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Reinsurance interviews

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.

Re/insurance needs an “iconoclastic moment”, says Vantage’s McKeown

12th September 2022

The global insurance and reinsurance industry needs an “iconoclastic moment” on a similar scale to the introduction of catastrophe risk models in the 1990’s, if it is to ensure its long-term sustainability, Chris McKeown of re/insurer Vantage Risk has said. Speaking with Reinsurance News around the Monte Carlo Rendez-vous event in ... Read the full article

Hiscox sees opportunities at hard 1/1: Kathleen Reardon

11th September 2022

Kathleen Reardon, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Hiscox Re & ILS, has said that she sees “interesting opportunities” for her company at the upcoming January 1st renewals, as signs point to continued reinsurance price increases. Speaking in a recent interview with Reinsurance News, Reardon explained that “the direction of travel currently ... Read the full article

Industry has proven its role as shock-absorber: Swiss Re’s Thierry Léger

11th September 2022

Reflecting on several years of large global catastrophe losses and unprecedented systemic shocks, Swiss Re Group Chief Underwriter (CUO) Thierry Léger says that the reinsurance industry has “proven its role as shock-absorber.” Speaking to Reinsurance News ahead of the 2022 Monte Carlo RVS event, Léger addressed the difficult conditions that reinsurers ... Read the full article

Renewal rate increases “eaten up by live issues” – Swiss Re’s Mumenthaler

9th September 2022

Reinsurance companies reported some fairly significant price increases during the 2022 renewals, but the impacts of inflation and adapted models has, for the most part, offset these rises, according to Christian Mumenthaler, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Swiss Re. In a recent video interview, Mumenthaler spoke with ... Read the full article

Interview: Why should crop insurance lag on market penetration?

23rd August 2022

It would not be remiss to think that a product that transfers risk from farmers to insurers would be an easier sell, given that the former are less able to handle risk than the latter. Likewise, it should be an easy sell for a product that stabilises the incomes of ... Read the full article

Economic pressures drive widespread rate increases at 1/7: Gallagher Re’s Vickers

1st July 2022

The pressures of inflation and rising interest rates caused reinsurers to remain cautious at the July renewals, which resulted in much less available capacity for buyers and higher prices across the board. This is according to James Vickers, Chairman International, Reinsurance, at Gallagher Re, who spoke to Reinsurance News about July ... Read the full article

Tim Spencer of Prima XL on the future role of reinsurtech

23rd June 2022

Digitisation has been a buzzword across multiple sectors and industries in recent years as an increasingly online and mobile-connected world population has come to expect their insurers in turn to fully embrace the revolution of a hyper-connected world. And where the insurers go, the reinsurers will be expected to follow. And, ... Read the full article

Reinsurers need to rebuild confidence: Ariel Re CEO

10th June 2022

Ariel Re CEO Ryan Mather has asserted that the reinsurance industry needs to work to rebuild confidence in the sector, following a period of challenging conditions and inadequate returns. Speaking in an interview with Reinsurance News, Mather discussed the thinking behind Ariel Re’s "front foot" approach to catastrophe risk and the ... Read the full article

Howden Tiger will be a breath of fresh air in reinsurance: David Howden

10th June 2022

For re/insurance broking group Howden, the recently announced acquisition of TigerRisk Partners transforms its position in the reinsurance space, with the enlarged business set to challenge the status quo and empower talent, according to Howden Group's Chief Executive Officer (CEO), David Howden. Yesterday, Howden announced an agreement to create the ... Read the full article

Captives to take on risks shunned by traditional re/insurers: AGCS’s Houlihan

13th May 2022

With many insurers and reinsurers beginning to shy away from complex emerging risks, captives could be set to take on more of the issues shunned by the traditional market. This is according to Thomas Houlihan, Regional Head, Americas - ART (Alternative Risk Transfer) at Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS), who ... Read the full article

There’s no such thing as taking bad risk: Graham Gordon, Sapiens

22nd April 2022

"There’s no such thing as taking a bad risk. Just bad choices of how to approach the risk and the bad result of that risk," according to Sapiens Director of Product and Strategy, P&C, Graham Gordon. In an interview with Reinsurance News, Gordon discussed some of the ways in which data ... Read the full article

K2 International looks to attract underwriters to its platform

5th April 2022

Based in London, underwriting firm K2 International has made some big steps in the two years since it was established by its parent US company, K2 Insurance Services LLC. Throughout recent months, beginning in 2021 and going into this year, the firm has made several significant personnel hires; attracted new carriers; ... Read the full article

Calm April renewals dominated by an orderly Japanese market: Vickers, Gallagher Re

1st April 2022

Both buyers and sellers of protection managed expectations well at the April 1st, 2022, reinsurance renewals, driven by its heavy focus on the disciplined Japanese market, resulting in a calm 1/4, according to James Vickers, Chairman International, Reinsurance at Gallagher Re. We spoke with Vickers around the launch of reinsurance broker ... Read the full article

Prudential optimistic for the future as PRT market gains momentum: Rohit Mathur

7th March 2022

After a very strong 2021 that saw Prudential Retirement Strategies close a good mix of pension risk transfer (PRT) deals across various structures, Rohit Mathur, Head of International Reinsurance, told Reinsurance News that the future looks bright. Activity in the UK PRT market was very robust last year with buy-in and ... Read the full article

Now is a good time for pension schemes to begin their de-risking journey: Prudential Retirement Strategies’ Mathur

28th February 2022

Activity in the pension risk transfer (PRT) market has been robust, and with ample capacity and support from the re/insurance community persisting, alongside attractive pricing, it’s a great time for pension schemes to begin their de-risking journey, according to Rohit Mathur, Head of International Reinsurance at Prudential Retirement Strategies. After a ... Read the full article