GFIA highlights increasingly protectionist environment

GFIA highlights increasingly protectionist environment

GFIA highlights increasingly protectionist environment

The annual report of the Global Federation of Insurance Associations (GFIA) has highlighted that an increasingly protectionist environment threatens open trade and market access in (re)insurance. In an article in the report, Brad Smith, chair of the GFIA trade working group and chief international officer at the American Council of Life Insurers, writes that global trade dynamics have changed in…

China Market Report: opportunities but challenges too

China Market Report: opportunities but challenges too

China Market Report: opportunities but challenges too

Economic growth may be slowing in China, but the outlook for the insurance sector remains excellent. That’s the view of Munich Re in a recent report, and it is not alone. There is still a good deal of optimism surrounding the Chinese insurance market, and foreign insurers are as keen as ever to get some sort of foothold on the…

Dramatic expansion of US sanctions on North Korea

Dramatic expansion of US sanctions on North Korea

Dramatic expansion of US sanctions on North Korea

On 21 September 2017, the US dramatically expanded the scope of US sanctions that apply to those who do business with North Korea. These new sanctions target not only foreign companies that trade with North Korea, but also the foreign financial institutions (FFIs) that finance such trade. Companies that trade with North Korea, or that have an interest in trading…

Asia’s first Apology Bill passed

Asia’s first Apology Bill passed

Asia’s first Apology Bill passed

Hong Kong has become the first jurisdiction in Asia to enact apology legislation. The Hong Kong Legislative Council (LegCo) passed the Apology Bill on 13 July – a development with potentially far-reaching consequences for anyone involved in the management of risk or insurance, as well as those who may find themselves in litigation or resolving disputes in Hong Kong. The…

Increasing need for D&O insurance in Asia

Increasing need for D&O insurance in Asia

Increasing need for D&O insurance in Asia

In today’s increasingly litigious business environment, directors and officers face constantly evolving risks and liabilities from regulators and investors, not just in their home market but everywhere the company has operations. Senior leadership are now more likely to have a claim laid against them than ever before. This is becoming a major issue in Asia, where a heightened regulatory environment…

India market report: Liberalisation but tough stance on compliance

India market report: Liberalisation but tough stance on compliance

India market report: Liberalisation but tough stance on compliance

The Indian insurance market has undergone a number of changes in the past few years, not least the raising of the foreign direct investment limit in the insurance sector from 26% to 49%, which has seen a number of global insurers raise the stakes in their Indian joint ventures. There has also been a tougher stance taken by the regulatory…

Parametric insurance: closing the protection gap in Asia

Parametric insurance: closing the protection gap in Asia

Parametric insurance: closing the protection gap in Asia

As a region, Asia is particularly prone to natural disasters and extreme weather events such as earthquakes, floods, droughts, heatwaves and tropical cyclones. According to a report published by the Swiss Re Institute in February 2017, economic losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters in Asia amounted to $83bn in 2016, representing almost half of the world’s total. While the…

Parametric insurance: closing the protection gap in Asia

Parametric insurance: closing the protection gap in Asia

Parametric insurance: closing the protection gap in Asia

As a region, Asia is particularly prone to natural disasters and extreme weather events such as earthquakes, floods, droughts, heatwaves and tropical cyclones. According to a report published by the Swiss Re Institute in February 2017, economic losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters in Asia amounted to $83bn in 2016, representing almost half of the world’s total. While the…

An introduction to China’s new cyber security law

An introduction to China’s new cyber security law

An introduction to China’s new cyber security law

On 7 November 2016, the Cybersecurity Law of the People’s Republic of China was enacted and widely heralded as the first comprehensive law dealing specifically and exclusively with cybersecurity issues in China. The law, which will take effect from 1 June 2017, was passed to promote two key objectives: 1) protect the state against cybersecurity attacks; and 2) protect the…

A legal guide to cyber BI cover in Asia

A legal guide to cyber BI cover in Asia

A legal guide to cyber BI cover in Asia

Business interruption (BI) insurance, in the traditional context of commercial property insurance, is well established. While in Asia BI wordings are largely consistent, the wordings found in most traditional BI policies have not been universally adopted in the modern context of cyber risk/data breach BI insurance which, broadly, is directed at the disruption caused to a business through lack of…

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