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Willis consultants negotiate closure of FNWL & RGA reinsurance deal

8th June 2017

Willis Re and Willis Towers Watson consultants acted as brokers and actuarial advisors in the recently completed Zurich Insurance Group subsidiary, Farmers New World Life (FNWL), and Reinsurance Group of America (RGA) agreement to reinsure roughly $2.3 billion reserves from its closed U.S. annuity book. To ensure a full bidding process, FNWL said it ... Read the full article

Willis Towers Watson appoints Alice Underwood to global head of Risk Consulting & Software

8th June 2017

Willis Towers Watson has announced the appointment of Alice Underwood to global head of its Risk Consulting and Software (RCS) business. Underwood joins the RCS team from Willis Re, where she led the North America analytics team and was a member of the global leadership team. Commenting on Underwood's appointment, Carl Hess, ... Read the full article

Reinsurer ROEs to diminish further regardless of reduced loss activity: KBW

8th June 2017

Any "subsidy" to the return on equities (ROEs) of reinsurers is likely to diminish in response to persistent and worse-than-anticipated rate declines at recent renewals, regardless of fewer catastrophe events in the coming months, according to Keefe, Bruyette, & Woods (KBW). For the most part, the utilisation of reserves and the ... Read the full article

Ed appoints Chairman & CEO for Latin America reinsurance broking growth

8th June 2017

Reinsurance broker Ed today announced the appointments of Mike Hernandez to the role of Chairman and Agustin de Freitas as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ed Broking LatAm. They will take up their roles with immediate effect. Commenting on the appointments, Steve Hearn, CEO, said; “The opportunity in LatAm is clear. This ... Read the full article

XL Catlin announces promotion of Adias Gerbaud to Head International Environmental

8th June 2017

XL Catlin has announced the promotion of Adias Gerbaud to Head International Environmental as the reinsurer moves to strengthen its environmental insurance capabilities across its EMEA, LatAm and APAC regions. In her newly expanded Madrid-based role, Gerbaud will be responsible for managing XL Catlin’s environmental portfolio while leading a team of eleven underwriters ... Read the full article

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions opens Manchester office targeting UK expansion

8th June 2017

Global reinsurance firm Swiss Re has added a new office in Manchester, UK for its commercial insurance operations, under Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, as it seeks to strengthen its UK presence. Swiss Re wants to grow its regional commercial insurance portfolio across the UK, with the northwest offering plenty of opportunity ... Read the full article

Lloyd’s needs to raise its profile to be a market for the future: Cavanagh

7th June 2017

The growth of insurance and reinsurance centres around the world, the consolidation of the broker community, and challenging market conditions have created an increasingly competitive operating landscape, driving a need for the Lloyd's of London marketplace to raise its profile, warns Willis Re Chief Executive Officer (CEO), John Cavanagh. International ratings agency A.M. ... Read the full article

William Lewis to lead Ironshore’s Australian & New Zealand insurance offerings

7th June 2017

Ironshore International has announced the appointment of William Lewis as Managing Director of Ironshore Australia Pty Limited, responsible for leading its multi-line insurance offerings across Australia and New Zealand. Lewis will based in the firm's Sydney office and reports to Managing Director, Ironshore Asia Pacific, Hui Yun Boo. Hui Yun Boo, commented on ... Read the full article

XL Catlin lifts global property insurance capacity to $500m

7th June 2017

Insurer and reinsurer XL Catlin has increased its global property insurance capacity by 25% to $500 million, and which the company says is available on a quota share or layered basis. The 25% capacity extension enables the re/insurer to address more of its domestic and international property insurance needs, as clients increasingly ... Read the full article

Zep Re becomes just second foreign reinsurer to launch Ethiopia office

7th June 2017

Kenya domiciled reinsurer Zep Re, or PTA Reinsurance Company, has established a new regional office in Ethiopia in an effort to boost its reinsurance operations in Africa's second largest market by population, according to reports from the region. The new office has now opened following the signing of a hosting agreement ... Read the full article

AIG management’s ability to execute turnaround questioned by S&P

7th June 2017

The ability of the management of troubled insurance giant American International Group (AIG) to execute on its recovery plans has been questioned by rating agency Standard & Poor's, despite the arrival of Brian Duperreault as CEO. AIG has been working to turn-around its performance in recent years, an ongoing process ... Read the full article

Axa Re gets approval to open India reinsurance branch

7th June 2017

French reinsurer, Axa Re, has received second stage R2 regulatory clearances from Indian regulator, IRDAI, to open a branch in the country. The reinsurer hopes to begin operations in July when it receives the final round of regulatory clearances, R3, after completing its capital infusion plan, the Press Trust of India (PTI) ... Read the full article

Swiss Re names Slack CEO of Corporate Solutions Australia & New Zealand

7th June 2017

Global reinsurance giant Swiss Re has made another senior appointment within its commercial insurance focused arm, naming Melanie Slack as CEO Australia & New Zealand for Swiss Re Corporate Solutions. Slack has been with Swiss Re since 2002, gaining international experience across a variety of senior management positions in Asia, Europe ... Read the full article

Sri Lanka natural disaster reinsurance expired just before floods

7th June 2017

The National Insurance Trust Fund (NITF) of Sri Lanka's failure to sign reinsurance arrangements that lapsed around two months ago means the organisation will have to use its own funds to pay compensation for property damage from recent flooding and landslides in the country. Reports from the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) claim ... Read the full article

MarketScout targets InsurTech & MGA facility expansion

7th June 2017

Texas based insurance exchange and managing general agent MarketScout has sold its $100 million workers compensation MGA and will use the proceeds to fund a change in strategy, as it switches its focus to Insurtech and MGA facilities. MarketScout owns the successful MarketScout Exchange, where it connects agents with insurers and ... Read the full article

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