International Work

SDV is attuned to the increasing connections between international insurance markets, as well as cross-border business and the implications the trend has for policyholders. The importance of understanding the ramifications of transacting cross-border business and the intricacies of insuring foreign risk is ever-present in our current climate. Knowledge of a country’s particularities and applicable laws is a vital part of the process.

Whether you are contracting with multinational insurance groups, planning to expand business internationally, or seeking to procure coverage for risks located in foreign countries, we are here to help you in the process and to ensure your activities and risks are properly insured. If you have already experienced a foreign loss, or a loss that may be governed by foreign law, SDV is here to advise as to availability of coverage and to evaluate risk transfer.


We’ve analyzed and provided interpretations of a variety of policies in conjunction with international risks. Here are a few:

  • Builders Risk
  • CGL
  • Contractors Professional Liability
  • Environmental
  • Marine Hull
  • Marine Open Cargo
  • Professional Indemnity
  • Protection & Indemnity

Our Experience

Some of our experience includes:

  • Analysis of coverage under policies governed by foreign laws
  • Negotiation of a settlement between insured and insurer in conjunction with a scheme of arrangement
  • Pursuit of Builders Risk coverage for damages sustained from a natural gas project in a foreign country
  • Evaluation of coverage for losses sustained during an international shipment of garments
  • International depositions
  • Pursuit of coverage under foreign builders risk and professional liability policies
  • Assessment of liability for property damage at a Brazilian facility
  • Review of policies to determine whether a foreign corporation qualifies as an insured with respect to a project being conducted in Mexico
  • Evaluation of coverage for design-related issues on a project under Canadian professional liability policy
  • Review of foreign insurance-specific contract provisions and advice on recommended language changes to ensure proper interpretation by U.S. courts
  • Presentations at international conferences

Representative Clients

SDV works closely with international brokers and has represented numerous global companies. Click here to see a list of representative clients.

Click here to read our posts covering international topics.

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