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October 2005/2

  • Aon UK has confirmed that it is to lose up to 750 jobs in a major restructuring of its Risk Services and Specialty divisions. As revealed by Insider Week on 26 September, the broker is to place its employees into “consultation” which is expected to...
  • MMC’s London based wholesale arm Price Forbes is in advanced management buy-out talks, The Insurance Insider can reveal. The move follows New York attorney general Eliot Spitzer’s investigations into the industry which have led to MMC’s rivals Aon...
  • The City of London police are conducting an investigation into allegations of fraud at Lloyd’s broker Besso Ltd after the company discovered irregularities in some client funds’ accounts, The Insurance Insider can reveal.
  • In our regular monthly International News Digest, we round up key stories from the last month, presenting them to you in easily digestable snippets.
  • With a general consensus that the impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on the (re)insurance sector will be “market-changing”, industry observers are beginning to comment on just how the underwriting cycle and rating environment might change.
  • Following the news that the first Hurricane Katrina lawsuit had been filed against insurers in the US (see Insider Week No. 191), law firms have begun to brief insurance clients in earnest over the challenges they will face in the likely deluge of...
  • As the industry begins to question the reliability of catastrophe loss modellers in the wake of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation, there is still great variation on the estimates of the losses.
  • The Property Claim Services unit of the Insurance Services Office has released its estimate of insured losses incurred as a result of Hurricane Katrina at approximately $34.4bn, making it the most expensive catastrophe ever for US property/casualty...
  • Despite warnings that Hurricane Katrina could trigger CAT bonds it seems likely that most will be unaffected. It seemed that a number of CAT bonds were under threat as Katrina made its way across the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) as a Category Five storm.
  • The growing frequency of downgrade clauses could trigger a run on the bank if the rating agencies react with a slew of negative actions. The threat of a Post-Katrina liquidity crunch has grown as the rating agencies have become more aggressive...
  • Giant insurer American International Group (AIG) has upped the ante in its increasingly acrimonious dispute with former chief executive Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, by taking legal action in an effort to seize $20bn of its own shares from his control...
  • Despite the estimated £1.4bn ($2.5bn) blow from Hurricane Katrina, Lloyd’s still expects to make a full year profit in 2005. This was one of the messages from Lloyd’s first ever interim results published 5 October which show a profit of £1.38bn for...
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