POLITICAL RISK


Marsh's Political Risk Practice specializes in advising a wide range of organizations, including financial institutions, on international risk mitigation.

In a world full of political uncertainty, mitigation of political risk is a significant factor in the success of overseas projects, investments, and contracts. By obtaining coverage against possible losses resulting from political actions or inaction by the host government, more focus can be placed on measures to increase profit potential.

In addition to traditional political risk insurance programs, risk transfer strategies have become increasingly more flexible and can be adapted to better suit the needs of our clients. They can be channeled through captive management companies, special purpose vehicles, or can be used by financial institutions to mitigate the political risk in their portfolio of emerging market assets. Through creativity and flexibility, the Political Risk Practice has placed difficult risks and developed customized solutions to complex client issues.

Marsh's Political Risk clients benefit from the following:

Risk Management Solutions

We focus on understanding each client's unique business and philosophy to create solutions that meet their specific insurance needs. We offer consulting services to assist risk and finance managers in determining effective political risk management strategies. We also provide assistance with contract review, claims management, and country risk assessment.

Industry Experience

We have successfully placed political risk and structured credit programs for clients in a wide range of industries including, aerospace, automotive, banking/finance, chemical & life sciences, construction, manufacturing, military/defense, mining, paper, pharmaceuticals, power and power/infrastructure, technology, and telecommunications.

Market Relationships

Political risk and structured Credit underwriters recognize the commitment of full-time Marsh specialists both to our clients and to their specific programs. We maintain strong ties and enjoy excellent working relationships with the major private and public sector markets. The Political Risk & Structured Credit Practice includes a team of professionals located in the US, Canada, Brazil, UK, France, Spain, Germany, India, Singapore, and Australia. 

Marsh Risk Management Research
Political Risk Insurance: Implications of Political Instability in Ukraine and Russia
March 11, 2014  |  Views: 3295 |  Comments: 0 
Political Risk Insurance: Implications of Political Instability in Ukraine and Russia
If your company has political risk exposures in either country, you may experience premium rate increases at renewals or difficulties procuring coverage.  >>
US Insurance Market Report 2014
February 07, 2014  |  Views: 10563 |  Comments: 0 
US Insurance Market Report 2014
US commercial property insurance prices stabilized for many organizations in 2013 as a significant surplus of capital among insurers and reinsurers kept competition high.  >>

