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19 August 2017

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Maiden eyes settlement with whistleblowing ex-COO

Maiden is set to enter settlement talks with its former COO Bentzion Turin, who has spent the best part of the last decade maintaining that the beleaguered reinsurer committed fraud in a key $260mn transaction in 2009Read more

Vindivich steps up to take over E&S for Argo

Argo’s Ron Vindivich has been promoted to lead US excess and surplus lines after the division’s former president Art Davis left the Bermudian carrierRead more

Hub’s PE backer said to offer stake for sale: Reuters

Hub International’s private equity backer Hellman & Friedman is said to be exploring a sale of part of its holding in the broker in a deal that may put its value as high as $7bnRead more

Opinion: A home for Hub

Talk of an IPO at Hub International had been echoing around banking circles for some timeRead more

Barcelona attack unlikely to hit private market

A terrorist attack in Barcelona likely will not lead to large-scale payouts by insurers as a government-owned fund in Spain has taken on the role of covering such eventsRead more

Euler Hermes appoints Southeast Asia and China CEOs

Allianz-owned trade credit insurer Euler Hermes has named new CEOs for Southeast Asia and China, filling a gap left after a senior executive moved to Munich ReRead more

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US specialty top line grows in Q2

Gross written premiums (GWP) at US specialty carriers rose by 4.9 percent year-on-year to $6.1bn in the second quarter on a weighted average basis, amid a continued push for growth in a difficult market environmentRead more

US specialty combined ratios improve in Q2

The Insurance Insider's group of US specialty (re)insurers reported better second quarter underwriting results than in the prior-year period, as lower catastrophe losses and core loss ratios offset weaker reserve releases and an uptick in expense ratiosRead more

Q2 returns grow at US specialty insurers

The Insurance Insider's group of US specialty carriers reported higher returns in the second quarter compared to the same period of last year, propelled by wider underwriting marginsRead more

Names-backed syndicates’ profits set to rise for 2015 YoA

The majority of Names-backed Lloyd's syndicates look set to report a profit for the 2015 year of account (YoA), with the group generating a simple average midpoint return on capacity of 6.0 percentRead more

London carriers’ combined ratios deteriorate in H1

London-based carriers posted a worse underwriting result for the first half of the year, as lower contributions from reserve releases, elevated core loss ratios and higher expense ratios depressed marginsRead more

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Mergers & Acquisitions

Rothschild appointed to advise on Swinton sale

Covéa has appointed Rothschild & Co to advise on the sale of UK personal lines and commercial motor broker Swinton, The Insurance Insider understands. Read more

Trading RiskAll Articles
The reinsurance convergence market uncovered

Q2 losses erode Cincinnati Financial ILS deductible

An active second quarter for storm losses has put Cincinnati Financial closer to being able to claim reinsurance cover from an $80mn cat bond layer, but losses are still well short of the deal's trigger. Read more

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Major losses and claims tracked

Allstate estimates July cat losses at $181mn

Allstate said that 13 events last month generated cat losses of $181mn before tax, or $118mn after tax.Read more

The latest on litigation and legal developments

Maiden eyes settlement with whistleblowing ex-COO

Maiden is set to enter settlement talks with its former COO Bentzion Turin, who has spent the best part of the last decade maintaining that the beleaguered reinsurer committed fraud in a key $260mn transaction in 2009.Read more

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Mapping the regulatory and legislative landscape

Trump rolls back flood standards for roads, bridges

President Donald Trump revoked an executive order from the Obama administration to roll back building standards in flood-prone areas to the rules that applied in the mid-1970s, sparking blistering criticism from both right and leftRead more

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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

AIG shops a $2bn book of legacy life policies

AIG is said to be shopping a legacy book of life settlements valued at as much as $2bn, with private equity firms taking a serious look, as the giant multi-line insurer winds down a strategy of asset sales begun by former CEO Peter HancockRead more

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Full coverage of the facultative reinsurance market

Everest Re taps ex-Maxum exec to run US casualty fac

Everest Re has appointed former Maxum executive Darwin Lucas to head up its US casualty facultative program business, the reinsurer said today.Read more

Insider Comment

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Insurance that stinks

The insurance industry is regulated for good reasonRead more

Research & Supplements

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MGA Review

MGA Review 2017

Back at the end of each of the last few soft markets London-based MGAs have managed to make quite a name for themselvesRead more

Legacy 2017

Legacy 2017

At the moment, it feels like few things in life are a safe betRead more

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

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