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Apollo and Athene announce all-stock merger

8th March 2021

Apollo, the global investment manager and Athene, a retirement services company, have entered into a definitive agreement to merge in an all-stock transaction that implies a total equity value of roughly $11 billion for Athene. The merger is expected to be substantially accretive and bolster the earnings power of the combined ... Read the full article

Munich Re names Scott Hawkins as Managing Director, Australasia

8th March 2021

Global reinsurer Munich Re has announced the appointment of Scott Hawkins to succeed Ralph Ronnenberg as Managing Director of Australasia, effective April 1st, 2021. In his new role, Hawkins takes on responsibility for overseeing the leadership and strategic steering of the firm's operations in Australia and New Zealand, as well as ... Read the full article

Nat cat risk could become less insurable in future: Fitch

8th March 2021

Analysts at Fitch Ratings believe that natural catastrophe risks could become “less insurable” in future due to the effects of climate change, as well factors like insurance density and economic growth. Re/insurers will likely need to raise premiums in response to the rising severity and frequency of nat cat events, but ... Read the full article

Liberty Mutual appoints Wesley Hyatt as Chief Client Officer

8th March 2021

Liberty Mutual Insurance has appointed Wesley Hyatt as Chief Client Officer of its Global Risk Solutions (GRS) division. Hyatt will be responsible for the leadership of the Client Executive team whilst also overseeing the US Client Service team, which provides day-to-day service support for large domestic policyholders and their brokers. Hyatt has ... Read the full article

Accelerant acquires CICA from re/insurer Brit

8th March 2021

Accelerant Holdings has announced the acquisition of Commonwealth Insurance Company of America (CICA) from speciality insurer and reinsurer Brit, as well as plans to rename the business as Accelerant National Insurance Company (ANIC). The Accelerant companies form an underwriting group specialising in serving a carefully selected and managed network of members ... Read the full article

SRG to acquire CLS Risk Solutions

8th March 2021

Insurance brokerage Specialist Risk Group (SRG) has entered an agreement to acquire CLS Risk Solutions (CLS RS). CLS RS creates and provides risk solutions for real estate development projects and transactions. With a GWP in excess of £30 million in 2020, CLS RS specialises in renewables, M&A, property development and environmental ... Read the full article

Brookfield secures AM Best rating for Cayman reinsurer

8th March 2021

North End Re (Cayman), a segregated portfolio company owned by Brookfield Asset Management, has secured a Preliminary Credit Assessment (PCA) from AM Best. The PCA include a Financial Strength Assessment of A- (Excellent) and a Long-Term Issuer Credit Assessment of “a-”. AM Best says its decision reflects North End Re Cayman’s balance ... Read the full article

Fortitude Re income drops in 2020

8th March 2021

Bermudian legacy reinsurance company Fortitude Re has reported a large drop in net income over 2020, partly due to much higher payment of policy holder benefits and losses incurred. Income totalled just $864 million for the year, compared with $3.64 billion in 2019. The decrease can largely be attributed to the change ... Read the full article

Aston Lark acquires Magenta Insurance

8th March 2021

Goldman Sachs backed insurance broker Aston Lark has acquired inet3 Limited, which trades as Magenta Insurance. Magenta Insurance is a Chartered Managing General Agent based in East Anglia providing specialist insurance solutions for non-standard residential property to brokers and IFAs throughout the UK. Peter Blanc, Aston Lark Group CEO, said: “We’ve been ... Read the full article

Applied Underwriters announces four leadership promotions

8th March 2021

Risk services firm Applied Underwriters has announced the promotions of four members of the company's actuarial leadership in a bid to develop actuarial resources to accommodate its growth. Justin Smith has been named Chief Underwriting Officer. He joined Applied Underwriters in 2006, having held several roles for over twenty years in ... Read the full article

The Hanover adds to board of directors

8th March 2021

The Hanover Insurance Group has strengthened its board of directors with the addition of J. Paul Condrin last month. Condrin has served in various executive leadership roles at Liberty Mutual for just under 30 years, where he most recently served as executive vice president and president of commercial insurance, from 2012 ... Read the full article

Gallagher Re adds Rothseid as Partner, Head of Legacy

8th March 2021

Gallagher Re has added Andrew Rothseid to the newly created role of Partner, Head of Legacy. Rothseid will continue to be US-based and reports into Matt FitzGerald, Managing Partner of Specialty at Gallagher Re. He brings over 25 years’ experience in the global insurance and reinsurance industries and spent the last decade ... Read the full article

DARAG acquires Bermuda-based SunPoint Holdings

8th March 2021

Legacy acquirer DARAG has announced the acquisition of SunPoint Holdings, a Bermuda-based company intended to act as a platform for further expansion. SunPoint offered reinsurance and run-off solutions to US and Bermuda insurers from 2017 to 2019. The portfolio consisted of General Liability, Construction Defect, New York Labor Law, and Workers’ Compensation ... Read the full article

Aon bolsters Offshore Wind team

8th March 2021

Insurance and reinsurance brokerage Aon has added both Ray Spreadbury and Sarah Burston to the Offshore Wind team within its Global Broking Centre (GBC), based in London. Spreadbury joins the team as Executive Director and Burston as Director, both reporting into the Power team, led by James MacNeal. Spreadbury joins from ... Read the full article

Argo facing operational challenges due to Uri, says S&P

8th March 2021

Analysts at S&P Global Ratings believe that specialty re/insurer Argo is likely facing operational challenges following Winter Storm Uri. Argo delayed the reporting its year-end 2020 audited annual financial statements, although S&P clarified that the action had no immediate impact on ratings Instead, the rating agency explained that the delay is primarily ... Read the full article

WTW partners with CDL on Radar Live programme

8th March 2021

Re/insurance broker Willis Towers Watson (WTW) has announced that CDL, a specialist technology provider, will be joining WTW’s Radar Live Collaboration programme. Radar Live is an insurance rating and rules programme that builds on WTW’s analytical software Emblem, Classifier, Radar Base and Radar Optimiser. The programme has been designed to help equip ... Read the full article

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