Legacy transactions boost profits at R&Q
Full year results for Randall & Quilter showed a sharp rise in pre-tax profits to £8.5 million in 2016 from £2.8 million in 2015. There was a further net reserve release in run-off insurance companies of £7.9 million (2015: £8.3 million). The group said its 15 completed legacy transactions made a strong contribution to profits, with especially strong growth in North America. It also saw continued good performance in the UK operations of its Insurance Services Division. READ MORE
Jan-Henning Evers to be MD of Pro Claims Solutions
Pro Global has appointed Jan-Henning Evers managing director for Pro Claims Solutions in Germany. Evers will be based in Sundern and Cologne, Germany, and will report to to Robert Buchberger, head of Germany. READ MORE
Brexit to drive portfolio transfers for new EU subsidiaries
UK insurers faced with a hard Brexit will have to create subsidiaries within the EU and may struggle to process portfolio transfers for the relevant back-books, says EY. 'Now Article 50 has been triggered, it’s imperative that insurers, reinsurers and brokers have contingency plans in place in the event that a trade deal with the EU isn’t finalised at the end of the two year period,' comments Benedict Reid, executive director, insurance, EY. 'For many UK-based insurers and brokers, contingency plans will likely take the form of creating a subsidiary in the EU. READ MORE
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US legacy options
One size does not fit all
Andrew Rothseid, of RunOff Re.Solve LLC, explores the diverse and evolving options for legal and financial finality of US legacy risks
A combination of new legislation, implementing regulations and innovative application are coming together to broaden the opportunities for accelerated closure of US-domiciled legacy liabilities and the invaluable capital this would release. What has changed and what are the key issues to consider when weighing up the evolving options? The available options are diverse. No one jurisdiction provides a single answer for all types of exposures. As a result, carriers seeking to implement these solutions must weigh up the attributes of all, rather than focusing solely on one. READ MORE
Rhode Island IBT set to drive US restructuring
Managers of US run-off business are focused on finality and ready to take up new tools for restructuring in order to achieve it, says the first survey of the US run-off market conducted by AIRROC and Ernst & Young (EY). A majority (73 per cent) expect it will take ten years or more for them to achieve finality but they are ready to consider new approaches, including the possibilities offered by the Rhode Island Insurance Business Transfer (IBT) legislation. Many respondents view that regulation as the most significant development impacting the US run-off market over the next three to five years. The maturation of the UK market is also felt likely to drive some acquisitions of US-based run-off portfolios. READ MORE
The case for expanding the Rhode Island IBTLuann Petrellis of Ernst & Young* says the Rhode Island Insurance Business Transfer should be opened to other lines of business besides P&C
Entire industries are being challenged like never before to open up, innovate and reinvent themselves. In a world where everything is changing, the biggest risk is standing still. This is as true for the insurance industry as it is for any other industry seeking to stay competitive in a growing global economy.
The global game of re/insurance is evolving at an accelerating pace. There are significant restructuring activities going on in the global and US market. In 2013, Fitch Ratings, when referring to accelerating READ MORE
European run-off survey
More restructuring in Europe
The high levels of activity seen in the European run-off market over the past 12 months show no signs of slowing; 77 per cent of respondents to PwC’s 10th annual Survey of Discontinued Insurance Business in Europe say they expect to engage in exit or restructuring activity by 2019.
Sales of legacy liabilities to specialist run-off acquirers and group restructurings through business transfers (UK Part VII transfers and European equivalents) will be the key tools deployed; 81 per cent of respondents predict that READ MORE
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Fracking - Risks and Rewards
A game-changing energy revolution or a risk-filled dash for gas? Fracking, the controversial technique of hydraulic fracturing to extract shale gas, has become one of the most divisive issues of the 21st century.
Fracking: Risks & Rewards takes a detailed look at the issues and hype surrounding the fracking industry. What does hydraulic fracturing really involve and what are the risks arising from shale gas exploitation? Are the proposed economic benefits realistic? What regulations apply to fracking activities and are they sufficiently stringent? Who is responsible and who will pay in the event of an accident?
With a major class action lawsuit being lodged in Oklahoma against five energy companies for fracking induced earthquake damage, and now over 250 anti-fracking groups fighting against the anticipated fracking boom in the UK, the explosion of fracking insurance claims looms closer.
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An Updated Guide to
PART VII TRANSFERS
Over a dozen Part VII transfers were successfully completed during 2016 and several more are currently waiting approval. ‘We expect the proportion of portfolio transfers compared to share sales to grow as the number of available run-off subsidiaries continue to decrease and vendors increasingly identify the opportunity to offload portfolios from within their wider balance sheet to reduce volatility and release capital,’ says Ernst & Young.
This newly revised e-book gives an up to date review of the Part VII process, including current legislation and regulation, court procedures and decisions, implementation issues, and the role of the independent expert. It also includes details of completed Part VII transfers since 2002 as well as recent case studies.
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Recent actuarial research suggests that asbestos-related claims in the UK are yet to peak in terms of numbers, size and cost. Read Asbestos – The Future Risk to see why asbestos continues to cause so many deaths despite being banned in over 50 countries during the last century.
Asbestos - The Future Risk is a comprehensive guide to all the issues arising from the fallout of asbestos use in the developed world and its ongoing use in the developing world. Providing a complete overview of the entire asbestos industry and its complicated claims legacy, Asbestos - The Future Risk is a must read for anyone involved with asbestos at any level.
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