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World’s Biggest Shipping Line Demands Action Against Piracy Surge Off West Africa

The world’s biggest shipping company demanded a more effective military response to surging pirate attacks and record kidnappings off the coast of West Africa. The number of attacks on vessels globally jumped 20% last year to 195, with 135 crew …

Zurich Insurance to Stop Insuring Russia’s Nord Stream 2 Project: Sources

Zurich Insurance Group will drop out of Russia’s Nord Stream 2 project in the face of looming U.S. sanctions against European companies that support construction of the $11 billion gas pipeline, two sources familiar with the situation said. The U.S. …

AXIS Capital Decides to Stop Insuring Arctic Oil and Gas Projects

AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd. said it won’t insure oil and gas projects in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, becoming the first North American underwriter to make the commitment after pressure from native Alaskans and environmentalists. The move follows similar pledges …

Sompo Int’l Hires Generali’s Brown to Lead New London & International Property Team

Sompo International Holdings Ltd., a Bermuda-based specialty provider of property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, announced the appointment of Richard Brown to lead a new team focusing on property business through retail distribution channels in the UK, Europe and selected …

Initial Reactions to UK Supreme Court’s Ruling on Business Interruption Claims

Insurers, policyholders and industry observers have issued comments on the UK Supreme Court’s ruling that insurers should pay small businesses for many business interruption claims from the COVID-19 lockdowns. The UK Supreme Court dismissed appeals by six insurers – Hiscox, …

UK Insurance Ruling Is ‘Massive Boost’ for Businesses: Hiscox Action Group

A UK Supreme Court insurance judgment substantially in favor of policyholders will be a “massive boost” for British businesses currently suffering from a third government lockdown, the Hiscox Action Group policyholder group said on Friday. The court ruled earlier that …

UK Supreme Court Rules Businesses Should Be Insured for COVID-19 Claims

Small businesses, from restaurants to nightclubs and wedding planners to beauty parlors, on Friday won the right to insurance payouts after Britain’s highest court ruled many policies should cover losses caused by coronavirus lockdowns. Six of the world’s largest commercial …

NFP Acquires Toronto-Based EdgeHill Insurance Brokers

NFP, a New York-based insurance broker and consultant, announced the acquisition of EdgeHill Insurance Brokers Ltd., in a transaction that closed on Dec. 16, 2020. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. EdgeHill, a P/C brokerage firm based in …

Willis Towers Watson Adds Shanghai to Global Markets Property/Casualty Hub

Willis Towers Watson, the global advisory, broking and solutions company, announced the addition of Shanghai to its global property and casualty hub, aimed at enhancing the company’s global placement model for clients. The Global Markets P&C Hub further strengthens the …

Warming Arctic Is Key to Understanding Climate Change Risks, Experts Say

HONG KONG/BRUSSELS – The environmental transformation happening in the Arctic is key to understanding the potential global impacts of climate change, an Alaska Native leader and a polar explorer told the Reuters Next conference on Monday [Jan. 11]. With climate …

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