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December 2004/1

  • Broker Aon has stated the potential impact of a mammoth round of energy litigation currently underway in the Royal Courts of Justice. As reported in the March edition of The Insurance Insider, the case was brought by oil giant BP against Swiss Re, AIG,
  • Lloyd's-backed platform side-lined as broker goes to market with its own connectivity Brokers Aon is set to shake up the London Market IT consensus by launching an alternative to Kinnect, the Lloyd's funded platform designed to allow electronic transf
  • In our regular monthly News Digest, we round up key stories from the last month, presenting them to you in easily digestable snippets.
  • Despite concerns that downwards pricing pressure is building in many property catastrophe lines, cash-rich hedge funds are increasingly drawn to the perceived high reward reinsurance sector. In addition to providing private equity capital to back star
  • Companies subpoenaed but observers divided over impact of latest regulatory probe The spectre of Spitzer spread to the practise of finite (re)insurance last month, as several companies, including Swiss Re, Ace, St Paul Travelers, Platinum Underwriters
  • New evidence has come to light of the use of off-balance-sheet transactions by insurance giant AIG. The allegations, published in industry newsletter Inside Bermuda, relate to offshore structures in Barbados and Bermuda used by AIG in the 1980s to circ
  • The removal of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group's chief executive Steve McGill following a profits warning on 26 November has again focused attention on the broker's US expansion strategy.
  • But XL Syndicate 990 reveals stunning 40 percent loss deterioration On the face of it, Lloyd's latest release of the market's Syndicate Quarterly Returns (SQRs) reveals little change from the figures put out for the 10th quarter on the 2002 year of acc
  • Preliminary estimates show 7 percent fall in capacity, as aligned capital hits record levels Early estimates of Lloyd's market capacity for 2005 point to a drop of about 7 percent, as syndicates adjust to the changing cycle, and the Franchise Performa
  • Insurer-backed Willis plays aggressive independence card after winning Fortune Brands account Willis Group, the global insurance broker tipped by many to benefit from the Spitzer fall-out, has been aggressively marketing itself as a non-conflicted alte
  • World's second largest broker Aon has made public efforts this month to clear up comments attributed to outgoing CEO Pat Ryan that he was "not fazed" by the Spitzer and other investigations into the industry, and that he was "very comfortable" with the be
  • The beleaguered broking giant MMC took further steps to improve its corporate governance rating last month by firing five senior executives from its board of directors last week.
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