Profile
Klaus H. Kunze
Current Employment
  • Company:
    Self-Employed
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Arbitration & Consulting Services

  • Address:
    919 Riverview Place
    Cincinnati, OHIO 45202
  • Phone:
    (513) 381-1687
  • Cell:
    917-224-3970
  • Email:
Offering Services as Expert Witness in:
Casualty Underwriting, Directors and Officers Liability Underwriting, Excess of Loss Reinsurance Agreements, Facultative Certificates, Fidelity/Surety Underwriting, Reinsurance Underwriting, Accident and Health Claims, Asbestos Claims, Aviation Claims, Directors Officers Liability Claims, Errors and Omissions Claims, Fidelity/Surety Claims, Health Hazard Claims, Pollution Claims, Professional Liability Claims, Reinsurance Claims, Toxic Tort Claims, Workers Compensation Claims, Audit / Records Inspection, Captives, Commutations, Coverage / Contract Interpretation, Financial Guarantees, Finite / Financial Reinsurance / Alternative Risk, Fronting Arrangements, Life Reinsurance
Previous Employment
  • Company:
    DLA Piper LLP (US) New York
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Senior Advisor -Partner-, Reinsurance/Insurance

  • Company:
    Self-Employed
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Arbitration Services and Consultant to DEPFA BANK Plc

  • Company:
    DEPFA BANK Plc
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Managing Director, CEO Insurance Operations

  • Company:
    Hannover Reinsurance Group, Hannover, Germany
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Senior VP Claims Worldwide; General Counsel

Credentials
  • Attorney:
    Yes
Work Experience
  • Insurance Company: 6 years.
    Underwriting Department: 1 year. Trainee
    Legal Department: 1 year.
    Executive Officer (CEO, COO, CFO, Chief Actuary): 3 years. CEO
    Claim Department: 1 year. AVP
  • Reinsurance Company: 25 years.
    Underwriting Department: 1 year. Trainee
    Legal Department: 2 years.
    Claim Department: 8 years.
    general counsel: 14 years.
  • Law Firm (Insurance/Reinsurance Practice): 6 years.
    Partner: 6 years.
  • Independent/Other Relevant Experience: 5 years.
    Independent/Unaffiliated Arbitrator, Umpire and/or Mediator: 5 years.
Breakdown of Experience
  • Asbestos
    15%
  • Contract Wording
    10%
  • Toxic Tort
    6%
  • Product Liability
    6%
  • Financial Guarantee
    5%
  • Aviation
    5%
  • Environmental/Pollution
    5%
  • MGA/MGU
    5%
  • Life
    5%
  • Catastrophes (Property)
    4%
  • Personal Lines
    3%
  • Third Party Administrator
    3%
  • Professional Liability/Errors &, Omissions
    3%
  • Commutations
    3%
  • Workers' Compensation
    2%
  • Finite
    2%
  • Excess/Surplus Lines
    2%
  • Fidelity &, Surety
    2%
  • Catastrophes (Casualty)
    2%
  • Directors &, Officers
    2%
  • Accident & Health
    1%
  • Architects &, Engineers
    1%
  • Regulatory/Licensing
    1%
  • Commercial Property
    1%
  • Automobile Liability/Property
    1%
  • Insolvencies
    1%
  • Bad Faith/ECO
    1%
  • Political Risk
    1%
  • Commercial Liability
    1%
  • Captives/Risk Retention Groups
    1%
By Market
  • U.S. Market:
    40%
  • U.K. Market:
    20%
  • Bermuda/Off-shore Market:
    10%
  • European Market:
    20%
  • Global Market:
    5%

Insurance vs. Reinsurance: 35/65%
Treaty vs. Facultative Reinsurance: 75/25%

Mediation Experience
  • Number of Mediations
    As Mediator: 3
    As Counsel: 2
ARIAS Experience

Ethics Training, as Trainee: 1; June 2010

ARIAS Conference Faculty: 6; Spring 2003, Fall 2004, Spring 2005, Fall 2007, Fall 2014, Spring 2017

