Having observed and commented on the D&O insurance industry for many years, I am accustomed to periodic proclamations from non-industry-based observers about how the D&O insurance industry ought to work, based on various social, behavioral, or economic notions. These periodic declarations usually start with a series of vexed observations that the D&O industry does or does not do things that economic or behavioral models suggest the industry should or should not do, and then the declarations move on to a series of proposed prescriptions that would mandate how the D&O insurance business ought to work, for the supposed greater good of all.
The latest example of this literary genre is the academic paper “Changing the Guard: Improving Corporate Governance with D&O Insurer Rotations” written by UCLA Law Professor Andrew Verstein. Based on his construct of the way D&O insurance business works and his belief that D&O insurance business ought to work differently, Professor Verstein proposes that corporations ought to be forced to rotate D&O insurers every five years. I discuss my concerns with Professor Verstein’s proposal below. Professor Verstein’s paper can be found here. His August 19, 2020 summary of the paper on the CLS Blue Sky Blog can be found here.
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