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Europe: Climate change modelling

The question of whether climate change is driving an increase in the severity of weather events is a key concern for insurers. How can modelling systems...

Europe | 21 Aug 2014

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Compre expands German footprint with HIR acquisition

Reinsurance legacy specialist Compre has completed the acquisition of Hamburger Internationale Rückversicherung from Tawa after obtaining approval from...

Germany | 20 Aug 2014

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Blog: Five insurance investments by Fosun

Following Fosun's acquisition of a 20% stake in Ironshore, Postonline looks at five key insurance investments by the privately owned Chinese conglomerate....

China | 20 Aug 2014

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QBE Europe sees GWP drop 13%

QBE Europe's first half gross written premiums fell 13% to $2.69bn (£1.62bn) from $3.1bn in the same period of 2013.

Insurer | 19 Aug 2014

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Iceland raises new ash cloud warnings

The Icelandic Met Office has warned of an increased risk of volcanic ash following powerful seismic activity at Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano.

Insurer | 19 Aug 2014

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Uber’s Berlin ban overturned

A ban on smartphone taxi firm Uber operating in Berlin has been suspended until further notice following a decision by the presiding judge of the Berlin...

Europe | 19 Aug 2014

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Berlin unveils Uber ban

Smartphone taxi company Uber has been hit with a ban from the city of Berlin on concerns over insurance for passengers.

Germany | 18 Aug 2014

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Insurers behind banks on mobile offerings

Insurers continue to lag behind their banking counterparts when it comes to mobile websites and apps, according to research from CP consulting.

Europe | 14 Aug 2014

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Swiss train derailment injures 11

A train carrying 200 passengers from St Moritz has derailed after a landslide washed away part of the track.

Europe | 14 Aug 2014

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Cypriot insurers still suffering following bank bail-outs

The Cypriot insurance market has failed to rebound following the financial crisis despite the bail-out of both of the country’s major banks, according...

Insurer | 11 Aug 2014

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Global insurance law alliance Insuralex unveils Connelly as new president

Insuralex, the global insurance lawyers group, has elected Michael Connelly, a partner of Connelly Baker Wotring, as president.

Asia | 08 Aug 2014

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Munich Re posts solid first half results

Munich Re posted a profit of €765m (£608m) for the second quarter of 2014, and a profit for the first half-year of €1.69bn (£1.34bn).

Reinsurance | 07 Aug 2014

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Zurich's global profit climbs 15% in first half

Zurich's profits are up 15% in the first half of 2014 compared to the same time last year.

Insurer | 07 Aug 2014

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Life and health arm hits Swiss Re's profits in first half

Reinsurance giant Swiss Re had a 6% decrease in profit in the first half of the year to $2.03bn (£1.2bn).

Reinsurance | 07 Aug 2014

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Interview: Christian Hinsch and Richard Taylor: a winning strategy

HDI Gerling’s chairman Christian Hinsch and UK managing director Richard Taylor tell Post their firm is entering a new phase in its evolution – and...

Insurer | 05 Aug 2014

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Editor's comment: We’re better off with one voice

There is something to be said for going it alone, for forging a new path, breaking new ground and taking a stand.

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Interview: Dane Douetil: Building businesses

Minova Insurance Holdings group chief executive Dane Douetil tells Post his ambitions for the company – including doubling...

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C-Suite - Insurer: Still much more to do

Whiplash reforms can – and should – be broadened to other types of injury.

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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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