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September 2003/4

  • Lloyd’s insurer Advent Capital (Holdings) plc revealed a welcome return to profit after the devastations of the 2001 underwriting year.
  • Against the backdrop of US tort reform, some US insurers are lobbying to increase Equitas’ burden of asbestos claims, warned the run-off reinsurer’s new chief executive Scott Moser last week.
  • Munich Re executives met with some of London’s leading insurance analysts last week as the reinsurer sought to reassure the City in the light of its shock downgrade by rating agency Standard & Poor’s.
  • Embattled reinsurer ESG Re is suing accountancy firm Deloitte & Touche (D&T) and its Irish based partner Mary Fulton following its decision to resign as the company’s auditors last year.
  • As delegates gathered in Monte Carlo last Tuesday (9 September), Lord Levene, Chairman of Lloyds called for a return to underwriting for profit to stabilise and strengthen the international insurance industry.
  • Post-9/11 start-up Endurance officially opened the new offices of its FSA licensed London subsidiary on Friday morning (12 September).
  • Five insurance companies filed suit in the US last week against a host of alleged WTC conspirators ranging from Osama bin Laden to the Saudi government.
  • 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.
  • Senator Orrin Hatch has not given up on his asbestos reform proposals and believes the measure may still make it to the Senate floor this year, despite being overshadowed by Iraqi funding, energy policy and Medicare concerns.
  • Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has criticised proposed International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) describing them as costly to implement and likely to lead to greater earnings volatility.
  • Buyers and sellers in the reinsurance industry expect rates in some short tail business to fall in 2004, according to a Europe-wide survey by Aon, the world’s largest reinsurance broker.
  • Lloyd’s insurer SVB showed signs of a continuing turnaround last week, announcing a trebling of operating profits and combined ratio recovering to below 100 percent.
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