QBE News

QBE Insurance Settles Shareholder Class Action in Australia for US$103.2M

QBE Insurance Group Ltd. has agreed to pay A$132.5 million (US$103.2 million) to settle a shareholder class action in Australia. The class action was commenced by Money Max Interest Pty Ltd on Sept. 9, 2015 in the Federal Court of …

Artificial Intelligence Startup Cytora Raises $5.9M from QBE, Starr, Other Investors

Artificial intelligence startup Cytora has raised $5.9 million in new financing from investors including divisions of QBE’s venture capital arm and Starr Cos. QBE Ventures, Starr Global Holding, Cambridge Innovation Capital, Cambridge Enterprise and Parkwalk Advisors all participated in the …

Pen Underwriting Builds on QBE Partnership with Irish P/C Capacity Deal

Pen Underwriting has extended its strategic relationship with QBE into the Republic of Ireland, with a new property & casualty capacity partnership in the highly specialist area of hazardous goods & environmental industries. The new partnership takes effect on Jan. …

QBE North America Forms Alliance with MGA Professional Risk Facilities

QBE North America, an operating division of QBE Insurance Group Ltd., announced a strategic program underwriting alliance with managing general agent Professional Risk Facilities (PRF), designed to offer coverage for miscellaneous errors & omissions (E&O) cover, media liability, tech E&O …

QBE Invests in, Links With, Machine Learning InsurTech Startup RiskGenius

QBE has signed a multi-year commercial use agreement with RiskGenius, a machine learning company that helps carriers, brokers and regulators analyze policy and endorsement language and aid in product development. The deal comes as the Australian insurer’s venture arm closed …

QBE H1 Profits Rise 73% on Australia/N. Zealand Rate Hikes, N. America Growth

QBE reported a healthy profit hike during first half of 2017, despite heightened claims activity in its Emerging Markets’ division, which reported a combined ratio of 110.8 percent. This poor performance has led to the creation of two separate divisions …

QBE Appoints Chubb’s Kurinsky as Malaysia CEO

QBE has appointed Chris Kurinsky as chief executive officer, QBE Insurance (Malaysia) Berhad. In this role, Kurinsky will be responsible for QBE’s business across Malaysia. He will continue to drive the profitable growth in the country and increase the company’s …

QBE Chile Completes Management Buyout; Rebrands as ‘Unnio’

QBE Chile Seguros Generales S.A. has completed a management buyout by purchasing the company in May 2017 from QBE Latin America Insurance Holdings. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. Following the completion of the deal, QBE Chile rebranded …

QBE Warns Emerging Markets’ Division Hit by Higher Claims

Sydney-based QBE announced that its Emerging Markets’ division has experienced “significantly higher than expected claims activity during the first five months of the year.” As a result, this division is expected to report a first half combined operating ratio of …

QBE Taps Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s Ford as Group CFO

QBE Insurance Group Ltd. has appointed Michael Ford as group chief financial officer. Ford is currently the deputy CFO for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA). He joined the bank in 2005 and held a number of senior finance roles …