Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Expands Terrorism and Political Violence Insurance in the U.S.

Press Release | August 24, 2017 | New York
Given the recent tragic events in Europe and Virginia, Allianz Group’s specialist corporate insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty® (AGCS) now offers bespoke coverage that protects U.S. businesses when faced with loss related to terrorism and political violence both at home and overseas. Specifically, AGCS provides customizable protection beyond coverage provided by the U.S. government’s Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (TRIPRA), and includes a broader definition of what constitutes a terrorist incident, supported by an established local team of experts.

Under the enhanced policy guidelines, incidents committed by a single attacker or group, acting alone or on behalf of an organization for political, religious or ideological reasons, are covered. An event does not require U.S. government certification for an act of terrorism to be recognized.

“Whether a volatile protest or “lone wolf” attack, the alarming and changing nature of such events cause significant disruption to entities located in the vicinity of an incident, and these Non-Damage Business Interruption (NDBI) occurrences are expected to increase,” said Christof Bentele, Head of Global Crisis Management for AGCS.  “Our policy addresses clients’ need for solutions that protect their assets, income and reputation against these unpredictable situations and evolving threats.”

Businesses can suffer significant losses following acts of terrorism or political violence, even if they are not directly impacted. Following an event, civil and/or military authorities can shut down affected areas for significant periods of time resulting in direct loss of revenue. As investigations are conducted, access to certain areas may be prohibited, resulting in revenue loss for businesses in those areas. Therefore "denial of access" extensions are available, covering loss sustained when such access to and/or from property is prevented due to a lockdown.

Extensions for "customers and suppliers" are also offered as the risk can extend to a client’s customer or supplier base, with indirect losses in the form of delays in delivery or receipt of goods from suppliers. Although supply chain management is critical to any business, those most frequently exposed are in the retail, manufacturing and hospitality segments.

“Following an act of terrorism or political violence at an insured location, unless a company is able to implement business continuity plans immediately, it can take months to get back to regular commercial activity,” added Adam Posner, Senior Underwriter for Terrorism & Political Violence in North America for AGCS. “AGCS has not only built up a strong local team here, but we can also rely on the global reach of Allianz to respond to incidents wherever they occur.”  

Policies can be customized to address the following risk areas: Standalone Terrorism & Sabotage, Strikes, Riots and/or Civil Commotion, Full Political Violence (including War), Terrorism Liability, Event Cancellation (including threat) as well as Nuclear, Chemical, Biological & Radiological (NCBR). Limits, deductibles and sublimit amounts are also customizable.

AGCS’s specialist claims team has an established track record of handling claims from small domestic losses to complex international events. The Terrorism/Political Violence offering is part of the AGCS Crisis Management product range, which provides insurance and services for product recall and contamination, crisis management scenarios and hostile environments, as well as the aforementioned terrorism and political violence.

Beyond covering financial losses, AGCS also offers its clients crisis management assistance services on a 24/7 basis, regardless of location, through its partner company red24. For additional information regarding AGCS’s terrorism and political violence coverage, please visit AGCS Crisis Management.


Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) is a leading global corporate insurance carrier and a key business unit of Allianz Group. AGCS provides risk consultancy, Property-Casualty insurance solutions and alternative risk transfer for a wide spectrum of commercial, corporate and specialty risks across 12 dedicated lines of business.

Our customers are as diverse as business can be, ranging from Fortune Global 500 companies to small businesses, and private individuals. Among them are the world’s largest consumer brands, tech companies and the global aviation and shipping industry, but also wineries, satellite operators or Hollywood film actors. They all look to AGCS for smart answers to their largest and most complex risks in a dynamic, multinational business environment and trust us to deliver an outstanding claims experience.

We constantly strive to deliver the best for our customers through our global team of around 4,400 employees from over 70 nationalities in 34 countries worldwide. As the one of the largest Property-Casualty units of Allianz Group, we are backed by strong and stable financial strength ratings and a global network in over 200 countries and territories. In 2018, AGCS generated a total of €8.2 billion gross premium worldwide.

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