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August 2003/1

  • Set deep within the gothic splendours of the Royal Courts of Justice, Court room 21 was the stage for a London revival last year - the unravelling of an elaborate insurance fraud. After a year-long trial, including an exhausting 110 days in court, the jud
  • Munich Re fights back at S&P downgrade Giant German reinsurer Munich Re has rallied against rating agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) after being downgraded from AA- to A+ with a stable outlook. In a statement, the world’s largest reinsurer by premium desc
  • C.N.A. boosts reserves by $308mn US insurer C.N.A became the latest carrier to reveal sizable additions to loss developments when announcing a $308mn after-tax charge to second quarter earnings. According to the firm, the reserve boost was due to "u
  • Liberty Syndicates, the Lloyd’s arm of US giant Liberty Mutual, is set to announce the formation of a Paris office as it gears up to expand its Continental business. According to sources, the managing agent of Syndicates 190 and 282 will soon open a Pa
  • Introducing a new column about the Russian insurance industry (“Dancing with bears”), John Helmer begins by analysing AIG’s investment funds ... A notable French medical researcher recently conducted an experiment with the drug Viagra on twelve men, wh
  • Trenwick Managing Agency (TMA) is set to rebrand following its August management buy-out from distressed parent, Trenwick Group Ltd. TMA was the last remaining underwriting operation of the Bermudian based insurer, Trenwick Group, and was finally spun
  • Quoted Lloyd's insurer Hiscox plc announced bullish trading figures on 21 August and took the opportunity to resolve the growing uncertainty over its World Trade Center provisions. The insurer announced it was increasing its WTC loss reserves for the s
  • Cost base will reduce in 2004 as Lloyd’s responds to investor pressures Lloyd’s is set to lower the levies it charges capital providers in response to calls that its fee structure is making the market uncompetitive against some of its rivals. The S
  • SQRs suggest a bumper 2002 result but US casualty causes deterioration on 2001 The full extent of the current benign trading conditions within the London market were reflected by the updated forecasts from the Lloyd’s managing agents. According to
  • ACE performs within expectations ACE reported $371mn of net income for the second quarter, dwarfing the $104mn figure for the same period last year. However, excluding net realised gains (losses), the figure was $286mn against $229mn last year. This
  • Chinese take it away Lloyd’s Chairman Lord Levene’s recent pursuit of a Chinese reinsurance licence was widely praised by one of his franchisees recently. Speaking at a Names meeting, the chief executive of Lloyd’s managing agency Chaucer Underwriting
  • North American broker group Hub International Ltd has withdrawn from a proposed acquisition of the Near North National Group - the second time in under a year that take-over talks have collapsed at the 11th hour.
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