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Spotlight on: Insurance for Hedge Funds and Private Equity Firms

From venture capital (VC) firms and private equity (PE) firms to hedge funds, portfolio companies and other firms working with investment capital, the value of custom insurance coverage that addresses your unique risks cannot be overstated.

Our risk managers, attorneys and subject matter specialists take the time to learn about your needs, carefully considering each exposure and opportunity to craft a bespoke risk management program designed to maximize your chances of success.

Whatever your insurance needs may be, Higginbotham has you covered.

Exploring Private Equity Business Insurance

Practice leader Brian Schneider breaks down the basics of business insurance for hedge funds and private equity firms. Learn about the importance of proper due diligence during acquisitions and how teaming up with Higginbotham’s venture capital and commercial industry specialists can make the process smoother.

The Higginbotham Difference: Innovative Risk Management for Complex Needs

Regardless of whether you’re focused on M&A or other strategic investments, capital deployment involves significant risk.

Considering this risk is amplified when third-party interests are involved, private equity and venture capital firms need a healthy risk appetite to succeed.

That’s why the private equity and M&A specialists at Higginbotham work tirelessly to deliver innovative risk management solutions that add value well beyond the standard liability coverage you need.

Employee-owned and customer inspired, our authentic and transparent approach to insurance and risk management helps give you peace of mind.

Because when you lead with values, value leads.

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You deserve coverage built around your unique risk exposure.

Planning coverage that addresses the complicated risks present in the private equity sector can be daunting.

Not with Higginbotham as your partner.

We start with listening and end with custom insurance solutions. By making policies personal, we help you accomplish more.

Our deep industry experience and strong insurance carrier relationships help us get things done that others can’t.

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Private Equity and Venture Capital Firms We Serve

From buy and sell-side risks to complex operational considerations well beyond the scope of the average M&A transaction, you can rest easy knowing you have a team of seasoned professionals in your corner with your best interests in mind.

Higginbotham has experience working with a broad spectrum of private equity firms, including:

Asset Managers

Private Equity Firms

Venture Capital Firms

Lending Institutions


Private Equity Services Tailored to Your Needs

Claims Risk Performance Assessment and Analytics

Risk and Insurance Due Diligence for Transactions

Custom Warranty and Indemnity Risk Solutions

Portfolio Strategy Consulting

Fund-Level Risk Solutions

Competitive Benchmarking

Lender Advisory Services

I recently purchased yet another policy through my long-time friend at Higginbotham. They are simply the best!

Kelly C.
Investor, Real Estate Industry

PE vs. VC Insurance Coverage

Though private equity firms and venture capital firms both make money through capital investments, variance in their core investment strategies can create a considerable variance in the risks they face.

Insurance for Private Equity Portfolio Companies

Let’s say your private equity firm invests capital from high net-worth individuals, pension plans, university endowments or another business into a private company, securing a controlling interest in that company.

In this case, you could face the following exposures:

  • Duty of Loyalty to Your Investors
  • Employment Practice Compliance
  • Lawsuits Alleging Mismanagement
  • Potential Issues with Exit Stage Minority Shareholders
  • Potential Conflicts of Interest
  • Corporate Governance Issues
  • IP Vulnerability
  • Indemnification Issues
  • Errors and Omissions
  • Bankruptcy

This list isn’t exhaustive, and there are a myriad of other ways a deal can unexpectedly go sideways.

With this considered, we recommend working with a seasoned insurance professional to assess your risk.

Venture Capital Insurance

Few startups enjoy the access to traditional funding that more established middle-market companies and enterprises might.

These firms tend to be more likely to offer attractive terms and a generous equity stake if you’re willing to take a leap of faith.

While your VC investment strategy likely carries a higher risk than a traditional private equity approach, the returns can be tremendous.

Because you can often enjoy a seat at the decision-making table as an angel investor, you may be able to hedge your bets by way of expertise and consultative guidance.

However, if you take a hands-on approach to your investments, it’s important to consider the additional risk it may create.

While insurance can help mitigate some of these exposures, there are several supplementary strategies to consider for your risk management plan. That’s why it’s critical to work with an insurance partner who intimately understands the nuances of professional liability and other key exposures.

With Higginbotham in your corner, you can rest easy knowing your management liability, cyber liability and other critical considerations are kept top of mind.

