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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.

For protection gaps, the key issue remains demand: Vickers, Willis Re

10th September 2019

When it comes to closing much-discussed protection gaps the insurance and reinsurance industry cannot work alone and must partner with other organisations to help to increase demand for protection, according to James Vickers of Willis Re. The Willis Re International Chairman told us in an interview that “reinsurance alone cannot help ... Read the full article

Reinsurance pricing is still too low, says Swiss Re CEO Mumenthaler

10th September 2019

Christian Mumenthaler, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Swiss Re, believes pricing in the property and casualty (P&C) reinsurance sector is still at an unacceptable level despite improvements over the last two years. Mumenthaler told Reinsurance News in a recent interview that he was confident the market would continue to bring pricing ... Read the full article

PartnerRe CEO optimistic on market, sees private capital model as competitive advantage

9th September 2019

Emmanuel Clarke, the President and CEO of reinsurance firm PartnerRe, told us he is optimistic on market conditions, seeing the potential for rates to continue firming into 2020. Clarke also explained to us in a recent interview that he feels PartnerRe’s privately-owned capital model is a true competitive advantage, enabling the ... Read the full article

Improved reinsurance conditions to persist and on a wider scale: Althoff, Hannover Re

9th September 2019

More rational behaviour was evident across the reinsurance industry at the mid-year renewals and it’s expected that reinsurance prices and conditions will continue to improve through 2019 and into 2020, according to member of Hannover Re’s executive board, Sven Althoff. In an interview with Reinsurance News, Sven Althoff discussed the response ... Read the full article

Lloyd’s performance pressured, but corrective underwriting actions will help: Fitch

9th September 2019

The Lloyd’s of London insurance and reinsurance market remains under pressure as its underwriting performance has not lived up to expectations, but Fitch Ratings believes corrective actions taken will help. Speaking with Reinsurance News, Director of Insurance at Fitch Ratings Chris Grimes explained why the rating agency maintains a negative outlook ... Read the full article

Cyber unlikely to be a panacea for reinsurers: Vickers, Willis Re

9th September 2019

The still emerging cyber risk insurance and reinsurance market is not likely to prove the panacea that some hope it will, according to Willis Re International Chairman James Vickers. Vickers explained in a recent interview that while cyber risk is increasing rapidly around the globe, it is not yet clear where ... Read the full article

Reinsurance rate rises uneven & regional: Tony Melia, Willis Re

6th September 2019

Movements in reinsurance rates seen at mid-year 2019 renewals were not evenly distributed, with differentiation of cedants and regional price dynamics the order of the day. Willis Re International CEO Tony Melia explained to us in a recent interview that the reinsurance market has become increasingly nuanced, when it comes to ... Read the full article

Smaller reinsurers most vulnerable to takeover: Grimes, Fitch Ratings

6th September 2019

It is the smaller reinsurance firms that cannot take advantage of current market conditions and rate firming which are the most vulnerable to takeover right now, according to Chris Grimes of Fitch Ratings. Grimes, Director of Insurance at the rating agency, explained to us in an interview that despite the improved ... Read the full article

Opportunities ahead for expanding legacy market, but caution needed: IRLA

3rd September 2019

The legacy market continues to show an uptick in both deal size and volume, with many promising opportunities ahead, but re/insurers also need to exercise restraint to ensure they aren’t pushing for transactions at unrealistic levels. This is according to directors at the Insurance & Reinsurance Legacy Association (IRLA), who sat ... Read the full article

Bermuda to play key role in cyber coverage: Hannover Re’s Rentrup

16th August 2019

Cyber reinsurance is likely to become an increasingly critical area of growth for the Bermuda market, which will play a key role in the development of the coverage, according to Konrad Rentrup, President and Chief Executive Officer at Hannover Re Bermuda. “I can only stress how important this line is for ... Read the full article

NotPetya insured loss could creep 30%+ as tail develops: Johansmeyer, PCS

14th August 2019

The insurance and reinsurance industry loss from the NotPetya cyber-attack has the potential to increase by over 30% as the ongoing development of the event brings the tail into focus, according to Tom Johansmeyer, Co-Head of Property Claim Services (PCS). The NotPetya attack was the first designated cyber catastrophe event under ... Read the full article

Reputation of the vibrant, claims-focused run-off market is growing: RiverStone

29th July 2019

The insurance and reinsurance run-off sector has matured into a healthy, vibrant, claims-focused marketplace, supported by a growing reputation, according to legacy specialist RiverStone. The RiverStone Group is a Fairfax company that specialises in the management of legacy and run-off re/insurance businesses and portfolios. As of the end of March 2019 ... Read the full article

Convex a “tremendous endorsement” for Bermuda: BDA CEO Burrows

19th July 2019

The successful launch of Stephen Catlin's international specialty re/insurer Convex is a great example of the opportunities on offer in Bermuda, says Andy Burrows, Chief Executive Officer of the Bermuda Business Development Agency (BDA). In a recent conversation with Reinsurance News, Burrows described Convex’s launch as a “great testament to the ... Read the full article

Mortgage reinsurance growth is a gradual, educational process: Capsicum Re’s Rance, Scarratt

8th July 2019

The mortgage reinsurance market appears to be set on a growth path, and as companies increasingly look to leverage the vast amounts of available data, education remains an essential part of the landscape, according to Capsicum Re’s Steven Rance and Freddie Scarratt. Prior to the financial crisis the U.S. mortgage insurance ... Read the full article

Flatter pricing cycle will help protect policyholders: Hannover Re’s Konrad Rentrup

24th June 2019

The flatter pricing cycle that reinsurers have experienced following recent catastrophe events will ultimately ensure that primary insurance policyholders continue to be provided with affordable and widely available coverage. This is according to Konrad Rentrup, President and CEO at Hannover Re Bermuda, who discussed the impact of recent pricing trends alongside ... Read the full article

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