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Canopius hires Ott to drive growth in Europe

Canopius has appointed Stephan Ott, formerly of Emirates Re, as its new head for Continental Europe, reinsurance in order to provide a new impetus to make inroads in the market.

AIG Europe takes wallop from 2017 cats

The European arm of American International Group took a beating from last year's catastrophes ahead of plans to restructure prior to Brexit.

Toa Re Europe launched to gain new footholds

Toa Re Europe is set to commence underwriting European business from a new Zurich hub with the hope of making itself a major player in the continental market.

SCOR restructures Business Solutions unit

SCOR has restructured its large corporate risks insurance operation with the Laurent Rousseau-headed unit looking to better serve its clients under its new format.

Hannover Re combines specialty activity with HDI Global

Inter Hannover will be renamed HDI Global Specialty SE as the two Talanx-owned firms combine their specialty businesses to take advantage of organic growth opportunities in the market.

Zurich sees Q1 P&C GWP drop by 1%

Focusing on profitability has led to Zurich's property and casualty gross written premiums to reduce in the first quarter of 2018.

Munich Re's Q1 profit up almost 50%

Munich Re's first quarter results benefitted from a decrease in major-loss expenditure and strong underwriting with the firm's consolidated profit increasing by 48.5% compared with the prior year.

Luxembourg welcomes TMG as latest arrival

Tokio Marine Group has received the approval of regulators from both Luxembourg and Japan to open its previously announced subsidiary that will serve continental Europe in the wake of Brexit.

Smart underwriting leads Hannover Re to strong start

The reinsurer has secured premium increases in several key jurisdictions following the disruption caused by last year's hurricane events.

Comments

Senior reporter comment: After Brexit - FREE

It’s no exaggeration to say that in London on the morning of Friday June 24, there was an outbreak of grief, heartbreak and tears, following the news that Brexit had triumphed in the referendum and the UK was set to leave the EU.

Editor's comment: Protectionism and Brexit - FREE

Protectionism is about the worst enemy that re/insurance faces, aside from Armageddon at the hands of war or natural catastrophe.

Garry Booth comment: Future shock warning - FREE

Some of what Alvin Toffler, author of influential book Future Shock, said about society could be applied to the insurance industry’s state of mind.

Editor's comment: Reinsurers' sleight of hand - FREE

The cheating phase of reserve releases is well underway, but reinsurers' underlying RoEs are reaching new lows, David Benyon, editor of Reactions, writes.

Reactions April digital issue online now!

This month's magazine issue celebrates 35 years of Reactions, plus features on terrorism, Iran sanctions, reinsurance broking and the run-off market.

M&A covers: After the happy ending

Plenty of excitement surrounds news of a merger or acquisition, but often only part of the story ever makes it into the press.

Garry Booth comment: no COP out for insurers - FREE

As the euphoria around the “success” of the COP21 climate talks subsides, and reality bites, the insurance industry can start to take stock of what it all means for them.

Editor's comment: a new golden era for run-off? - FREE

2016 is fast becoming a year of rich pickings for run-off specialists, writes David Benyon, editor of Reactions.

Garry Booth comment: Tech will be the death of motor insurers

Automation trends could mean death for old-fashioned motor insurers, writes contributing editor Garry Booth.

Interviews

Regime change: Pool Re's Julian Enoizi

Pool Re CEO Julian Enoizi spoke to Reactions about the new deal struck with the Treasury and the changes he is now driving through to modernise the UK'?s terrorism risk reinsurance pool.

Profiles: Top women in re/insurance

Profiles: Contrary to the diverse consumer base insurance serves, most industry C-suites are dominated by white, older men. Reactions speaks to some of the industry’s most renowned women as well as what can be done to get more women in the industry.

Kevin O'Donnell's tough act to follow at RenRe

Interview: The top threat to catastrophe reinsurer RenaissanceRe’s new CEO Kevin O'Donnell maintaining his predecessor’s enviable returns is a flood of alternative reinsurance capacity settling for single-digit returns. He is bullish about RenRe's future.

Albert Benchimol: Axis Capital ready to thrive

Interview: Albert Benchimol has had a busy year since taking over as CEO of Bermudian insurer and reinsurer Axis Capital, dealing with the ousting of its chairman and Superstorm Sandy losses. He is now confident that a strong period of growth is ahead for his firm.

Eiopa defends interim Solvency II measures

We ask Carlos Montalvo Rebuelta, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority's executive director, for more details on interim guidelines for Solvency II and his response to criticism from insurers and reinsurers over the directive's delay.

Profile: ANV’s three-pronged attack

Matthew Fairfield, CEO of Amsterdam-based start-up insurer ANV, believes the fall-out from the financial crisis has created the perfect opportunity for a new insurance and reinsurance player to enter the market and thrive.

Talanx's industrial insurance evolution

Company profile: German insurance group Talanx, majority owner of Hannover Re, has floated at last. But the group will not use the deal as a springboard for aggressive growth, says the CEO of its industrial insurance unit.

Interview: John Nelson, chairman of Lloyd's - The internationalist

John Nelson has had a busy first year as chairman of Lloyd’s, with the market’s Vision 2025 plan his biggest contribution so far. He believes the make-up of firms and people at Lloyd’s is not diverse enough.

Profile: Validus’ Ed Noonan bounces back

Ed Noonan, CEO of Bermudian reinsurer Validus, has responded to missing out on Transatlantic Re by launching a $500m joint venture with hedge fund manager John Paulson and agreeing to buy Flagstone Re for $623m. He says it is time to adapt or die.

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May 2018

 

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  • Michael Watson interview
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