WR Berkley Q4 results

WR Berkley shares set to trade up following Q4 earnings beat

2021-01-27T05:54:00+00:00

WR Berkley shares are expected to trade up today on the back of management optimism about growth and core margin improvement in 2021, according to KBW.

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Is the spectre of US casualty reserve deficiencies set to loom over 2021?

2021-01-26T14:42:00+00:00

Everest Re’s surprise $400mn casualty-focused reinsurance reserves charge, announced after markets closed last night, raises questions as to whether another wave of liability reserve strengthening may be set to follow in 2021.

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The E&S pull

2021-01-25T16:08:00+00:00

After a number of start-ups and scale-ups were unveiled in 2020, Upland Capital Group has emerged as the first of a potential Class of 2021 to target the fast-hardening US excess and surplus lines market as investors and industry figures continue to be drawn to the sector.

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US agent/broker M&A goes into overdrive in Q4

2021-01-25T15:54:00+00:00

A frenzy of US broker M&A transactions took place in the fourth quarter as acquirers fully recovered from a Covid-19-induced slump and fears over capital gains tax changes brought deals forward.

US stocks

Markets Review: CinFin sheds 6.8% as P&C equities dip on virus concerns

2021-01-25T13:25:00+00:00

The majority of US P&C stocks closed lower last week as wider market confidence dipped after President Biden warned the US economic crisis was deepening and fuelled concerns that a hotly anticipated recovery package may be pared down in order to pass through Congress.

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Messy Q4 earnings expected but focus will be on 2021 outlook

2021-01-19T15:58:00+00:00

As the Q4 earnings season for the US publicly traded P&C sector gets under way this week with Travelers and Truist, a potentially noisy quarter for carriers is expected as they update on Covid-19 reserves and elevated cat activity.

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US agent/broker M&A goes into overdrive in Q4

2021-01-25T15:54:00+00:00

A frenzy of US broker M&A transactions took place in the fourth quarter as acquirers fully recovered from a Covid-19-induced slump and fears over capital gains tax changes brought deals forward.

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US insurance broker M&A deal volume up 4.3% in 2020: MarshBerry

2021-01-12T23:23:00+00:00

Despite Covid-19 bringing deal activity to a standstill for two months, the US brokerage mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deal count in 2020 was higher than in the previous year, according to MarshBerry.

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2021 poised to be the year of the (re)insurance SPAC

2020-12-29T11:16:57.623+00:00

The final weeks of 2020 saw a flurry of formations of new (re)insurance-focused special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), which means the so-called blank check (cheque) shell corporations look set to play an even more prominent role in the sector next year, according to analysis by The Insurer.

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Catalyst for more broker consolidation?

2020-12-09T15:35:21.57+00:00

The creation of a top 30 US broker is of course newsworthy in its own right, but the merger of Oswald Companies and RCM&D could also point to a further consolidation play within the global network of intermediaries they are both members of.

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Euclid Transactional adds Luckett to London team

2021-01-25T07:53:00+00:00

M&A-focused MGA Euclid Transactional has added to its EMEA-focused team with the hire of Dave Luckett, formerly of Ironshore.

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Applied UW launches EU financial lines unit with StarStone renewal rights deal

2020-12-11T08:46:00+00:00

Expansive insurance group Applied Underwriters has formed Applied Financial Lines, which will begin by underwriting a $45mn Europe and Middle East renewal book acquired from StarStone as a platform for a broader expansion into specialty insurance business in the region, The Insurer can reveal.

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White Mountains’ head of M&A to step down

2020-12-10T23:37:00+00:00

White Mountains Insurance Group said Frank Bazos, the executive vice president and head of M&A of its White Mountains Capital (WMC) unit, will step down from the role on 1 March next year and become a senior advisor of WMC.