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February 2011/3

  • Bird flies from Groupama; Everest Re plots Canada expansion; Russell launches ALPS Aerospace; GCube appoints John McLane as president; Jubilee hires new life underwriter; Argo International strengthens casualty team; Whittington appoints new director; Piracy claims outpacing premiums; Ace appoints Chessman as claims exec
  • German legacy buyer Darag has kept up its initial M&A pace into early 2011 by taking over the non-life portfolio of Belgium-based Quantum Insurance.
  • Novae Group's share price closed last week up almost 7 percent after the Lloyd's insurer confirmed plans to finally exorcise its past US casualty reinsurance liabilities and revealed that 2010 profits will be more than 10 percent above analysts' consensus forecast.
  • Mid-tier transatlantic law firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge's corporate insurance team has walked to City rival Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) with an eye on building its international and M&A capability.
  • Former Omega Insurance CEO Richard Tolliday has filed a suit with the UK High Court to have his compensation case against his former employer heard in Bermuda, The Insurance Insider understands.
  • The UK insurance industry must increase its lobbying efforts in the European Union as domestic influence becomes less relevant, according to the head of the UK's Financial Services Authority (FSA) Hector Sants.
  • The US insurance industry last week called on US treasury secretary Timothy Geithner to postpone new rules on regulating non-bank financial institutions.
  • Lloyd's reinsurer Catlin last week said that it had replaced its expiring Newton Re cat bond cover with both traditional and collateralised reinsurance.
  • French reinsurer Scor hopes that longevity risk business will make up about 3 percent of its global life premiums within three years, according to reports.
  • Swiss Re has opened the 2011 ILS scoreboard in spectacular style with its biggest Successor offering to date, while repeat cat bond sponsor The Hartford is revisiting the cat bond market with the first pure US wind bond of 2011.
  • Ratings agency S&P says it does not expect catastrophe bond issuance to rise significantly in 2011, despite increased investor demand, as the soft reinsurance market and low catastrophe toll will hold back growth.
  • Ryan Specialty Group (RSG) has acquired transactional risk managing general agency (MGA) Concord Specialty Risk - its third deal since the beginning of February.
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