Coronavirus and medical

MPL market braces for claims surge amid Covid-19 “web of liability”


AM Best has given an increasingly negative assessment of the medical professional liability (MPL) segment while brokers warn of a claims surge and reveal that carriers are relaxing guidelines to help ease the crisis.

AIG share price

AIG shares increase almost 12% in morning trading


AIG’s share price soared by almost 12 percent in morning trading even as unemployment figures for the US increased by 6.6 million as the coronavirus outbreak bites.

Wall street Asia Markets

Wall Street futures slip ahead of weekly unemployment data


US equity futures edged lower ahead of the open on Thursday, with investors nervously anticipating the latest release of jobs data and an emergency OPEC meeting that could deliver the largest oil output reduction on record.


European (re)insurance stocks make modest rise on signs virus spread is slowing


European (re)insurance stocks rose in early trading on Thursday as investors expressed optimism that the coronavirus pandemic is peaking.

Travelers and Farmers

Farmers and Travelers join US carriers in auto premium rebates


Overnight, the US retail division of Zurich, Farmers Group and Travelers became the latest carriers to offer customers auto premium rebates to reflect the reduction in driving during the coronavirus lockdown.


RPS launches online quoting platform for standard lines


Wholesale broker Risk Placement Services has launched an online quoting platform for standard lines business.

Optis quarterly M&A activity

Agent/broker M&A falls in Q1 with further slowdown expected: Optis


Optis Partners has revealed the first quarter included significant US agent/broker deals involving Marsh & McLennan Agencies, World Insurance Associates and Risk Strategies but acquirers hit the brakes in March with a further slowdown expected in the second quarter.

Elkann, Derez and Clarke

Exor: “difficult” $9bn PartnerRe-Covéa deal will proceed despite pandemic


The CEO of Italian investment firm Exor has vowed to push through a series of transformative deals, including its $9bn sale of (re)insurer PartnerRe to French mutual Covéa, despite the market turmoil wrought by the coronavirus pandemic and speculation it might disrupt the latest (re)insurer M&A deal this year.

Peak Re and Lutece

Peak Re continues ILS expansion with Lutece acquisition


Fosun-owned Peak Re has continued to bolster its ILS capabilities with the acquisition of Bermuda-based ILS asset manager Lutece Holdings and its subsidiary Lutece Investment Management.

One 80 andInternational Excess Program Managers

One80 buys program specialist International Excess Program Managers


Expansive One80 Intermediaries has completed its largest acquisition to date with a deal to buy wholesale broker and program manager International Excess Program Managers (IEPM).


Aon-WTW appoint Andersen and Gebauer to drive integration


Aon president Eric Andersen and WTW global head of human capital and benefits Julie Gebauer will co-lead the complicated integration of the two broking and consulting heavyweights that once completed will be the largest ever insurance intermediary M&A deal, The Insurer can reveal.


BMS takes former Paragon duo to grow M&A unit


Expansive broker BMS has appointed former Paragon International Insurance Brokers pair Sophie Wallace and Dean Andrews as divisional directors in its recently established private equity, M&A and tax division.

Steve McGill

Aon-Willis would be “absolutely fantastic” for us but not for clients: McGill


A takeover of Willis by Aon would likely present a huge opportunity for McGill and Partners to secure broking talent, but would further restrict choice for clients, the boutique start-up’s chief executive has said.


IGI unveils post-Tiberius merger directors


International General Holdings (IGI) has confirmed the directors that will make up its seven-strong board after the merger with Tiberius Acquisition Corp (Tiberius) has closed, including the appointment of Wanda Mwaura as a new member.