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February 2006/2

  • Bermudian reinsurer PXRE has lost its crucial A- (Excellent) financial strength rating following its downgrading to B++ (Very Good) by ratings agency AM Best today (17 February).
  • Following the weeks of turmoil between American International Group (AIG) and the Hank Greenberg controlled Starr agencies, AIG has overhauled the management team of its aviation unit. Long-serving AIG executive David Hupp has replaced...
  • World’s largest reinsurer Swiss Re confirmed last week that it has agreed to sell most of its stake in specialist financial services investment bank Fox-Pitt, Kelton (FPK) to its employees and a consortium led by hedge fund investor J.C. Flowers & Co.
  • Only a month after Lloyd’s unveiled an ambitious three-year strategic plan, the Corporation has parted company with its head of business strategy as of last week. Since joining Lloyd’s in 2003, Stuart Degg led the development of Lloyd’s...
  • The UK Court of Appeal sent a sigh of relief among London market insurers last week after over-turning last year’s controversial GoshawK vs Tyser decision which ruled brokers were not obliged to produce documents previously shown to underwriters.
  • SVB, the Lloyd’s based insurer wrestling with its legacy of US professional liability (re)insurance losses, revealed bold plans on the 10 February to form a new UK-based insurance company while finally dealing with its back-year losses.
  • The former British conglomerate Hanson plc revealed today (13 February) that an asbestos-hit US subsidiary has reached a settlement with its liability insurers. According to the group, the settlement is effective from January 2006 and resolves...
  • US insurer HCC Insurance Holdings has reported record results for 2005 shrugging off $57.5mn hurricane reverse to record $195.9mn net earnings for the year. Net earnings were up 20 percent for the year and 18 percent up for the final quarter of 2005...
  • Martin Sullivan, the chief executive of insurance giant American International Group (AIG) heralded last week’s $1.64bn regulatory settlement as “a major step forward in resolving the legal and regulatory issues facing AIG”.
  • Ewen Gilmour, the chief executive of quoted Lloyd’s insurer Chaucer plc, is set to become the next deputy chairman of Lloyd’s when the Society’s ruling body, the Lloyd’s Council, meet later this week.
  • London-based broking proposition Oxygen Holdings plc has lured a senior duo from Aon to join former Marsh executives in creating a specialist broking team. Craig Kingaby, the former head of international property, energy and casualty at Aon...
  • French reinsurers SCOR and AXA Re – the reinsurance arm of insurance giant AXA – were linked last week following an article in Les Echos. The potential acquisition of AXA Re would give SCOR further scale while...
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