Highlighting News, Trends and Best Practices in Risk Management and Property & Casualty Insurance

Surety Bond Program for Companies Owned by Private Equity Funds

Posted by Will Underwood on Nov 2, 2017 3:08:12 PM

Traditionally, the Surety Industry has been reluctant to provide a bond line for a company whose ownership is being transferred to a Private Equity Fund. The only option for a Private Equity Sponsor during the diligence phase has been to approach the existing bond carrier with the assistance of management and the existing surety broker. Quite often the broker and surety are uncomfortable with a Private Equity transaction’s leveraged balance sheet. As a result, the existing surety requires additional security in the form of personal, outside indemnity, or a letter of credit in the amount of 50% to 100% of the outstanding bond exposure. With that said, the majority of surety underwriters will decline to participate on a post-close basis.

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Topics: bond, private equity, funds, surety, insurance program, capital

Auto Related Costs Accelerating…Here’s How to Stay Ahead of Them

Posted by Matt Hene on Oct 20, 2017 5:03:34 PM

Company auto-related costs are accelerating as new technology becomes available, creating more expensive cars with more distracted drivers. The distractions come in various forms: from high-tech computer systems integrated in the car to the already dangerous situation of using a cell phone while driving. Because the cost of vehicles continue to increase, the cost of repairing damaged vehicles is also increasing. Companies that operate a fleet of vehicles should be aware of all the risks and have plans in place to reduce these risks.

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Topics: claim, losses, auto, insurance premiums, auto costs

Full Costs of the 2017 Hurricane Season Still Climbing

Posted by Frank Eldridge on Oct 9, 2017 2:49:33 PM

Written by Frank Eldridge and Matt Hene

In recent weeks, three major hurricanes have made landfall in the Caribbean and the continental United States. Hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Irma left widespread damage throughout the Caribbean and Puerto Rico, as well as, the East and Gulf coasts of the United States. While many in the affected areas have had power and water services restored, others are still without these vital services. While these storms have proven to be costly, businesses that have insurance coverage are experiencing a slow and tedious claims process. 

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Topics: claim, hurricane, losses

Risk Management: Mergers & Acquisitions Webinar on March 23rd

Posted by Rachel Smith on Mar 20, 2017 2:54:59 PM

Join Ironwood Partner/Vice President, Rick Frederick, as he joins the panel discussion on highlighting the role a robust diligence process plays in a successful transaction. This panel of highly esteemed experts will emphasize how risk/insurance, legal and accounting diligence are interconnected and critical components of the overall diligence effort.

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Topics: Property&Casualty, Insurance, Risk Management, Webinar, Mergers, Acquisitions, Due Diligence

Ironwood Insurance Services Welcomes Tanya Roberts, CIC, CISR, as Account Executive

Posted by Rachel Smith on Jul 29, 2016 12:21:26 PM

Ironwood Insurance Services is pleased to announce the addition of its newest Property & Casualty Insurance and Risk Management Account Executive, Tanya Roberts.

Ironwood Insurance Services is an Atlanta-based brokerage firm specializing in serving the middle market in the areas of risk management, property and casualty insurance, employee benefits and custom HR solutions. Committed to offering highly specialized resources with a strong, dedicated service team, the firm has grown significantly since its founding in 2007. The firm is pleased to announce the addition of Tanya Roberts, CIC, CISR, to its team as an Account Executive.

Ironwood's property & casualty insurance professionals have specialized knowledge and insights on a diverse range of products and services. Taking the time to understand each client's unique business needs, Client Executives design the appropriate risk management program and help implement a hands-on service plan.

“We’re excited to have Tanya join the Ironwood team. With her experience serving risk management accounts, having built strong underwriting relationships, and her commitment to community service, Tanya will add significant value to Ironwood and our clients” says Matt Hene, Partner at Ironwood.

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Topics: Property&Casualty, PressRelease, New Hire

In the News: Ironwood's International Insurance Practice Expands

Posted by Rachel Smith on Apr 4, 2016 6:30:00 AM


ATLANTA, Georgia, April Fourth, 2016-- Atlanta based Ironwood Insurance Services is an insurance brokerage firm specializing in serving the middle market in the areas of risk management, property and casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits brokerage and consulting. The firm announced today that it has expanded its International Insurance Practice with the addition of Craig Perry to the team.

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Topics: WBN, PressRelease, New Hire, International Insurance Brokerage

Working From Home

Posted by Rachel Smith on Apr 1, 2016 11:52:38 AM

Trending Topic: Working From Home

With longer commutes, improved technology and flexible work schedules, more businesses are allowing employees to work from home or telecommute.

The numbers of telecommuters are increasing. Are businesses managing the risks involved in employing a telecommuting workforce?

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Topics: EmployeeBenefits, Risk Management, Employer Services, Talent Management, Trending Topic, Liability, Telecommuting

2016 P&C Insurance Market Outlook

Posted by Rachel Smith on Jan 29, 2016 7:00:00 AM

What To Expect:

As we move into 2016, Ironwood is prepared to provide our clients with professional council on all of their risk and insurance needs.  

"2016... The Year Ahead" reviews highlights from the past year in the Property and Casualty Insurance Marketplace and predicts what will happen in 2016.  

Download our white paper and read what we foresee our industry will experience in the coming months.



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Topics: Property&Casualty, Insurance, Insurance Brokerage, Risk Management, Insurance Coverage, Industry Trends

Changes in EU Data Protection Plan Laws

Posted by Rachel Smith on Nov 12, 2015 9:50:57 AM

Decision to Reject Current EU-US Safe Harbour Provisions

 With the recent rejection of the EU-US Safe Harbor provisions by the European Court of Justice, EU regulations on data privacy are changing.  If you do business in the European Union, it's important that you are prepared.

Sarb Sembi of STORM Guidance has written an informative article on the implications of the new courtdecision and how to remain legally compliant in your EU operations.  

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For Questions on International Insurance Issues, Please contact Ironwood's International Practice Leader, Timothy S. Blanco, CPCU, CIC.  d: 912-650-2806 [email protected] 

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Topics: Property&Casualty, WBN, International Bulletin, Insurance, Insurance Brokerage, EU

Ironwood Insurance and Employee Benefits Services Welcomes Russell Gorman

Posted by Rachel Smith on Oct 20, 2015 7:00:00 AM

In the News:  

Ironwood Insurance Services announces the addition of its newest commercial lines account executive, Russell Gorman

Russell brings ten years of property & casualty insurance experience to the Atlanta-based commercial Insurance and employee benefits brokerage and consulting firm. 

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Topics: Property&Casualty, PressRelease, New Hire