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S. Africa Mobile Phone Firm Cell C Seeks M&A to Expand into Insurance

Cell C Pty Ltd. is seeking acquisitions that will help transform South Africa’s third-biggest mobile-phone company into a full-service telecommunications provider offering internet and financial services as well as traditional calls and texts. The wireless carrier is working on two …

Aon Benfield’s Christian Named Chair of ClimateWise, Raising Climate Risk Resilience

Dominic Christian, executive chairman of Aon Benfield International, has been appointed chair of ClimateWise, an organization that aims to help the insurance industry respond to the risks and opportunities of the climate-risk protection gap – the growing divide between total …

Industry Needs to Join Insurtech Wave to Digitize Insurance: AFL’s Esser

There is a fundamental need for reform and modernization, particularly in the London market. We should be electronically processing all lines of business, not just specialty classes. Of course, we should look at ubiquitous electronic placement too. So what can …

Canada Fintech Firm Ratehub Raises $12M to Grow Insurance & Mortgage Offerings

Canadian financial technology company Ratehub Inc. has raised a $12 million Series A investment led by Elephant, a venture capital firm. Participating in the funding round was Simon Nixon, co-founder of UK-based financial comparison site MoneySuperMarket. Launched in 2010, Ratehub …

Cyber Incidents Most Feared BI Trigger for Global Companies: Allianz Risk Report

Business interruption and cyber incidents interlink as the major threat facing companies over the coming year, according to a report published by Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS). Allianz revealed that business interruption – including supply chain disruption – ranks …

EU Will Reap Benefits of London Staying Strong Financial Hub After Brexit: Opinion

Last week, the U.K. government asked German business leaders for help in securing a good deal with the European Union on financial services. The request deserves to be taken seriously. Europe’s businesses have much to gain from keeping London as …

Iran Oil Tanker Creates Oil Slicks Covering 42 Square Miles: Chinese Government

An Iranian oil tanker that sank in the East China Sea has left two oil slicks covering a combined 109 square km (42 square miles), the Chinese government said late on Tuesday, as maritime police scour for damage and prepare …

UK’s Thomas Cook Partners with Fintech Firm to Offer Pay-Per-Day Travel Cover

British travel company Thomas Cook has partnered with fintech firm Revolut to launch a “pay-per-day” travel insurance service which automatically provides users with medical cover by tracking their location through their mobile phones. Revolut, the digital bank start-up, said it …

Insurance Protection Gap Is Growing Global Problem; Swiss Re, RenRe & WTW Comment

The insurance protection gap. It’s a phrase that will be increasingly heard over the coming years – because it is getting bigger. The protection gap is the difference between insured losses and economic losses, or uninsured losses. The protection gap …

AGCS Names Vissing to Succeed Henson as Head of Claims, Regional Unit London

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS), Allianz Group’s specialist corporate insurer, has appointed Lars Vissing as Regional Unit London (RUL), head of Claims, starting in February 2018. Vissing succeeds Martin Henson who retires after nearly 20 years with Allianz. Based …

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