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Reactions from the global insurance market

  • Senate bill could end Sifi fait accompli

    18 June 2015

    The US Senate is examining legislation that could drastically change the process by which regulators designate Sifis, giving would-be Sifis new transparency and the chance to take action before and after getting designated systemically significant by the FSOC.

  • The tussle for PartnerRe

    03 June 2015

    A war of words has erupted between Turin-based investment fund Exor and the board of PartnerRe, over Exor’s increasingly hostile attempt to derail Axis Capital’s bid to acquire its Bermudian peer PartnerRe and snap up the reinsurer for itself.

  • Newman and Buckenham lead London ILS push

    01 June 2015

    The UK government and the London Market Group (LMG) are partnering to market the UK as an insurance linked securities (ILS) and reinsurance hub, with Scor’s Malcom Newman leading the project, assisted by broker and banker, Joanna Buckenham.

  • Mexico reforms may relight growth

    03 June 2015

    Despite Mexico’s economy performing well and showing plenty of promise with a multitude of industrial reforms, it has fallen victim to its own overly optimistic PR. Previous predictions of colossal economic growth have disappointed many expectant Mexicans.

  • Bermuda banking sector changes underway

    02 June 2015

    Bermuda’s government is looking to restructure its banking industry as it seeks to make the jurisdiction even more attractive to the international re/insurance industry and also help improve the island’s unemployment rates.

  • Fosun on the march: Wang Qunbin profile

    03 June 2015

    Vying to become China’s answer to Berkshire Hathaway, Fosun International is focused on growing its insurance arm as it seeks to further expand.

  • Editor's Comment: Anarchy in the UK

    02 June 2015

    London's re/insurance market faces big question marks in the coming year, not least about how the newly elected UK government plans to foster a hub for ILS alternative reinsurance business might take shape.

  • Nepal’s catch-22: rebuilding without insurance

    31 May 2015

    The disparity between the economic and insured losses from the two recent Nepal earthquakes show the vast potential for microinsurance in the region, as well as insurance’s sustainability role in catastrophe prone emerging markets. However, with huge rebuilding costs, it will be hard to persuade local Nepalese that insurance should factor in severely restricted budgets.

  • Big three results defy logic in Q1

    31 May 2015

    The biggest three reinsurance brokers have filed solid results seemingly “defying logic” in the first quarter of 2015, suggesting they are weathering tough conditions better than a lot of underwriters.

  • Legal focus: Call the lawyers

    02 June 2015

    Some top insurance focused lawyers speak to Reactions about the legal challenges facing the industry in the months ahead.

  • Reactions Legal Survey 2015

    02 June 2015

    The results are in for this year's Reactions legal survey including the top three best law firms and a number of other findings.

  • Alternative Capital outlook: New York event

    02 June 2015

    The impact of alternative capital on the traditional market is only set to increase, as Christopher Munro and Sam Kerr report from the Reactions’ Alternative Capital in Re/Insurance Business Club in New York.

  • Micro insurance consortium: Aspen’s Mario Vitale interview

    05 June 2015

    Developing products that actually meet the needs of those in emerging economies, as well as creating reliable and user-friendly ways of both paying premium and collecting claims, will all determine whether the multi-company multi insurance venture incubator is a success, says Aspen’s Mario Vitale.

  • CIO Forum in New York: Battling low interest rates

    03 June 2015

    Generating returns from the investment markets continues to prove problematic for those involved in the asset management side of the insurance and reinsurance industry. Reactions welcomed chief investment officers, chief financial officers, treasurers and asset managers to its 4th Insurance Asset Management Forum in New York to discuss how they can get the most out of their portfolios.

  • Exceedance: the buzz from Miami

    02 June 2015

    Reactions’ US reporter Sam Kerr reports on this year’s Exceedance conference in Miami, hosted by catastrophe risk modelling company RMS.

  • Nick Cook interview: The new face of BMS

    05 June 2015

    BMS has undergone a comprehensive revamp – strategically and financially – since June last year. One year on, Reactions talks with BMS Group CEO Nick Cook to find out more about the ambitious five year strategy the broker is implementing.

  • Reactions June digital issue online now!

    30 June 2015

    Read the June digital issue of Reactions, online now, including an exclusive Fosun interview, as well as our cover story – a blow by blow account of Exor’s tussle to buy PartnerRe and scupper the Bermudian reinsurer's proposed Axis Capital merger.

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North America

Casualty/liability

Bermuda

  • M&A: Who will be the next to go? - FREE

    02 July 2015

    Eamonn Flanagan, re/insurer stocks analyst at Shore Capital, and Reactions London Market Awards judging panel stalwart, gives his views on six of the most likely acquisition targets in what he calls the ongoing re/insurance market "M&A juggernaut".

  • ILS market moves towards larger transactions

    01 July 2015

    The first two quarters of this year saw fewer sponsors enter the ILS market although transaction size tended to be higher according to PCS.

Property-catastrophe

Europe

  • Insurers middle or back of the tech pack – CSC

    03 July 2015

    Technology services firm CSC has published a survey revealing just how bad insurers are at investing in their IT and technology.

  • Grexit fallout limited beyond Greece: S&P

    02 July 2015

    The consequences of a Greek exit from the eurozone could be catastrophic for Greece's economy, cutting GDP by perhaps 20%, while many European insurers have already cut back on exposures and investment risks inside Greece, said S&P.

Financial management

Lloyd's and London Market

  • Insurers middle or back of the tech pack – CSC

    03 July 2015

    Technology services firm CSC has published a survey revealing just how bad insurers are at investing in their IT and technology.

  • M&A: Who will be the next to go? - FREE

    02 July 2015

    Eamonn Flanagan, re/insurer stocks analyst at Shore Capital, and Reactions London Market Awards judging panel stalwart, gives his views on six of the most likely acquisition targets in what he calls the ongoing re/insurance market "M&A juggernaut".

Legal and regulation

  

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In this month's Reactions
Fosun Exclusive
Tussle for PartnerRe
Legal Survey 2015
Alt Capital NY event



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