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3 March 2015

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Hyperion seals £400mn+ RK Harrison acquisition

Independent insurance distribution group Hyperion has struck a cash-and-paper deal that will see it acquire respected London market broker RK Harrison for around £400mn-£420mn ($616mn-$632mn), The Insurance Insider can revealRead more

Amlin unveils special dividend despite profits fall

Lloyd's powerhouse Amlin plc became the latest (re)insurer to declare a special dividend this morning (2 March) despite its pre-tax profits falling 20.6 percent to £258.7mn in 2014Read more

Berkshire Hathaway posts $2.7bn 2014 underwriting profit

The insurance engine that drives the vast Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate marked its 12th consecutive year of underwriting profits with a full-year net underwriting gain of $2.67bn, down from the $3.09bn a year earlierRead more

GWP up 3.2%, but profits fall for Hiscox

Hiscox reported a 5.5 percent drop in group profits for 2014, despite record profit levels from its UK and European retail businesses and a solid result from its reinsurance and London market divisionsRead more

THB hires former Howden energy team

THB has hired a new energy team from rival Howden in a bid to enhance its specialist skills, the international and Lloyd's broker said today (2 March)Read more

R&Q completes marine sale to Hiscox for $9mn

Legacy-to-live insurance services company Randall & Quilter (R&Q) has completed the previously announced sale of its marine services managing general agency (MGA) to Hiscox for £9.25mnRead more

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Bermudians continue to deliver top-line growth in Q4

Top-line expansion persisted for Bermudian carriers during the fourth quarter, as continued insurance growth helped to offset shrinking reinsurance booksRead more

Short-tail carriers average 28% GWP growth

The Insurance Insider's composite of short-tail carriers delivered top-line growth of 28 percent in the traditionally quiet fourth quarter last yearRead more

Bermudian operating RoEs stabilise in Q4 and 2014

Operating returns remained generally stable for Bermudian carriers in Q4 and full-year 2014 as the group benefited from another relatively benign year for cat losses and improved underlying performanceRead more

Short-tail operating RoEs vary in Q4 as 2014 returns shrink

Short-tail specialists delivered mixed operating returns during the fourth quarter as their fortunes varied amid a more challenging environmentRead more

Gracechurch report reveals London’s top claims teams

The claims teams at Ascot, Beazley and Argo Global are among the most improved in the London market, according to the latest research from consultants GracechurchRead more

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Mergers & Acquisitions

R&Q completes marine sale to Hiscox for $9mn

Legacy-to-live insurance services company Randall & Quilter (R&Q) has completed the previously announced sale of its marine services managing general agency (MGA) to Hiscox for £9.25mn.Read more

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The reinsurance convergence market uncovered

Third Point falls to Q4 loss on investments

Third Point Re went $14.7mn into the red in the fourth quarter as it posted a $6.5mn investment loss, reversing an $89.3mn profit in the same period of 2013.Read more

Loss fileAll Articles
Major losses and claims tracked

Insured losses drop to 5-year low: Guy Carp

Insured losses were at the lowest level last year since 2009, according to Guy Carpenter's annual Global Catastrophe Review, released today (25 February)Read more

The latest on litigation and legal developments

Wales blocked from claiming asbestos costs from insurers

The UK's Supreme Court has blocked the Welsh government's attempt to retroactively chase insurers for the cost of the asbestos crisis to the Welsh NHS.Read more

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Mapping the regulatory and legislative landscape

‘One size fits all’ model unsuitable for ICS: Kading

The developers of the global insurance capital standard (ICS) must take care to recognise differences between local markets, according to Bradley Kading, president of the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers (Abir).Read more

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All the latest news and analysis as D-day approaches

Solvency II has lost its way, says Catlin

The European Union's Solvency II capital regime has "lost its way" despite being a fundamentally good idea, Catlin CEO Stephen Catlin has said.Read more

In-depth coverage of the run-off sector

Darag unveils first Greek acquisition

Darag has agreed to acquire a portfolio of inactive motor vehicle liabilities from Greek transportation insurer Aigaion in the German run-off specialist's first deal in the regionRead more

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Full coverage of the facultative reinsurance market

BW Offshore FPSO explosion to impact Gard and Catlin

An explosion on a floating production, storage and offloading unit (FPSO) owned by BW Offshore is likely to hit the Gard and Catlin-led London marine cover, sister title Inside FAC has reported.Read more

Insider Comment

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Never mind the Barbarians

For many chroniclers, Fairfax's agreed takeover of Brit of last week will fit neatly into a narrative around industry consolidation that they have constructed in the past quarter from M&A eventsRead more

Scriven Profile

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Brian Marsh

This month's profile is BP Marsh & Partners founder and chairman Brian MarshRead more

Research & Supplements

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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

Insider MC RT 2014

The Insurance Insider Monte Carlo Roundtable 2014

One of the most important qualifications for being an underwriter is an eternal sense of optimism. If insurers or reinsurers thought the worst of every risk they were offered, nothing would ever get underwrittenRead more

Fac MC RT 2014

Inside FAC Monte Carlo Roundtable 2014

As the annual mayhem of the Monte Carlo Rendez-Vous swung around this year, a selection of leaders in the facultative reinsurance market took time out of their no-doubt packed schedules to discuss how fac can survive in this rapidly softening and hugely competitive marketRead more

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