Warranty and indemnity insurance (W&I)

As a buyer or a seller, you need protection against financial losses you may incur related to mergers and acquisitions. We have created a policy to protect both parties in a transaction against financial losses arising from an unintentional and unknown breach of the seller’s warranties.

Chubb’s products can help maximize the value and returns of a deal, bridge the gaps that threaten deal closure, enhance a buyer’s bid in competitive auctions, and cover a seller for innocent misstatements.

Our underwriters have significant expertise in the sector gained from their years of underwriting and legal experience.

Using the extensive Chubb global network, we provide cover for deals all over the world. As part of a wider team, we also provide access to the full range of insurance solutions from Chubb, many of which can help with the insurance requirements that are triggered by a deal including:

  • Contingent tax indemnity insurance
  • Contingent liability insurance
Product highlights

Chubb’s W&I insurance covers losses arising from either unintentional or unknown breach of warranties and we cover the costs associated with defending any claims. The warranties apply to all aspects of a business, including:

  • Company structure and share capital 
  • Accounts (audited and management)
  • Assets (owned by the company)
  • Material contracts (in force and valid)
  • Insurance (existing policies)
  • Employment matters (employees and remuneration)
  • Real estate
  • Compliance
  • IT and intellectual property
  • Tax

We provide distinct cover for either buyers or sellers, and we tailor the policy to each individual deal.

Additionally, we provide specific liability cover for clients looking to mitigate known contingent risks including tax exposure, litigation exposure, infringement of intellectual property or employment issues and disputes.

What information do we need?

To consider a risk, we’ll need to know:

  • Transaction information about the target, the seller and the buyer
  • Background to the deal, including rationale, auction process and value
  • Information memorandum
  • Accounts and management accounts
  • Share Purchase Agreement
  • Tax deed
  • Disclosure letter
  • Due diligence report
  • Data room access
Policy benefits include

For buyers

  • Facilitates transactions where there is a gap in commercial expectations or negotiations
  • Differentiates the buyer in a competitive auction process
  • Protection against the collectability or solvency risk from a seller’s unsecured liability

For sellers

  • Facilitates transactions where there is a gap in commercial expectations or negotiations
  • Quicker access to sale funds
  • Individual sellers can protect themselves against default by other
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Your contact

Middle Market Segment Leader
T +41 43 456 75 35
E Nathalie Meyer