Arbitration Experience

Number of Arbitrations

As an Arbitrator: 202

As an Umpire: 79

As Employee Manager: 26

As Corporate Representative: 22

Arbitrator Experience
Number of Arbitrations
15
Appointed as an arbitrator.
16
Acted as an arbitrator through the organizational meeting or the arbitration has only reached this stage.
36
Acted as an arbitrator through the organizational meeting or the arbitration has only reached this stage and the resolution of significant pre-hearing motions.
16
Acted as an arbitrator through an evidentiary hearing of at least one full day and less than three full days regarding the substantive merits of the parties' dispute.
28
Acted as an arbitrator through an evidentiary hearing of at least three full days regarding the substantive merits of the parties' dispute.
39
Acted as an arbitrator through to final award after completion of an evidentiary hearing of at least one full day and less than three full days regarding the substantive merits of the parties' dispute.
52
Acted as an arbitrator through to final award after completion of an evidentiary hearing of at least three full days regarding the substantive merits of the parties' dispute.
Umpire Experience
Number of Arbitrations
3
Appointed as an umpire.
8
Acted as an umpire through the organizational meeting or the arbitration has only reached this stage.
9
Acted as an umpire through the organizational meeting or the arbitration has only reached this stage and the resolution of significant pre-hearing motions.
7
Acted as an umpire through an evidentiary hearing of at least one full day and less than three full days regarding the substantive merits of the parties' dispute.
8
Acted as an umpire through an evidentiary hearing of at least three full days regarding the substantive merits of the parties' dispute.
18
Acted as an umpire through to final award after completion of an evidentiary hearing of at least one full day and less than three full days regarding the substantive merits of the parties' dispute.
26
Acted as an umpire through to final award after completion of an evidentiary hearing of at least three full days regarding the substantive merits of the parties' dispute.
Employee Manager Experience
Number of Arbitrations
5
Employee Manager of arbitration.
2
Employee Manager of arbitration through the organizational meeting or the arbitration has only reached this stage.
4
Employee Manager of arbitration through the organizational meeting or the arbitration has only reached this stage as well as significant motions before the panel, panel consultations, and interim awards, but not through the hearing briefs.
1
Employee Manager of arbitration through pre-hearing briefs.
3
Employee Manager of arbitration through evidentiary hearing of at least one full day and less than three full days regarding the substantive merits of the parties' dispute.
11
Employee Manager of arbitration through evidentiary hearing of at least three full day regarding the substantive merits of the parties' dispute.
Company Representative Experience
Number of Arbitrations
2
Company Representative in arbitration through the organizational meeting or the arbitration has only reached this stage.
2
Company Representative in arbitration through the organizational meeting or the arbitration has only reached this stage as well as significant motions before the panel, panel consultations, and interim awards, but not through the hearing briefs.
3
Company Representative in arbitration through pre-hearing briefs.
7
Company Representative in arbitration through evidentiary hearing of at least one full day and less than three full days regarding the substantive merits of the parties' dispute.
8
Company Representative in arbitration through evidentiary hearing of at least three full days regarding the substantive merits of the parties' dispute.
Biography

I am currently working as a consultant to various insurance / reinsurance co. after serving as a partner at DLA Piper LLP (US) in New York.
I have held numerous senior level management positions (GC & CEO) at insurance and reinsurance companies. Most recently, I served as managing director of DEPFA Bank in New York / Dublin, where I was responsible for all of its worldwide insurance and reinsurance operations. In that capacity, I formed two financial guaranty insurers, one in Dublin to service European markets and one in New York, to service United States markets across the globe. During my time at DEPFA, I also engaged in a number of banking and financial transactions.
I spent over 30 years in the insurance / reinsurance and banking business and worked with thousands of companies throughout Europe, the US and Asia.
Before joining DEPFA Bank, I served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Hannover Reinsurance Group. During my two-decade tenure there, Hannover grew from a relatively small company to the third largest reinsurer in the world, writing both direct insurance and reinsurance, in Germany, the US and London and throughout the world. I founded and built the company’s claims operation, which was responsible for overseeing and resolving all claims for the insurance and reinsurance operations.
I have also served as an arbitrator / umpire in reinsurance disputes, sitting on 281 panels in the US, London, Bermuda and Germany. I have also advised Japanese reinsurers regarding their US exposures.
I am the author of numerous articles covering insurance / reinsurance related issues. Furthermore, I am a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences worldwide.