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Panellists clash over nature of soft market

Europe25-06-2014Insurance news, Reinsurance News

Panellists clashed on whether the reinsurance industry will remain cyclical in its pricing or whether a more fundamental structural shift is taking place at a debate held at the International Insurance Society’s annual conference in London yesterday (Tuesday June 24).

Geographical hubs irrelevant to innovation

Bermuda, Europe25-06-2014Insurance news, Reinsurance News

While global insurance hubs such as London (including the Lloyd’s market) and Bermuda remain at the forefront of innovation for the industry, times are changing and the location of people’s desks is less important than it once was.

External players will compete for business

Europe25-06-2014Insurance news

The fiercest competition of the future may not come from other be traditional insurance players but players such as banks boasting greater brand recognition, large amounts of data and established trust with consumers.

Over-regulation could harm the industry: Catlin

Europe25-06-2014Insurance news

There is a grave danger that over regulation, the inconsistency of regulations across geographies and a lack of fundamental trust between insurers and insureds could kill off the insurance industry.

Guy Carp highlights hurricane season uncertainty

North America25-06-2014Insurance news

While seasonal outlook providers expect below average activity for the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, Guy Carpenter has highlighted that preparation is key.

MMC to acquire Alexander Forbes stake

Africa25-06-2014Insurance news

Marsh & McLennan (MMC) is to acquire a 34 percent share in South African insurance and investment consultant Alexander Forbes. The broker said the deal will broaden its exposure to the growth prospects present in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.

Advent hires QBE property binding specialist

Europe25-06-2014Insurance news

Lloyd's insurer Advent has hired Sarah Mendola, formerly of QBE Europe, in the new role of head of property binding authorities.

Hamilton recruits senior AIG exec to target US

Bermuda, North America25-06-2014Insurance news

Hamilton Insurance Group, the Bermuda-based holding company for property casualty reinsurer Hamilton Re, has appointed William Thygeson, formerly of AIG, as chief operating officer (COO) of Hamilton USA, the banner under which the group’s US operations are being developed.

Aon unveils global power committee

Europe25-06-2014Insurance news

Aon Risk Solutions has created a global power committee to support the increasing needs of the power industry as it looks to tackle new and existing power risks.

HCI plans to acquire Prepared Insurance

North America25-06-2014Insurance news

Florida-based HCI Group, the owner of Homeowners Choice Property & Casualty Insurance, has entered into a non-binding letter of intent to acquire Prepared Holdings and its subsidiaries, including Florida-based insurer Prepared Insurance Company.

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