Americas editor comment: Miami beckons LatAm leaders - FREE

Americas editor comment: Miami beckons LatAm leaders - FREE

Miami skyscrapersAs we move towards the end of the first quarter of the year, Reactions is busy preparing itself for the first of our annual awards events.

Our opening awards event of 2016 is the Reactions Latin America Awards Dinner which this year is being held on the evening of Thursday, May 19.

It will be the fourth time that Reactions has held the awards dinner, although this year we have changed the venue to the glamourous environs of the Ritz-Carlton South Beach in Miami. As in previous years, the dinner will take place following the first day of the Reactions’ Latin America Insurance and Reinsurance Forum which is also being held at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach.

Our panel of judges, which consists of many of the Latin American insurance and reinsurance market’s leading lights, are currently working their way through the nominations that were submitted, as well as their own thoughts on who should win, to come up with the list of winners that will be honoured on the night.

Last year, local insurance players such as Brazil’s Porto Seguro, Mexico’s Quálitas and Ecuador’s Equinoccial all won awards, while international behemoths like TransRe and Everest Re were also successful in a number of categories.

The prize for best Overall Latin America Insurer was handed to Zurich Santander Insurance America, while Overall Latin American Reinsurer was given to Everest Re.

On the broking front, Marsh once again won the award for Best Overall Latin America Broker while Aon Benfield’s Latin America chief executive Alejandro Galizia collected the prize when his business won Best Overall Latin America Reinsurance Broker.

Latin America Insurance Chief Executive of the year was handed to Ace’s Jorge Luis Cazar, while Javier Vijil of TransRe was given the equivalent award for the reinsurance industry.

On the broking side of the business, Marsh’s Ricardo Brockman once again won Latin America Insurance Broking chief executive of the year, with the regional CEO of Marsh & McLennan Companies affiliate Guy Carpenter, Aidan Pope, taking home the trophy for Latin America Reinsurance Broking CEO of the year.

Cazar scooped the Latin America Influential Individual of the Year gong, while the Lifetime Achievement award went to Liberty Mutual’s former chief operating officer for Latin America, Victor Meintjes, who retired at the beginning of 2015.

Aside from the dinner itself, the conference also provides plenty of opportunity for those with an interest in the Latin American re/insurance industry to learn about the major goings on in what remains a vibrant and growing market.

While growth in many of Latin America’s economies may be stymied somewhat at present, with various political and legal issues also affecting some countries, ample opportunities remain for those insurers and reinsurers looking for growth opportunities in markets which, in many cases, remain relatively untapped.

More information on the conference and its agenda will be released shortly. But in the meantime, if anyone is interested in receiving more information about either the conference or the awards event, then please get in touch via email.

You can contact myself via christopher.munro@euromoneyplc.com, or for sponsorship or table purchasing, email gpandzic@euromoneyny.com.

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