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Sanctions – A Risk Management Viewpoint
April 04, 2014  |  Views: 6303 |  Comments: 0 
Sanctions – A Risk Management Viewpoint
Managing the risk management implications of sanctions against Russia.  >>
Political Unrest in Ukraine: Managing the Risks
March 07, 2014  |  Views: 5731 |  Comments: 0 
Political Unrest in Ukraine: Managing the Risks
Organization should check their crisis-response, insurance programs, and claims procedures to ensure they can sufficiently mitigate exposures.  >>
Managing Political Instability in Emerging Markets
March 03, 2014  |  Views: 6860 |  Comments: 0 
Managing Political Instability in Emerging Markets
Recent event in Ukraine highlight how quickly social unrest can translate into political instability.  >>
Webcast: 2014 Political Risk Map (Replay)
December 17, 2013  |  Views: 23141 |  Comments: 0 
Webcast: 2014 Political Risk Map (Replay)
Maplecroft and Marsh previewed their co-branded "2014 Political Risk Map."  >>
Webcast: The [Continued] Arab Awakening: The Present and Future for US Investors in MENA (Replay)
October 07, 2013  |  Views: 36034 |  Comments: 0 
Webcast: The [Continued] Arab Awakening: The Present and Future for US Investors in MENA (Replay)
Our panelists provided an overview of the political risk insurance market's appetite and solutions for MENA investments.   >>
Webcast: Introduction to Contract Frustration Insurance (Replay)
September 20, 2013  |  Views: 11476 |  Comments: 0 
Webcast: Introduction to Contract Frustration Insurance (Replay)
How contract frustration insurance enables companies to sell to new customers in potentially riskier locations.  >>
Webcast: Navigating the Global Risk Environment (Replay)
September 20, 2013  |  Views: 11239 |  Comments: 0 
Webcast: Navigating the Global Risk Environment (Replay)
An introduction to political risk insurance.  >>
Webcast: Doing Business in Distressed and Emerging Economies (Replay)
March 20, 2013  |  Views: 12833 |  Comments: 0 
Webcast: Doing Business in Distressed and Emerging Economies (Replay)
Our panel of experts discussed several strategies for protecting your investment in the face of existing and emerging risks.  >>
Taking a Multi-Country Approach to Political Risk and Trade Credit Insurance
March 01, 2013  |  Views: 27130 |  Comments: 1 
Taking a Multi-Country Approach to Political Risk and Trade Credit Insurance
Nearly one-in-five countries experienced escalating political violence at the start of 2013.  >>
Marsh Insights: Political Risk and Trade Credit, December 2012
December 12, 2012  |  Views: 16925 |  Comments: 0 
Marsh Insights: Political Risk and Trade Credit, December 2012
We cover bilateral investment treaties, countries with the greatest remittance risk, the political risk and trade credit insurance market, and more.  >>
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Investing in Frontier Markets: Managing Credit and Political Risk
Views: 8916 |  Comments: 0 
Investing in Frontier Markets: Managing Credit and Political Risk
Marsh provides the experience, market presence, and knowledge that you need to address the most challenging country or credit risks.   >>
Political Risk Issues for Contracts Overseas
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Political Risk Issues for Contracts Overseas
In addition to the underlying credit risk in every trade transaction, companies who contract with either foreign governments or private entities located abroad, for either the purc...  >>
Political Risk Issues for Lenders
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Political Risk Issues for Lenders
Financial institutions engaged in cross-border lending are often hindered in pursuing similar transactions by limit restrictions to country exposure mandated by regulatory agencies...  >>
Political Risk Issues for Mobile Assets
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Political Risk Issues for Mobile Assets
The effects of political risk events can range from negligible to severe, with consequences isolated to the loss of the value of the assets, or representing a more integral part of...  >>
Political Risk Issues for Permanent Equity Investments
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Political Risk Issues for Permanent Equity Investments
Companies with existing or pending long-term investments in overseas emerging markets are vulnerable to various types of political risks, whether the investment is made in a wholly...  >>
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March 12, 2014  |  Views: 2778
Political Risk Market Stalls Due to Ongoing Turmoil in Russia, Ukraine
Firms with interests in the region advised to prepare for potential claims.  >>
February 07, 2014  |  Views: 4589
Favorable US Insurance Market Conditions Expected in 2014: Marsh
The ample capacity and competition that helped temper firming of US commercial insurance rates in 2013 is expected to continue into 2014, barring higher than expected catastrophe l...  >>
December 16, 2013  |  Views: 3153
Political Violence and Underlying Societal Risks on the Rise for Direct Foreign Investors: Marsh and Maplecroft
According to the map, 17 countries since 2010 have experienced a significant increase in their level of dynamic political risk, more than half of which are located in the MENA regi...  >>
September 30, 2013  |  Views: 4739
Proliferation of Social Media Creates Flaws in Traditional 'Rear View' Approach to Managing Political Risk
The speed at which political instability spreads is now inextricably linked to social media.  >>
June 12, 2013  |  Views: 5199
Financial Institutions Increasingly Turning to Credit and Political Risk Insurance to Manage Exposures and Release Capital
Marsh forms Lenders Solutions Group to coordinate global placements  >>
January 31, 2013  |  Views: 4027
Escalating Violence and Regime Instability Key Global Political Risks in 2013: Marsh and Maplecroft
The number of countries experiencing escalating political violence rose by 36% from a year ago, a trend that is likely to continue given the heightened risk of regime instability i...  >>
January 30, 2013  |  Views: 8072
Further Firming Expected in US Commercial Insurance Market in 2013: Marsh
US commercial insurance rates are expected to continue firming in many lines of business and industry sectors in 2013 as above average losses, subdued investment returns, and reced...  >>
January 24, 2013  |  Views: 4476
Marsh Webcast January 30: US Insurance Markets and Risk Trends in 2013
Insurance buyers will likely continue to face a challenging marketplace in 2013, compounded by fallout from Superstorm Sandy, economic and regulatory uncertainty, political risk, a...  >>
July 13, 2012  |  Views: 15324
Marsh Named Best Trade Insurance Broker in the Americas by Trade Finance Magazine
The annual poll of the global trade finance market honors the best firms for their roles in keeping global trade flowing.  >>
April 16, 2012  |  Views: 14206
Businesses Need to Learn Lessons from the 2011 Catastrophes
Review insurance and risk provisions to reduce future claims.  >>
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Contacts
Stephen Kay
U.S. Political Risk Practice Leader
New York NY United States
212 345 0923
stephen.kay@marsh.com