Welcome to the first day of our coverage from the 2018 Monte Carlo Rendez-Vous! 

We are delighted to provide you with the first electronic copy of our daily Monte Carlo edition. Here you will find the latest news, analysis and intelligence from our team of journalists and analysts attending the Rendez-Vous.

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LEAD NEWS

O’Kane acknowledges likely Aspen exit

In an exclusive interview with Re-Insurance, Aspen CEO Chris O’Kane acknowledged there will likely be senior management changes at the Bermudian firm once the agreed $2.6bn buy-out completes….

Antares and Qatar Re mull reinsurance merge as integration continues

QIC-owned sister (re)insurers Antares and Qatar Re are mulling both the integration of their back-office capabilities and combining their reinsurance buying…

Largest reinsurance brokers: league table

Re-Insurance’s exclusive analysis of the industry’s largest reinsurance intermediaries based on 2017 revenues. Who is growing and who is declining?

OPINION

The toughest job in (re)insurance

So, you thought running QBE was tough? Re-Insurance’s good luck message to Lloyd’s new CEO, John Neal

NEWS

Accredited at front of R&Q Brexit strategy

R&Q’s “gold-plated” strategy to provide a Brexit solution to MGAs

Channel conflicts

Reinsurers continuing to move into the primary market is prompting growing tensions between them and insurers…

Guy Carpenter launches InsurTech advisory arm GC Genesis

Scor signals support for Lloyd’s reform agenda

LLOYD’S

John Neal: Introducing Lloyd’s new CEO

After first unveiling the new leader on Lime Street, Re-Insurance profiles the former QBE boss and looks at whether he’s got the characteristics to continue the market’s turnaround initiatives

Lloyd’s and its reform agenda

The focus is on Lloyd’s – and its new CEO-elect John Neal – at this year’s Rendez-Vous. But what the recent recruitment process also revealed was how chairman Bruce Carnegie-Brown expects to see positive change implemented in the market…

PROFILE

Scor in the spotlight

Victor Peignet on M&A, the lessons of 2017, market conditions and its patience with US expansion…

OPINION

Demystifying artificial intelligence

Aon’s Paul Eaton discusses the hype around AI and its extensive potential

Will opiates be the next US casualty cat?

Sirius Bermuda’s head of casualty Erik Soria on the industry’s exposure to the growing US opioid crisis in the US

Friendly advice to the new Lloyd’s CEO…

Founding chairman of London wholesalers AFL Insurance Brokers, Toby Esser, on what he’d like the new Lloyd’s CEO John Neal to focus on…

Resolving the growth conundrum

Liberty Mutual’s Jim D’Onofrio discusses how a carrier can grow in a challenging market

The industry mustn’t just rely on cat free years to make money

IGI’s Andreas Loucaides and Waleed Jabsheh on the importance of diversification

Why do you need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows?

RMS’ chief risk officer Robert Muir-Wood reviews 2017, a year which will define the (re)insurance industry for years to come…

Blockchain is reconnecting the industry with its potential

Ian Meadows of EY on a landmark year for embracing new technologies and blockchain in particular

The perils of driving blind

Drinker Biddle partner Andrea Best on the opportunities - and threats - of new perils from technological innovation