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September 2003/1

  • Waning market share, slower premium rises and fiercer competition among smaller businesses: all are cited as catalysts for a mooted increase in broker M&A Consolidation among brokers is set to increase, according to new analysis by investment bank Morg
  • AIG backed ruling finds INA liable for Brandywine exposures, ACE to appeal The spectre of asbestos legacy issues hangs over Bermudian-based giant ACE Ltd, with the (re)insurer’s defeat in a landmark case involving Brandywine and ACE INA, inherited with
  • Laptop looks at Lloyd’s and ILV pension deficits and questions the increasing actuarial control... Actuaries Lane, Clark and Peacock estimate that, out of the 90 companies in the FTSE-100 index, only 13 showed a surplus of assets over liabilities in th
  • With the majority of interims published, Lloyd’s insurers are prospering as they unveil “market leading” combined ratios. Despite stiff competition, the current winner is Kiln Amlin: beats consensus with strong interims The second largest quoted Llo
  • The expansion of Omega Underwriting Agents from a small Lloyd's managing agency into an insurance group that could even consider an IPO remains on a knife-edge. Omega has submitted to Lloyd's and had initial approval for plans which would see the Agenc
  • XL Capital’s ELU transfers prime treaty account to rival Benfield Reinsurance brokers RK Carvill is in dispute with a division of XL Capital after the Bermudian insurance giant transferred its prime directors and officers reinsurance treaty to rival in
  • New entrant with an interesting past offers EL insurance to the London Market... After the demise of the likes of Independent and The Underwriter, it was inevitable that soaring professional indemnity rates would attract new players into a market where
  • Under-reserved, GoshawK’s Syndicate 102’s future is on a knife-edge... Embattled Lloyd's insurer GoshawK saw its share price tumble for the second time in three months as the company admitted it was under-reserved by an undisclosed amount. Following
  • Lloyd's insurer Brit is considering legal action against rival Abacus Syndicates Management over the recruitment of former PRI Ltd staff, the liability insurer acquired by Brit earlier this year for around £173mn. As first revealed in issue 81 of The I
  • Capital providers at Lloyd's will see their fees reduced next year after the Society restructured the levies charged on each underwriting member. As predicted in the August edition of The Insider, Lloyd's will end the current 2 percent premium levy at
  • Against the backdrop of US tort reform, some US insurers are lobbying to increase Equitas' burden of asbestos claims, warned Equitas’ new chief executive Scott Moser this month. Speaking at Equitas' annual meeting on 12 September, Moser applauded the
  • Recently announced Lloyd's liability start-up Illium Syndicate 4040 is on the fast track to making its underwriting debut after deciding to buy a majority stake in the existing Lloyd's managing agency of run-off specialist Omni Whittington. Illium will
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