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Laura S. Danoff Educational Enterprises (#30885) Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP (#1760) MAINSTREET MANGEMENT LIABILITY Thanks to our Continuing.

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1 Laura S. Danoff Educational Enterprises (#30885) Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP (#1760) MAINSTREET MANGEMENT LIABILITY Thanks to our Continuing Education Providers Wednesday, August 6, 2010 Venue - Thanks to our Hosts

2 Opening and Welcome Statement of compliance – anti trust Statement of compliance – anti trust CE/MCLE Credit CE/MCLE Credit PLUS Membership Benefits PLUS Membership Benefits Makes programs like this possible Makes programs like this possible Discounts at PLUS national events Discounts at PLUS national events Resources through Resources through Local and International networking Local and International networking RPLU and other recognition n the industry RPLU and other recognition n the industry We have a good time! We have a good time! WELCOMEWELCOME

3 Thanks To Our Generous Sponsors: Platinum Basham Parker LLP Socius Insurance Services Sullivan Brokers Wholesale Travelers Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Decker Sedgwick Detert Moran & Arnold GoldAXIS Woodruff-Sawyer Insurance Brokers Silver Kaufman Dolowich Voluck & Gonzo Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith Burnham Brown ePlace Solutions Strazulo Fitzgerald Strazulo Fitzgerald LLP THANKSTHANKS

4 Todays Speakers Moderator – Panel:

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6 The Need for D&O Insurance

7 Class Action claims Shareholder actions Employee claims

8 The Need for D&O Insurance Merger & Acquisition claims –Inherent conflicts of interest –Duty to shareholders to ensure fair/maximum share price –Protect best interest of corporate entity –Self-serving interest of preserving personal jobs and security –Bump-up claims

9 The Need for D&O Insurance Third-party claims –Creditors –Customers –Vendors and suppliers –Competitors –Government

10 The Need for D&O Insurance D&O insurance benefits: –Costly defense expense payment –Provides coverage for non-indemnifiable loss –Protection of personal assets –Allows Ds & Os to remain focused on managing the company –Enhances the recruiting efforts of qualified outside directors –Balance sheet protection

11 D&O Policy Components

12 D&O Policy Features Common Insuring Agreements: Insuring Agreement A Company pays Loss on behalf of the Insured Persons resulting from Claims against Insured Persons for Wrongful Acts except for Loss which the Insured Organization pays as indemnification Insuring Agreement B Company pays Loss on behalf of the Insured Organization resulting from Claims against Insured Persons for Wrongful Acts which the Insured Organization pays as indemnification and Loss resulting against the Insured Organization for Wrongful Acts Insuring Agreement C Company pays on behalf of Insured Organization for Wrongful Acts

13 D&O Policy Features Important definitions: –Claim –Insured –Insured Persons –Insured Organization –Subsidiary –Loss –Defense Expenses –Wrongful Act –Outside Directors (Outside Entity and Outside Position)

14 D&O Policy Features Important features: –Final adjudication v. finding in fact –Absolute v. for language –Severability of Exclusions –Retentions –Limit of Liability –Claims Made Extension clause –Cancellation Clause & Non-Renewal –Changes in exposure –Extensions –Conditions

15 D&O Policy Features Common features: –Punitive damages – most favorable jurisdiction –Modified Defense and Settlement –Third-Party discrimination – sexual harassment and discrimination –Private placement coverages –Acquisition threshold amended to 25% –Pollution Exclusion – Insuring Agreement A –Leased Employees and Independent Contractors coverage

16 D&O Policy Features Common Exclusions: –Bodily Injury/Property Damage –Pollution –Prior and Pending Litigation –Prior Notices –ERISA –Nuclear –Antitrust –Plagiarism, Copyright –Insured v. Insured

17 D&O Policy Features Common exclusions: –Outside Director Liability – Insured v. Insured –Subsidiary Prior Acts –Contractual –SEC –Dishonest/Fraudulent Acts –ADA compliance expenses –ERISA/Employee Benefits –Future pay in failure to rehire situation

18 SAMPLE D&O CLAIMS

19 D&O Claim Examples Claims Example: –The officer of a small electronics company solicited and then hired four employees from a large conglomerates subsidiary. The subsidiary manufactured and sold electronic switches. Subsequently, the small company began selling similar electronic switches, but at a substantially lower price. The conglomerate filed suit alleging the officer and his company had misappropriated trade secrets and customer lists by hiring its former employees. After two and a half years of litigation, the case was settled for more than $1 million. Defense expenses for the officer alone were approximately $500,000.

20 D&O Market

21 Types of D&O Policies/Insureds Publicly owned (stock companies & public debt) Privately owned Not-For-Profit Government controlled Financial Institutions

22 D&O Market Market conditions: –Package policy approach is common –Significant competition –Centralized v. local markets –Broad policy terms –Loss control services available

23 How To Sell D&O

24 Selling D&O Why do Main Street (Private Companies) need D&O Insurance? –Exposures from customers, clients, ratepayers, students and consumers: Extension/refusal of credit Debt collection (including foreclosure) Lender liability Deceptive trade practices Trade restraint Dishonesty/fraud Cost/quality of product/services issues

25 Selling D&O Why do Main Street (Private Companies) need D&O Insurance? –Exposures from other third-party claimants Environmental/safety Fiduciary duty breach Contract disputes Other third-party claimant issues

26 Selling D&O Why do Main Street (Private Companies) need D&O Insurance? –Exposures from competitors, suppliers and other contractors Antitrust Copyright/patent infringement Contractual disputes Deceptive trade practices Business interference Creditor

27 Selling D&O Why do Main Street (Private Companies) need D&O Insurance? –Exposures from governmental and regulatory agencies Antitrust Dishonesty/fraud Other governmental issues

28 Underwriting D&O What is the underwriter looking for?

29 Underwriting D&O Asset Size Employee Count

30 Underwriting D&O Industry –High-tech/bio-tech –Financial institutions –Retail –Manufacturers –Professional organizations –Non-Profits

31 Underwriting D&O Geographic location

32 Underwriting D&O Ownership –Public –Private –Private Placements

33 Underwriting D&O Financial condition –Balance sheet –Income statement –Financial statements notes

34 Underwriting D&O Management –Experience –Length of services –Track Record

35 Underwriting D&O Corporate structure –Board –Officers

36 Underwriting D&O Claim history

37 Questions/Comments

38 Time for a short break

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