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…

A different approach: international programmes for mid-market companies

A different approach: international programmes for mid-market companies

A different approach: international programmes for mid-market companies

More and more mid-market companies across Europe are expanding overseas in one form or another. This might be a company that has a sales office in the US, or manufacturing in China, or simply a company looking to export more. It can be a company with just one location abroad, or five or six locations, or more. It is a…

Swiss Re report says alternative capital will continue to grow

Swiss Re report says alternative capital will continue to grow

Swiss Re report says alternative capital will continue to grow

Alternative capital (AC) will continue to grow and curb the volatility of the overall reinsurance underwriting cycle, according to a new report from Swiss Re Institute. In its Economic Insights: Alternative capital set to grow for peak risks study, Swiss Re notes that AC proved to be a reliable source of capacity during the active 2017 natural catastrophe season, but…

Global P&C sector profit margins under pressure but outlook is stable, says Moody’s

Global P&C sector profit margins under pressure but outlook is stable, says Moody’s

Global P&C sector profit margins under pressure but outlook is stable, says Moody’s

Rising claims inflation and increasing competition mean that profit margins are under pressure for the global property and casualty (P&C) insurance sector, according to Moody’s Investors Service, However, the ratings agency said the outlook for the global P&C sector is stable, reflecting insurers’ disciplined underwriting standards and strong capital levels. Moody’s said profitability is supported by sustained underwriting discipline and…

IAIS introduces changes to improve executive committee representation

IAIS introduces changes to improve executive committee representation

IAIS introduces changes to improve executive committee representation

The International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) has announced a number of changes designed to ensure representation from the major insurance markets, and the views of non-supervisory members of the IAIS. The recent annual general meeting of the IAIS approved certain bylaw changes recommended by the executive committee, including the introduction of voting members of the executive committee that represent…

Liberty Specialty Markets integrates Ironshore Bermuda operations under new brand

Liberty Specialty Markets integrates Ironshore Bermuda operations under new brand

Liberty Specialty Markets integrates Ironshore Bermuda operations under new brand

Liberty Mutual is integrating its Ironshore Bermuda businesses into a single brand and unit called Liberty Specialty Markets Bermuda, in a bid partly designed to offer clients a wider range of solutions. Ironshore in Bermuda previously comprised two businesses. These were: Ironshore Bermuda, which opened in 2007 writing, property, energy and specialty r(e)insurance; and Iron-Starr Excess Agency, which began in 2009…

New tax for environmental policies in Spain

New tax for environmental policies in Spain

New tax for environmental policies in Spain

Spain is introducing a new tax for environmental policies, according to insurance premium tax specialists Impendulo. The new tax, representing 8% of the premiums of the policies, is applicable from 1 November 2018. The first declaration is on 20 December 2018. According to Impendulo, this will need to be reported to the Consorcio de Compensación de Seguros with the following…

AIG appoints ex MetLife Japan boss as new Asia-Pacific CEO

AIG appoints ex MetLife Japan boss as new Asia-Pacific CEO

AIG appoints ex MetLife Japan boss as new Asia-Pacific CEO

US insurer AIG has appointed Sachin Shah as the chief executive of its Asia-Pacific general insurance business. Mr Shah, who was formerly the president, chairman and chief executive of MetLife Japan, will take up his new role at the end of December, subject to regulatory approval. He will be based in Singapore and report to AIG’s general insurance CEO Christopher…

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