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Casualty reinsurance

COVID-19 tail unclear, but we’ve much further to travel in casualty: Willis Re

16th October 2020

While insurers and reinsurers looked to book much of their pandemic losses in the second-quarter, the potential for casualty lines development could persist for years and be very significant, according to executives at reinsurance broker Willis Re. It's likely to be years before we understand the full impact of the ongoing ... Read the full article

QBE Re combines Casualty Treaty teams to support growth

3rd September 2020

QBE Re, the reinsurance division of global insurer QBE, has announced the combination of its US and International Casualty Treaty reinsurance teams into one business unit. QBE Re London states that the establishment of a single Casualty Treaty reinsurance team is designed to enable a "unified market proposition" as the company ... Read the full article

AXIS Re names Osterrieder as Head of Casualty for North America

6th August 2020

AXIS Re, the reinsurance arm of Bermuda-based AXIS Capital Holdings Limited, has promoted Dan Osterrieder to Head of AXIS Re Casualty North America. Effective August 17th, Osterrieder will be responsible for leading AXIS Re’s casualty unit in North America. The role will span areas such as General Liability, Auto, Umbrella & Excess, ... Read the full article

Lancashire to expand into hard market, venture into casualty lines: CEO & CUO

29th July 2020

Lancashire Holdings, the specialty insurance and reinsurance underwriter, is targeting expansion of its book into 2021, to take advantage of the hardening and dislocated market, including into casualty risks, a new class of business to the firm. Discussing the move, CEO Alex Maloney explained that, "It feels like the time for ... Read the full article

Praedicat releases COVID-19 litigation tracker results

29th July 2020

Praedicat, a risk analytics and modelling company for casualty re/insurers and industrial firms, has released the initial results from its COVID-19 litigation tracker platform. The newly launched platform found that more than 200 casualty-relevant virus complaints have already been filed in the US courts. The complaints allege that corporate defendants are responsible ... Read the full article

Casualty reinsurance demand strong amid market volatility: Aon

15th July 2020

Aon has reported that demand for reinsurance remains strong in the casualty space as insurers continue to deal with the volatile conditions created by rising social inflation and the COVID-19 pandemic. The broker expects reinsurance outcomes to vary widely depending on cedent experience and exposures, but noted that rate improvement now ... Read the full article

Willis Re names James Moss as co-head of Specialty Casualty business

8th July 2020

Willis Re, the reinsurance broking arm of Willis Towers Watson (WTW), has announced the appointment of James Moss as co-head of its Specialty Casualty practice. He will work in tandem with Chirag Shah to lead Willis Re Specialty’s Casualty strategy in London. Moss has 30 years’ experience and joins from Lockton Re, ... Read the full article

Casualty risk has been underpriced for a decade: Stephen Catlin

24th February 2020

Insurers have “significantly underpriced” casualty business over the past 10 years and could now be headed towards “a crisis of catastrophic proportions,” according to Stephen Catlin, the former founder of the Catlin Group and current CEO of Convex Group. Writing in Best’s Review this month, Catlin said a casualty pricing crisis ... Read the full article

Apollo adds four to bolster casualty offering

21st February 2020

Independent specialist insurer and reinsurer, Apollo Syndicate Management, has announced four senior appointments to its Syndicate 1969 at Lloyd's of London, as it continues to bolster its casualty offering. Colm Lyons has been named Head of Casualty at Apollo Syndicate 1969, and will report to Matt Newman, Apollo Group Head of ... Read the full article

Everest Re continues to see opportunity in casualty, says CEO

18th February 2020

Juan Andrade, President and CEO of Everest Re Group, has said that the reinsurer continues to see “good opportunity” in casualty business, despite fears of escalating claims inflation. Speaking as part of an earnings call alongside the release of Everest Re’s 2019 results, Andrade said that the company had provided ... Read the full article

Watford strengthens loss reserves, warns of Q4 net loss

29th January 2020

Loss reserve strengthening in U.S. casualty reinsurance is to push Bermuda-based Watford Holdings Ltd. to a net loss in the fourth-quarter of 2019. The firm has announced a strengthening of net loss reserves of approximately $28 million across the current and prior accident years. Watford states that the reserve strengthening is in ... Read the full article

Casualty/specialty a more compelling pricing story at 1/1, says S&P

21st January 2020

Analysts at S&P Global Ratings have said that sentiment was both stronger and more broad-based in casualty/specialty lines than in the property arena at the January 1st reinsurance renewals. In U.S. non-proportional business, rate increases were substantial and ceding commissions on this business were down by as much as 3% in ... Read the full article

Casualty market pressures see capacity tighten at 1/1: Guy Carpenter

17th January 2020

Casualty reinsurance capacity tightened at the recent January renewals against a backdrop of heightened litigation costs, more generous jury verdicts, and shifting attitudes in the US, according to Guy Carpenter. Analysts noted that many reinsurers were forced to adopt more cautious underwriting positions at 1/1 due to higher loss cost trends, ... Read the full article

AXA XL Risk Consulting appoints Global Casualty Risk Engineering Leader

26th November 2019

AXA XL Risk Consulting has announced the appointment of Sheri Wilbanks as Global Casualty & Environmental Lines of Business Manager. Wilbanks joins the business from AIG, where she most recently served as Global Innovation Lead for AIG’s Client Risk Solutions division. Prior to that position, she served as Casualty and Financial Lines ... Read the full article

Social inflation pushing up costs in US liability insurance: Swiss Re

18th November 2019

Social inflation has emerged as a key factor pushing up loss costs in US liability insurance and could mean “significant pain” for the market in the coming years, according to a new report from Swiss Re. Analysts expect the issue to become an increasingly common theme in the next two years, ... Read the full article

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