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…

US-China trade war and changing world order top business risks in 2019: Control Risks

US-China trade war and changing world order top business risks in 2019: Control Risks

US-China trade war and changing world order top business risks in 2019: Control Risks

There will be little time for multinationals to mourn the end of the post-war liberal consensus that brought about globalisation, as the developing US-China trade war, and the story it foretells about a new world order, becomes the defining geopolitical risk in 2019, according to Control Risks…

AIG exits Iran as US sanctions take effect

AIG exits Iran as US sanctions take effect

AIG exits Iran as US sanctions take effect

American International Group (AIG) is shuttering all underwriting activity in Iran due to the reimposition of US sanctions by the Trump administration. The majority of the US insurer’s Iranian activities were inherited from its acquisition of Bermuda-based reinsurer Validus Holdings for $5.56bn in July. Validus’s non-US subsidiaries provide marine hull, war and cargo insurance to shipping companies that transport cargo…

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…

Myanmar’s EU trade status at risk from genocide inquiry

Myanmar’s EU trade status at risk from genocide inquiry

Myanmar’s EU trade status at risk from genocide inquiry

The preferential trade status granted to Myanmar by the European Union (EU) could be at risk pending an investigation into allegations of genocide. Such a move could be a serious setback for any Myanmar-based corporates exporting or importing goods to or from the EU. Myanmar is one of several countries that are included in the EU’s Everything But Arms (EBA)…

Asia-Pacific sees rise in political risk

Asia-Pacific sees rise in political risk

Asia-Pacific sees rise in political risk

Social fragilities and a proliferation of autocratic governance in Asia have led to a rise in political risk that could cloud the continent’s dynamic economic growth, according to credit insurer Coface. Asia scored 45% on Coface’s latest political risk ranking, which put the continent behind Sub Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, and Latin America, but well ahead…

China Re to acquire Chaucer Group for $950m

China Re to acquire Chaucer Group for $950m

China Re to acquire Chaucer Group for $950m

China Reinsurance is set to spend close to a billion dollars acquiring specialty insurer Chaucer from Hanover Insurance. The deal, which is still subject to shareholder and regulatory approval, is expected to close by early 2019. China Re will acquire Chaucer Insurance, Hannover Australia and Hannover Insurance International Holdings in return for $865m in cash and an $85m dividend to…