International News

Blockchain Revolution to Hit Shipping Industry – with Potentially Huge Cost Savings

Globalization has brought the most advanced trading networks the world has seen, with the biggest, fastest vessels, robot-operated ports and vast computer databases tracking cargoes. But it all still relies on millions and millions of paper documents. That last throwback …

Marsh Appoints Denny as UK Financial & Professional Practice Leader

Marsh announced the appointment of Paul Denny as UK Financial and Professional Practice (FINPRO) Leader. Denny reports to Paul Moody, CEO of Marsh’s UK Specialties Division. Denny joined Marsh in 1989 and held senior roles in the firm’s London, Boston …

Reinsurance Capacity Remains Abundant for Mid-Year Renewals: Aon Benfield

Global reinsurer capital continued to rise in 2017, despite the US$136 billion in insured losses from natural catastrophes last year, according to a reinsurance market report published by Aon Benfield. Indeed, capital levels stood at US$605 billion at Dec. 31, …

Malaysia’s Maybank Plans to Spin Off Etiqa Insurance Unit: Sources

Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank), Malaysia’s biggest bank, is preparing to spin off and list its Etiqa insurance arm on the local stock exchange, sources with knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday. Etiqa, which operates in Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines …

Explaning Ant Financial’s $150B Valuation – and Investor Enthusiasm for China Tech

Ant Financial’s rapid climb to become the world’s biggest super unicorn valued by some investors at around $150 billion showcases investor enthusiasm for the biggest Chinese tech companies and also how quickly valuations can shift. Just two months ago, bankers …

Facebook Begins Complying with EU’s Privacy Rules; Global Users to Be Protected

Facebook Inc. is starting to comply with new privacy rules in Europe. And then, to get ahead of scrutiny everywhere else, the company said it will provide the same protections to the rest of its 2 billion users. Users in …

Fearing Collisions, Airlines Support Global Drone Registry

Concerned by a rise in near collisions by unmanned aircraft and commercial jets, the world’s airlines back development of a United Nations-led global registry for drones, an executive of their trade group said on Tuesday. The International Air Transport Association …

Cyber Analytics Firm Envelop Risk Launches Cyber MGA

Envelop Risk, a London-based cyber insurance analytics firm, announced the launch of a cyber managing general agent (MGA). Envelop Risk provides cyber underwriting to re/insurers and partners with cyber security firms to deliver custom cyber insurance products for their customers. …

Insured Losses from Europe’s Storm Friederike Rise to €1.63B (US$2.0B): PERILS

PERILS AG has issued its second loss estimate of €1.63 billion for Europe’s windstorm Friederike, also known as David. Friederike caused property damage in the British Isles, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany on Jan. 17-18, 2018, said PERILS, the independent …

Indonesia MPs Grill Facebook Executives on Potential Data Misuse

A Facebook official apologized to Indonesian members of parliament on Tuesday during a five-hour grilling at a public hearing on issues ranging from the misuse of personal data to the oversight of content by the social media giant. Facebook has …

International News Archives by Month