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Alliant forms new M&A unit, led by Jonathan Gilbert

16th September 2019

Alliant Insurance Services has announced the formation of a new brokerage service vertical that will provide expertise to private equity firms and alternative asset investors. The unit, called Alliant Mergers & Acquisitions, will be led by Senior Vice President Jonathan Gilbert. “In the last decade, there has been considerable investment by private ... Read the full article

Casualty market disconnected from previous cyclical change: Newman, Willis Re

13th September 2019

In casualty lines of business the reinsurance tail is no longer wagging the primary dog, as the market has disconnected from previous cycle changes, according to Andrew Newman, President of Willis Re. In an interview with Reinsurance News, Newman discussed current dynamics within the casualty reinsurance market and underlined primary insurers’ ... Read the full article

Sompo GRS & WTW launch platform for middle market commercial real estate

13th September 2019

Sompo Global Risk Solutions (GRS), a division of Bermuda domiciled P&C re/insurer Sompo International Holdings Ltd., has entered into a strategic partnership with Willis Towers Watson to develop an integrated insurance platform which targets the middle market commercial real estate sector. The Willis Towers Watson Retail, Office and Industrial (ROI) platform ... Read the full article

Howden & RKH brokerages to be merged by Hyperion

12th September 2019

Hyperion Insurance Group, the global independently owned insurance and reinsurance broking and underwriting organisation, is merging its two broker arms Howden and RKH. Hyperion said that aligning the two broking operations under a single management will "deliver seamless access to the Group’s talent for clients" by bringing together Howden’s international retail ... Read the full article

TigerRisk hires new COO from Third Point Re

11th September 2019

Reinsurance broker TigerRisk Partners LLC has announced the appointment of Manoj Gupta as Chief Operating Officer (COO), based in New York. Prior to joining TigerRisk, Gupta was President of Third Point Reinsurance Ltd.’s US subsidiary. He held several senior level positions during his time at Third Point Re, including as Head of ... Read the full article

Brokerage is not an expense, says Willis Re Deputy Chair Hvidsten

11th September 2019

Reinsurance brokerage costs and commissions are not an expense for reinsurers and Willis Re sees little demand for substantial change on broker remuneration, according to Deputy Chairman Mark Hvidsten. Speaking to Reinsurance News in an interview, Hvidsten laid out the value that he feels a reinsurance broker brings to its clients, ... Read the full article

Knowledge of wildfire risk vital in developing a proper underwriting strategy: Guy Carpenter

10th September 2019

Losses from wildfire events have increased significantly over the past couple of years, and as a result, it’s important that insurers and reinsurers have solid understanding of the exposure in order to maintain a sound underwriting strategy, says Managing Director, Guy Carpenter, Robert Reader. Underpinned by the devastating impacts of the ... Read the full article

Technology won’t replace relationships in reinsurance: Hvidsten, Willis Re

10th September 2019

The important role technology plays in brokers’ service offering is set to increase and while it can and will help to improve efficiency, it’s unlikely to disrupt the reinsurance broking market, says Deputy Chairman of Willis Re, Mark Hvidsten. Technology continues to advance at a rapid pace and is increasingly influencing ... Read the full article

Marsh appoints Andy Smith as Chairman, CEO of UK Aviation practice

10th September 2019

Global re/insurance brokerage Marsh has announced the appointment of Andy Smith as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of its UK Aviation Practice within Marsh JLT Specialty. He will be based in London and reports to Paul Moody, UK CEO, Marsh JLT Specialty, and Simon Harker, Global Head of Aviation, Marsh JLT ... Read the full article

Tech, analytics can address terror, political violence risk challenges: Guy Carpenter

10th September 2019

Guy Carpenter, the reinsurance arm of Marsh, has underlined the important role technology and analytics play in addressing challenges across the terrorism risk landscape. The reinsurance broker argues that terrorism, political violence and other malicious acts are both dynamic and adaptive, with human intent driving profitability while also willing the impacts ... Read the full article

Gallagher adds Brent Kruger as UK CIO

10th September 2019

Global insurance brokerage Gallagher has announced the appointment of Brent Kruger as UK Chief Information Officer, a role he will take up in early November. Kruger, who brings over 25 years’ experience to the role, will be responsible for setting the strategic direction of the firm’s UK technology division. He joins from ... Read the full article

For protection gaps, the key issue remains demand: Vickers, Willis Re

10th September 2019

When it comes to closing much-discussed protection gaps the insurance and reinsurance industry cannot work alone and must partner with other organisations to help to increase demand for protection, according to James Vickers of Willis Re. The Willis Re International Chairman told us in an interview that “reinsurance alone cannot help ... Read the full article

Reinsurers should pursue hybrid approach to alternative capital, says GC’s Kumar

9th September 2019

With alternative capital now representing an increasingly sizeable portion of overall industry capital, reinsurers should be pursuing new hybrid structures and longer-term partnerships with this section of the market. This is according to Shiv Kumar, President of GC Securities, the capital markets and ILS arm of reinsurance broker Guy Carpenter (GC), ... Read the full article

Cyber unlikely to be a panacea for reinsurers: Vickers, Willis Re

9th September 2019

The still emerging cyber risk insurance and reinsurance market is not likely to prove the panacea that some hope it will, according to Willis Re International Chairman James Vickers. Vickers explained in a recent interview that while cyber risk is increasing rapidly around the globe, it is not yet clear where ... Read the full article

Total reinsurance capacity up 4% from end of 2018: Aon

9th September 2019

At $610 billion, global reinsurance capital has returned to a peak levels while total capacity has grown 4% since the end of 2018, according to a market outlook from Aon. Aon also highlights how, following hurricane Dorian’s near-miss with Florida, the industry escaped significant losses in what remains the peak region ... Read the full article

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