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Enstar strikes £957mn RSA legacy deal

8 February 2017

Bermudian carrier Enstar has triumphed over competitors to strike a deal with RSA to reinsure a legacy UK employers' liability book with gross reserves of £957mn ($1.2bn)Read more

Beazley committed to growth in 2017

3 February 2017

Beazley is to continue targeting growth this year, despite an expectation that rates will further decreaseRead more

Run-off deals to total EUR8bn in 2017: Darag

3 February 2017

Run-off specialist Darag is expecting EUR8bn ($8.6bn) of legacy deals in Europe in 2017 as companies look to address their back books for regulatory and capital efficiency reasonsRead more

Wade calls for cross-border industry action on Brexit

31 January 2017

London market protagonists and European reinsurers should together lobby to secure an “equivalence” regime for the UK with the EU so that the industry isn’t burdened with individual regulators’ collateral requirements after Brexit, said insurance industry veteran Michael WadeRead more

PRA could allow interim capital additions after $200bn loss

31 January 2017

The UK Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) could permit "back of a fag packet" capital add-ons to allow carriers time to properly adjust their Solvency II internal models following a market-changing event, according to director of general insurance Chris MoulderRead more

Lloyd’s CEO Beale details Brexit thinking

27 January 2017

Lloyd's CEO Inga Beale said the Corporation hopes to avoid having to erect elaborate infrastructure for the EU subsidiary it is looking to establish to retain market access after BrexitRead more

Insurance industry welcomes May’s ‘Brexit clarity’

17 January 2017

Insurance industry representatives today welcomed greater clarity on Brexit from Prime Minister Theresa May as she promised a "phased transition period" and confirmed the UK won't remain part of the single market after it leaves the EURead more

US-EU talks yield covered agreement for insurers

13 January 2017

US and European negotiators have reached a covered agreement to harmonise regulation of insurers and reinsurers and remove barriers to transatlantic businessRead more

RAA calls for covered agreement conclusion

14 December 2016

The Reinsurance Association of America (RAA) has urged the European Union (EU) and US to finalise a covered agreement for prudential (re)insurance supervision, as talks on regulatory equivalency rumble onRead more

O’Donnell replaces Catlin as ABIR chairman

8 December 2016

RenaissanceRe president and CEO Kevin O'Donnell has been elected chairman of the Association of Bermuda Insurers and ReinsurersRead more

Forthcoming UK tax changes to hit loss reporting

8 November 2016

A raft of changes to UK corporate tax law next year are likely to cause substantial disruption to how insurers structure their financial reportingRead more

BaFin stance leaves US (re)insurers frustrated

24 October 2016

US (re)insurers have found themselves in limbo ahead of the major 1 January renewal for German cedants' business, following a rule change by German regulator BaFinRead more

Gable lands in administration under Liechtenstein orders

12 October 2016

Gable Insurance AG (GIAG) went into administration today as financial regulators in Liechtenstein placed the ailing insurer's operations into the hands of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Swiss branchRead more

Solvency II support wanes, Grant Thornton survey shows

5 October 2016

Only a quarter of senior executives operating in the UK general, life and health insurance markets believe that operating in accordance with Solvency II regulations is the best way to run their business, according to Grant Thornton UKRead more

The lure of multi-asset

4 October 2016

Pension funds and retail investors have been using multi-asset funds to help meet their return targets for years, but the idea has struggled to gain traction in non-life insurance circlesRead more

FX woes push Gable to H1 loss

3 October 2016

Troubled Liechtenstein-based insurer Gable has posted a loss of £2.3mn ($3mn) for the first half of 2016 after it suffered a £3.4mn negative impact from sterling movements following the Brexit voteRead more

US will not apply for formal SII equivalence: FIO

29 September 2016

The US insurance market will not apply to the EU for formal Solvency II equivalence, according to Federal Insurance Office (FIO) director Michael McRaithRead more

Trade bodies rally round covered agreement talks

21 September 2016

Several (re)insurance associations have reiterated their support for upcoming talks between the US Treasury and the European Union over a covered agreementRead more

Gable backpedals on share delisting

19 September 2016

Beleaguered Lichtenstein-based carrier Gable has reversed its decision to delist its shares from the Aim marketRead more

UK government to examine Solvency II options post-Brexit

13 September 2016

The UK Treasury Select Committee has launched an inquiry to determine whether there are "options" for UK insurers and the Solvency II regime after leaving the EURead more

Gable chairman resigns in latest departure

9 September 2016

Non-executive chairman Jost Pilgrim has resigned from the Gable board in the latest in a series of departures from the troubled Lichtenstein-based insurerRead more

Connerty leaves Gable after one year

31 August 2016

Julian Connerty has resigned his position as non-executive director at Gable, effective immediately, after just over one year with the beleaguered Lichtenstein-based carrierRead more

CIRC requests ‘measured pace’ to capital standard development

27 July 2016

The China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) has called on the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) to take an unhurried approach to creating a global insurance capital standardRead more

XL Group completes Bermuda redomicile

25 July 2016

XL Group, the top holding company of XL Catlin, has completed its planned redomestication from Ireland to Bermuda, it announced todayRead more

