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

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

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

Expect Focus - International, Spring, March 2017

Rules of the (International) Road - An Overview - Going international is a complicated undertaking. Your specific situation and concerns will determine the steps required. The following outlines, very generally,...more

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

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

Increase in Energy Industry Losses in Latin America

Recent studies in the insurance industry have shown that the fall in oil prices has historically led to an increase in claims in refineries and petrochemical plants. The 2016 Marsh report, in relation to the 100 claims...more

Blockchain - a revolution for the insurance sector with some risks

Blockchain is “the most important invention since the Internet itself” according to Marc Andreessen. And there is no doubt that there are huge potentials for the insurance sector to exploit such technology, but as any new...more

IAIS Releases Consultation on Insurance Core Principles and ComFrame Related Material

The International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) has released for public comment certain revised Insurance Core Principles (ICPs) with integrated ComFrame guidance. The consultation covers the following...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

Fighting Insurance Fraud in Latin America

Though they are a minority, fraudulent claims can amount to very significant sums of money, causing insurers to re-think their business practices and take action to mitigate the negative impact resulting from fraud. ...more

The new regulatory references regime in the UK

The UK's Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority are introducing a new tool to enhance the accountability regime being rolled out in the financial services sector. On 7 March 2017, the new...more

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

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

U.S.-EU Covered Agreement Gets First Congressional Review

On February 16, 2017, the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing & Insurance held a hearing entitled “Assessing the U.S.-EU Covered Agreement.” The hearing was the first opportunity for Committee members—or any...more

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

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

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

U.S. - EU Covered Agreement: The Road Ahead

On Thursday, February 16, the Housing and Insurance subcommittee of the Financial Services Committee of the United States House of Representatives will hold a public hearing entitled, “Assessing the U.S.-EU Covered...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

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - January 2017"

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we discuss how the prospect of a new chair and three new commissioners at the FTC may impact the agency's approach to cybersecurity regulation, a new Massachusetts...more

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

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

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

Ministry of Finance relaxes restrictions on foreign ownership of insurance companies operating in Thailand

On 18 January 2017, the Ministry of Finance (MOF)’s notification was published in the government gazette, which liberalised the restrictions concerning the participation and ownership of foreign entities in the Thai insurance...more

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

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

Energy Newsletter - January 2017

LNG in Europe 2016/2017: An Overview of LNG Import Terminals in Europe - The increase in the supply of LNG to Europe in 2015 and the first half of 2016 was led by the UK and Italy, with other significant increases in...more

The US and EU finalize a Covered Agreement on insurance and reinsurance regulation

On January 13, 2017, the US Treasury reported to Congress that Treasury and the US Trade Representative (USTR) had successfully concluded negotiations with the EU on a Covered Agreement (the Agreement) that would presumably...more

US and EU Negotiate Covered Agreement on Insurance and Reinsurance Regulation

On January 13, 2017, the US Department of the Treasury and the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) announced they have negotiated a “covered agreement” on behalf of the United States (US) with the European Union...more

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