Singapore proposes mandatory insurance for work injuries

Singapore proposes mandatory insurance for work injuries

Singapore proposes mandatory insurance for work injuries

A review of the Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA) by Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MoM) has proposed extending mandatory insurance coverage so that workers have a greater chance of being compensated for workplace accidents and injuries. The review proposes extending both the breadth of coverage and the size of the payouts. At present, WICA requires employers to compensate their employees…

Mitsui snaps up ILS fund manager as insurers pile into ILS business

Mitsui snaps up ILS fund manager as insurers pile into ILS business

Mitsui snaps up ILS fund manager as insurers pile into ILS business

Japanese insurer Mitsui Sumitomo has made a majority acquisition of insurance-linked securities (ILS) fund manager Leadenhall Capital partners (LCP) to further boost its own ILS business. The deal also comes at a time when some of the world’s biggest insurers are making their own acquisitions in the sector, in what could have major implications for the specialist insurance market. Mitsui’s…

BGC completes Ed Broking buy

BGC completes Ed Broking buy

BGC completes Ed Broking buy

Broker BGC has completed the acquisition of Lloyd’s broker Ed Broking Group, which will now become part of BGC’s insurance division that was formed in 2017 with the acquisition of Besso Insurance Group. CEO of Ed Broking Steve Hearn will become head of BGC’s insurance division and report directly to Shaun Lynn, president of BGC Partners. Ed Broking will add…

Tokio Marine reshuffles boardroom to pursue overseas M&A

Tokio Marine reshuffles boardroom to pursue overseas M&A

Tokio Marine reshuffles boardroom to pursue overseas M&A

Japan’s largest property and casualty (P&C) insurer Tokio Marine has announced a series of executive appointments and signalled an intention to actively pursue international acquisitions. The most notable boardroom change is the departure of long-time chairman of the board Shuzo Simi, who is leaving after nearly five decades at the company. He will be replaced by current president and chief…

The SingHealth cyberattack and the implications for financial institutions

The SingHealth cyberattack and the implications for financial institutions

The SingHealth cyberattack and the implications for financial institutions

In July 2018, news emerged that between 27 June and 4 July, hackers had infiltrated the IT systems of Singapore Health Services (SingHealth), the largest healthcare group in Singapore. The hackers illegally accessed and copied the non-medical personal particulars of 1,495,367 patients to servers hosted overseas. Approximately 159,000 of the affected group, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and several…

High nat cat frequency delivers third-highest insured loss in eight years: Willis Re

High nat cat frequency delivers third-highest insured loss in eight years: Willis Re

High nat cat frequency delivers third-highest insured loss in eight years: Willis Re

A large number of midsized natural catastrophes drove 2018 insurance losses to $71.5bn, the third highest in the past eight years and above the annual average of $65.5bn since 2011, said Willis Re in its annual nat cat review. Willis Re said 2018 was “unusual” because a series of smaller catastrophes, rather than one large event, pushed the insured total…

Singapore’s Etiqa targets SMEs with online insurance platform

Singapore’s Etiqa targets SMEs with online insurance platform

Singapore’s Etiqa targets SMEs with online insurance platform

Singapore-based insurer Etiqa has launched an online platform for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to buy commercial insurance. The Business Owners Super Suite (BOSS) enables SMEs to engage in what Etiqa claims is a wholly automated or ‘straight-through’ purchasing process. Underinsurance and an absence of formal risk management among SMEs is one of the biggest problems in the Asian commercial…

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…

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