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Canadian Broker Network Names Robinson as Chairman, Succeeding Miller

Canadian Broker Network (CBN), Canada’s network of independent insurance brokers, has appointed Mike Robinson, president and CEO, PBL Insurance Ltd., as chairman. Robinson succeeds Tim Miller, president of Capri Insurance Services, who has been CBN chairman for the past three …

AXA Chief Rules Out Major Acquisitions Such as Generali

AXA has reached a “critical size” and is ruling out major acquisitions such as Italy’s Generali, the French insurer’s chief executive Thomas Buberl said on Thursday. It is managing risks relating to May’s presidential election in France and raising its …

Investments in Insurtech Expected to ‘Keep Booming’ in 2017: KPMG Report

Investor interest in insurtech is expected “to remain hot across all regions of the world” during 2017, following a strong growth in 2016, according to a report published by KPMG. In the coming year, most insurtech investments likely will focus …

Vice Chair of State-Owned People’s Insurance Group of China in Corruption Probe

The vice chairman of state-owned People’s Insurance Group of China is being investigated for alleged discipline violations, the ruling Communist Party’s anti-corruption watchdog said on Thursday, employing the usual euphemism for corruption. Wang Yincheng is the latest senior official of a state-owned …

Europe’s Windstorm Egon to Cost Insurers an Estimated US$223.3M: PERILS

The initial estimate of the insured property market loss for extra-tropical cyclone Egon, which hit France and Germany in January, is €212 million (US$223.3 million), according to PERILS, the independent Zurich-based organization that provides industry catastrophe insurance data. While the …

China Regulator Puts Brakes on Insurers’ 3-Year, $100-Billion Buying Spree

A regulatory clampdown on speculation by insurers and new limits on outbound capital flows are causing one of China’s most acquisitive industries to hit the brakes. Chinese insurers, after announcing almost $100 billion of deals over the past three years, …

EU Solvency II Rules Need ‘Tweaks,’ Not Overhaul: Bank of England

EU capital rules for insurers need some tweaks but are not a deterrent to investment in infrastructure as some insurers’ claim, the Bank of England said on Wednesday. Officials from Aviva and Legal & General, two of Britain’s biggest insurers …

Willis Towers Watson Plans to Acquire French Aviation Broker, OAAGC

Willis Towers Watson has entered into exclusive negotiations with OAAGC, the French aviation brokerage, to acquire its team and book of business. Paris-based OAAGC (Office d’Assurances Aériennes G. de Cugnac) was founded in 1898 and its team of 16 is …

Allianz Officially Launches Its Moroccan Subsidiary

The Allianz Group has officially launched its Moroccan subsidiary, Allianz Maroc, which has has been a part of the Allianz Group since Nov. 3, 2016, following the acquisition of 98.9 percent of Zurich Assurances Maroc. After obtaining the relevant regulatory approvals, …

Insured Losses from New South Wales’ Bushfires & Hailstorms Pass US$53.7M

Combined losses from the two New South Wales catastrophes of bushfires and hailstorms,  have passed A$70 million (US$53.7 million), according to the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA). As of Feb. 20, insured losses for the NSW bushfires had reached A$28.5 …

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