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May 2006/4

  • UK-listed Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc (JLT) today (18 May) announced it has became the latest Western broker to receive approval from regulators for a Chinese (re)insurance broking operation.
  • Start-up (re)insurer Lancashire Holdings Ltd has blamed a sluggish marine market for writing less business this year than it initially planned, according to a trading statement issued today (17 May).
  • French reinsurer SCOR today (16 May) reported a 61 percent rise in its first quarter income to EUR53mn from EUR33mn in the prior-year period.
  • Shareholders in the embattled insurance group Quanta Capital Holdings Ltd received a glimmer of good news last week when a US analyst upgraded the company's prospects on the possibility of a sale.
  • Swiss reinsurer Converium has reported a successful 1 April non-life renewal season as the company continues on the road to recovery.
  • German giant Munich Re has announced quarterly profits of EUR979mn on the 9 May, up 41.7 percent from the EUR691 in the prior-year period.
  • Aon Ltd, the UK arm of broking giant Aon Corp, has ditched plans to move its London operations out of the City of London and to the Docklands.
  • US retail broker Arthur J Gallagher has acquired Florida consultancy form YS Liedman & Associates.
  • London market broker Glencairn Ltd has parted company with Adam Fox, the head of its reinsurance operations.
  • The corporate scandals that have hit the US in the last few years have made the directors and officers (D&O) market, the toughest to administer claims, according to experts at a London-based conference.
  • London is on course to meet the Financial Services Authority's (FSA) 85 percent contract certainty deadline by the end of the year, according to the findings of a survey by IT company Sungard.
  • London market broker Tyser & Co has been refused leave to appeal a decision that upheld market custom that underwriters are entitled to placing and claims documentation held by broker.