Oil and Gas Consolidation: Hidden Risk in the Pipeline

Posted by Andrew Masini on Oct 5, 2016 3:20:59 PM

Nine out of the 10 largest bankruptcies in the first half of 2016 were energy companies, according to investment insights publication The Turnaround Letter. Eight of those were oil and gas companies, specifically. Such widespread failures throw not just assets but whole segments of operations up for  grabs.  As the buyers assimilate these operations, it is no surprise that the acquisitions change the risk profiles of the new owners.

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Topics: Due Diligence, Energy Company Mergers & Acquisitions, Energy Risk, Energy Risk Management, Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), Enterprise Risk Management, Enterprise Risk Management, ERM, Mergers & Acquisitions, Oil and Gas Risk Management, Oil & Gas Risk Management, Risk Appetite, Risk Management Blog, Risk Register

Social Media and Crisis Planning – Are You Keeping Up?

Posted by Nick Sica on Jan 17, 2014 8:47:40 AM

Crisis Management has been, historically, a function of the IT or Risk Management department for many companies and as social media continues to gain traction, savvy risk managers have incorporated social media into their crisis communication plans.

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Topics: 401(k), BYOD, Cyber Risk, Enterprise Risk Management, Human Capital, Risk Management Blog, Social Media Risk, Strategic Risk Management, The ALS Group, Total Cost of Risk (TCoR)

ERM: Where do we start?

Posted by The ALS Group on Jan 16, 2014 9:58:17 AM

With the multitude of information available, it is no surprise that the process of implementing an ERM Program seems daunting. As highlighted in our prior blog, Strategic Risks: More Important Now Than Ever, one of the very first steps in this process is to form an Executive Risk Committee (ERC).

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Topics: Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), Enterprise Risk Management, ERM, Risk Committee, Risk Management Assessment, Risk Management Blog, Strategic Risk Management, TCoR, The ALS Group, Total Cost of Risk, Total Cost of Risk (TCoR)

Strategic Risks: More Important Now than Ever

Posted by The ALS Group on Jan 8, 2014 5:52:31 PM

Strategic Risks are risks that affect or are created by an organization's business strategy and strategic objectives. For companies that are committed to thoughtfully managing risk, strategic risk is not a new concept. However, with social media and the speed in which everything happens these days, strategic risks are becoming a high priority for senior leaders. In a recent study released by Deloitte, 81% of companies surveyed now explicitly manage strategic risks, rather than simply focusing on more traditional risk areas, such as operational, compliance and financial risks.

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Topics: Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), Enterprise Risk Management, ERM, Risk Committee, Risk Management Blog, Risk Review, Strategic Risk Management, TCoR, Total Cost of Risk (TCoR)

What Makes an ERM Program a Success?

Posted by The ALS Group on Dec 3, 2013 3:15:18 PM

I recently attended the Enterprise Risk Management Roundtable Summit in North Carolina held by NC State University that included representatives from Harley Davidson and Caterpillar among  the speakers. This summit helped me gain insight into the emerging importance of a comprehensive risk management program and different strategies the companies have implemented.

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Topics: Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), Enterprise Risk Management, ERM, Risk Committee, Risk Management Assessment, Risk Management Blog, Strategic Risk Management, TCoR, The ALS Group, Total Cost of Risk, Total Cost of Risk (TCoR)

Political Risk - It Is More Than Just Insurance Coverage

Posted by The ALS Group on Oct 16, 2013 1:41:19 PM

Civil unrest in nations formerly viewed as politically stable, such as Sweden and Brazil, is forcing global organizations to consider Political Risk insurance coverage. A recent paper by nationally recognized insurer called the need for Political Risk coverage a “top emerging concern” for global companies.  This coverage is meant to help mitigate political exposures that are, normally, excluded from standard property policies to cover the risk to a company’s physical and financial assets. Some of the perils this policy will insure against are Terrorism, Riots, Deprivation or Confiscation of Assets, Strikes, Civil Commotion, Exchange Transfer Risk, Rebellion, and Insurrection. It is very difficult to model, price and determine the appetite for this coverage in the existing insurance marketplace. One thing that is important to note is that coverage is not guaranteed for the reason that rating basis in each country is based entirely on the underwriter’s evaluation of the risks in countries.  Coverage is available in both the public market, through OPIC and Miga, as well as the private insurance market.

