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16 May 2019

Firm sees strong market for smart insurance contracts

Clyde & Co launches first-of-its kind off the shelf connected parametric insurance contract for insurers through its smart contract consultancy.


The contract has been built in collaboration with smart legal contracts platform Clause and according to the specifications developed by the Accord Project, although it can be deployed on other systems and platforms.

Expanding scope

Lee Bacon, partner at Clyde & Co and co-founder of Clyde Code, says “A connected contract is a digital agreement which links external software systems and data sources to enable the automatic execution of insurance contracts. By using real-world data and streamlining processes it offers significant cost and efficiency gains for the industry.” The connected parametric insurance contract - which consists of a data model, a logic code and a supporting natural language contract - covers the insurance of a solar energy producer against the risk of a shortfall in expected energy generation due to unfavourable weather. It automates the performance of the policy by receiving weather data, calculating potential claims obligations, and producing an exportable report of insurance premiums or losses. Clyde & Co will use this model to build other bespoke or off the shelf connected contracts for clients. Mr Bacon explained. “Connected contracting will bring many benefits to our clients and we are looking forward to expanding the scope of this product to cover different types of insurance and reinsurance agreements to meet client demand.”

Rapid adoption

The use of parametric products is on the rise in the insurance sector and are being rapidly adopted at local, regional and national levels as they provide a solution for risk-transfer concerns, often for populations that were previously uninsured and for whom the protection gap has traditionally been widest. The launch is part of Clyde & Co's focus on innovation, having launched Clyde Code in 2017 as a hybrid technical-legal consultancy advising insurers on every aspect of smart contracts, blockchain and tokens - from creation through to implementation and enforcement. Since September 2018 the firm has been providing legal services to Komgo, a consortium of leading banks, trading and energy companies that digitalise trade and commodities finance processes through a blockchain-based open platform. In November 2017 the firm launched its Data Lab, which uses data analysis supplemented with machine learning tools to explore workflow efficiencies as well as products and services for clients.

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