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April 2004/2

  • Start-up liability specialist Novae Underwriting has announced that Ian West will become its underwriting director.
  • Consultants Towers Perrin has announced the appointment of Amar Shah as leader of European Finite Reinsurance.
  • Swiss insurer Zurich Financial Services (ZFS) has embarked on a new cost-cutting programme that aims to save $200mn over the next two years.
  • AIG director Frank Zarb will be responsible for revealing Maurice “Hank” Greenberg’s testament when the insurance giant’s legendary patriarch decides to leave the company.
  • Munich Re is restructuring its struggling primary insurance subsidiary Ergo after it contributed to the reinsurer’s first loss for 98 years.
  • Standard & Poor’s (S&P) followed through with its threatened downgrade of the various Travelers’ entities it placed on CreditWatch on 17 November 2003, when the agency greeted the proposed merger by revealing its intention to align Travelers’ ratings with
  • Brokers Willis delivered a warning to multinational companies last week to check the small print of worldwide D&O policies to ensure that their foreign exposures are fully covered.
  • Quoted Lloyd’s insurer Chaucer Holdings has announced an eightfold increase in profits, helped by supercharged premiums on the back of the hard market.
  • Hard on the heels of last week’s surprise eleventh-hour postponement, insurer GoshawK finally released its 2003 results today (5 April, 2004).
  • Marsh & McLennan (MMC), the parent company of US insurance broker Marsh, has seen a drastic change in the structure of its business, due in part to the market timing scandal at its fund management subsidiary, Putnam. Further worries for the coming year ar
  • WTC leaseholder Silverstein Properties and insurers led by reinsurance giant Swiss Re are litigating over which contractual wordings the various parties used in placing the building’s insurance cover.
  • Brokers face rising demand for their services because of the increasing complexity of risks, according to the latest Sigma study from European reinsurer Swiss Re.