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Polish regulator KNF to look at conflicts of interest

The Polish regulator's focus on insurance is shaking up the sector, reports Iain Batty

Europe | 24 Jul 2014

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Air Algerie flight missing after authorities lose contact

A plane from Algeria’s national carrier Air Algerie has gone missing on route from Burkina Fasso to Algiers, according to the country’s state news...

Insurer | 24 Jul 2014

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First half catastrophe losses 19% below 10-year average

Insured catastrophe losses for the first half of 2014 were $22bn and around 19% below the 10-year average of $27bn according to catastrophe modelers Impact...

Claims | 24 Jul 2014

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One in five holidaymakers risk travelling uninsured

Travel insurance helps over 4,300 people every week, yet one in five holidaymakers risk traveling without it, according to new data from the Association...

Insurer | 23 Jul 2014

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Guy Carpenter appoints head of EMEA & international P&I

Guy Carpenter has appointed Simon Smith as head of international protection and indemnity as well as overseeing the Europe, Middle East and Asia region....

Insurer | 22 Jul 2014

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Atrium agrees to settle MH17 hull war loss

Atrium Syndicate 609 has confirmed it is the lead hull war policy insurer for Malaysia Airlines and has agreed to settle that aspect of the MH17 loss....

Malaysia | 21 Jul 2014

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Countries responsible for airspace safety, says Eurocontrol

Eurocontrol, a Brussels-based air safety organisation for Europe, said individual countries are responsible for airspace restrictions.

Claims | 21 Jul 2014

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173 Dutch nationals thought dead on stricken Malaysian plane

Out of 283 passengers and 15 crew on board flight MH17, a crashed Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, 173 were Dutch nationals according to reports.

Malaysia | 18 Jul 2014

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Cross-border mergers authorised between UK and Gibraltar insurers

The Gibraltar government today confirmed that it had received written confirmation from the UK Treasury, for Part VII transfers to go ahead.

Insurer | 17 Jul 2014

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Quest Partnership appointed to handle Balva liability claims

Liability adjuster The Quest Partnership has been appointed to handle liability claims following the failure of Latvian insurer Balva.

Latvia | 14 Jul 2014

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DLG reportedly in ‘advanced talks’ over German and Italian disposals

Direct Line Group is in advanced negotiations over the sale of its operations in Germany and Italy according a report from Reuters.

Insurer | 14 Jul 2014

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FSCS to protect 'most' of Balva's individual and SME policyholders

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme has said it will step in to help policyholders of Latvian insurer Balva.

Latvia | 11 Jul 2014

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Hg Capital buys Lloyd's software provider Sequel

Private Equity firm Hg Capital has acquired Sequel Business Solutions, a software and services provider to the Lloyd's and London market, in partnership...

Insurer | 11 Jul 2014

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Guy Carpenter appoints de Haas to lead Benelux region

Guy Carpenter has appointed Roelant de Haas as Benelux region chief executive, effective 1 September.

Europe | 10 Jul 2014

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Only 6% of insurance execs believe Solvency II costs are ‘reasonable’

A survey conducted by Grant Thornton has revealed that only 6% of insurance industry executives described the costs associated with Solvency II are "reasonable"....

Insurer | 09 Jul 2014

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Editor's Comment: Take charge of transparency

The insurance industry has been criticised for some time about its lack of transparency, and last week the Association...

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David Smith is Zurich interim UK general insurance CEO

Interview: David Smith: In safe hands

Time will tell whether David Smith’s spell as Zurich’s interim UK general insurance CEO becomes permanent but, at a firm...

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C-Suite: Japanese risks

Japan's risks are varied with earthquakes the major hazard. Simon Wallington, based in Tokyo, explores the different kinds...

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Events

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Post Claims Club

03 Sep 2014 , London

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UK Broker Awards 2014

05 Sep 2014 , London

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Restore your profit per case: Coping with the Jackson reforms

The Jackson Reforms have taken effect, and some predictions for the claimant solicitor world are decidedly grim. The reforms call for increased settlement speed and new, lower fixed fees, compressing solicitor profitability substantially.

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Getting Ready for Solvency II – Two Key Actions for European Insurers

EIOPA has published its final guidelines for the phasing-in of the Solvency II regime, with the regulations announced to come into force on 1st January 2016. Prior to that date, European insurers have two other deadlines to meet a pre-application to the relevant regulator must be submitted in or around September 2014; and a full application to the relevant regulator must be submitted by 1st June 2015

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