Fidelis unveils new Irish (re)insurer


Fidelis has unveiled a newly licenced Dublin subsidiary staffed with a phalanx of experienced management from rival (re)insurers, the Bermudian-headquartered firm announced today.


Swiss Re unveils new UK & Ireland CEO


Swiss Re has filled its vacant UK & Ireland CEO position with Tava Madzinga, the current head of its MENA region.


Swiss Re’s Higginbotham ‘optimistic’ on market outlook


Speaking to Re-Insurance in Baden-Baden this year, Swiss Re’s Russell Higginbotham – who was appointed CEO of reinsurance for EMEA at the reinsurance giant in September – highlighted some of the challenges the market faces and where the opportunities lie.


US MGA start-up Vindati hires Allianz exec


Start-up US MGA Vindati has hired former Allianz executive John Barnwell to lead its new ocean marine line of underwriting.


Nichols named interim CEO/chairman at Protective


Jay Nichols has returned to a front seat position in the industry as chairman and interim CEO of specialist trucking and transportation carrier Protective Insurance Corporation.

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Universal passes reinsurers up to $315mn bill on Michael loss

2018-10-23T10:18:00+01:00By Ryan Hewlett

Floridian headquartered Universal Insurance Holdings is set to pass around $315mn of its losses from Hurricane Michael to its reinsurance panel.

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Skuld given green light for Lloyd’s 2019


Scandinavian marine insurer Skuld has had its Lloyd’s business plan approved for next year, Re-Insurance understands.


Apollo launches new £130mn Lloyd’s SPA Syndicate


Independent Lloyd’s managing agency Apollo Syndicate Management Ltd (Apollo) has received “in principle” approval to launch a £130mn SPA Syndicate 1971 to operate alongside its existing Syndicate 1969.

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'Extremely dangerous' Category 4 Hurricane Willa nearing Mexico's Pacific coast

2018-10-23T08:12:00+01:00By Ryan Hewlett

Hurricane Willa is nearing the Pacific coast of Mexico as a Category 4 storm, bringing the potential for life-threatening storm surge, wind and torrents of rain.


Lloyd’s imposing capital loads on 2019 syndicates


The expectation is growing that Syndicates trading in 2019 will do so with higher capital requirements compared to this year and in many cases with reduced top-lines.


Excess capital to drive 1.1 pricing despite recent losses


Despite the third quarter’s flurry of US and Asia cat events and the heavy Europeans storms earlier this year, cat reinsurers at Baden-Baden remain privately pessimistic about the prospect of 2019 seeing an uptick in rates.

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$100bn ILS appetite will continue despite rising yields

2018-10-23T06:03:00+01:00By Ryan Hewlett

Traditional reinsurers who have faced fierce pricing competition from the pension funds and other investors in the ILS sector are naive if they think the sector will diminish with rising interest rates.


Apollo lowered bid twice before agreeing Aspen deal


Apollo Global Management lowered initial non-binding offers for Aspen twice before a counter-proposal from the Bermudian (re)insurer led to the all-cash transaction at $42.75 a share being agreed.

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Flagship Canopius syndicate to cut 2019 gross premiums by £80mn

2018-10-22T16:58:00+01:00By Ryan Hewlett

Top-ten Lloyd’s insurer Canopius will cut gross premiums by £80mn for its flagship Syndicate 4444 for 2019 as further evidence of the Corporation’s determination to de-leverage the market after the decline in overall performance levels in recent years.

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Up-for-sale Lloyd’s motor insurer receives heavy capital loading


Lloyd’s motor syndicate ERS has received a capital loading for next year in a further demonstration of the Corporation’s “get tough” approach after the recent decline in the market’s results.

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Brown & Brown to buy Hays Companies


Expansive US retail broking giant Brown & Brown has agreed a deal to buy its smaller rival Hays Companies.

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Cyber risks are global but insurance not meeting demand: Munich Re

2018-10-22T14:43:00+01:00By Ryan Hewlett

Demand for cyber insurance is growing rapidly as increasingly costly events prove no market, sector or company is spared, irrespective of its size, from cyber risk, according to Munich Re.

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Hannover Re forecasts modest upswing for loss-affected German cat treaties


Hannover Re expects positive premium development in its domestic German market for the upcoming round of treaty renewals at 1.1, albeit at a more muted pace than in the previous year.

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Miller snaps up London (re)insurance broker Alston Gayler

2018-10-22T10:25:00+01:00By Ryan Hewlett

Miller has confirmed it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Dutch-owned London market wholesaler Alston Gayler, as previously predicted by Re-Insurance.


Hyperion X to launch as major new 1.1 tech, data initiative


London-headquartered intermediary Hyperion Insurance Group has unveiled a fourth new operating arm and parachuted in the senior management of its specialty broker RKH to lead the business as a mark of its commitment to drive much-needed industry “digital change”.

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Lloyd's warns of 'crippling' $160bn insurance gap

2018-10-22T08:09:00+01:00By Ryan Hewlett

An estimated $163bn of assets are underinsured in the world today, leaving an exposure gap that poses a “significant threat” to livelihoods and global prosperity, according to new research from Lloyd’s and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR).


Perils launches Australia wind forecasting platform

2018-10-22T07:01:00+01:00By Ryan Hewlett

Zurich-based catastrophe modelling firm Perils has expanded its wind cat forecasting platform to include Australia.


Lloyd’s: hard Brexit no obstacle to paying claims


Despite the continuing stalemate between the European Union and the UK government, Lloyd’s chairman Bruce Carnegie-Brown has reassured Baden-Baden attendees that the 330 year old market will seamlessly process claims and commit capacity regardless of what “Brexit” looks like in 2019.

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Gard swoops on another flagship London marine account


Norwegian carrier Gard has secured another landmark London marine hull account, taking over from Lloyd’s insurer QBE as the lead on the London placement of the Qatar LNG fleet program, Re-Insurance can reveal.

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M&A carousel will continue but 'clients like choice'


Despite the remarkable frenzy of M&A seen in 2018, speakers at the Guy Carpenter Baden-Baden symposium yesterday feel the market will still value the specialist carrier as long as it remains nimble and responsive to clients’ needs.


Nash: 'shadows' cast over industry ahead of 1.1 renewals


Guy Carpenter’s international CEO James Nash has praised reinsurers for its “rational response” to the estimated $140bn of insured cat losses last year but warned that new “shadows” are being cast over the industry ahead of the 1.1 renewals.

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Contract continuity ‘no issue’ says EU Brexit chief

2018-10-21T06:12:00+01:00By Ryan Hewlett

The European Parliament’s Brexit chief has said there will be “no issue” of contract continuity for (re)insurance firms once the UK departs from the European Union in March next year, Re-Insurance can reveal.

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RMS pegs Michael insured losses at upto $10bn

2018-10-19T16:50:00+01:00By Ryan Hewlett

Global risk modeling and analytics firm, RMS has estimated that the insured loss from Hurricane Michael will be between $6.8bn and $10bn

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Blue Capital Re: correction on loss estimate


The NYSE-listed collateralised reinsurance fund Blue Capital Re said yesterday that its Q3 net Irma loss bill will increase by a further $6.1mn.

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Marine insurers braced for another major shipyard loss


UK insurer RSA and other marine underwriters are bracing themselves for a loss of up to $75mn after Hurricane Michael ripped through a shipyard in Panama City, Florida earlier this month, Re-Insurance can reveal.