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McLaughlin named EVP & Property Manager, NA Commercial Insurance, Chubb

24th July 2017

Michelle McLaughlin has been named as the new Executive Vice President (EVP) and Property Manager for property and casualty insurer, Chubb's North America Commercial Insurance unit, replacing Edward Radzinski. McLaughlin has 25 years of experience working with Chubb, and most recently held the position of Package Property Manager for Commercial Insurance. In her new role, she ... Read the full article

Brit agrees on XL Catlin exclusive yacht portfolio renewal rights deal

24th July 2017

Brit Global Specialty USA (BGSU) has reached an agreement for exclusive renewal rights to part of XL Catlin's directly written yacht portfolio. Under the agreement, Brit BGSU’s Yacht team will service legacy Catlin policies written before the firm's acquisition by XL until expiration, and then provide eligible customers with renewal quotes. Matthew Wilson, CEO, ... Read the full article

InsurTech spending up 248% to near $1 billion in Q2: Willis

24th July 2017

Willis Towers Watson has released its second quarterly InsurTech Briefing, revealing a stark increase of 248%, or nearly $1 billion in InsurTech investment from the first quarter and pointing to insurance claims management streamlining as the biggest opportunity for reinsurers. The 2017 second quarter (Q2) was characterised by a record number of transactions ... Read the full article

Liberty Specialty Markets hires new casualty reinsurance underwriter

24th July 2017

Liberty Specialty Markets (LSM), the London headquartered unit of Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, has hired Angus Hampton as an Underwriter for the firms Casualty Reinsurance Division. Hampton, who moves over from Ascot where has worked as an assistant underwriter since 2014, will be based in Liberty Specialty Market's London headquarters and ... Read the full article

Howden strengthens Asia presence with Sterling Knight acquisition

24th July 2017

Hyperion Insurance Group's retail broking unit, Howden, has completed the acquisition of Singapore-based specialist broker, Sterling Knight, after receiving regulatory approval from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). Brokerage Sterling Knight specialises in specie and international employee benefits, and the firm's clients include multinationals and SMEs. After the acquisition, Sterling Knight ... Read the full article

Re/insurers in South Africa adapt to growing severe weather risk after Cape Town fire

24th July 2017

South Africa re/insurers and government will have to adapt pricing and policies and step up risk mitigation efforts after the recent Cape Town wildfire, that's expected to cause a hardening of the market, demonstrated the growing risk of increasing size and scale of severe weather events. Christo Rautenbach, a coastal modeller at ... Read the full article

UK seeks to keep reinsurance market competitive with new ILS rules

24th July 2017

The UK government has announced updates to its regulatory and tax regime for Insurance Linked Securities (ILS) as it seeks to ensure the re/insurance business environment remains competitive throughout the transition out of European Union membership. The regulatory reforms cover how to set up an ILS vehicle, the associated taxation system ... Read the full article

Swiss Re becomes first to offer typhoon warning cover

24th July 2017

Swiss Re has become the first reinsurer to offer cover for losses related to typhoon warning for Hong Kong businesses, where the overall impact of this level of typhoon warning to Hong Kong's economy is estimated at U.S. $627 million a day. The typhoon cover, Insur8, indemnifies against loss of earnings ... Read the full article

IRB Brasil RE licenses RMS’ China & India agricultural models

24th July 2017

Brazilian reinsurer, IRB Brasil RE, has licensed RMS' China and India agricultural models in an effort to expand its presence in the global reinsurance market. Global catastrophe risk modeller and analytics firm, RMS, announced recently that IRB Brasil RE has licensed the RMS® China Agricultural Model and RMS® India Agricultural Model, as ... Read the full article

Reports of extensive damage from Greece & Turkey earthquake: AIR Worldwide

24th July 2017

Risk modelling firm AIR Worldwide said that extensive damage has been reported from an M6.7 earthquake that struck 10.3 km south-southeast of Bodrum, Turkey, in the Aegean Sea on 20th July 2017, with damage seen in the area of Bodrum, Turkey, and the Greek island of Kos. Both areas affected are ... Read the full article

Evolving business models and risks are “massive opportunity”: Inga Beale

24th July 2017

Lloyd's CEO Inga Beale said in an interview with Pia Tischhauser, a BCG senior partner and the firm’s insurance segment global leader, that as the new digital economy causes businesses in all sectors to re-examine and change business models, an evolving set of risks is emerging that constitute the next ... Read the full article

UK & Germany praised for efforts to reduce protection gap in emerging regions

21st July 2017

Intentions of the UK partnership with the World Bank Group and Germany to establish a Global Partnership for Climate and Disaster Risk Finance and Insurance Solutions, has been praised by the Insurance Development Forum (IDF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and global re/insurers. Expanding on the announcement that the Read the full article

Re/insurers application of InsurTech growing: Report

21st July 2017

Application of InsurTech to re/insurance has seen a considerable shift this year, moving out of its fledgling stages of development into what could be considered an intermediate level of adaptation to technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI), Startupbootcamp InsurTech said in its latest tech trends report, issued in association with PwC after gathering ... Read the full article

Blue Marble agrees microinsurance deal for Nature Conservancy programme in Latin America

21st July 2017

The Nature Conservancy and Blue Marble Microinsurance have announced an agreement to embed insurance protection into ecofriendly Silvopastoral Systems in Latin America. The Silvopastoral system minimises greenhouse gas emissions from cattle ranching - reportedly one of the highest contributors to global warming - helping to prevent climate change and create sustainable ... Read the full article

Lloyd’s introduces new measures for faster post-Market Turning Event response

21st July 2017

Lloyd's has revealed new measures to facilitate faster response in case of a market turning-event (MTE) as it aims to improve market support with "smarter, stronger" oversight. Lloyd’s said it would focus on shortening the review and agreement process of business and capital plans, allowing syndicates to respond more effectively to ... Read the full article

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