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Alleghany rejects $6bn Scor bid for TransRe

Paris-headquartered reinsurer Scor has had a circa $6bn offer for Transatlantic Re rejected by parent company Alleghany, The Insurance Insider can revealRead more


PartnerRe moves to Axis vote after bitter Exor rejection

In-play Bermudian reinsurer PartnerRe will now proceed to shareholder approval of its tie-up with Axis after rival bidder Exor stated last night (21 May) that it will not consider raising its $137.50-a-share takeover offerRead more


FCA targets claims industry after thematic review

The UK's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has turned the spotlight on the claims industry after it uncovered a series of failings in how claims for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are being handledRead more


PPL confirms Ebix as winner of tender bid

The Placing Platform Limited (PPL) board today (22 May) confirmed that IT software firm Ebix has been selected to develop an electronic placing platform for the London market, a decision revealed by The Insurance Insider in FebruaryRead more


Exor will not raise PartnerRe bid price

Exor will not consider increasing its $137.50 a share takeover offer for PartnerRe but is prepared to negotiate with the reinsurer in an attempt to provide improved closing certainty for its shareholdersRead more


Allstate puts April cat losses at $273mn

Allstate has estimated that its catastrophe losses in April 2015 reached $273mn before tax, or $177mn after taxRead more


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Market waits on PartnerRe board’s verdict

PartnerRe's shareholders are still waiting to see which direction the company's board will sway when it reveals its response to the improved $137.50 per share offer from Agnelli family's investment vehicle ExorRead more

Dollar strength boosts non-life reinsurance growth at global reinsurers

Global reinsurers booked robust premium growth at their P&C reinsurance segments during the first quarter as favourable currency movements offset the impact of rate softeningRead more


Growth almost grinds to a halt in Bermuda

Growth in the first quarter was negligible for The Insurance Insider's Bermudian composite as increased insurance writing was almost entirely offset by top-line pressure in reinsurance booksRead more


Top line falls for short-tail carriers

Gross written premiums (GWP) for The Insurance Insider's composite of short-tail specialists fell by 2.0 percent to $2.26bn in the first quarter - contrasting with 4.1 percent growth in Q1 2014 - as softening pressured carriers' top linesRead more

Bermudian Q1 underwriting performance deteriorates

Underwriting performance for Bermudian carriers worsened slightly during the first three months of 2015, as underlying core loss experience and expense ratios increased amid another light catastrophe quarterRead more

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Mergers & Acquisitions

Alleghany rejects $6bn Scor bid for TransRe

Paris-headquartered reinsurer Scor has had a circa $6bn offer for Transatlantic Re rejected by parent company Alleghany, The Insurance Insider can revealRead more

Trading RiskAll Articles
The reinsurance convergence market uncovered

Nephila asset base drops by $500mn+

Assets under management (AuM) at Nephila Capital, the largest specialist insurance-linked securities (ILS) manager, have fallen by more than $500mn since the start of 2015, sister publication Trading Risk revealed last week.Read more

Loss fileAll Articles
Major losses and claims tracked

Allstate puts April cat losses at $273mn

Allstate has estimated that its catastrophe losses in April 2015 reached $273mn before tax, or $177mn after taxRead more

The latest on litigation and legal developments

Zurich wins landmark asbestos case

Zurich has won a protracted asbestos dispute after the highest court in the UK ruled that insurers were ultimately only liable for the portion of the exposure that they were on risk for.Read more

BriefingsAll Articles
Mapping the regulatory and legislative landscape

FCA targets claims industry after thematic review

The UK's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has turned the spotlight on the claims industry after it uncovered a series of failings in how claims for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are being handledRead more

Solvency IIAll Articles
All the latest news and analysis as D-day approaches

Insurance Europe calls for wider definition of Type 1 assets

EU trade body Insurance Europe has appealed to the European Commission (EC) to expand the current list of Type 1 securitisations under Solvency II's capital rulesRead more

In-depth coverage of the run-off sector

Tawa auctions CX Re

Run-off carrier Tawa is in the second phase of auctioning off one of its five legacy books, The Insurance Insider understands.Read more

Inside FACAll Articles
Full coverage of the facultative reinsurance market

Progress M-27M launch failure is $39mn loss

The failed launch of a Russian-led resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) is expected to be a $39mn insured loss, sister title Inside FAC reported last week.Read more

Insider Comment

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Tech 2.0

Last week we held our sixth annual Insider event in New York in the prestigious surroundings of the New York Athletic ClubRead more

Scriven Profile

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Paul Bridgwater

This month's profile is former RK Harrison CEO Paul BridgwaterRead more

Research & Supplements

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London market roundtable 2015

London Market Roundtable 2015

There is a paradox at the heart of the London market - what makes it so strong is what can also hold it backRead more


Legacy 2015

Legacy 2015

The legacy sector needs to lobby hard at a time when it faces multiple threatsRead more

II Bermuda RT 2015

The Insurance Insider Bermuda Roundtable 2014/15

A visit to Bermuda in December can at times feel like an exercise in voyeurism. And in an unforgiving marketplace for reinsurers, the temptation to linger around Hamilton's bars in search of downtrodden underwriters drowning their sorrows is difficult to resistRead more


MC Reinsurance RT 2014

The Insurance Insider Monte Carlo Reinsurance Roundtable

The champagne lounge has ejected the last befuddled reinsurance broker. In short, the Monte Carlo Rendez-Vous is over and the business of talking about reinsurance business is at an end - it's time to actually start making some of those deals workRead more

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