloud computing. Conversely, data privacy and cybersecurity issues are identified as top concerns.

In this episode, Carolina Duque, a partner from our Bogota office talk to Alessandro Celli, a partner from our Zurich office and global fintech lead and Peter R. George, a partner from our Chicago office who is familiar with the history of the survey and has seen key developments for FIs over the years. They go through the recent findings relevant to FIs and discuss associated risks and vulnerabilities that respondents highlighted. They also cover cyber liability insurance, investment in private cloud offerings, data privacy, cybersecurity, and future challenges that FIs should prepare for.


Deep Dive into Insurtech

Find out what is shaping the future of insurtech and how the adoption and application of technology is helping insurance businesses reinvent and revolutionize their operations.

 

Episode 7: Insurtech (Part 2)

Taking off from the recent publication, Insurtech: Opportunities and Legal Challenges for the Insurance Industry, Chris Murrer and Iris Barsan walk through observations in the market, as well as key developments that define the current insurtech landscape. In this second installment, they take a deeper look into regulations and considerations around recent developments in insurtech. They also touch on important points covering ethical concerns, data privacy, discrimination, and other financial regulations.