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Litigation Funding and Its Implications for US and UK Insurers

by Sedgwick LLP on

Litigation funding is growing rapidly with the emergence of new funds and wealthy individuals willing to back cases in an ever-expanding number of jurisdictions, including in the US and the UK. It is enabling claims to be...more

Arbitration Options Put Global Insurers In The Driver Seat

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Globalization of the insurance market has seen an increase in the use and enforcement of international arbitration agreements in insurance policies. When tragedy strikes or loss occurs, insurers have a variety of options to...more

Banking, Finance & Insurance Letter - Mars-Avril 2017

Portées des Q&A des AES - Le 21 mars 2017 la Commission Européen a lancé une consultation intitulée « Operations of the European Supervisory Authorities ». Please see full Publication below for more information. ...more

China: CIRC Publishes Final Requirements for Collateral in Cross-border Reinsurance Transactions

by Hogan Lovells on

On 9 August 2016, the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (“CIRC“) issued the Notice on Matters Relating to Collateral Provided by Offshore Reinsurers (Draft) (the “Draft Notice“) for public consultation. On 13 March 2017,...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

by Dechert LLP on

BaFin Publishes Guidance on Transparency Standards for German Funds - On 4 April 2017, BaFin has published new transparency standards for funds after a BaFin investigation found that some active funds “closely” track...more

Changes to Bermuda Solvency Capital Requirement Postponed

by Sedgwick LLP on

In the light of concerns raised in industry feedback, the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA) has decided to postpone the introduction of various adjustments to the Bermuda Solvency Capital Requirement (BSCR) standard formula...more

Time Is Money: A Remedy for Delay in Settlement of Commercial Insurance Claims in the UK?

by Jones Day on

Section 13A of the Insurance Act 2015 ("Section 13A") implies a term into insurance policies issued or varied after that date that requires insurers to settle claim sums due within a "reasonable time". This new provision...more

The Treasury Committee inquiry into EU insurance regulation – what have we learned so far?

by Hogan Lovells on

To supplement its work on the relationship that the UK might seek to have with the EU following Brexit, the Treasury Committee of the House of Commons established in September 2016 an inquiry into EU insurance...more

A time of change: Global Insurance Summit - February 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

We welcomed over 100 clients to our Global Insurance Summit last month. They gathered, in the heart of the City of London, to hear from industry leaders, academics and new market players. The discussions centred around the...more

China Tightens Regulations on Investing Insurance Funds in Shares of Listed Companies

by Carlton Fields on

The entire Chinese economy, including its insurance industry, has experienced rapid growth in recent years. Speculative investments have become an inevitable byproduct of this growth. One of the most well-known examples of a...more

Funds Talk: March 2017

OCIE Highlights Frequent Topics for Compliance Deficiencies for Investment Advisers - On Feb. 7, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) published...more

US/UK Insurance Continues to be “Business as Usual” in Light of Pending New US/EU Insurance Agreement

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A five year agreement between the US and the EU standardizing certain requirements for foreign insurers was finalized and presented to Congress for 90 days of review and comment on January 13, 2017 after lengthy negotiations...more

The U.S.-EU Covered Agreement: Different Assessments By Different Audiences

by Carlton Fields on

On January 13, 2017, the week before the inauguration of President Trump, the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced that the negotiations between the full text of the agreement...more

Reserving Claims in Latin America

by Zelle LLP on

Determining reserve amounts can be a daunting task. The process can be affected by various obstructing factors. Here are a few items that may affect the determination and posting of reserves for Latin American losses. ...more

"Navigating the Challenges of Chinese Acquisitions of US Insurers"

Chinese investment in the U.S. insurance industry continued steadily in 2016, notwithstanding efforts by the Chinese government to impose new restrictions on outbound M&A. (See "Regional Focus: Asia.") Examples of such...more

EU/U.S. Covered Agreement: What’s Next?

by Hogan Lovells on

On January 13, 2017, representatives of the European Union and the United States of America issued a joint statement announcing that they had successfully concluded negotiation of an agreement (the “Agreement” or “Covered...more

Vendor Management Programs – Putting Together Your Dream Team

by Zelle LLP on

Insurance professionals are the recipients of added pressures to streamline processes in an effort to maximize results. Nowhere is this more palpable than in Latin American where the way “it is has always been done”...more

US, EU Enter Into Covered Agreement on Insurance

On Jan. 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative ("USTR") released the terms of the long-awaited covered agreement between the United States and the European Union (the...more

The U.S. And The European Union Successfully Complete Negotiations For Covered Agreement

by Carlton Fields on

As we previously reported in June 2016, the United States and the European Union were in discussions to enter into a Covered Agreement. The Dodd-Frank Act introduced Covered Agreements as a means for limited federal intrusion...more

Uncertain Seas: European Financial and Regulatory Developments into 2017

Charting New and Dangerous Waters - Lloyd George and Epictetus may be long gone but their words have much resonance with the events of 2016. The political fallout from the UK’s vote to leave the European Union (“EU”)...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Prohibition on Dealing or Investing in Industrial or Commercial Metals - On January 3, 2017, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the "OCC") finalized a rule that...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

By volume, December wasn’t an incredible month for US jobs. But the report did help cap a year that saw average hourly earnings rise 2.9%—the best since 2009 and a “turning point for the overall economy,” according to one...more

When insurance pays dividends….. Distribution of long-term insurance profits

by Hogan Lovells on

On 30 December 2016, the Companies Act 2006 (Distributions of Insurance Companies) Regulations 2016 (the “Regulations“) came into force. The Regulations apply to distributions made on or after that date by reference to...more

Actualite Juridique - Decembre 2016

Assurance - Résiliation d'un contrat d'assurance emprunteur pour cause d'aggravation du risque - Le Décret n°2016-1559 du 18 novembre 2016 relatif aux conditions de résiliation d'un contrat d'assurance emprunteur...more

Antitrust & Distribution Alert - The End of the Insurance Block Exemption Regulation

On 31 March 2017, the EU Insurance Block Exemption Regulation n° 267/2010 (“IBER”) will expire and will not be renewed. Therefore, the types of cooperation it covered will fall under the general rules of competition...more

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