Belgian firms say world becoming more unstable

Belgian firms say world becoming more unstable

Belgian firms say world becoming more unstable

Some 80% of Belgian corporates believe the world is becoming increasingly unstable, according to a new poll by business magazine Trends for the Credendo Trade Forum, and 85% said the European Union should take measures to protect its businesses, up from 75% last year. At the same time, the poll by trade credit insurer Credendo found 79% believe protectionist measures…

Payment delays increase for European firms

Payment delays increase for European firms

Payment delays increase for European firms

European businesses recorded a further increase in the number of overdue invoices in 2018 with 41.8% of payments outstanding, according to trade credit insurer Atradius. The average pushed up from 40.7% in 2017 after all of 14 European countries surveyed except Germany, Ireland and the UK recorded deterioration in B2B receivables…

Miller to buy Dutch-owned London market broker Alston Gayler

Miller to buy Dutch-owned London market broker Alston Gayler

Miller to buy Dutch-owned London market broker Alston Gayler

Miller is set to buy Dutch-owned London market wholesale (re)insurance broker Alston Gayler and Co (AG) for an undisclosed fee. Miller has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire AG, which specialises in multiple lines of business and is owned by Nelson Holdings Limited. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval. The purchase will bolster Miller’s offering to clients and…

Brexit begins to change dynamics but London company market delivers 16% premium rise

Brexit begins to change dynamics but London company market delivers 16% premium rise

Brexit begins to change dynamics but London company market delivers 16% premium rise

No dominant post-Brexit hub is emerging for London company firms, as the market delivered a 16% premium jump in 2017 and its statistics begin to reflect changing dynamics bought about by the UK’s EU exit, according to a report by the International Underwriting Association (IUA)…

Wijnants to join XL Catlin from Zurich as head of Benelux

Wijnants to join XL Catlin from Zurich as head of Benelux

Wijnants to join XL Catlin from Zurich as head of Benelux

Alain Wijnants has been appointed Benelux regional manager for XL Catlin’s insurance business. He will join the firm on 1 November from Zurich, where he currently serves as global head of management liability commercial. Mr Wijnants will replace Erik Hartkoren, who is retiring from XL Catlin after more than ten years of service. Manon Van der Meer – XL Catlin’s…

European heat and drought to cost agriculture sector billions, says Munich Re

European heat and drought to cost agriculture sector billions, says Munich Re

European heat and drought to cost agriculture sector billions, says Munich Re

The heatwaves, droughts and forest fires currently affecting swathes of Europe will cost the agriculture sector billions of dollars with entire harvests lost in some cases, Munich Re warns. According to the reinsurer, the grain harvest in Germany is likely to be down more than 10% on the long-term average as a result of the hot and dry weather. Total…

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