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McDonald’s heads to Bermuda for its insurance arrangements

27th September 2022 - Author: Kane Wells

Fast-food giant McDonald’s is moving its global insurance operation to Bermuda from Dublin and is tailing off its Irish vehicle, says a report from the Irish Independent.

Managed by Aon in Ireland, the Irish unit, Golden Arches Insurance, has directed McDonald’s global insurance unit for nearly three decades.

The report affirmed that newly filed accounts for the business wrote, “McDonald’s began a domicile review during 2019 to agree on the structure that would best suit their future international insurance requirements.”

“It was subsequently confirmed that from July 1, 2020, McDonald’s property and general liability policies would be issued by Zurich and reinsured to McDonald’s insurance company in Bermuda,” they added.

In turn, Golden Arches Insurance didn’t renew any of its policies after June 2020 and entered a formal run-off following the expiration of its final active policy on June 30, 2021, says the report.

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It adds that once the Irish business has been run-off, it will hand back its licence to the Central Bank of Ireland and that the company will be placed in members voluntary liquidation.

Aon is paid a fixed fee for managing the Golden Arches insurance business in Dublin, says the report, adding that the firm’s total administration costs last year were €6.8m, compared with €2.3m the year before.

The Irish Independent also notes that the accounts show that Golden Arches paid a $20m dividend last year, having paid none in respect of 2020. In addition, it wrote gross premiums of just $612,000 last year as the business began to be wound down, compared with $7.5m in 2020.

The report states that the Irish unit also paid out $16.7m in gross claims during 2021, down from the $25.3m paid out in 2020. The net claims paid out last year amounted to just under $14m, after $2.7m that was recoverable from reinsurers was factored in.

It adds that in 2020, most of the insurance division’s gross premiums were written for risks in Europe. That included $2.7m written in relation to fire and damage to property in the region, as well as $4.8m for third-party liability.

The report from the Irish Independent concluded with, “While the McDonald’s insurance business is being moved from Ireland to Bermuda, there are none of the fast-food chain’s outlets on the island in the north Atlantic. Decades ago, the country banned foreign fast-food chains from opening up there.”

“McDonald’s did temporarily have an outlet there, but it was on a US military base. That base closed in 1995 and the McDonald’s outlet along with it.”

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