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…

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…

QBE UK rolls out AI risk rating for commercial property

QBE UK rolls out AI risk rating for commercial property

QBE UK rolls out AI risk rating for commercial property

QBE’s UK commercial underwriting operation has fully adopted an artificial intelligence-powered risk rating engine to improve underwriting accuracy and speed for insureds. The technology follows QBE’s investment in Cytora, and will also be adopted by QBE Australia later this year. QBE said the Cytora risk engine uses patterns of risk that combine with its own data to create bespoke risk…

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…

CNA Hardy closes Asia platforms to new business – correction

CNA Hardy closes Asia platforms to new business – correction

CNA Hardy closes Asia platforms to new business – correction

Specialty commercial insurer CNA Hardy has announced that it will cease underwriting new business with immediate effect on its two Lloyd’s Asia platforms in Singapore and China. The insurer still intends to write business in Singapore and across the Asia-Pacific region but will do so from London. A memo sent to brokers from CNA Hardy chief executive Dave Brosnan suggested…

AXA to acquire 100% of Chinese insurer as foreign ownership rules relaxed

AXA to acquire 100% of Chinese insurer as foreign ownership rules relaxed

AXA to acquire 100% of Chinese insurer as foreign ownership rules relaxed

AXA has entered into an agreement with the current domestic shareholders of AXA Tianping Property & Casualty Insurance Company Ltd (AXA Tianping) to acquire the remaining 50% stake of the company and give it 100% ownership. The news from AXA comes as Allianz reveals that it has received approval from the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission to create the…

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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