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25 May 2017

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Willis Re’s Geffen heads for the exit

Willis Re executive James Geffen is set to leave the reinsurance broking giant, The Insurance Insider can revealRead more

OneBeacon CEO set for windfall under Intact

The CEO of specialty insurer OneBeacon is set for a generous payout from Canadian insurer Intact Financial provided he stays on under the new ownerRead more

QBE appoints group CFO

QBE Group has named Michael Ford as its new chief financial officer (CFO) to replace Pat Regan, who had held the position an interim basisRead more

Towergate and Price Forbes owners in $1bn debt raising

The new holding company of insurance brokers Towergate, Price Forbes, Ryan Direct Group, Chase Templeton and Autonet is tapping the corporate bond market for £800mn ($1.04bn)Read more

Risk Strategies continues build-out with Brightstone deal

Private equity-backed US broker Risk Strategies has continued its run of acquisitions with an agreement to buy Brightstone Insurance ServicesRead more

AGCS promotes Hansen to aviation head

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) has named Mike Hansen as its new global head of aviation business, the company announced todayRead more

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Top-line growth strategies differ in Q1

London-based carriers posted contrasting gross written premium (GWP) movements in the first quarterRead more

Global reinsurers follow divergent top line strategies

The Insurance Insider's composite of global reinsurers recorded a 2.3 percent weighted average drop in first quarter P&C reinsurance gross written premiums (GWP) to $17.6bn, using a five-year average exchange rateRead more

Global Re combined ratios worsen in Q1

P&C non-life reinsurance underwriting performances deteriorated in the three months to 31 March for the companies in our global reinsurer aggregate, due to core loss ratio inflation, higher catastrophe losses and Ogden hitsRead more

US specialty premium growth slows in Q1

The pace of top line growth among the listed US specialty carriers slowed to 4.3 percent in the first quarter of the yearRead more

US specialty combined ratios increase in Q1

Combined ratios were up across the board for US specialty insurers in the first quarter, as loss ratios inflated due to lower reserve releases and weaker underlying performancesRead more

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Mergers & Acquisitions

Risk Strategies continues build-out with Brightstone deal

Private equity-backed US broker Risk Strategies has continued its run of acquisitions with an agreement to buy Brightstone Insurance Services.Read more

Trading RiskAll Articles
The reinsurance convergence market uncovered

CEA raises $925mn from Ursa Re

The California Earthquake Authority (CEA) has raised $925mn from its Ursa Re 2017-1 cat bond, making it not only the organisation's biggest cat bond issuance but also one of the ILS market's largest ever deals.Read more

Loss fileAll Articles
Major losses and claims tracked

Florida water claim losses spiral: AM Best

Assignment of benefits (AOB) problems in the Florida property insurance market have led to a 14.2 percent annual increase in water claim losses since 2010, according an AM Best report. Read more

The latest on litigation and legal developments

California agrees $12mn settlement with WR Berkley

The California Department of Insurance (CDI) has received a $12mn settlement from WR Berkley Corporation after one of its subsidiaries was found to be operating as a surplus lines carrier in the state without the required licencesRead more

BriefingsAll Articles
Mapping the regulatory and legislative landscape

Trump’s crop insurance subsidy cut ignites criticism

Farmers and crop insurers came out swinging against a proposed 36 percent cut in federal crop insurance subsidies under President Donald Trump’s first spending plan, sent to Congress on Monday.Read more

Solvency IIAll Articles
All the latest news and analysis

EC threatens states with court action over Solvency II

The European Commission (EC) has called on five EU member states to fully transpose Solvency II rules into national legislation or face a referral to the EU Court of Justice.Read more

In-depth coverage of the run-off sector

Opinion: Catalina process

If you run a live risk carrier with any real scale in global or US commercial lines business, you will probably have had a call from BarCap or JP Morgan's New York team over the last month or soRead more

Inside FACAll Articles
Full coverage of the facultative reinsurance market

Blick to lead Miller energy fac team

Miller has hired producer broker Ian Blick to manage and develop its energy facultative book of business.Read more

Insider Comment

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The targets get softer

They went out to a concert and came home from war. The narrative is commonplace, but no less shocking for its familiarityRead more

Research & Supplements

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TRIG spring 2017

Trading Risk Investor Guide H1 2017

Trading Risk was first launched in 2008 just before the crux of the financial crisis - a period that was ultimately to boost the fortunes of the ILS market, as it showed the value of a truly non-correlating asset classRead more

Bermuda RT 2016 2017

Bermuda Roundtable 2016/17

Bermuda RT 2016 2017 It's a bit of a cliché to say we're living in interesting times, but clichés become clichés because there's more than an element of truth to themRead more

PCI RT 2016

PCI Roundtable 2016

As Hurricane Matthew reached peak intensity and set its sights firmly on Florida in early October there was talk of "the big one": a storm of such magnitude that it could alter the inexorable softening course of the US (re)insurance marketRead more

20th anniversary cover

20th anniversary issue

The passing of 20 years of The Insurance Insider is a moment to celebrate the achievements of a publication that is now firmly embedded in the global P&C (re)insurance sectorRead more

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