Marsh appoints UK FINPRO leader

Marsh appoints UK FINPRO leader

Marsh appoints UK FINPRO leader

Marsh has named Paul Denny as leader of its UK financial and professional practice (FINPRO). Mr Denny has worked for Marsh since 1989. He most recently headed up northeast US FINPRO and US errors and omissions, where he worked with professional services firms and financial institutions to cover their professional liability and cyber risk programmes. Mr Denny will manage Marsh’s…

GDPR and focus on privacy set to increase D&O risk

GDPR and focus on privacy set to increase D&O risk

GDPR and focus on privacy set to increase D&O risk

A growing focus on privacy and tougher EU data protection laws could drive future claims against directors and officers, experts warn. The recent alleged misuse of personal data belonging to Facebook users has shone the spotlight on privacy liability just as the EU implements its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 25 May. The GDPR introduces new rights for consumers…

Munich Re hires senior execs for its Asian syndicates

Munich Re hires senior execs for its Asian syndicates

Munich Re hires senior execs for its Asian syndicates

German reinsurer Munich Re has announced a trio of executive appointments at its Asian branch, Munich Re Syndicate Asia. Tony Betteridge has been promoted to head of marine where he will be responsible for cargo, project cargo, hull and marine liability. Joel Pridmore has been appointed as head of financial lines and business development and will be expected to build…

JD.com buys 33.3% share in Allianz China General Insurance

JD.com buys 33.3% share in Allianz China General Insurance

JD.com buys 33.3% share in Allianz China General Insurance

Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com is to acquire a third of Allianz China General Insurance as part of its push into the financial services sector. The 33.3% stake, which is still subject to government approval, will cost JD.com $85.4m (CNY537m) and will make it the second-largest shareholder in the insurance operation, after Allianz. JD.com, the second-largest e-commerce company in China after…

RKH Specialty signals Asia push with new CEO appointment

RKH Specialty signals Asia push with new CEO appointment

RKH Specialty signals Asia push with new CEO appointment

International broking group RKH Specialty has appointed Stuart Beatty as its new chief executive for Asia-Pacific, a position he previously occupied at JLT Re. The position, which is based in Singapore, is newly created and signals RKH Specialty’s intention to develop a larger presence in the region. Its most senior executive in Asia was Singapore chief executive Karly Shaw, who…

US export credit agency secures ground-breaking $1bn reinsurance deal

US export credit agency secures ground-breaking $1bn reinsurance deal

US export credit agency secures ground-breaking $1bn reinsurance deal

A $1bn reinsurance programme led by XL Catlin, Liberty Specialty Markets and Everest has been put in place for the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM), specifically to cover its existing portfolio of large commercial aircraft financing deals. EXIM said the reinsurance programme is the largest risk-sharing arrangement between the public and private sector undertaken by a US government…

Berkshire Hathaway opens Perth office for specialty insurance

Berkshire Hathaway opens Perth office for specialty insurance

Berkshire Hathaway opens Perth office for specialty insurance

Commercial insurer Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI) has expanded its Australian presence with an office opening in Perth, Western Australia. The new office will be led by casualty underwriting head Anthony Prindiville and property underwriting head Mark Shephard. The Perth office will add to BHSI’s existing branches in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and will focus on underwriting casualty, property, mining,…

New business rose across the world in 2017

New business rose across the world in 2017

New business rose across the world in 2017

New business grew across the world last year in almost all areas, according to the Berne Union. In its annual report,  launched this meeting at a meeting in Kenya, it reveals preliminary statistics which indicate that, as a result of favourable growth in global trade and GDP in 2017, Berne Union members reported an uptick in new business in almost…

Trade credit insurer gives APAC stable risk rating

Trade credit insurer gives APAC stable risk rating

Trade credit insurer gives APAC stable risk rating

Global trade credit insurer Atraidus has given a moderate and stable forecast for the economic prospects within Asia-Pacific in its latest report, which examines the political and economic risks in the region’s 11 major economies. And while no major risks are highlighted in the report, it does warn of an expected increase in the number of insolvencies in the region,…

Sompo launches specialty unit in Spain

Sompo launches specialty unit in Spain

Sompo launches specialty unit in Spain

Bermudan insurer Sompo International (SI) is setting up a European specialty insurance underwriting unit in Barcelona, Spain to underwrite management liability, professional indemnity and financial institutions business. The new operation will expand to other lines in due course and is being formed as part of SI’s continued push into Europe. In November last year, SI said it would establish a…

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