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29 August 2014

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Burke defends new US strategy at ‘fundamentally different’ JLT

JLT group CEO Dominic Burke has defended the broker's £50mn US specialty expansion plans, explaining that his firm and the global market are "fundamentally different" from eight years ago when the company exited the US retail spaceRead more

JLT to merge Lloyd & Partners and JLT Specialty in £50mn US push

London-listed broker Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT) has announced the merger of JLT Speciality and its arm's-length marine and energy wholesaler Lloyd & Partners in a bid to expand its US specialty businessRead more

Speare-Cole out of JLT Towers Re in major reshuffle

Alastair Speare-Cole has been replaced with immediate effect as global CEO of reinsurance broker JLT Towers Re by JLT group finance director Mike ReynoldsRead more

Aon Benfield and Aegis bridge cyber gap

Global broker Aon Benfield has sourced back-to-back reinsurance capacity for Aegis London's cyber facility, The Insurance Insider can revealRead more

Sian Fisher leaves AJ Gallagher

Sian Fisher, chief underwriting officer of AJ Gallagher International's underwriting businesses, has decided to leave the companyRead more

Atrium hires Weigall as head of aviation

James Weigall has been appointed head of aviation underwriting at Lloyd's managing agent Atrium's Syndicate 609, the firm announced today (28 August)Read more

News analysis

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Lloyd’s carriers delivered improved H1 returns

Despite a maelstrom of negative commentary on the rating environment, the listed Lloyd’s carriers bested their 2013 performances in the first half of this year as improved investment returns helped to offset widening combined ratiosRead more

Reinsurers divide on soft market strategies

The Insurance Insider's Data Room finds that while all the global reinsurers agree on the competitive pricing conditions, they are adopting different approaches to navigating the soft marketRead more

Low cats lift Bermudian returns in Q2

Operating returns for Bermudian carriers rose during the second quarter of 2014 after another relatively benign period for catastrophe lossesRead more

Lloyd’s combined ratio creeps under 90%

The listed Lloyd's carriers again delivered a sub-90 percent combined ratio in the first half of 2014 and broadly resisted exhibiting signs of the underlying deterioration in underwriting performance that some had fearedRead more

Lloyd’s carriers continue to find growth

The listed Lloyd's (re)insurers again delivered top-line growth in the first half as additional writing more than offset accelerating rate cutsRead more

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Mergers & Acquisitions

JLT to merge Lloyd & Partners and JLT Specialty in £50mn US push

London-listed broker Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT) has announced the merger of JLT Speciality and its arm's-length marine and energy wholesaler Lloyd & Partners in a bid to expand its US specialty business.Read more

Trading RiskAll Articles
The reinsurance convergence market uncovered

RMS(one) platform launch delayed

The new RMS(one) platform is now running a year behind schedule and is not expected to launch before 2015. Read more

Loss fileAll Articles
Major losses and claims tracked

Swiss Re: disaster losses well below average in H1

Insured losses from disasters, including natural catastrophes and man-made events, came to $21bn for the first half of the year and were well below the 10-year average of $27bn, according to Swiss Re.Read more

The latest on litigation and legal developments

QBE investigated for potential class action suit

Australian insurance giant QBE is facing a shareholder class action investigation over allegations that it misled the market ahead of a profit warning issued on 9 December 2013, the company confirmed last week (19 August).Read more

BriefingsAll Articles
Mapping the regulatory and legislative landscape

S&P predicts insurance headache for independent Scotland

Ahead of the 18 September Scottish independence referendum, rating agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) has warned of the regulatory problems Scotland-based insurers could face if there is a "yes" voteRead more

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

Solvency II to ensure consumers come first: Bernardino

The EU's Solvency II capital regime will ensure insurance executives put consumers first, according to Gabriel Bernardino, chairman of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (Eiopa)Read more

In-depth coverage of the run-off sector

Enstar in $218mn buy-to-kill Companion deal

Diversifying legacy group Enstar has agreed to acquire South Carolina-headquartered Companion Property & Casualty Insurance Group in a $218mn cash deal.Read more

Inside FACAll Articles
Full coverage of the facultative reinsurance market

YPF Mendoza physical damage claim rises to $180mn

Willis has estimated that a fire and explosion at an Argentinian tank farm this year has cost the downstream energy industry $180mn in physical damage (PD) alone. Read more

Insider Comment

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Close to the wind…

Any sailor will tell you that a plotting course against the direction of the wind is always an interesting exercise in optimisationRead more

Scriven Profile

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David Lockton

Lockton Companies chairman David Lockton is our August 2014 profileRead more

Research & Supplements

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IRLA roundtable 2014

IRLA Roundtable 2014

In May, key players in the legacy market prised themselves from their desks in London, the US and across mainland Europe and headed to the rain-battered promenades of Brighton for the annual IRLA CongressRead more

London Reinsurance Roundtable

London Reinsurance Roundtable 2013/14

The Insurance Insider's London Reinsurance Roundtable generated a broad consensus that Africa's emerging market holds exciting potential for global reinsurersRead more

Legacy 2014

Legacy 2014

The story of the legacy sector is about two households dividedRead more

Bermuda Roundtable 2013 14

Bermuda Roundtable 2013/14

On the face of it, Bermuda's established cadre of (re)insurers might be forgiven for looking back on 2013 as a golden yearRead more

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