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Brokerslink Signs Partnership Pact with African Insurer Saham Finances

Independent broker network Brokerslink has signed a three year strategic partnership agreement with pan-African insurance group, Saham Finances. The bulletin said the agreement one of the biggest pan-African insurance groups (outside of South Africa) with a turnover of more than …

Amlin Reports 1.4% Drop in Q1 Gross Written Premiums to $1.96 Billion

London-based Amlin plc reported gross written premium for the three months ended March 31, 2015 of £1.26 billion ($1.96 billion), compared with £1.27 billion ($1.97 billion) reported for the said period in 2014. At constant rates of exchange, gross written …

‘Outside Forces’ are Changing the Industry: Markel’s Kumana Has Solutions

Darius Kumana leads a new team with a new mission that aims to bring the re/insurance industry into the 21st century. He recently joined Markel International in London as head of IT and Digital Strategy – specialties that until recently …

AEGIS London’s Managing Director Moves to Canopius as Group CEO

AEGIS London announced that Stuart Davies, the company’s managing director, has resigned to take up the group CEO role at Canopius. At Canopius, Davies succeeds Michael Watson who remains the company’s chairman. As group chief executive officer, Davies will assume executive responsibility for …

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Names Emerson to Head Liability Claims in Canada

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI) has named Paul Emerson as head of liability claims in Canada. Emerson comes to BHSI from the law firm of Clyde & Co Canada LLP. “As an attorney with extensive experience handling casualty, executive and …

AXIS Says Termination Fee Would Soften Blow if PartnerRe Deal Collapses

AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Albert Benchimol, who’s working to complete a merger with PartnerRe Ltd., said his company can withstand a collapse of the deal and that a termination fee would soften the blow. “We intend to …

Update: PartnerRe Says $6.8B EXOR Offer Unacceptable; Open to Negotiations

PartnerRe Ltd. said it would engage in discussions with hostile bidder EXOR SpA to seek a better offer than the $6.8 billion proposal that the target company called “unacceptable.” “While we believe that PartnerRe is worth materially more than EXOR …

AIG Acquires Controlling Stake in ING Employee Benefits Global Network

American International Group Inc. has acquired a controlling stake in ING Employee Benefits Global Network and renamed it AIG Global Benefits Network. The network is based in Belgium. The network’s minority shareholders are Nationale-Nederlanden in the Netherlands and France’s Malakoff Mederic. Terms …

CNA Hardy Appoints Magnus as Senior Underwriter for Energy

CNA Hardy has appointed Clive Magnus as senior underwriter for energy, reporting to Carl Day, head of energy and marine. Magnus’ appointment follows a string of senior hires in the energy and marine team, including Carl Day, Matthew Bond and Miles …

Vienna Insurance Posts Lowest Q1 Profit Since ’09, Hit by Low Interest Rates

The financial repercussions of record-low interest rates in Europe were highlighted Wednesday as Vienna Insurance Group AG, eastern Europe’s biggest insurer, posted its worst first-quarter profit since the financial crisis. The insurer, based in Austria’s capital, said the effect of low bond …

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