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Market pressures forecast to drive M&A activity in 2018: Clyde & Co

21st December 2017

2017's record-level losses from natural catastrophes and other growing market pressures could act as a catalyst for M&A activity in the U.S. insurance industry next year, according to Clyde & Co. Analysts said M&As had taken something of a back seat in the insurance industry over the last 18 months, but ... Read the full article

Bermudian re/insurers to fund $25bn+ of Harvey, Irma, and Maria loss: ABIR

11th October 2017

The Bermuda insurance and reinsurance market could payout $25 billion or higher of the estimated $100 billion in aggregate insurance and reinsurance losses from hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, according to the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers (ABIR). Bermuda, a global hub for insurance, and both traditional and alternative reinsurance ... Read the full article

Insurance sector M&A declines in H1 but expected to rebound: Clyde & co

8th August 2017

The volume of insurance mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the first-half of 2017 declined by 8.6% to 170 deals when compared with the preceding six months, although more deals are expected in the remainder of the year, according to Clyde & Co. Clyde & Co's recently published mid-year 2017 Growth Report ... Read the full article

Will brokers role in value chain be disrupted by digital? Inga Beale

27th July 2017

As market middle men the role of brokers has come under fire with re/insurers moving further on down the value chain to access risk directly as their revenue and profitability is squeezed by the softening reinsurance market environment, and with the digital revolution disrupting all industry players, the brokers role in ... Read the full article

Property-Casualty MGA’s see expansion but under pressure with softening rates: Conning

19th July 2017

Property-Casualty Managing General Agents (MGAs) have shown continued growth so far this year, exceeding the segment's general market growth by over one-third despite adverse soft market conditions - but rates have softened as performance comes under increasing pressure, according to Conning's latest strategic study on the MGA market segment. The study ... Read the full article

SART Specialty gains Lloyd’s Coverholder status in expansion push

18th July 2017

SART Specialty Limited (SART Specialty), which is part of one of Hong Kong's largest Managing General Agents (MGA), SART Group, has received all necessary approval to become a Lloyd's of London Coverholder, supporting its expansion plans. SART Specialty will underwrite specialist marine business lines, including marine hull, marine cargo, ports and terminals liabilities, ... Read the full article

ArgoGlobal expands presence in MGA market with MGAA sponsorship

3rd July 2017

Lloyd's of London insurer and member of Argo Group, ArgoGlobal, is to serve as a gold sponsor of the Managing General Agents' Association (MGAA), as it continues its commitment to expanding its presence in the MGA marketplace. The MGAA is a UK-based not-for-profit organisation that is dedicated to "representing true MGAs," ... Read the full article

AF Group launches new P&C fronting carrier brand, hires Eric Halter

23rd June 2017

Insurance solutions provider AF Group is expanding into the fronting carrier space, with a new division named AF Specialty set to offer fronting capacity to insurance carriers, managing general agents, reinsurance intermediaries and captive managers. Fronting for other capacity providers has been the trend in recent years, but AF Specialty will ... Read the full article

Tokio Marine Kiln & MGAA partner to enhance UK’s delegated underwriting network

12th May 2017

International specialist insurer Tokio Marine Kiln (TMK) will become the principal sponsor of the Managing General Agents’ Association (MGAA), affirming its commitment and support for the delegated underwriting network in the UK. The size of the actual investment remains unclear, but the partnership will see TMK become the principal sponsor of the ... Read the full article

LMA partners with MGAA to support and develop delegated authorities framework

2nd May 2017

The Lloyd's Market Association (LMA) has partnered with the UK's General Managing Agents' Association (MGAA) to support the LMA's delegated authorities communications framework, the pair have announced. The framework is designed to improve the sharing of information and communications between MGAs and coverholders that underwrite on their behalf, and also third-party ... Read the full article

Reinsurance Broker Ed appoints new Underwriting CEO

1st February 2017

Reinsurance broker, Ed, has named Gary Corke, as the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Underwriting. Corke, who is joining Ed from SHA Specialist Underwriters, will start his new role in February, and report to Group CEO Steve Hearn. As CEO of Ed’s Underwriting, Corke will head up the firm’s global ... Read the full article

Soft re/insurance market conditions now main obstacle to MGA growth

20th January 2017

Soft re/insurance market conditions have replaced regulation and compliance as the main factor impacting growth of managing general agents (MGAs), according to a survey released yesterday by MGA start-up specialists, Castel Underwriting Agencies Limited (Castel). The Managing General Agents’ Association (MGAA), a Castel research-based partnership, surveyed its members to identify factors ... Read the full article

Palomar announces multi-year fronting partnership with Advanced AgProtection

11th January 2023

Palomar Holdings has entered the crop insurance sector through a new multi-year fronting arrangement with managing general agent (MGA), Advanced AgProtection. According to the announcement, this partnership expands Palomar’s PLMR-FRONT into the $20 billion US crop insurance market. It has also been authorised as the fourteen Approved Insurance Provider (AIP) in the ... Read the full article

Fanhua agrees to acquire Chinese life MGA Zhongrong, launches new tech offering

25th November 2022

Independent Chinese financial services provider, Fanhua Inc., has announced the execution of a term sheet to acquire majority interests in Zhongrong Smart Finance Information Technology. The proposed transaction will involve the issuance of up to 62 million new ordinary shares of Fanhua, representing 5.44% of its enlarged share capital, in exchange ... Read the full article

Argenta breaks down Lloyd’s syndicate forecasts

23rd August 2022

Lloyd's managing agent Argenta has broken down the forecast results for the 2020 and 2021 years of account released by Lloyd’s for all syndicates supported by third party capital, together with an aggregate position for those syndicates with an aligned capital base. As at June 30th, 2022, Argenta notes that the ... Read the full article