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Tesla needs to complete small acquisition before insurance product launch

13th June 2019

Speaking during Tesla's annual shareholder meeting held on Tuesday, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Elon Musk explained that the firm needs to complete a small acquisition before launching its previously announced insurance product. It was revealed in April that the Elon Musk-led automotive and energy company was working on plans to ... Read the full article

Markel appoints Chubb’s Proferes to professional liability underwriting role

4th June 2019

Re/insurance holding company Markel Corporation has announced the appointment of James Proferes as Executive Underwriting Officer for Global Professional Liability. Proferes joins from Chubb, where he worked for close to three decades across a number of executive roles in the professional lines markets. Reporting to Executive Vice President and CUO Robin Russo, ... Read the full article

Markel appoints AIG’s Guenter Kryszon to Global Property role

3rd May 2019

Markel Corporation has announced that Guenter Kryszon will be joining the company as Executive Underwriting Officer for Global Property, effective 13 May 2019. Kryszon most recently served as Head of Retail Property at American International Group (AIG). He has spent the previous five years at AIG, moving through several senior roles, including ... Read the full article

Operating revenues up but combined ratio weakens at Markel in Q1

1st May 2019

Markel Corporation saw its operating revenues increase by $900 million to $2.5 billion for the first-quarter of 2019, while net income also improved year-on-year, to $576 million. The insurer and reinsurer has announced its results for the first-quarter of 2019, which shows that alongside improved operating revenues and net income, Markel's ... Read the full article

Tremor completes property cat auction placement for Markel

16th April 2019

InsurTech startup Tremor Technologies, Inc. has completed another property catastrophe auction placement, successfully pricing and placing two layers of Markel Corporation's property cat excess of loss reinsurance tower, reports Artemis. Tremor, which operates an open, technology-driven, programmatic market for the placement of reinsurance risk, completed its first auction of a ... Read the full article

Internal review finds no evidence CATCo personnel acted in bad faith: Markel

15th April 2019

Markel Corporation has revealed that an internal review of CATCo's loss reserving in late 2017 and early 2018 by outside counsel, has found "no evidence that CATCo personnel acted in bad faith in exercising business judgement". The firm announced previously that it had sought outside counsel to conduct an internal review ... Read the full article

Markel’s Part VII Transfer for EU business gets approval

29th March 2019

Specialist insurer Markel International has completed the transfer of the EU business of its London-based insurer, Markel International Insurance Company Limited, to its German insurer, Markel Insurance SE (MISE). Markel formed MISE in July of last year to ensure continuity for clients in light of the UK’s vote to leave the ... Read the full article

Markel adds trade credit underwriter from Coface

15th February 2019

Specialist re/insurer Markel International has announced the appointment of Ramzi El Kadi as an underwriter within its trade credit, political risk and surety operation in Dubai. El Kadi brings five years’ experience in the trade credit insurance industry and was most recently the credit risk underwriter at Coface, Dubai. “2018 was a ... Read the full article

Property reinsurance rates “inexplicably flat” at 1/1, says Markel’s Whitt

11th February 2019

Richard Whitt, Co-Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Director of Markel Corporation, has said that property reinsurance rates were “inexplicably flat” at the recent January renewals. Speaking during a company earnings call, Whitt noted that reinsurance rates were disappointing at the 1/1 renewals despite two consecutive years of heavy catastrophe losses across ... Read the full article

Markel CATCo heads dropped after review, new execs take over

21st January 2019

Markel Corporation has announced that reinsurance executives Jed Rhoads and Andrew Barnard are to take over management of Markel CATCo following an internal review that resulted in the departure of the unit’s former heads, Anthony Belisle and Alissa Fredricks. Belisle, who was CATCo’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and Fredricks, who was ... Read the full article

Markel completes Nephila acquisition

15th November 2018

Markel Corporation has successfully completed its previously-announced its acquisition of Nephila Holdings Limited, the largest manager of catastrophe and weather insurance and reinsurance linked investment funds in the world. Nephila manages $12.2 billion of assets under management (AuM) for a geographically diverse investor base of more than 300 investors. The ... Read the full article

Markel’s post-Brexit German hub approved to open UK branch

12th November 2018

Markel Corporation has received regulatory approval to operate a UK branch office for its recently established German insurance company, Markel Insurance SE (MISE). MISE was formed in July 2018 after Markel was granted a license by BaFin, Germany’s federal financial supervisory authority. With uncertainty remaining about the terms of the UK’s ... Read the full article

Markel’s reinsurance business struggles at Q3 despite low cat losses

5th November 2018

Markel posted a 13% decrease in earned premiums and a combined ratio of 115% for its reinsurance business during the third quarter of 2018 despite relatively low catastrophe losses. This resulted in an overall loss of $33.7 million for the reinsurance business, although the company still turned an underwriting profit overall ... Read the full article

Markel forms new Marine and Energy divisions, names heads

5th November 2018

Specialist insurer and reinsurer Markel International has created two new standalone divisions for Marine and Energy, and has appointed Chris Fenn and Julian Samuel as Managing Directors of the businesses. The formation of the new divisions reflects the growth of Markel’s Marine and Energy business, which has become the single largest ... Read the full article

Markel opens new office in India

5th October 2018

Specialist insurer and reinsurer Markel International has announced that its office in Mumbai, India is now open and actively writing business. Markel provides local Indian insurers with specialist facultative reinsurance in a broad range of commercial classes, including marine, energy, contingency, and professional and financial risks. Deepika Mathur, head of Markel’s Indian ... Read the full article

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