Dave and Ken De Berry Receive Advisen’s 2021 Transaction Insurance Leadership Award

For the first time, this annual award recognizing industry expertise, innovation, and leadership goes to two recipients

NEW YORK – Jan. 28, 2021 – David De Berry, CEO, and Kenneth De Berry, President of Concord Specialty Risk, have been awarded the 2021 Transaction Insurance Leadership Award, which recognizes outstanding transaction insurance coverage expertise, innovation, leadership, and mentorship in the industry. Advisen’s 2021 Transaction Insurance Insights Conference @ Home Virtual Series Advisory Board selected Dave and Ken as the recipients of this year’s award to recognize them for their numerous contributions to the industry.

Dave and Ken are both pioneers within the transactional risk insurance space. Dave is renowned for creating the buyer-based Representations and Warranties insurance product, along with his expertise in the transactional risk and financial product lines. Ken founded Concord Specialty Risk, a part of Ryan Specialty Group’s RSG Underwriting Managers, and previously spent over 10 years underwriting Representations and Warranties insurance. Prior to forming Concord Specialty Risk, both Dave and Ken held leadership positions in The Hartford’s transactional risk underwriting unit.

Peter Rosen, Mediator and Arbitrator at JAMS, has worked with Dave and Ken for over 13 years, and praised their significant impact on the industry.
“Ken and Dave are market-makers, innovators, incubators, disrupters, and mentors. They were at the forefront of developing and making a market for transactional liability insurance and tax indemnity insurance,” said Rosen. “Ken and Dave regularly brought to the market new concepts and approaches, tested them, and then allowed them to incubate before they became part of their insurance program. Most of all, they mentored and continue to mentor many of their chief competitors’ principals about the market they helped make and why it needs to continue to adapt to the always evolving needs of their M&A clients.”

William Monat, Executive Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions, Willis Towers Watson, and a member of the Advisen Transaction Insurance Insights Advisory Board, said, “All of us in the transactional risk industry owe a debt of gratitude to Dave and Ken for leading the way as early innovators who drove the growth of transactional risk products, and to this day Dave and Ken continue to be leaders in the evolution of transactional risk underwriting.”

Commenting on Dave and Ken’s award win, Matthew Heinz, Transaction Liability Practice Leader at Lockton, and a member of the Advisen Transaction Insurance Insights Advisory Board, stated:
“Ken and Dave have been stalwarts in the M&A insurance space, have roots in the practice that go back two decades, and have always led with a focus on client outcomes and relationships that distinguished them and bred very close bonds with both broker and client – they’ve been great partners and I am proud to call them not only colleagues but friends. Congratulations to them both.”

Past winners of the Transaction Leadership Award include Peter Rosen of JAMS (2019) and Michael Schoenbach of Schoenbach Risk Advisors LLC (2020), both pillars of the transaction insurance community.

For 2021, Advisen’s annual Transaction Insurance Insights Conference successfully transitioned to a digital event. This year’s program, which features 33 speakers over two days and is supported by 14 sponsors, explores the critical issues facing transaction insurance today. For the agenda, session recordings, and other materials, visit https://www.advisenltd.com/2021-transaction-insurance-insights-conference-new-york