Recent Legal Developments in Business Interruption Insurance – Coverage Issues and Wider Implications perhaps for the Middle East

The English High Court has recently handed down a judgement in a test case related to “Business Interruption” insurance in the context of the COVID19 pandemic, which provides an interesting angle in respect of coverage issues and general English law [insurance] contract interpretation. The Financial Conduct Authority v Arch and Others[1] essentially addressed the legal…

Beirut Blast – You May Have Coverage for Damage

Potential Compensation Sources The tragic and catastrophic explosion that occurred in Beirut, beyond the immediate health and safety concerns, raises important and potentially time-sensitive considerations involving obtaining compensation for property damage sustained due to the blast. While all are most appropriately concerned with the loss of life and serious injuries inflicted upon the population, the…

UAE Insurance Authority & Securities & Commodities Authority Merge

BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP (“BSA”) are pleased to support the recent exciting merger of the United Arab Emirates Insurance Authority & Securities & Commodities Authority into one financial regulatory body overseeing the authorisation and regulation of insurance and investment as one regulatory body. The UAE Federal Government formally announced the merger of…

Insurance Claims Management: Using the Most Appropriate Governing Law & Jurisdiction Clause in Reinsurance Contracts

Regulatory Changes for Insurance Disputes in the United Arab Emirates and the existing Insurance Dispute Committee in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia BSA are often instructed by the London market for coverage advice pending disputes between cedant and reinsurers. Many of those treaty terms will be governed by the laws of various Middle East jurisdictions…

Electronic Insurance Regulations Issued

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Insurance Authority recently published the Insurance Authority Board of Directors’ Resolution No. 18 of 2020 on Electronic Insurance Regulations dated 27 April 2020 (“the Regulation”). The first draft of these regulations was published in January 2019, and after public consultation and discussion, a revised draft was published in December 2019,…

Insurance Brokers – Reduction in Capital Requirements

The UAE Insurance Authority issued Board of Directors’ Resolution No. (14) of 2020 on the Amendment of Some Provisions of the Insurance Authority Board of Directors’ Resolution No. (15) of 2013 Concerning Insurance Brokerage Regulations dated 30 March 2020 (“the Resolution”). The Resolution allows, subject to a submitted application and consent of the Insurance Authority…

Cyber Insurance: Risks and Trends 2020

Risks and Trends for 2020 – Authored by Martin Kreuzer, Risk Manager Cyber Risks, Munich Re A Legal & Regulatory Perspective from the Middle East – Authored by Simon Isgar, Partner and Head of Insurance/Reinsurance, BSA As global insurer and reinsurer of cyber risks, Munich Re is closely watching developments of cyberattacks to provide suitable insurance…

COVID-19 Boosts the Uptake of Tele Health/Medicine in UAE – What are the Legal Implications?

The COVID-19 pandemic presents opportunities for the tele health/medicine sector to expand the concept of remote healthcare services through technology platforms in the Middle East and beyond. Recently, the United States Federal Government is to push for telemedicine as a care option during the COVID-19 pandemic. BSA’s healthcare legal/regulatory practice often engages with numerous clients…

Do You Have Insurance Coverage for Coronavirus-Related Interruption to Your Business?

The recent emergence and rapid spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus has resulted in unprecedented disruptions to virtually all aspects of global and locally based commerce, as well as almost everyone’s normal routines. While we collectively and individually should now focus on protecting our personal, family, and greater community health and safety in this emergent…