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Willis 1st View Reinsurance Report on Pricing Finds some Stabilization

According to the latest 1st View Renewals Report from Willis Re, the relentless “period of rate reductions” in reinsurance pricing shows signs of softening with “early signs” of price stabilization ”beginning to emerge in peak property catastrophe zones.” The report …

Reinsurance Industry Faces an Uncertain Future as Time Moves on

It’s around two months until the annual Reinsurance Rendezvous in Monte Carlo, where the reinsurers, brokers, carriers, lawyers, accountants and cat modelers discuss the state of their industry. That industry, until recently a rock solid bastion of the “we do it …

XL Catlin Appoints Plessis as Head of Emerging Markets

XL Catlin announced the appointment of Brendan Plessis to the newly created role of head of emerging markets. In this new position, Plessis will lead the development of emerging market strategies, partnering with business leaders across XL Catlin to explore …

Beazley Launches Business Travel Insurance in Australia

Specialist insurer Beazley has launched its first international business travel insurance product in the Australian market. Beazley Corporate Travel Insurance will be offered to Australian brokers and coverholders. Beazley Corporate Travel Insurance provides specialist cover for business travelers, such as overseas …

TransAsia Plane Crashed in February After Faulty Sensor, Errors by Pilots

A faulty connector sending inaccurate information and pilots mistakingly shutting down the wrong engine during a flameout led to the February crash of a TransAsia Airways Corp. plane, investigators said. Flight GE235 had a connector that failed to send right …

Guy Carpenter Confirms Slowing of Pricing Declines in June Renewals

Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC, has reported that “after two years of price decreases averaging 15 percent on U.S. property catastrophe placements, risk-adjusted pricing moderated at the most recent June renewals. “Price declines moderated to decreases averaging in the high …

DUAL Enters Central, East European Market with Launch of DUAL Polska

DUAL Group, the underwriting arm of Hyperion Insurance Group, announced its launch into Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), following the acquisition of the majority stake of Toruń, Poland-headquartered insurance specialist, Data Connect Direct (DCD). This acquisition, which creates DUAL Polska, …

Willis CEO, Casserley, Opts Against Taking Severance Pay in Towers Watson Deal

Willis Group Holdings plc’s chief executive officer, who is taking a lesser role under the insurance broker’s planned merger with Towers Watson & Co., has opted against taking some compensation that he was entitled to get. “Dominic Casserley will not receive a …

Corbett to Join Hyperion Insurance Group as Group CFO

Hyperion Insurance Group, the London-based insurance and reinsurance intermediary group, has announced that Oliver Corbett will join the group as CFO. Corbett, currently interim CFO at Towergate, will take up the role in August, subject to regulatory approval.  After seven …

ILS Products Are Changing Reinsurance Industry Norms: ‘Acts of God’ Author

Second of two articles In the first article in this series, Paula Jarzabkowski, professor of Strategic Management at Cass Business School, City University London, discussed the findings of her book on the reinsurance industry, which show that the market is …

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