Reinsurers News

IRS Scrutiny of Offshore Tax Avoidance Repels Bids for Bermuda Reinsurers

The IRS’s scrutiny of tax avoidance in offshore locations has discouraged bidders from taking over reinsurers, potentially reducing the companies’ value. Montpelier Re Holdings Ltd. and Platinum Underwriters Holdings Ltd., both based in Bermuda, have each said in recent regulatory …

Update: Italy’s EXOR Offers $6.4 Billion for PartnerRe in Threat to AXIS Deal

Italy’s billionaire Agnelli family, with a $6.4 billion unsolicited bid for PartnerRe Ltd., is seeking to thwart its target’s planned merger with AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd. EXOR SpA, the Turin-based investment company controlled by the family, offered $130 a share in cash, …

Best: Indonesia Insurers’ Reinsurance Buying Habits Could Affect Capital Ratios

The purchase of reinsurance by Indonesian non-life insurers is high, which could have a significant effect on capital requirements and magnify the capital impact of changes to reinsurance asset quality, according to an A.M. Best special report. The report, titled “Risk-Based Capital Impacts From …

A.M. Best: European Reinsurers Report Strong Results, Growth Limited

Major European reinsurers have posted very strong full-year results for 2014 and continue to be well capitalized, with profitable underwriting results due to the absence of sizable natural catastrophes and ongoing reserve releases. Nevertheless, reinsurers face challenges as soft market …

A.M. Best: Germanwings Crash May Put More Pressure on Aviation War Sector

A.M. Best said the total insurance loss of Germanwings Flight 4U9525, which crashed in the French Alps on March 24, 2015 killing 150 people, may put further pressure on the beleaguered aviation war sector. The total insurance loss for the …

Loeb’s Third Point Reinsurance Ltd. Shuns Acquisitions in U.S., Europe

Third Point Reinsurance Ltd., the Bermuda-based company co-founded by hedge-fund manager Dan Loeb, said buying a competitor in the U.S. or Europe could clash with its business model. “One of our strengths is we can tell people that our money …

A.M. Best: Europe’s Largest Cedants Alter Reinsurance Purchasing Practices

Europe’s 20 largest cedants are benefiting from lower reinsurance rates and stronger bargaining power, resulting from a trend that saw increasing centralized reinsurance purchasing at a group level. A new report from A.M. Best states that reinsurance rates in Europe remain under …

XL’s McGavick: Hedge Funds Grow in Sophistication in Insurance Arena

Investors such as hedge funds and pensions are becoming more sophisticated as they partner with insurers, XL Group Plc Chief Executive Officer Mike McGavick said. In the past, capital-markets partners would “pat you on the head and they’d say, ‘You …

Climate Change Report Slams Insurers for ‘Profound Lack of Preparedness’

A report on the insurance industry released Wednesday shows “a profound lack of preparedness in addressing climate-related risks and opportunities.” Insurance industry representatives immediately criticized the report as a negative take on the industry’s ability to adapt and not reflective of …

Survey: Specialty Carriers Look to Grow Through Program Business in 2013

Guy Carpenter & Co., LLC, a global risk and reinsurance specialist and member of Marsh & McLennan Cos., has released the findings of its eighth annual Specialty Insurance Program Issuing Carrier Survey. The survey, which analyzes trends and benchmarks movement …