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June 2007/1

  • Lloyd's has finally ended the central fund litigation saga after agreeing a settlement with the contract’s two broking firms, Benfield Group and Aon Ltd, who placed the five-year £500mn contract.
  • Rating agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) raised the outlook Bermudian reinsurer AXIS Capital Holdings to positive from stable last week.
  • The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has published its final fees and Financial Ombudsman Service levies for UK regulated firms for 2007 and 2008.
  • The trial of the 'Independent Three' – the former directors of the collapsed UK insurer Independent Insurance – began last week at Southwark Crown Court, London.
  • Bermuda-based life reinsurance specialist Scottish Re Group is continuing its resurgence after gaining a financial strength upgrade from Fitch Ratings last week.
  • Fast-growing Australian (re)insurer QBE Insurance Group Ltd closed deals to buy US subsidiaries from Hannover Re and AXA totalling almost $2bn last week.
  • Shareholders in Alea Group Holdings (Bermuda) Ltd failed to support the increased offer from the US private equity firm Fortress Investment Group (FIN) in a vote on 21 May...
  • Trade body Risk Management Insurance Society (RIMS) has called for mandatory disclosure of all broker remuneration in response to what it sees as broken promises from brokers on the acceptance of placement fees.
  • European insurance companies ignore the planned Solvency II regulations at their peril, according to a report by rating agency Standard & Poor's (S&P).
  • Hiscox's chief operating officer and G6 chair Sue Langley is leaving the insurer to join Lloyd's as director of Market Operations and North America.
  • Munich Re has led an innovative $110mn reinsurance programme for the World Bank-sponsored Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), which went on risk for 16 countries in the region on 1 June.
  • AXA has agreed to sell its Dutch insurance operations to SNS Reaal for EUR1.75bn, the French giant announced this morning (4 June).