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July 2012/1

  • The travails of the capital markets and historically low investment returns are concentrating the wider (re)insurance industry on the value that can be unlocked by legacy solutions, senior legacy professionals concluded last month
  • UK-listed run-off-to-live operator Randall & Quilter (R&Q)'s share price should edge up in the second half of the year following a recent settlement with Ace Group over its 2006 Brandywine transaction
  • Purchases of legacy P&C (re)insurance assets have already exceeded $1bn at the half-year stage, proving tangible evidence of the vibrant market for run-off business, according to data compiled by The Insurance Insider
  • Berkshire Hathaway's deals with Australian mega-cedant Suncorp sucked A$1.5bn of event limit out of the open market at its 1 July renewal, taking the heat out of a renewal that was initially expected to be both difficult and expensive...
  • US cat underwriters helplessly swimming against the swollen tide of excess industry capital and stagnating demand were left disappointed for a second month in a row at 1 July...
  • After a busy month spent selling off a number of its overseas assets to rival insurers, attention is now likely to turn to the UK operations of the troubled French insurer Groupama.
  • Flagstone Re could again find itself in the sights of legacy players such as Enstar or Catalina after prime bidder ANV's "final" offer passed a deadline without a response from the firm...
  • The European Parliament has once again pushed back the date for the full plenary session to consider the proposed Omnibus II Directive from 10-13 September to 22 October
  • The long-awaited passing of the National Flood Insurance Programme (NFIP) reform legislation has created new opportunities for increasing reinsurance demand
  • Atrium, Antares, Barbican and Sagicor. The list of privately held Lloyd's (re)insurers considering fresh capital and ownership continues to grow. We have the latest intelligence...
  • The EC has proposed making disclosure of remuneration mandatory for all sellers of non-life insurance products following a five-year transitional period in which disclosure information should be available on request
  • Global insurance rates have continued to firm in the second quarter of 2012, marking the fourth consecutive quarter of rate increases...