Corporates that ignore ‘grey swans’ at risk of shareholder action, says Aon report

Corporates that ignore ‘grey swans’ at risk of shareholder action, says Aon report

Corporates that ignore ‘grey swans’ at risk of shareholder action, says Aon report

Directors and officers are facing increased risks from ‘grey swan’ risks, with shareholders on average losing 26% of value in their holdings in the year following reputation crises caused by such events, according to a new report from Aon and Pentland Analytics. Shareholder value has fallen by half in more than 10% of 300 corporate reputation crises during the last…

Rims backs safe harbour Covid-19 legislation in US

Rims backs safe harbour Covid-19 legislation in US

Rims backs safe harbour Covid-19 legislation in US

Rims is backing safe harbour legislation to protect businesses from Covid-19 litigation in the US if companies have adhered to pandemic-related federal health guidelines. The US risk and insurance management society also said it will support legislation that addresses businesses’ negligence that results in bodily injury/property damage to third parties, on the condition it does not apply to allegations of…

Howden and Gallagher lead the hunt for WTW’s European business

Howden and Gallagher lead the hunt for WTW’s European business

Howden and Gallagher lead the hunt for WTW’s European business

Howden and A J Gallagher are frontrunners for the Willis Towers Watson (WTW) business in Europe that it seems Aon will have to dispose of to gain the EC’s approval for a planned $30bn acquisition of the group, a senior industry source in Germany told Commercial Risk Europe. It is also thought that McGill and Partners, the London-based broker launched…

AXIS Capital to book cat losses of up to $115m in Q1

AXIS Capital to book cat losses of up to $115m in Q1

AXIS Capital to book cat losses of up to $115m in Q1

Bermuda’s AXIS Capital said catastrophes and other weather-related events will cost it an estimated pre-tax net loss of $105m to $115m in the first quarter of 2021. US winter storms Uri and Viola, mainly in Texas, will cost the group an estimated $80m to $90m during the period, AXIS said. AXIS did not give net loss/profit forecasts for the quarter,…

Widespread misunderstanding of D&O cover among UK directors

Widespread misunderstanding of D&O cover among UK directors

Widespread misunderstanding of D&O cover among UK directors

A vast majority of UK directors have a fundamental misunderstanding of their D&O insurance coverage and could be left footing the bill for legal claims potentially running into millions. This was the finding of a recent survey of UK board members. It found that as many as 83% are unaware that their D&O insurance is unlikely to cover them should…

Irish regulator probes Facebook over GDPR breach as users’ data published online

Irish regulator probes Facebook over GDPR breach as users’ data published online

Irish regulator probes Facebook over GDPR breach as users’ data published online

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) is investigating Facebook for breach of Europe’s GDPR, following reports that the personal data of 533 million accounts recently appeared online for free. Designated as Facebook’s lead regulator in the EU, the DPC said it believes “one or more” GDPR rules may have been infringed after details including phone numbers, dates of birth and other…

Insolvencies to ‘surge’ by 26% in 2021: Atradius

Insolvencies to ‘surge’ by 26% in 2021: Atradius

Insolvencies to ‘surge’ by 26% in 2021: Atradius

Insolvencies are set to jump 26% globally this year with several European countries likely to be worst hit as the fallout from Covid-19 finally impacts bankruptcies, according to Atradius. This would follow a 14% fall in insolvencies last year when governments introduced fiscal measures and bankruptcies regime changes to protect businesses from failure, said the trade credit insurer. Atradius added…

Beazley boosts cyber offering in Germany as part of European expansion

Beazley boosts cyber offering in Germany as part of European expansion

Beazley boosts cyber offering in Germany as part of European expansion

Specialist insurer Beazley has launched enhanced versions of its Beazley Breach Response (BBR) and InfoSec cyber policies for businesses domiciled in Germany. InfoSec gives large businesses access to first-party cover for cyber risks. This includes protection for cyber extortion, data recovery costs, as well as business interruption (BI) and contingent BI for losses arising from security breaches, system failures and…

Aon offers to sell WTW’s multinational P&C portfolio in four EU countries: Reuters sources

Aon offers to sell WTW’s multinational P&C portfolio in four EU countries: Reuters sources

Aon offers to sell WTW’s multinational P&C portfolio in four EU countries: Reuters sources

Aon has offered to sell Willis Towers Watson’s (WTW) entire large multinational P&C portfolio in Germany, France, Spain and the Netherlands, as well as Willis Re and the broker’s French unit Gras Savoye to gain approval from EC competition regulators, according to Reuters sources.

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