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SWIFT Expects Cyber Attacks on Banks to Increase

SWIFT, whose messaging network is used by banks to send payment instructions worth trillions of dollars each day, said three clients were hacked over the summer and cyber attacks on banks are set to increase. The theft of $81 million …

Business Interruption Tops List of Risks Facing Global Organizations: Survey

Business interruption, property damage and general liability are the top three risks faced by businesses, non-governmental organizations and governmental agencies operating outside the U.S., according to the Summer/Fall edition of “Clements Worldwide Risk Index.” In fact, business interruption and property …

Aspen Re Names Hough as Managing Director for Asia Pacific

Aspen Insurance Holdings Ltd. announced that its reinsurance segment, Aspen Re, has appointed Philip Hough as managing director, Asia Pacific. Hough will be based in Singapore and will report to Aspen Re Chief Executive Officer Thomas Lillelund. Hough joined Aspen …

ArgoGlobal Launches Cyber Division; Heaton Named Cyber Class Underwriter

ArgoGlobal, the Lloyd’s insurer and member of Argo Group, announced the launch of its Cyber division with the appointment of Russell Heaton as cyber class underwriter. He takes up his role with immediate effect and reports to Ryan Barnes, head …

Brit Receives Preliminary Approval from Lloyd’s to Launch Syndicate 2988

Brit Ltd., the London-based specialty insurer, has received in principle approval* from the Lloyd’s Franchise Board to launch a new syndicate, Syndicate 2988. The syndicate plans to begin underwriting business attaching on or after January 2017, subject to completion of …

More than 3/4s of UK CEOs Mull Moving Headquarters as Result of Brexit: KPMG

The U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union has left more than three-quarters of chief executive officers saying they would consider moving their headquarters or operations outside Britain, according to a survey of 100 business leaders by the accountancy firm …

Canada’s Regulator Tightens Capital Requirements for Mortgage Insurers

Canada’s financial services regulator released new draft capital requirements for federally regulated mortgage insurers to better reflect growing risks in the country’s housing markets. The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions said Friday the new requirements, which will come …

Advent Launches Bespoke Products U/W Unit; New Team Joins from Beazley

Lloyd’s insurer Advent announced the launch of its Bespoke Products underwriting unit, led by Paul Driver and Philip Misztela, and supported by Stuart Cowen. The new team will report to Advent CUO William Beveridge. John Marks, who founded the portfolio …

Gibraltar Weighs Post-Brexit Reinvention if UK Loses Passporting Rights

Gibraltar, a rocky British enclave on Spain’s southern tip that has positioned itself as a springboard for finance to the European Union, may have to reinvent itself after Britain voted to split from the bloc. Fund managers and insurers have …

Asta Gets Preliminary Lloyd’s Approval to Manage Blenheim Syndicate 5886

Asta, the Lloyd’s third party managing agent, announced it has received “in principle” approval* from the Lloyd’s Franchise Board to establish and manage Blenheim Syndicate 5886. Asta expects to commence underwriting policies incepting on or after Jan. 1, 2017. Nick …

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