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October 2012/2

  • Charman: I will return next year; Groupama defaults; Covea flat; IPO II; Liberalising India; ILS rate drop; Catlin secures
  • Allied World has bought a substantial minority stake in private equity firm and hedge fund MatlinPatterson and pledged to invest $500mn through its funds, according to reports
  • Ambitious US and international specialty insurer Ironshore made it into the top 10 list of US surplus lines carriers for the first time in 2011, a report by rating agency AM Best has revealed
  • US insurance giant Chartis - soon to be rebranded AIG - is targeting growth in in its large-limit engineered commercial property book as it continues to build out resources to support the business
  • An open letter to Gabriel Bernardino - and why good Solvency II regulation is like running a successful sheep farm
  • The formal sale process of UK-listed run-off buyer and services provider Tawa has moved forward, with potential bidders having submitted indicative offers of interest, it is understood
  • Despite the prospects for insurance IPOs looking better than they have for years, to date there is no sign that the private equity backers of specialty Bermuda and London players are looking more favourably on them as a way to realise the billions tied up in their investments
  • German run-off insurer Hanseatica is seeking a buyer for its small remaining book of business, The Insurance Insider understands.
  • The UK legacy market continued to shrink in 2011 but the long-predicted impact of Solvency II may finally be beginning to make its mark on the sector
  • The Federal Insurance Office (FIO) has missed a crucial 30 September deadline for releasing its mandatory report on the US and global reinsurance sector and is now likely to delay its publication until after the US elections in November, The Insurance Insider understands
  • Carlson Capital's decision to buy out Steel Partners' minority stake in Barbican has ended any near-term prospect of the Lloyd's carrier being sold off
  • Members of the International Underwriting Association (IUA) have voiced concerns about the UK regulator and its handling of the Solvency II regime as well as its impending structural overhaul