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July 2007/5

  • State-backed Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund (FHCF) is planning to bolster its cash reserves with a potential $10bn bond issuance.
  • Capita CMGL has confirmed the reinsurance to close (RITC) transfer of the run-off Duncanson & Holt Syndicate 55 to a new Lloyd’s syndicate backed by CarVal Investors LLC, as first revealed in the July issue of The Insurance Insider.
  • The UK-based run-off acquisition firm Tawa plc is set to float on London Alternative Investment Market (AIM) later this week in a £127mn Initial Public Offering (IPO).
  • Although (re)insurers are expected to unveil strong figures as the reporting season begins in earnest this week, analysts will assess the wider impact from high-profile second quarter catastrophe events in the UK and Australia following IPCRe’s...
  • Further widespread flooding over the weekend will push the combined cost of the summer floods in the UK to well in excess of £2bn, according to Geoff Bromley, non-Americas chairman of reinsurance broker Guy Carpenter.
  • Shares in Bermudian reinsurer Everest Re Group Ltd slipped after a Bear Stearns analyst downgraded the company on "limited growth opportunities and declining profitability".
  • Bermudian reinsurer IPCRe warned last week that its 2007 profits would be affected by the recent storm and flood events on opposite sides of the globe in the UK and Australia.
  • Loss estimates from the recent earthquakes and typhoon that have hit Japan continue to spread as insurers count the cost.
  • Aviation (re)insurance rates in Brazil are set to rise following the second major accident in under a year.
  • A solvent scheme of arrangement for the reinsurance business written through the GLM Pool was sanctioned by the UK High Court in London earlier this month.
  • London market professional risks insurers have continued to suffer falling rates during the second quarter of 2007, with reductions of up to 20 percent in the period for directors and officers (D&O) risks, according to broker Willis.
  • Broking network Unitas Alliance has confirmed the appointment of former Endurance Worldwide Insurance Ltd CEO Mark Boucher as non-executive chairman of its new underwriting agency, as revealed in the July issue of The Insurance Insider.
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