Sompo adds new life sciences team

Sompo adds new life sciences team

Sompo adds new life sciences team

Sompo International Holdings has formed a new life sciences team within Sompo Global Risk Solutions. Led by Todd Lauer, the new division will offer buyers in the life sciences industry products from its property/casualty range, including product liability, clinical trial liability, property, auto, workers’ compensation, environmental, and product-related errors and omission cover. Products are aimed at US small and middle-market…

Philippines to join ASEAN disaster risk facility

Philippines to join ASEAN disaster risk facility

Philippines to join ASEAN disaster risk facility

The Philippines Government has announced its intention to join with Japan and five other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states in an insurance facility designed to strengthen resilience against climate and disaster risks. The announcement was made by finance secretary Carlos Dominguez III, who stated a commitment to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the establishment of…

Cost of typhoon Jebi to hit $12bn

Cost of typhoon Jebi to hit $12bn

Cost of typhoon Jebi to hit $12bn

The latest estimates from reinsurers suggest that the cost to the insurance industry of Typhoon Jebi could rise to as much as $12bn. Should the estimate prove to be true, it would make Jebi the costliest typhoon to ever hit Japan. It would also be a considerable increase on previous estimates from both reinsurers and risk modelling firms. The typhoon…

Asian P&C rates to rise by 10% says WTW

Asian P&C rates to rise by 10% says WTW

Asian P&C rates to rise by 10% says WTW

Global broker Willis Towers Watson (WTW) has forecast that catastrophe loss-affected property and casualty (P&C) rates will rise by at least 10% in Asia through 2019. The broker has also called for a new approach to risk and insurance in the region, as a result of a more sophisticated corporate marketplace driven by global economic and political pressures. The forecasted…

China Re brings Chinese renewable energy risks to London

China Re brings Chinese renewable energy risks to London

China Re brings Chinese renewable energy risks to London

China Re, now the biggest reinsurance group in Asia and eighth globally by premium income, has announced the launch of a renewable energy consortium at Lloyd’s, to help support China’s massive national renewable power development project. The booming Chinese offshore sector has benefited from a commitment by President Xi Jinping to provide $360bn to renewable power development by 2020. The…

JBA and IDF partner for Sri Lanka flood data provision

JBA and IDF partner for Sri Lanka flood data provision

JBA and IDF partner for Sri Lanka flood data provision

UK-based catastrophe modelling firm JBA Risk Management has teamed up with the Insurance Development Forum (IDF) to improve access to flood risk data in Sri Lanka. JBA has released its Sri Lanka Flood Model on the ModEx platform, a risk modelling service provided by Nasdaq-subsidiary Simplitium. The release comes on the back of recent collaboration between the IDF and JBA…

Peak Re launches first Asian reinsurance sidecar

Peak Re launches first Asian reinsurance sidecar

Peak Re launches first Asian reinsurance sidecar

Hong Kong-based reinsurer Peak Re has unveiled what it claims is the first reinsurance sidecar transaction in Asia, in news that underlines investor appetite for insurance-based risk as a source of alternative capital. The deal was made via newly formed and Bermuda-based special purpose insurer Lion Rock, which will provide collateralised retrocession for Peak Re’s global property reinsurance risk portfolio…

Japan’s top P&C insurers to pay out JPY1trn in 2018

Japan’s top P&C insurers to pay out JPY1trn in 2018

Japan’s top P&C insurers to pay out JPY1trn in 2018

A year of natural disasters has left Japan’s top three property and casualty (P&C) insurers with a bill expected to top JPY1trn ($8.7bn) by the end of the fiscal year, raising the prospect of a hike in premiums for the first time in years. The payments are likely to total more than $3.51bn from MS&AD Insurance and $2.63bn from Tokio…

Cyberattacks biggest business risk across east Asia and the Pacific

Cyberattacks biggest business risk across east Asia and the Pacific

Cyberattacks biggest business risk across east Asia and the Pacific

The risk of a cyberattack is the biggest concern among business leaders in east Asia and the Pacific, according to the Regional Risks for Doing Business report from the World Economic Forum (WEF). The prominence of cyber risk reflects the rapid pace of digitalisation and the increasing sophistication of the region’s economies, according to the report. Southeast Asia also boasts…

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