Liability & Insurance

Large-scale insurance claims in industry and the financial sector are caused mainly by human error, technical malfunctions and natural disasters.

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Market leader in D&O liability and product liability issues for 20 years
“The team combines experience from the areas of litigation, corporate, insolvency and insurance law. This ensures the best possible advice.”

Colette Rückert-Hennen, executive director of energy company EnBW AG

Independent, top-notch advisors for policyholders, insurers and reinsurers, and defendants and claimants
While new technologies create opportunities, they also entail risks. Our team has decades-long experience of dealing with liability, insurance and reinsurance-related conflicts and disputes, and we are always at the cutting edge. Whether in negotiations, court or arbitration proceedings, acting as coverage, defence, monitoring or lead counsel in complex disputes, we are able to represent your interests immediately and at every turn. By involving our strong partner law firms in other jurisdictions, we also assist you across borders.

Our services

  • D&O insurance and liability
  • Professional liability insurance and errors and omissions (E&O) insurance
  • Product liability and product liability insurance
  • Cyber insurance and cyber incident response
  • W&I insurance
  • Business interruption and industrial property insurance
  • Insurance and reinsurance-related arbitration proceedings
  • International insurance programmes
  • ESG and climate change litigation
  • Distressed disputes – disputes in distressed situations and insolvencies

Selected projects

  • Former supervisory board chair
    Defending the client against claims for damages filed by an insolvency administrator due to loans granted during restructuring that were allegedly not sufficiently secured (Stuttgart Regional Court) and enforcing claims against the D&O insurer in court (Cologne Regional Court)
  • European speciality insurer
    Representing a W&I insurer in a coverage dispute regarding alleged breach of an insolvency warranty in the underlying SPA and insurance policy
  • Holding company in the energy and sustainability fields
    Representing the client on complying with reporting requirements applicable worldwide under IT security law in the wake of a cross-border cyber incident and enforcing claims against cyber insurers
  • International automotive supplier
    Advising the automotive supplier on coverage under an international insurance programme, including a local US policy/German master agreement in connection with a claim for recovery of recall costs by an OEM (value in the tens of millions)
  • International engineering services provider
    Carrying out a risk analysis and implementing a group-wide compliance management system with specific provisions for technical compliance
  • SolarWorld AG
    Advising the former member of the executive board of a manufacturer of solar modules, defending against claims for damages amounting to some €700 million based on D&O liability due to an alleged delay in filing for insolvency and claims to set aside transactions
  • TV broadcaster
    Representing the company in litigation with an insurance company regarding insurance coverage for the Covid-19-related cancellation of events and film productions
  • German subsidiary of a major international bank
    Advising on a D&O insurance programme, especially compliance with the international insurance programme of the foreign parent company

The practice group distinguishes itself by its great expertise in insurance and liability law and by providing practical legal advice that is invariably closely tailored to the facts of the case.

Thomas Ziegler, vice president of Legal & Risk, Viega GmbH & Co. KG

They familiarised themselves with our case incredibly quickly, were always on hand, fast and put things into practice with absolute precision and – almost more important – you can feel their will to succeed!

Christine Kamps, CFO and executive director, C.E. Noerpel GmbH


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