Argo Global bolsters APAC underwriting team

Argo Global bolsters APAC underwriting team

Argo Global bolsters APAC underwriting team

Lloyds insurer ArgoGlobal has expanded its Asia-Pacific team by appointing Zachary Tan as accident and health (A&H) underwriter. Mr Tan will be based in Singapore and will report to Michael Scala, chief underwriting officer, Asia-Pacific. Mr Scala said the appointment is a demonstration of ArgoGlobal’s ambition to grow its Asia-Pacific business. “With a strong team in place both at Lloyd’s…

HK investor sues robo-adviser in potential landmark case about AI liability

HK investor sues robo-adviser in potential landmark case about AI liability

HK investor sues robo-adviser in potential landmark case about AI liability

A proposed legal case in Hong Kong could give a significant insight into one of the most debated issues around liability – namely, who do you blame when a robot goes wrong? Hong Kong investor Samathur Li Kin-kan is suing Italian fund manager Raffaele Costa over losses incurred through the latter’s robo-advisory service, where investment decisions are made entirely through…

Munich Re appoints new head for southeast Asia

Munich Re appoints new head for southeast Asia

Munich Re appoints new head for southeast Asia

Former Canopius executive Linus Phoon has been appointed as the new head for Singapore and southeast Asia by Munich Re. Mr Phoon will be based in Singapore, reporting to Roland Eckls, Munich Re’s chief executive for Asia-Pacific. In his new role, Mr Phoon will be responsible for leading the firm’s reinsurance business in the region, including both insurance coverage and…

Record insurtech investment levels belie lack of obvious value: WTW

Record insurtech investment levels belie lack of obvious value: WTW

Record insurtech investment levels belie lack of obvious value: WTW

Investment in the insurtech sector reached record highs in Q1 2019 yet there is a lack of obvious value in the many of the newest insurtech offerings, according to a recent report. The latest Quarterly Insurtech Briefing from insurance broker Willis Towers Watson (WTW) shows that the highest number of transactions yet (85 with a total value of $1.42bn) were…

Financial crime compliance driving ESG scores

Financial crime compliance driving ESG scores

Financial crime compliance driving ESG scores

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk is highest for banks in Asia-Pacific emerging markets, followed by emerging markets in the Americas, the Middle East and Africa, according to a new report from Fitch Ratings. It reveals that financial crime compliance and conduct issues drive the highest-impact ESG relevance scores for bank credit ratings in developed markets. The report notes that,…

Samsung F&M takes stake in Canopius

Samsung F&M takes stake in Canopius

Samsung F&M takes stake in Canopius

Canopius AG has entered into a strategic partnership with Korea’s Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance (SFMI), in a move that furthers the Lloyd’s specialty insurer’s global ambitions. Under the terms of the transaction, SFMI will become a significant minority investor in Canopius. The deal, which is subject to necessary regulatory consents, is expected to close in the third quarter of…

Ifrima plans academic study to back global programmes campaign

Ifrima plans academic study to back global programmes campaign

Ifrima plans academic study to back global programmes campaign

A serious academic study on the negative impact of inconsistent and protectionist insurance regulation around the world is likely needed if the international risk and insurance management community is to convince regulators of the need for reform from the top down, according to the chair of the International Federation of Risk & Insurance Management Associations (Ifrima). Mary Roth, who is…