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Warranty and Indemnity (“W&I”) Insurance in Real Estate Transactions

Warranty and Indemnity (“W&I”) Insurance has become a really hot topic also for real estate transactions: To insure a transaction can not only take the heat out of usually very controversial negotiation points – it can substantially speed up the process, improve the quality of due diligence and information, and provide comfort that warranty claims, if any, will be handled professionally and without emotion.

In addition, insurance premiums have decreased over the years. The number of insurers prepared to take the risk has grown. The transaction volume for which it is economically feasible to insure a deal is now substantially lower. It only takes few days to obtain an indicative offer for a deal.

However, specialised know-how is required to really understand the product, to see how it works, and to also tailor the due diligence and the sale and purchase agreement to make it suitable for W & I insurance.

Our webinar is aimed at giving you an overview both of the technical as well as of the legal side of 

  • Which deals are suitable for W&I insurance?
  • Which risks can be insured, and which risks cannot be insured?
  • how the process to take out insurance works
  • and what the costs are 

Our experts for this webinar are:

Gergely Juhasz

Gergely is an international M&A Lawyer having worked with leading international law firms and a vast body of experience in M&A (also) in the CEE/SEE region, who then switched to AIG, and in 2021 launched Risque Finance Brokers (RFB) – an independent financial services start-up offering risk management consulting services for the M&A sector, with a focus on insuring both corporate and real estate M&A transactions as well as advising clients on the management of special corporate and operational risks. RFB is operating as part of UlysseRe, a uniquely positioned European wholesale broker, a member at Lloyds of London.

Peter Oberlechner

Peter is a partner of the Real Estate Team of Wolf Theiss, and one of Austria’s leading transactional lawyers. He has e.g. orchestrated the acquisition of Vienna’s “Millennium Tower” by ArtInvest, or the sale of a 45% stake in the Shopping City Süd by Unibail Rodamco Westfield. Peter is highly experienced in dealing with W&I insurance both as counsel to the parties of a transaction, as well as adviser to the insurance company itself.

Both will be happy to share their insights with you and to answer your questions.
We look forward to your participation!