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A series of interviews with prominent reinsurance industry executives, discussing the state of the global reinsurance market, opportunities for growth in reinsurance, disruptive factors and the influence of technology on risk transfer and reinsurance.

Lloyd’s CFO Keese predicts strong interest in market’s ILS platform

14th January 2021

As the specialist Lloyd's of London insurance and reinsurance marketplace continues to evolve and enable additional modern ways of insurance financing, interest in the market sponsored London Bridge Risk PCC is expected to be robust, according to Burkhard Keese, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Lloyd's. Earlier today, Lloyd's announced that ... Read the full article

The US Capitol riots and the re/insurance industry: Tom Johansmeyer, PCS

7th January 2021

We interviewed Tom Johansmeyer, Head of PCS, today, to gain some background colour and a view on the rioting and civil disturbance seen at the US Capitol buildings on January 6th 2021. While the rioting and disturbances seen at the US Capitol yesterday aren't expected to have any significant financial implications ... Read the full article

Focus on exclusions drove late Jan 1 renewals: James Vickers, Willis Re

4th January 2021

Although renewal negotiations started off early, challenges around exclusionary language as reinsurers continued to respond to the pandemic, resulted in a late January 1st, 2021 renewals, according to James Vickers, Chair, Willis Re International. In an interview with Reinsurance News around the launch of reinsurance broker Willis Re’s latest 1st View ... Read the full article

Startups to have laser focus on expenses in 2021: Dmitry Mnushkin, Treefrog

29th December 2020

Both startups and established players in the reinsurance industry are likely to have a strong focus on expense efficiency in 2021, according to Dmitry Mnushkin, President of Bermuda-based insurance and reinsurance software specialists, Treefrog Consulting. From a systems perspective, a startup has some unique challenges. While there’s tremendous opportunity to innovate ... Read the full article

Bigger focus on future of claims needed: Verisk’s Della Rocca

14th December 2020

With the re/insurance industry still reeling from the shock of COVID-19, data analytics provider Verisk Analytics says a focus on the future of claims is essential in order to adapt well to the pandemic. This is the view of Richard Della Rocca, President of ISO Claims Analytics, Verisk Analytics, who in ... Read the full article

McGill and Partners adapted well to COVID-19: Paul Summers

10th December 2020

Whilst some in the (re)insurance industry are still reeling from the shock of COVID-19, start-up specialist (re)insurance broker McGill and Partners says a focus on technology and creativity has allowed it to adapt well to the pandemic. This is the view of Paul Summers, Head of Global Facultative Reinsurance, who in ... Read the full article

Today, you can do a lot more as a new carrier: Hendrick, Vantage

9th December 2020

Meaningful advances in technology and analytics provides a new re/insurance carrier with far greater capabilities today than in previous periods of market hardening, according to Greg Hendrick, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Vantage. Vantage announced its launch last week with $1 billion of equity capital ahead of the January 1st, ... Read the full article

We need to refuel fiscal & monetary tanks, then upgrade the engine: Swiss Re’s Haegeli

13th November 2020

The impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has emptied global monetary and fiscal tanks and once refuelled, it would be wise to upgrade the engine, according to Swiss Re’s Chief Economist, Jérôme Jean Haegeli. Speaking with Reinsurance News around the launch of Swiss Re’s latest sigma publication, Haegeli stressed that it’s important to ... Read the full article

More collaboration needed on cat modelling: Twelve Capital’s Jamie Rodney

13th November 2020

Dr. Jamie Rodney, Executive Director of ILS Analytics at ILS investment manager Twelve Capital, has argued that more collaboration is needed across the re/insurance industry when it comes to catastrophe modelling. Rodney’s keynote speech at the online Prospectus 2021 conference yesterday offered some insights into peak catastrophe perils and the ... Read the full article

“Reinsurance is in a state of flux”: Willis Re’s James Vickers

23rd October 2020

On the back of several years of unsatisfactory returns and the added challenges of COVID-19, Willis Re’s James Vickers has said that the reinsurance market finds itself “in a state of flux.” Vickers, who is Chair of Willis Re International, recently spoke to Reinsurance News about the state of the reinsurance ... Read the full article

Parametric triggers the solution to pandemic backstop: Third Point Re’s Tracey Gibbons

19th October 2020

While it is clear that the enormous risks posed by future pandemics can only be tackled through public-private partnerships, the solutions proposed so far fail to fully contend with the scope and complexity of a global systemic threat of this nature. This is where parametric triggers come in, says Third Point ... Read the full article

COVID-19 tail unclear, but we’ve much further to travel in casualty: Willis Re

16th October 2020

While insurers and reinsurers looked to book much of their pandemic losses in the second-quarter, the potential for casualty lines development could persist for years and be very significant, according to executives at reinsurance broker Willis Re. It's likely to be years before we understand the full impact of the ongoing ... Read the full article

No significant capital rush amid investor trepidation: Willis Re execs

12th October 2020

While it's likely that more fresh capital will look to enter the re/insurance market in light of improving market conditions, investor trepidation remains amid continued financial market uncertainty and volatility, according to executives at Willis Re, the reinsurance broking of Willis Towers Watson (WTW). "We simply don't see capital rushing in," ... Read the full article

Industry will never get back to a pre-COVID ‘normal’: IGI’s Waleed Jabsheh

5th October 2020

From an operational point of view, the re/insurance industry is unlikely to ever return to the ‘normal’ it was accustomed to before the COVID-19 pandemic. This is according to Waleed Jabsheh, President of IGI, who discussed the challenges of the coronavirus crisis in a recent interview with Reinsurance News. “This experience has ... Read the full article

Re/insurers must “truly embrace innovation” to succeed: James Harrison, Dun & Bradstreet

2nd October 2020

As the insurance and reinsurance industry continues to evolve at a rapid pace, companies need to be more proactive with investments in digital and advanced analytics, according to James Harrison, UKI Head of Insurance at global data and analytics firm, Dun & Bradstreet. Following the announcement of his new role ... Read the full article

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