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Swiss Re Names Mitchell as Head of Property & Specialty Reinsurance

Swiss Re announced that Mike Mitchell, currently head Property Underwriting and Property & Casualty Facultative, Asia, will succeed Edouard Schmid as Swiss Re’s head Property & Specialty Reinsurance, effective July 1, 2017. He will also serve as a member of …

R&Q Acquires Captive Insurer from Fortune 500 Engine Manufacturer

Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings Ltd. (R&Q) announced the acquisition of ICDC Ltd., a captive insurer of an American Fortune 500 company, for an undisclosed sum. The name of the former parent of the captive was not released. The company, …

RSA Begins Trading on London Market Placing Platform, PPL

International insurer RSA has begun trading on the London insurance market’s electronic placing platform, PPL (Placing Platform Ltd.), which enables brokers and underwriters to quote, negotiate, bind and endorse business using one market-wide system. RSA’s Profin underwriting team is now …

Higher Arctic Temperatures Likely to Shift Global Weather in 2017: WMO

Unusually warm weather in the Arctic is helping shift weather patterns this year from North America to the Middle East, after global warming shattered records in 2016, according to the World Meteorological Organization. Rising ocean temperatures that are melting polar …

BHSI Offers Professional Liability, Network Security & Privacy Cover in Canada

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI) introduced its Professional First Professional Liability and Network Security & Privacy Policy and announced it has appointed Geoffrey Kendrick as head of Professional Lines in Canada. BHSI’s new Professional First Professional Liability and Network Security …

JLT Re Partners with KatRisk to Expand Modeling Capability in Canada

JLT Re, the London-based reinsurance broker and consultancy, has combined forces with flood modeling company, KatRisk, to enhance its flood risk modeling capabilities for clients across Canada. Berkeley, Calif.-based KatRisk’s suite of flood risk modeling tools includes both flood inundation …

India’s Bank of Baroda Eyes Sale of Insurer, Asset Management Stakes

Bank of Baroda, India’s third-largest state-run bank by assets, is considering a sale of some of the minority stakes it holds in its insurance and asset-management ventures, according to people familiar with the matter. The Mumbai-based bank is seeking to …

Hannover Re to Acquire Lloyd’s Syndicate Argenta

Hannover Re has agreed to acquire the UK holding company Argenta Holdings plc, which owns Argenta Syndicate Management and Argenta Private Capital as well as a pro rata share of the Lloyd’s syndicate Argenta Syndicate 2121. Hannover Re has been a …

European Reinsurance Buying Continues to Increase But Demand for Cover Slows: A.M. Best

The 20 largest European cedants have continued to buy more reinsurance as soft market conditions prevail, although the pace at which retention ratios are falling has been more subdued, according to A.M. Best in a new briefing. A.M. Best said higher cession …

Half of Global Insurance Premium Growth Tied to China: Allianz Research

Allianz Research projections show that total global premium income rose to a new record high of 3,650 billion euros ($3.9224 billion U.S. dollars) last year (excluding health insurance). In a year-on-year comparison, the nominal increase – after adjustments to reflect …

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