Don’t let the bed bugs bite!

Don’t let the bed bugs bite!

Don’t let the bed bugs bite!

Bed bugs have been around since the dawn of time; originally, they were using bats as hosts and began feeding on humans while we were still living in caves. They were a common sight in the pre-insecticide era, where it is estimated they were resident in 30% of households. Recent years have seen species migrating northwards as temperatures increase. While…

Automation and digitalisation in shipping: a lack of standardisation and regulation?

Automation and digitalisation in shipping: a lack of standardisation and regulation?

Automation and digitalisation in shipping: a lack of standardisation and regulation?

The shipping industry has recently seen a large number of exciting and futuristic proposals for automated and digital innovations. The intention is to increase efficiency, reduce costs, save time and promote safety at sea. The increasing number of automation and digitalisation solutions should lead to a corresponding increase in standardisation and regulation. However, this will take some time to achieve…

Time to prepare for a sustained hard market

Time to prepare for a sustained hard market

Time to prepare for a sustained hard market

It seems that the corporate insurance market is finally turning. If they have not already done so, risk and insurance managers in Europe and worldwide had better start softening up their bosses for a less easy ride and end of ever-shrinking insurance budgets. This was the message that came out of first quarter result announcements and analyst calls made by…

Tackling the big risks

Tackling the big risks

Tackling the big risks

We spoke to Claire McDonald, country manager for the UK and Ireland at Risk Frontiers Europe sponsor HDI Global, about the big issues facing risk managers, including Brexit, claims and other key topics. Uncertainty, mostly as a result of Brexit, continues to impact the insurance market and its customers, not least as businesses grapple with potential implications for their multinational…

Mapfre steps up game with brokers

Mapfre steps up game with brokers

Mapfre steps up game with brokers

Chris Smith was appointed to the newly created role of chief global brokers officer at Mapfre Group at the end of last year. A well-known figure in the London and international insurance market, he was previously head of European business and chief regions and market officer at Mapfre Global Risks. This is the corporate arm of the Spanish group that…

Don’t give up the fight on global programmes!

Don’t give up the fight on global programmes!

Don’t give up the fight on global programmes!

There was plenty of interesting news coming out of the RIMS conference at the start of this month, as the world’s biggest corporate risk management society met for its annual gathering in Boston. One big issue on the agenda was global programme regulation. This is not a new topic. Commercial Risk Europe and its sister title International Programme News have…

Partnership remains key

Partnership remains key

Partnership remains key

We spoke to Frank Harting, a member of the executive board at Risk Frontiers Europe sponsor HDI Global, about the some of the big issues facing the risk management and transfer professions. Alack of skilled labour topped a recent poll of German CEOs, followed by concerns about cyber and then political risk. The poll of 150 mid-market CEOs/managers, conducted by…

HDI Global prepares for new era

HDI Global prepares for new era

HDI Global prepares for new era

In mid-March, Talanx, the parent company of Hannover-based HDI Global, announced that Christian Hinsch, member of the board of management responsible for its industrial lines division, would step down on 9 May. Mr Hinsch will be replaced by Edgar Puls as chief executive officer of HDI Global. Adrian Ladbury interviewed Mr Hinsch about his long career at HDI, and Mr…

Focus, focus, focus on specialty risks

Focus, focus, focus on specialty risks

Focus, focus, focus on specialty risks

HDI Global Specialty SE launched in January with an expected gross annual premium level of €1.2bn at year-end 2019, after merging the specialty lines activities of Talanx-owned HDI Global and Hannover Re. We spoke to Richard Taylor – the company’s chief marketing officer, chief underwriting officer of short-tail classes and former UK managing director at HDI Global – about the…

Glyphosate: a new toxic tort timebomb?

Glyphosate: a new toxic tort timebomb?

Glyphosate: a new toxic tort timebomb?

The global spotlight on glyphosate continues, following a third successive US court case finding that the world’s most popular pesticide is carcinogenic. Despite unresolved uncertainties in the scientific evidence, the case resulted in the highest damages award to date, highlighting the burgeoning risk in this developing litigation. Indeed, this may be the beginning of a new toxic tort that has…

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