Private Company Management Liability


The Betterley Report: Private Company Management Liability Insurance Market Survey 2022

2022 Report Highlights


insurers analyzed


pages of insurer comparison charts

Market Information for Each Insurer Based on 3 Categories:

  • Targeted Insureds by Size
  • Targeted Insureds by Industry
  • Prohibited Insureds
Updates inside the full report include:
  • 61 pages with 11 different kinds of charts comparing 28 of the most prominent insurers writing private company management liability insurance
  • An examination of how rates are stabilizing
  • A look at how rising ransomware incidents are impacting the market and deductible amounts
  • A review of additional D&O coverage enhancements, including antitrust, derivative demand evaluation, and interview coverage
  • survey of pandemic-related exclusions and extensions expectations from participating insurers
  • A breakdown of which insurers are offering defense-only wage and hour coverage, and which ones are offering defense and settlement wage and hour coverage
  • An estimate of management liability insurance written premium
  • A breakdown of the differences in coverage lines offered from insurer to insurer
  • Trends in the offering of duty-to-defend versus indemnify forms

Why The Betterley Report?

Agents and Brokers—Sell more and grow revenue by pinpointing errors in competitors' policies/proposals.
Risk Managers and Insurance Buyers—Identify, eliminate, or avoid coverage gaps with coverage comparison charts.
Underwriters—Research competitors with quick policy comparisons.
Attorneys—Keep up with year-to-year trends in policy form development.
Consultants—Identify markets and match them up to your clients' needs.

Management liability concerns extend far beyond the realm of publicly traded companies. Private companies can face equally challenging D&O and EPL exposures. For some private companies without the financial resources of large public companies, adequate insurance coverage becomes all the more critical.

Imagine that you or your privately owned client is faced with troubling allegations of wrongdoing against not only the company itself, but also the individual leaders of the organization. Suddenly, you or your client is faced with rising legal costs and the threat of a potentially significant settlement that could set the company back for years financially.

  • "What are the best insurance products available to protect against this circumstance?"
  • "How can financial losses be minimized?"
  • "How could my company (or my client) have been better prepared for this liability?"

Depending on whether you are the risk manager, the agent or broker, the consultant, or any other role, these are likely the questions you are asking yourself. In today's litigious environment, in which private companies can face many of the same exposures that their public company counterparts are confronted with, adequate insurance and risk management is a must.

The "Private Company Management Liability Insurance Market Survey" edition of The Betterley Report compares and contrasts the options available in the insurance marketplace to address scenarios like this and sheds light on the specific knowledge that can help any risk management and insurance professional better address private company management liability exposures.

Following a general overview of the state of the private company management liability insurance market, the report dives into the trademark feature offered in each edition of The Betterley Report: Incomparably detailed charts comparing the leading private company management liability insurers. These comparison charts allow readers to see how each of the insurers stacks up with the others in terms of:

11 types of insurer comparison charts available in full report:

These comparison charts allow readers to see how each of the insurers stacks up with the others in terms of:

  • Contact and Product Information
  • Lines of Coverage Available
  • Market Information
  • Limits Options Available and Cost
  • Limits, Deductibles, Coinsurance, and Commissions by Coverage
  • D&O Limits Usually Purchased by Insurer’s Insured
  • Policy Type and Definition of Insured
  • Claims Reporting, ERP, Selection of Counsel, Consent To Settle
  • Preset Allocation of Defense Costs
  • Exclusions
  • Risk Management Services and Charges

Sample Market Information from Full Report

Below is a small sample of the information that is available for each of the insurers via the 11 different types of charts included in the full report.

Market Information
Insurer Target Markets Size of Company Target Markets Industry Prohibited Insureds Prohibited States Is Product Available to Insureds Located Outside of the U.S.?
Great American Private form for up to $250 million in assets and less than 1500 employees All except prohibited classes Tobacco Related Companies, Gun Manufacturers/Distributors, Governmental Entities, Law Firms, Labor, or Political Organizations, Crypto, Blockchain, Drug/Behavioral Rehabilitation Centers None; however, Management Liability Solution
form may not be available in all states where an alternate form may be used
Yes, in Canada via Canadian ML form
Limits Options Available and Cost
Insurer Insurer Offers Separate Annual Aggregate for Each Coverage? Insurer Offers Combined Annual Aggregate for All Coverages? Insurer Offers Combined Multiyear Aggregate for All Coverages? Discount Range for Other Than Per Coverage Annual Aggregate Insurer Offers Reinstatement of Limits?
Coalition Yes Yes No Varies Negotiable
Claims Reporting, Extended Reporting Period, Selection of Counsel, Consent to Settle
Insurer Claim Must be Reported When? Extended Reporting Period Options and Cost. Is ERP Bilateral? Who Selects Counsel? (If Insured, is Panel Counsel Required?) Defense Costs Advanced as Incurred? May Insurer Settle W/Out Consent of Insured? If Hammer Clause is Included, how is It Applied?
Chubb For renewing Insureds: As soon as practicable

For non-renewing Insureds; 90 days after expiration
Bilateral ERP. Duration and cost are negotiable.
Insurer selects counsel under duty to defend; If reimbursement option is chosen by endorsement, Insured retains selection of counsel (subject to Insurer's consent).


Insurer may not settle without insured's consent. No hammer clause.

Your Objective Source: A Renowned Industry Expert


Richard S. Betterley, LIA, is the president of Betterley Risk Consultants (BRC), an independent insurance and alternative risk management consulting firm. BRC, founded in 1932, provides independent advice and counsel on matters important to the commercial property and casualty insurance industry and its customers, alternatives to traditional insurance, and related services throughout the United States. It does not sell insurance or related services.

Mr. Betterley is a frequent speaker, author, and expert witness on specialty insurance products and related services. He is a member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society and joined the firm in 1975.

Mr. Betterley created The Betterley Report in 1994 to be the objective source of information about specialty insurance products. Now published six times annually, The Betterley Report is known for its in-depth coverage of management liability, cyber-risk, technology, intellectual property, and media insurance products.

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