Insurance Europe warns of lack of political support for ICS

19 July 2016

Trade body Insurance Europe has voiced concern about the lack of political support for the development of the global insurance capital standard (ICS)Read more

Gable stock stabilises after trading recommences

18 July 2016

Shares in Liechtenstein-based carrier Gable Holdings have risen in value this morning (18 July) after it recommenced trading on London's AIM marketRead more

PRA defers SII external audit decision

4 July 2016

UK regulator the Prudential Regulation Authority has deferred its decision on whether carriers can use external auditors to assess their Solvency II capital disclosures, it announced today (4 July)Read more

Nelson: Lloyd’s equipped to operate in new environment

24 June 2016

Lloyd's chairman John Nelson has issued a statement in the wake of the UK's EU referendum result, with a clear message that business will carry on as usualRead more

Executive pay made more challenging by SII changes

23 June 2016

Solvency II has made senior executives' remuneration requirements more onerous, according to a survey of financial services chairmen and CEOs by executive search firm Per Ardua AssociatesRead more

Stahel: collateral appeal to grow under SII

20 June 2016

Collateralised reinsurance is likely to be the main driver of insurance-linked securities (ILS) growth as Solvency II pushes insurers to seek out "cash in a box" risk transfer solutions for peak cat risk, according to Michael Stahel, partner and portfolio manager at LGT ILS PartnersRead more

AIA calls for quick harmonisation of supervision

1 June 2016

The American Insurance Association (AIA) has called for US and European regulators to quickly agree a deal that would recognise each continent's supervisory regime for (re)insurers, after the latest round of negotiations ended last week without a deal concludedRead more

McGavick laments ‘burdensome’ Solvency II

31 May 2016

XL Catlin CEO Mike McGavick has criticised the complexity of the Solvency II regime, which came into effect almost six months agoRead more

PRA reveals approach to preventing ‘model drift’

27 May 2016

UK regulator the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) this week (25 May) released a consultation paper setting out its approach to monitoring "model drift" for companies with internal model approvalRead more

Solvency II struggles push Gable to explore sale

26 May 2016

Liechtenstein-based insurer Gable is exploring a whole or partial sale of the company after it revealed it would be unable to raise sufficient capital to be Solvency II compliantRead more

Gold plating ‘not in the spirit of Solvency II’: McGavick

25 May 2016

The need for harmonisation around the application of Solvency II across Europe is of vital importance, according to XL Catlin CEO Mike McGavickRead more

Insurance Europe responds to Eiopa SII consultation

23 May 2016

Trade body Insurance Europe has responded to a consultation being carried out by the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (Eiopa) on the way infrastructure corporates are identified under Solvency IIRead more

Cut off your nose?

16 May 2016

People often do things in the heat of the moment that with the benefit of cool and sober reflection they wouldn't repeat. They lose their heads and do things that are clearly not in their long-term interestsRead more

PRA outlines SII bureaucracy cuts

9 May 2016

The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) has outlined plans to unburden itself from the administrative quagmire around approving internal models under Solvency IIRead more

Analysts have ‘given up’ SII comparisons

4 May 2016

Market participants are struggling to interpret new Solvency II capital ratios, a group of leading executives in the London market has heardRead more

SII equivalence for Bermuda goes live

29 March 2016

Bermuda's (re)insurance industry is now officially compliant with the European Union's Solvency II regulatory regimeRead more

Bermuda officially Solvency II equivalent

29 March 2016

Equivalence for Solvency II has officially taken effect in Bermuda, retroactive to 1 January, the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers (ABIR) announced yesterday (28 March)Read more

Comparing SCRs like comparing ‘apples with pears’

21 March 2016

Lloyd's chief risk officer Sean McGovern has warned against comparing the solvency capital requirement (SCR) of different insurance companiesRead more

ANV secures SII green light

21 March 2016

ANV Syndicates has received green light status from Lloyd's, indicating that the Corporation now considers the carrier to be compliant with Solvency II, The Insurance Insider can revealRead more

Moody’s: Solvency II ratios not fully comparable

17 March 2016

Solvency II ratio compatibility is hindered by the ability of insurers to use one or more methods to enhance their ratios, according to ratings agency Moody'sRead more

Generali receives SII partial internal model approval

8 March 2016

Global insurer Generali has secured approval for its partial internal model from domestic regulator the Italian Insurance Supervisory Authority (IVASS)Read more

Elements of the SIMR delayed

7 March 2016

A number of rules that had been slated to take effect as part of the UK's Senior Insurance Managers Regime (SIMR) have been delayed until later this yearRead more

Managing the investment portfolio after Solvency II implementation

1 March 2016

Over recent months, The Insurance Insider has reviewed various investment strategies for the insurance CIO to consider in a Solvency II worldRead more

Eiopa to spend EUR21.8mn on 2016 priorities

17 February 2016

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (Eiopa) will spend a total of EUR21.8mn to deliver its strategic objectives for 2016Read more

Data remains problematic with internal models: PRA

9 February 2016

Insurance companies have continued to encounter difficulties in adopting consistent data management in the internal model approval process (Imap), according to a Solvency II data review by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA)Read more

SII won’t be used in Fitch ratings

12 January 2016

Fitch has said that it will not use Solvency II metrics in its ratingsRead more

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