Markel News

Courts Allow COVID-19 Claims by Insureds With Policy Endorsements for Diseases

While insurers continue to win four out of five cases in early rounds, in the past month two property owners with policies that contained endorsements specifically providing coverage for diseases survived motions to dismiss their COVID-19 business interruption claims. On …

Markel Consolidates Property Catastrophe Reinsurance Business Under Nephila

Markel Corp. said it is creating one center for all of its global property catastrophe (CAT) reinsurance business by closing its Markel Global Reinsurance property CAT unit and having Nephila become Markel’s single point of entry for serving the property …

The State of Surplus Lines Insurance: Busy Solving Risk Puzzles in a Complex World

Insurance professionals in the surplus lines sector are busy. Busy adapting to a changing business world during COVID-19. Busy adapting to a changing property/casualty market where standard lines insurers are steadfastly shedding undesirable accounts. Busy adapting to a market that …

Markel to Combine Two Divisions to Create Markel Specialty

Markel is combining its Markel Specialty and Markel Assurance divisions into one division called Markel Specialty, which launches on April 1. The new division will preserve the company’s current regional model and will add two new additional territories – East …

Markel Adds Cybersecurity Risk Management Tool to Cyber Products

Markel has launched a risk management tool for its cyber policyholders. The new WhiteHaX testing and reporting tool simulates cybersecurity breaches and assesses the readiness of deployed security infrastructure and software. It is designed to be especially useful for small-to-medium …

The Remaking of Disgrace Insurance

As co-founder and chief executive officer of the predictive analytics firm Spotted, Janet Comenos knows a lot about famous actors, artists, athletes and celebrity advertising. Her Boston startup matches companies with celebrities for endorsements and advertising. Lately Comenos has been …

2 CATCo Executives Sue Markel Over Firing; Claim They Are Owed $77 Million

Two fired executives of Markel’s Bermuda reinsurance operations are suing Markel claiming the company created a false narrative alleging they violated corporate policy by having a personal relationship in order to escape having to pay them bonuses worth millions of …

Markel Completes Acquisition of Investment Manager Nephila

Specialty insurer Markel Corp. has completed its acquisition of Nephila Holdings, an investment manager specializing in reinsurance risk. According to the transaction that was first announced in August, Nephila will continue to operate as a separate business unit. The management …

Markel to Acquire Insurance-Linked Securities Manager Nephila

Specialty insurer Markel Corp. has agreed to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Nephila Holdings, a standalone insurance-linked securities manager. Nephila, has more than $12 billion of assets under management for over 300 investors. Its revenue is primarily from …

UK Insurers Push Ahead with Brexit Plans in Absence of Trade Deal: A.M. Best Report

In the absence of a Brexit trade deal between the United Kingdom and the European Union, insurers in the UK have accelerated their plans to establish new EU subsidiaries and ensure business continuity after Brexit, according to a report published …