1.4 Japan renewals analysis

Japanese wind covers price up 20-30% as reinsurers reassess risk


Loss struck wind specific layers of excess-of-loss (XoL) covers bought by the Japanese “Big Three” carriers are seeing significant rate increases of 20-30 percent as reinsurers react to dramatic creep on Typhoon Jebi losses, The Insurer has learned.

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RenRe deal close brings cull of TMR executives


Almost all of Tokio Millennium Re’s executive management team have exited the reinsurer with the close of its acquisition by RenaissanceRe today.

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MMC’s JLT acquisition to close 1 April following EC approval


The European Commission has approved Marsh & McLennan Companies’ acquisition of Jardine Lloyd Thompson, conditional on the divestment of JLT’s global aerospace practice.

Kevin O’Donnell – RenaissanceRe

RenRe closes Tokio Millennium acquisition


RenaissanceRe has confirmed the closing of its deal to buy Tokio Millennium Re (TMR) for just over book value.


‘Lloyd’s is better than this’: Neal


The chief executive of Lloyd’s of London has chastised the market for prioritising expansion and diversification over profitability in recent years and has vowed to return the institution to its former glory.

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Munich Re reveals up to Eur120mn Boeing loss


Munich Re expects losses between Eur100mn and Eur120mn from the Ethiopian Airlines crash and subsequent grounding of Boeing 737 Max 8 planes. This follows fellow German reinsurer Hannover Re estimating losses in the low two-digit million euros.


Pasquesi to replace Iordanou as Arch chairman


Arch Capital Group has announced that John Pasquesi will succeed Constantine Iordanou as chairman in September upon the completion of Iordanou’s term.

Peter Mullen – Artex

Mullen takes reins at Artex


Bermuda-based alternative risk management solutions provider Artex has confirmed the official return of Peter Mullen as its CEO.

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BGC and AmWINS frontrunners in RFIB sale process


BGC Partners, the owner of London market brokers Ed and Besso, and expansive US wholesaler AmWINS have emerged as two of the frontrunners in the chase for up-for-sale RFIB Insurance Brokers, The Insurer can reveal.

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Market responds to Lloyd’s sexual harassment reports


Newly installed LMA CEO Sheila Cameron has called on the sector to ensure both victims and witnesses are encouraged to come forward following damning reports of sexual harassment within Lloyd’s.

E. David Burt

Bermuda premier vows to get island off EU blacklist


Premier David Burt has acknowledged concerns in Bermuda about being placed on the European Union’s tax haven blacklist but says the island will be removed from it “at the earliest opportunity”.


Analyst ups Allstate Q1 profit projections after Feb cats estimate


KBW analyst Meyer Shields raised his Q1 earnings forecasts for Allstate after the US insurance giant reported lower-than-expected catastrophe losses for February.

US flood

Townsville flood claims total 25,778 as bill hits $742mn: ICA


Insured losses emanating from the flood event which impacted the Australian city of Townsville earlier this year are estimated at A$1.04bn ($742mn), according to the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA).


Liberty re-domiciles European business to Luxembourg


Liberty Specialty Markets has re-domiciled its European insurance company Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe SE (LMIE) to Luxembourg ahead of the UK’s exit from the European bloc at the end of March.

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Accredited agrees new partnership deal with Californian auto MGA Pronto


US program insurer Accredited Surety & Casualty Inc (Accredited) has inked another fronting deal this time with the Californian auto MGA Pronto General Insurance Agency Ltd.

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AM Best withdraws Atlas Financial’s ratings


Following large reserve increases and a delay to its 10-K filing, Atlas Financial Holdings has asked for its ratings to be withdrawn.

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Orchid appoints ex-Lockton CEO as chair


John Lumelleau has joined US property catastrophe specialist Orchid Underwriters Agency as chairman, succeeding Steve Carlsen.

Grahame Chilton

Gallagher vs Ardonagh: Chilton weighs in on “underhand tactics”


As the war of words continues between Gallagher’s London wholesaler Alesco and subsidiaries of the Ardonagh Group, industry heavyweight and former Gallagher UK CEO Grahame ‘Chily’ Chilton said he was both “shocked” and “surprised” that two employees would pass over sensitive information to rival firms.


Hydro confirms cyber insurance in place after attack


Norwegian aluminium company Norsk Hydro said the situation is “quite severe” following a cyber attack but has confirmed it has an insurance programme that includes business interruption cover.

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Steve Lockton sent ‘vulgar, profane and threatening texts’, allege defectors


A legal filing by seven producers who left Lockton for Alliant last week alleges former colleague Steve Lockton sent a “blunderbuss of vulgar, profane and threatening texts” to the defectors.

Energy, US oil fields

Alesco launches $3.5bn Equatorial Guinea upstream energy reinsurance facility


Gallagher-owned Alesco has launched a reinsurance facility for all international upstream energy insurance programs written from Equatorial Guinea.

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Perils lowers Sydney hailstorm losses to A$633mn


Loss aggregation firm Perils has dropped its estimated insured property losses stemming from the Sydney hailstorms in December to A$633mn ($448.7mn).

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Arch confirms backing of Simpson’s HNW MGA Archipelago


Arch has confirmed its investment in a new UK MGA Archipelago Risk Services, as first revealed by The Insurer.

Todd Campbell – R&Q

US program insurer Accredited receives AM Best boost


The US’s fastest growing fronting insurer Accredited Surety & Casualty Company Inc (Accredited) predicts AM Best’s recent decision to increase its group rating will enable it to access more program business.

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Scor’s Blanc named reinsurance CEO in executive shake up


French reinsurer Scor has promoted Michel Blanc to CEO of reinsurance, in a swathe of executive promotions across the group.

Citizens considers PLA reinsurance stack

Citizens confirms potential PLA reinsurance purchase


Florida’s Citizens has confirmed it is looking to buy reinsurance for its personal lines account (PLA) as well as additional private cover around the state cat fund for its coastal account.

Citizens – Florida

Irma effect driving AOB increase: Citizens’ CEO


There is an “Irma effect” that is dramatically increasing the number of assignment of benefits (AOB) related litigated cases in Florida, according to Citizens president and CEO Barry Gilway.

David Ross and Simon Matson

Gallagher vs Ardonagh dispute puts spotlight on war for London broker talent


The ongoing legal battle between Gallagher’s London market wholesaler Alesco and subsidiaries of the Ardonagh Group over a bitter staff and energy business poaching case has highlighted the extent of the war for talent among senior producers in the London market and, in some cases, the extraordinary lengths employers must ...

National Flood Insurance Program’s new rating system

New NFIP rating system will transform flood pricing in 2020


The US National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has announced a new system for rating flood risk called Risk Rating 2.0 that will become available in April 2020.

Joachim Wenning – Munich-Re

Munich Re signals Eur1bn share buy-back; P&C unit returns to profit in 2018


German reinsurance powerhouse Munich Re has outlined plans to buy-back Eur1bn ($1.4bn) of shares in 2018 and has upped profit estimates for the year ahead as its P&C business swings back into the black.