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Analysts mixed on Willis-Towers Watson deal

Willis' $18bn merger with Towers Watson has sparked mixed views from the analyst community after being warmly received by some and raising doubts in othersRead more

Beale: Lloyd's must prepare for 'Uber-isation' of insurance

The Lloyd's market needs to be ready for the Uber-isation of insurance, CEO Inga Beale said today (30 June)Read more

Willis surges on Towers Watson deal

Shares in Willis traded up 6.17 percent as markets opened while Towers Watson's stock price was down 2.27 percent at 15.03 GMT after the $18bn merger announced earlier today (30 June)Read more

Willis-Towers evenly split management roles

The organisation of the merged Willis and Towers Watson entity splits management roles evenly between the two companiesRead more

WCMA’s Madea follows Ursano to TigerRisk

Willis Capital Markets & Advisory (WCMA) executive Jarad Madea is set to join reinsurance broker TigerRisk, the intermediary announced yesterday (29 June)Read more

Willis deal dilutive to Towers Watson shareholders

The "merger of equals" between Towers Watson and Willis looks to be materially dilutive to the shareholders of the global consultancy firmRead more

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PE broker appetite continues with Stone Point-Alliant investment

Stone Point's significant buy-in to Alliant Insurance Services, announced on 23 June, has again illustrated private equity's enduring interest in US brokingRead more

Terrorism (re)insurance rates fell in 2014: Marsh

Most buyers saw rate decreases for both terrorism insurance and reinsurance in 2014, as well as improvements in coverage, Marsh said last weekRead more

Exor challenges ‘unrealistic’ Axis/PartnerRe assumptions

Exor has described the assumptions underpinning the combined Axis/PartnerRe business plan as "unrealistic"Read more

Nico NWP jumps 405% in 2014: RAA

Berkshire Hathaway's National Indemnity Company (Nico) reported a 404.7 percent spike in net written premium (NWP) during 2014, according to the Reinsurance Association of America (RAA)'s reinsurance underwriting reviewRead more

European insurers to issue more debt: AM Best

European insurance companies will continue to take advantage of low interest rates and high investor demand by issuing debt in 2016, according to a report from AM BestRead more

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Mergers & Acquisitions

FCA approves Chaucer motor sale to Markerstudy

Gibraltarian insurer Markerstudy has today (30 June) gained regulatory approval from the Financial Conduct Authority to acquire Chaucer's UK motor bookRead more

Trading RiskAll Articles
The reinsurance convergence market uncovered

WCMA’s Madea follows Ursano to TigerRisk

Willis Capital Markets & Advisory (WCMA) executive Jarad Madea is set to join reinsurance broker TigerRisk, the intermediary announced yesterday (29 June).Read more

Loss fileAll Articles
Major losses and claims tracked

Underwriters secure Sandy victory against Amtrak

(Re)insurers have won a significant victory against US rail operator Amtrak in the latest round of their long-running dispute over payments arising from Superstorm Sandy.Read more

The latest on litigation and legal developments

Argo subsidiary loses court battle over tax break

Argo subsidiary Argonaut has lost a legal dispute over the recovery of more than $1mn in taxes paid on reinsurance arrangements with two Texas governmental risk pools.Read more

BriefingsAll Articles
Mapping the regulatory and legislative landscape

Latvia confirms Bermuda not on tax blacklist

Latvia has confirmed that Bermuda is not on its "tax blacklist", making the island technically ineligible for inclusion in a European Commission (EC) publication on uncooperative areasRead more

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

McGovern warns of need for level SII playing field

The UK insurance sector must be vigilant and ensure that Solvency II implementation is not "overzealous" compared to other EU member states, according to chief risk officer and general counsel at Lloyd's Sean McGovern. Read more

In-depth coverage of the run-off sector

Darag hires three execs in management reshuffle

German run-off firm Darag has hired a group CFO, group COO and group chief actuary as part of a boardroom shake-up.Read more

Inside FACAll Articles
Full coverage of the facultative reinsurance market

Aon Benfield Fac CEO leaves for Guy Carp

Aon Benfield Fac CEO Paul Summers has resigned and will join rival GC Fac, sister title Inside FAC reported yesterday (8 June).Read more

Insider Comment

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Put up and shut up

Had enough of the propaganda war swirling around the Axis-Partner-Exor tussle? Me tooRead more

Scriven Profile

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Peter Hearn

This month's profile is Guy Carpenter CEO elect Peter HearnRead more

Research & Supplements

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Legacy RT

The Insurance Insider Legacy Roundtable 2015

Summer is upon us, which means many will be reaching for the charcoal and last month's issue of The Insurance Insider to get the barbecue fired up and begin eating al frescoRead more

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

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