Reinsurance News

Markel becomes second syndicate to join Lloyd’s India platform: Reports

24th April 2017

Markel is set to become the second syndicate to join Lloyd's India operations, after the specialist insurance and reinsurance market kicked off its India market expansion in April with MS Amlin as the first syndicate to join its newly launched domestic India reinsurance branch, the India Express has reported. Markel International Underwriter, ... Read the full article

Cyber risk as a standalone market will increase re/insurance industry resilience: JLT

24th April 2017

Cyber risk insurance and reinsurance continues to develop in what's now a crucial time for the marketplace and buyers of cyber protection. And while there's ample available, and essential reinsurance capacity to address and support the issue, JLT Re believes considering cyber as a standalone line of business could create a ... Read the full article

Swiss Re’s Cyclone Debbie losses reveal Australian market share growth: Deutsche Bank

24th April 2017

Swiss Re was hit with a lion’s share of $350 million Cyclone Debbie losses in Q1, after the firm expanded its Australian market share to nearly double its 2011 size, said Deutsche Bank analysts in their Q1 European reinsurance market report. The $350 million Cyclone Debbie blow reveals a Swiss Re ... Read the full article

​Barbican launches online automated quote and bind system

24th April 2017

Barbican Insurance Group, which underwrites re/insurance predominantly through its Lloyd's syndicates, has launched a new technology platform that will automate quoting and binding of new business through certain distribution channels. With the launch of 'The Hub', as the platform is named, Barbican hopes the online, automated quote and bind system will ... Read the full article

Bermuda re/insurers profitability slips, organic growth a challenge: S&P

24th April 2017

For insurance and reinsurance companies in Bermuda, 2016 was a year of challenges and resulted in a sharp decline in return-on-equity (RoE), while organic growth remains difficult to find. Rating agency Standard & Poor's explains in its latest report that Bermudian re/insurance remains under pressure from a range of forces, with ... Read the full article

EEU Insurers – dependant on Western European reinsurance: S&P

24th April 2017

Insurers in the European Economic Union have been ceding most of their premiums to Western Europe, and although Chinese and Indian reinsurers have become increasingly active in the region, the region's reinsurance framework of reliance on major European firms is expected to remain intact in the near future, according to ... Read the full article

Hamilton Re acquires renewal rights to Canopius Bermuda’s excess casualty book

24th April 2017

Bermuda-based Hamilton Re, part of the Hamilton Insurance Group, has acquired the renewal rights to Sompo Canopius' excess casualty insurance book of business and also takes the two underwriters, Stephen Hartwig and Jeremy Wright, across to the firm. Hamilton Re will take on renewing the Canopius Underwriting Bermuda Limited ... Read the full article

Willis names Joe Peiser Head of Broking, North America

21st April 2017

Global insurance and reinsurance broker Willis Towers Watson (WTW) has appointed Joe Peiser as Head of Broking for North America, part of the firm's Corporate Risk and Broking segment. Peiser, based in WTW's New York office, joined the broker in 2014 and has been in the insurance industry since the 1980s. ... Read the full article

New mortality assumptions not a blip, benefits will take time to materialise: RBC

21st April 2017

The continued trend of lower than expected mortality improvements, underlined by the 2016 version of the UK mortality tables (CMI_2016), suggests that the mortality rate trend highlighted by CMI_2015 is not a blip, and that it might take some time for changes to filter through the industry, says RBC Capital Markets. In March ... Read the full article

GIC Re becomes first reinsurer to establish base at India’s GIFT City

21st April 2017

The General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC Re), the country's state-backed reinsurance entity, has now opened its office at the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) in Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City), after more than a year's planning. The opening of GIC Re's IFSC Insurance Office sees it become the first reinsurance ... Read the full article

Paris attack highlights need for broader terrorism coverage

21st April 2017

Yesterday evening's shootings in Paris, France, in which a police officer was killed and others wounded, highlights the need for insurance and reinsurance markets to offer broader terror cover, including business interruption. The attack occurred on the busy Champs Elysees, an area that was naturally full of tourists in the evening ... Read the full article

PRA gives UK re/insurers mid-July deadline for Brexit back-up plans

21st April 2017

The Prudential Regulatory Authority, (PRA) - the UK’s financial market regulator - has asked re/insurers to immediately address the Brexit question by setting a mid July deadline for firms to produce a worst-case-scenario back-up plan for post-Brexit trading. The regulator is demanding firms convey their plans to deal with all potential ... Read the full article

FCA investigating UK aviation brokers over sharing & misuse of information

21st April 2017

According to industry reports a number of aviation insurance and reinsurance brokers are being investigated by the UK's financial conduct authority (FCA) over the sharing and misuse of sensitive information. Brokers Aon, JLT, Willis Towers Watson, and Marsh are being investigated by the FCA as part of its probe into the ... Read the full article

Swiss Re, GOQii & Max Bupa partner to meet changing health coverage needs in India

21st April 2017

Global reinsurance giant Swiss Re has collaborated with India's Max Bupa Health Insurance and GOQii to develop and integrate "holistic wellness offerings" that meet the changing health coverage demands of Max Bupa's customers. Indian health insurer Max Bupa, a joint venture between Max India Limited and Bupa Finance plc UK, announced ... Read the full article

Border adjustment tax reform deemed unlikely: Credit Suisse analysts

21st April 2017

Since Trump's election win last year, creating a border adjustment tax has been top on the Republican's agenda, and reinsurance industry experts have since speculated on how this would impact offshore reinsurance purchases, with some predicting chaos ahead with insurance prices soaring as carriers pass extra costs down to consumers. Changes ... Read the full article