Liability Risk Management

Ropes & Gray’s liability risk management team is skilled at negotiating director, officer and general partner liability insurance coverage, effectively handling claims and obtaining maximum coverage for our clients.


In the course of handling complex securities and transactional litigation and regulatory investigations, Ropes & Gray litigators have become widely recognized and respected for our skill and knowledge regarding director and officer (D&O) liability insurance and private equity and hedge fund general partnership (GPL) liability insurance. Through these representations we have also gained a thorough familiarity with the potential claims, risks and exposures our clients face.

Comprehensive Protection

Working closely with our clients, the primary insurers and the brokerage community, we assure our clients have comprehensive protection against the risk of liability. In addition to protecting clients and their businesses against liability claims, our team is adept at:

  • Using insurance coverage to manage risk 
  • Devising loss prevention techniques to supplement the protection offered by liability insurance
  • Advising on strategies to minimize exposure after a mistake has been made or a claim has been threatened 
  • Representing clients in litigation and investigations
  • Securing coverage for clients we represent in litigation and regulatory investigations

The team regularly advises clients on a wide-range of types of policies, coverage, risk management and risk allocation techniques, as well as negotiating and drafting the strongest possible state-of-the-art liability insurance coverage. We advise on deductibles and limits, and resolve coverage disputes through negotiation, litigation and arbitration.

Effective Claims Handling

We handle claims for corporations, directors and officers, private equity sponsors and hedge fund organizations, as well as private fund principals. Working with the client and its brokers, we ensure that the coverage the client has purchased is given maximum effect and that all covered claims are paid. Our attorneys also assist with responding to insurers’ requests for information, represent clients in regulatory investigations and litigations, and counsel clients on public relations and crisis management.


We have provided risk management and private equity and hedge fund general partnership liability insurance advice to the following companies, among others:

  • Abrams Capital 
  • AEA Investors 
  • AMG 
  • Angelo Gordon 
  • Arclight Capital
  • Avenue Capital 
  • Bain Capital 
  • Berkshire Partners 
  • BlackRock 
  • Blackstone Group