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Venture Capital and Private Equity Insurance Coverage Considerations

As a member of the board of directors of a PE or VC firm, you likely face a robust set of risks in your day-to-day work.

This list of coverages is a great starting point for limiting your personal and professional liability.

Errors, Omissions and Professional Liability

When your investment firm purchases interests in other private or portfolio companies, you can be held liable by investors alleging wrongful conduct or professional errors. Also commonly carried by board members of portfolio companies, E&O can help with legal costs and damages should you be named in a lawsuit.

Considering that the core value your firm provides requires rendering investment advice and offering professional guidance, the importance of errors and omissions (E&O) coverage cannot be overstated.

Compounded by the inherent liability involved with asset allocation and capital management, investment advice can be a risky business.

Directors & Officers Liability

As a private equity firm member, you will likely act as a director or officer of a portfolio company at some point in your career.

If something goes wrong, you could be held personally liable for claims alleging wrongful acts that resulted in financial damage. Designed with these risks in mind, directors and officers (D&O) coverage can help with legal costs, settlements and judgments you could incur defending against these allegations.

Employment Practices Liability (EPLI)

EPLI is another essential liability coverage for private equity and venture capital firms to consider.

Some examples of allegations that could qualify for an EPLI claim include:

  • Sexual Harassment
  • Discriminatory Hiring
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Hostile Work Environment
  • Employee Benefit Mismanagement

This coverage can help with the cost of defending allegations of unlawful hiring practices against the insured firm or its employees.

Fiduciary Liability

Widely-regarded as another key coverage for fiduciaries, trustees and professional administrators, this coverage is designed to help with the cost of an allegation of a breach of fiduciary duty. If a member of your firm is named in a lawsuit alleging a breach, your fiduciary liability coverage could help with legal defense costs, settlements and judgments.

Fidelity Bonds

Often carried in tandem with the aforementioned coverages, a fidelity bond can help cover the cost of a financial loss caused by employee dishonesty, theft, forgery, computer fraud and more.

Cyber Liability Insurance

As the global economy becomes increasingly digital with each passing day, the liability created by a potential cyberattack grows in lockstep. 

Cyber liability coverage is designed with this risk in mind. Also commonly known as “cyber and data privacy,” this coverage can help with the costs of third-party lawsuits and regulatory fines in the aftermath of a covered data breach.

Trade Credit Insurance

Trade credit insurance provides protection against nonpayment by your customer due to insolvency, default and country risk. In addition, there are many other coverages depending on your business.

Types of trade credit insurance include:

  • Multi-Buyer: Comprehensive coverage for your accounts receivable on a non-cancellable basis above a deductible.
  • Named Customer: Helps cover your largest exposures in case the unexpected happens.
  • Single Customer: Protection against one of your key accounts failing.

Representations & Warranties

Both unintentional and inaccurate representations by a seller in a merger or acquisition can be grounds for a lawsuit. This coverage can help with the cost of financial damage incurred as a result of a misrepresentation, potentially reducing the likelihood of litigation in the process.

Risk Management for Private Equity Firms

At Higginbotham, we take a consultative approach to customer service and risk management.

Whether you have a single policy, a commercial package or many insurance policies covering multiple locations and risks, we take the time to understand your unique needs so we deliver the best coverage at the best price available.

But we don’t stop there.

Our work continues 365 days a year. We have a Day Two Services® team that works in tandem with our risk management specialists to deliver year-round value.

From help with compliance to safety audits and claims advocacy, our Day Two Services® team helps you mitigate risks, avoid costly claims and better position your operations so you can focus on what matters most: growing your business.

Meet Our Venture Capital and Private Equity Insurance Practice Leader

Brian Schneider, managing director in our Fort Worth office, began his career on the insurance carrier side. He transitioned to Higginbotham more than a decade ago when he recognized the need to provide comprehensive market solutions as well as a consultative approach to his clients.

Brian and the private equity team focus on both domestic and global M&A transactions. They serve their clients in all aspects of the investment lifecycle from pre-acquisition, transaction, integration and post-acquisition. Their consultative approach starts when a letter of intent is signed aiding in due diligence, placing Reps & Warranty insurance and all other needed coverages for the PE firm and portfolio company. Experience in all levels of client servicing has given Brian and team the insight to varied risk management and coverage needs.

Brian holds a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation.

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