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We manage more than a quarter billion dollars of premiums for a diverse range of clients around the globe. 

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Hey – That’s My Cargo

Perhaps the last thing we think about when reflecting on the Francis Scott Key Bridge Collapse is the non-delivery of cargo on the vessel – while that is understandable it might be a bit more of a priority if that cargo were your company’s property. A cargo ship collided with Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge, resulting in the collapse of the span and the tragic loss of six construction workers. Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board boarded the ship on Wednesday, a day after the early-morning crash. They intended to recover information from its electronics and paperwork, while divers continued their search for the missing workers. It’s indeed unfortunate

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Cyber security

Navigating the Complex Landscape of Cyber Insurance Companies

In today’s digital landscape, cyber threats are ever-present and complex. At The ALS Group, we prioritize mitigating these risks through strategic risk management. A key component of our strategy involves navigating the intricate world of cyber insurance. We simplify the process of selecting the right cyber insurance policies, integrating them seamlessly into your business’s defense mechanisms, ensuring your assets and reputation are well-protected.

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New Tax Incentives and Zoning Policies for Housing Production in NYC

A terrific article by Herrick (https://www.herrick.com/news/nycs-new-housing-production-tax-zoning-incentives/) addresses New York City’s affordable housing program allowing a transformative change with the introduction of legislative amendments to expand housing construction. The modifications of the 421-a program to 421-a(16) has been extended until June 15th, 2031 and allows developers tax benefits while ensuring a percentage of affordable housing. A key component of this program is that foundations must have been completed prior June 15, 2022 One of the challenges in taking advantage of this program is that foundations would have been completed prior to vertical construction starting. This “prior work” is getting a great deal of scrutiny from insurers and we are seeing more and

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Preventing Swatting: How to Defend Against Cyber Attacks

At The ALS Group, we are acutely aware of the evolving threats in the digital landscape, and swatting represents a particularly malicious form of cyber-attack with real-world implications. As a risk advisory firm, our mission is to illuminate the dangers of such activities and provide strategic risk mitigation strategies to safeguard businesses and individuals alike.

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Builders’ Risk Insurance An Often Misunderstood Coverage

When a company starts a construction or renovation project the subject of Builders’ Risk inevitably comes up. It could be when the Construction Management Agreement (CMA) is being drafted or when reviewing lender insurance requirements, but it is bound to happen. Builders’ Risk is a “quirky” coverage in that it is written on non-standard form, covers a variety of exposures, and the terms of coverage generally not well understood by insurance professionals that do not specialize in construction insurance. So, as an Owner, what to do? Well, first thing is to understand what you want to cover. Builders’ Risk has three major coverage areas that can be included: Each area

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Navigating the Cybersecurity Landscape in 2024: Priorities, Risks, and Resilience

As we launch 2024, we, once again, recognize the escalating significance and pressing demand for treating cybersecurity as a priority for organizations, individuals, and governments alike. Cyber insurance underwriters continue to look for their insureds (or prospective insureds) to have a myriad of IT security controls in place to mitigate various cyber exposures. One particular emerging technology that is giving the risk management and insurance industry reason for concern is Artificial Intelligence (AI). As Artificial Intelligence gains popularity, many industries are adopting this new technology, as it will undoubtedly have a significant impact and increase risk. In fact, there is a scarcity of professionals possessing the skills needed to protect

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Crane Collapse Incidents and Lessons for Risk Management in Construction

While there is a bit of a pause in the construction development activity these days, there is some recent news out of New York and Texas regarding crane safety. Tuesday, January 9th, a crane collapsed in Manhattan injuring five people. According to the FDNY, four of the victim’s injuries were described to be minor, and one person was left with serious, but not life-threating injuries. https://gothamist.com/news/5-injured-in-manhattan-crane-collapse-fdny-says In regards to the Texas Crane Collapse of 2019, a Dallas jury has awarded more than $860 Million to the family of one of the victims of the collapse. This is a solemn reminder of how important proper safety and controls are on any

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New Year, New Leadership: Elevating Risk Management at The ALS Group

The ALS Group is thrilled to announce promotions for our risk management team. These promotions reflect our commitment to excellence in the risk management industry and underscore our dedication to recognizing and rewarding leadership qualities and innovative thinking in our associates as well as our dedication to growing and developing the next generation of leaders.   Strategic Promotions within The ALS Group in 2024 We are proud to congratulate the following individuals for their well-deserved promotions, highlighting their exceptional contributions to the business: At The ALS Group, we believe that the essence of effective risk management lies not only in professional expertise but also in the integrity and character of our

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What is your Snowstorm Response Plan

US weather patterns continue to be unpredictable and the Northeast is getting its first taste of snow, so I thought it would be good to reinforce how important it is to have a comprehensive storm response plan.

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Our areas of expertise include:

  • Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)
  • Cyber Security & Cyber Liability Insurance
  • Construction Management
  • Customized Risk Management Assessments (RMAs)

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