What’s All This I Hear About Captives?

Ann Blair Laupheimer

Laupheimer, Ann BlairIn our experience, a lawyer specializing in insurance coverage—even a whole group of insurance coverage lawyers—can practice for decades hearing the word “captive” thrown about by brokers or risk managers in large companies without being asked to address legal issues relating to a captive and without understanding what the heck a captive is or how it works. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (“NAIC”) and the Center for Insurance Policy Research define a captive as “an insurance company created and wholly owned by one or more non-insurance companies to insure the risks of its owner (or owners).”[1] So at its core, a “pure” captive is a quasi-insurance company set up and funded by a business to serve as a form of self-insurance. Continue reading “What’s All This I Hear About Captives?”