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Topics: Cross Border Risk, Enterprise Risk Management, ERM, Political Risk, Risk Management Blog, Strategic Risk Management, TCoR, The ALS Group, Total Cost of Risk, Travel Risk

Citi Bike Data Breach – Is Your Private Information “Secure”?

Posted by Albert Sica on Jul 31, 2013 2:45:51 PM

Think about how many times in the past year you have entered private information onto a website’s “secure” system; your name, credit card information, date of birth, social security number, billing address, mailing address, and/or security questions and answers and that’s how many times you were exposed to identity theft.   Each bit of information you provide online can be used by hackers to steal your identity. A cyber security breach is one of the most dangerous and harmful risks for any company regardless of the size or industry.  As highlighted throughout our Cyber Risk blog series, it is nearly impossible to be 100% protected from cyber criminals.  While having the appropriate insurance coverage is critical, there are other ways to mitigate this risk.  It is just as vital for company leadership to take a strategic view of the risks resulting from a data breach (e.g. reputational, supply chain, etc.)

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Topics: Breach of Security, Cyber Risk, Cyber Security, Enterprise Risk Management, ERM, Reputational Risk, Risk Management Blog, Social Media Risk, Strategic Risk Management, Total Cost of Risk, Total Cost of Risk (TCoR), Travel Risk

Supply Chain Reputational Risks Heightened Amid Recent Worldwide Factory Deaths

Posted by Albert Sica on Jul 17, 2013 1:19:36 PM

A recent Wall Street Journal article about a high profile factory accident, this time in Cambodia, brings new emphasis to the fallout that can arise from supply chain risk. Asics Corporation, the Japanese sport shoe manufacturer, sourced some of its shoes from a factory in Phnom Penh. In April 2013, a mezzanine floor collapse killed a young father and a young woman who, reportedly, was only 15. The incident also injured a number of other workers. Fallout from the incident was almost immediate. Asics instructed its nine suppliers in Cambodia to join Better Factories Cambodia, which keeps tabs on working conditions in the Cambodian garment industry.

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Topics: Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), Enterprise Risk Management, ERM, Manufacturing and Distribution, Reputational Risk, Risk Management Blog, Strategic Risk Management, supply chain, Supply Chain Risk, TCoR, Total Cost of Risk

Human Error and Enterprise Risk Management

Posted by The ALS Group on Jun 18, 2013 9:45:14 AM

When evaluating your company’s risks, one concept that is frequently overlooked is the idea of how human error could impact your organization.  Until recently, there has been very little written on this subject. However, in the recent issue of the RIMS Risk Management Magazine, an article by Tony Kern and David McKay touched on this point and successfully demonstrated how human error is one risk that companies must continually monitor.

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Topics: Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), Enterprise Risk Management, ERM, HCP, Human Capital, Human Capital Practice, Risk Management Blog, Strategic Risk Management, Total Cost of Risk (TCoR)

ERM Philosophy is Standardizing the Business World

Posted by The ALS Group on Mar 5, 2013 4:31:50 PM

To continue the discussion of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) and its role within the business world The ALS Group held its second ERM meeting to discuss recent articles that show the influence of ERM today in business.  One periodical that often speaks of ERM is Rough Notes.  This week’s discussion revolved around The Institutes update of the ARM course curriculum to include ERM into its material; see here for the article written by Michael Moody.

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Topics: Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), Enterprise Risk Management, ERM, Risk Management Blog, Strategic Risk Management, TCoR, Total Cost of Risk, Total Cost of Risk (TCoR)

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