Edward G. Smerdon

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Edward Smerdon is the managing partner of Sedgwick’s London office.  He is recognised as a leading lawyer in insurance and reinsurance, including coverage disputes, non-contentious product development, and transactional work.  His particular emphasis is on liability insurance / reinsurance, where he has developed a market leading role in the field of Directors & Officers liability, financial institutions, pharmaceutical product liability insurance, and casualty, in particular CGL and Umbrella insurance and reinsurance.  Nearly all of his work is international-related, involving coverage problems in five continents.  Mr Smerdon mainly acts for London and Bermuda insurance markets, but also for some major international companies who need advice on their insurance programmes.  He has become a leading authority on the interaction between D&O insurance and indemnification.

Edward Smerdon is the managing partner of Sedgwick’s London office.  He is recognised as a leading lawyer in insurance and reinsurance, including coverage disputes, non-contentious product development, and transactional work.  His particular emphasis is on liability insurance / reinsurance, where he has developed a market leading role in the field of Directors & Officers liability, financial institutions, pharmaceutical product liability insurance, and casualty, in particular CGL and Umbrella insurance and reinsurance.  Nearly all of his work is international-related, involving coverage problems in five continents.  Mr Smerdon mainly acts for London and Bermuda insurance markets, but also for some major international companies who need advice on their insurance programmes.  He has become a leading authority on the interaction between D&O insurance and indemnification.

Affiliations, Activities and Accomplishments

Mr Smerdon receives praise in Chambers U.K. for his “free-thinking, problem-solving approach and in-depth market knowledge” and for “deliver[ing] the best business to our firm.”  In insurance and professional liability, he is ranked as a “leading individual.”  Directories also describe him as an expert in insurance and reinsurance and a leading figure in D&O liability.

The 2015 Insurance and Reinsurance Expert Guide, published by Euromoney’s Legal Media Group, recognised Mr Smerdon as an expert in the areas of insurance and reinsurance.  For more than 21 years, the Expert Guides have been providing in-house counsel with access to the world’s leading business lawyers in specific areas of law.  The Legal 500 United Kingdom referral guide has consistently recognised him as a “leading individual” and “acknowledged market leader” and named him a 2014 recommended lawyer in the insurance and reinsurance litigation and professional negligence sections.

Publications and Presentations

  • Directors’ Liability and Indemnification: A Global Guide, Third Edition, consulting editor, Globe Law and Business (2016).
  • “UK and European Exposures, and UK Coverage,” Chapter 13, author, Directors & Officers Liability Insurance Deskbook, Fourth Edition, ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (2016).
  • “Challenges and Opportunities for Insurance of U.S. and European FI/D&O Risks in Light of the Current Legal and Business Climate,” co-presented at Sedgwick’s Annual London Insurance Seminar ― A Global Perspective on FI and D&O, London, England (16 October 2014).
  • “Structuring Multinational Insurance Programmes: Fundamental Questions for Directors and Officers to Ask Before They Assume Personal Liability,” Westlaw Journal Corporate Officers & Directors Liability (25 August 2014).
  • “Move Over Subprime! The Latest Developments in the Libor Scandal and the Exposure Presented to U.S. and European Financial Institutions,” co- presented at Sedgwick’s Tenth Annual Hot Topics Seminar for the Bermuda Insurance Market, Hamilton, Bermuda (3 October 2012).
  • “Even Offshore Fund Directors Can Get the Blues” co-author, Insurance Day (15 December 2011).
  • Mr Smerdon is the consulting editor of the leading text book “Directors’ Liability and Indemnification ― a Global Guide” (Globe). He was a contributor to “A Practical Guide to Corporate Governance” (Sweet & Maxwell).
  • “The Weavering Judgment: A Wake-Up Call for Fund Directors,” co-author, Sedgwick publication (October 2011).
  • “Anti-Corruption Investigations and Enforcement: The Reach of the U.S. FCPA and the Impact of the UK Bribery Act on D&O Liability,” C5 D&O Liability Insurance Conference, London, England (March 23, 2011).

Areas of Concentration

Directors & Officers Liability; Financial Professionals Liability Coverage; Casualty Coverage; Insurance; Reinsurance

Admissions

England and Wales, Solicitor

Education

LL.B. (1989) The University of Manchester, with honors