Reinsurers bemoan lack of rate change in Asian insurance market

Reinsurers bemoan lack of rate change in Asian insurance market

Reinsurers bemoan lack of rate change in Asian insurance market

Despite the fact that 2017 was a severe year of natural catastrophes, the Asian insurance market has seen little impact in terms of rate changes, much to the disappointment of many insurers and reinsurers. Rates in the region have been deteriorating for several years, due to excess capacity and strong competition. This has led insurers to question whether certain commercial…

Rousseau takes charge at restructured SCOR Business Solutions, promising to increase ‘client-centricity’

Rousseau takes charge at restructured SCOR Business Solutions, promising to increase ‘client-centricity’

Rousseau takes charge at restructured SCOR Business Solutions, promising to increase ‘client-centricity’

SCOR has reorganised its growing SCOR Business Solutions (SBS) unit in a move it says will make the firm more relevant to customers, be easier for brokers to use and help deliver planned growth in the large global corporate primary market. The Paris-based group said that in line with its current strategic ‘Vision in Action’ plan, it is “enhancing the…

Japan set to back Asean parametric disaster insurance fund

Japan set to back Asean parametric disaster insurance fund

Japan set to back Asean parametric disaster insurance fund

The Japanese government is set to fund the launch of a parametric disaster insurance pool designed to provide Asean nations with easily distributable recovery funds following natural catastrophes. According to a report in the Nikkei Asian Review, the Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Insurance Facility (Seadrif) will be formally announced later in May at the annual meeting of the Asian Development…

RMS launches new HD model for Japanese earthquakes

RMS launches new HD model for Japanese earthquakes

RMS launches new HD model for Japanese earthquakes

Risk modelling firm RMS has released its new Japan Earthquake and Tsunami High Definition (HD) model. According to RMS, the model, which was developed in partnership with scientific agencies, insurers and local experts, offers a more detailed representation of earthquake and tsunami risk for the region. In addition to the input from its collaborators, the model also incorporates research gained…

Emerging risk landscape hots up as law firms seek opportunities

Emerging risk landscape hots up as law firms seek opportunities

Emerging risk landscape hots up as law firms seek opportunities

Litigation funders are travelling the world looking for fertile ground to bring claims and finding success in an increasing number of places, warns Tricia Hobson, Norton Rose Fulbright global chair and head of its Australia and Asia-Pacific insurance practice. Speaking in London recently, she said much of the pattern of behaviour follows the US, but claimant lawyers and litigation funders…

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…

HWI launches new underwriting venture in Hong Kong

HWI launches new underwriting venture in Hong Kong

HWI launches new underwriting venture in Hong Kong

A new Hong Kong-based managing general agent (MGA) has been launched by independent insurer HWI International Group. NuVu Underwriting Hong Kong is set to begin writing business from 1 July 2018, subject to regulatory approval, and will be headed by Jeremy Austen. The MGA will initially concentrate on property, marine, personal accident, fine art, specie and terrorism. While HWI has…

Burst pipe causes fatal oil spill in Indonesia

Burst pipe causes fatal oil spill in Indonesia

Burst pipe causes fatal oil spill in Indonesia

Indonesia’s national oil company Petramina has stated that a ruptured undersea pipe was the cause of an oil spill on the island of Borneo that forced the local authorities to declare a state of emergency in the area. The spill started on Saturday in the port city of Balikpapan and claimed the lives of five fisherman when it ignited. Since…

Reinsurance space remains buyer’s market at 1 April renewals: Willis Re

Reinsurance space remains buyer’s market at 1 April renewals: Willis Re

Reinsurance space remains buyer’s market at 1 April renewals: Willis Re

The 1 April reinsurance renewals continued the trend set in January with a broadly flat pricing environment for loss-free programmes, as reinsurers failed to push through rate increases, according to Willis Re. Although ongoing reinsurance price declines witnessed during recent years have halted, plentiful capital, ongoing interest from the insurance-linked securities (ILS) sector and large primary insurers re-entering the reinsurance…

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,…

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