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April 2006/4

  • The post-Katrina love affair between the capital markets and reinsurance continues to blossom with news that Benfield Group is collaborating with Merrill Lynch to provide a catastrophe bond scheme for reinsurance buyers.
  • Beleaguered Bermudian PXRE was dealt another blow this week as chief operating officer Guy Hengesbaugh handed in his notice at the reinsurer.
  • Our 2006 London Market survey has provided interesting feedback on the structure of the market, the demise of Kinnect, the rise of the "gang of six" and the possible solutions available. Opinion is divided, however, in terms of the e-business...
  • Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc (JLT) has disbanded its Risks Finance business which provided alternative risk transfer products and looks set to part company with the unit head John Lobek, Insider Week can reveal. The move appears to be the latest co
  • Troubled Bermudian PXRE announced 11 April that it has requested the withdrawal of its financial strength and issuer credit ratings by the major agencies. The move is part of the reinsurer's strategic evaluation process that has followed its...
  • The trial of three former General Re executives will be transferred from Virginia to Connecticut after a federal judge agreed to the defendants request. Judge Gerald Bruce Lee acquiesced to the request of Ronald Ferguson, Gen Re's former chief...
  • Giant insurer American International Group (AIG) has joined the Goldman Sachs-led consortium that has had a £9.4bn "white knight" takeover bid for BAA turned down by the UK's airports operator. BAA revealed on 16 April that it had received an...
  • Long-time Fairfax bears, analysts John Gwynn and Matthew Cantrell of Morgan Keegan, have again mauled the company in their latest research notes. In two recent notes the analysts raise a number of points that will make uncomfortable reading for the...
  • Rating agency Fitch has removed the financial strength rating of insurance behemoth American International Group (AIG) from negative watch. Fitch affirmed the ratings of AIG and all subsidiaries on 11 April just over a year after it had placed the...
  • As revealed by our sister publication The Insurance Insider last week, Omni Whittington is close to launching a live Singapore-based $50mn underwriting syndicate at Lloyd's. According to the company, the new syndicate will write "predominantly short...
  • As the industry continues to digest the implications of last year's record hurricane season, The Insurance Insider and Guy Carpenter are delighted to invite you to attend a Post-Katrina Technical Briefing, taking place at Balls Brothers, Minster Court...
  • Willis Group appointed Don Bailey as chief operating officer of Willis North America on 11 April. Bailey will work alongside Willis North America CEO Mario Vitale on the day-to-day operations and sales activities of the business unit.
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