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Headlines & Bits of Interest – 21 April 2021

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The competitors think this is great news because reducing the big three to the big two means more clients are likely to look elsewhere for what they need. Second – and third-tier brokers will benefit as clients look for a different type of broking service and are forced to move out of their comfort zone to find it. It’s already happening.” ~ Adrian Leonard


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The world at a glance

 AustraliaAxed music festival avoids policy exclusion by a few days – Allianz must settle the claim – read why here

Korea: Reinsurance renewals update – Prior to the April 1 reinsurance renewals in Korea, expectations for pricing increases were quite high. While Korea had not experienced any impactful losses in recent years, a mid-sized typhoon, heavy rain losses and several large single losses occurred in 2020, influencing the pre-renewal expectations. However, capacity was more than sufficient and certain markets were proactive as they sought potential cedents. See details here

LondonExtended warranty broker in hot water –A London wholesale and reinsurance broker has been censured by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and agrees to pay extended warranty insurance customers £399,902. Find out which firm and more here

Headlines

DoJ demands US and Bermudian Willis disposals ahead of Aon deal – The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has intervened in the proposed merger of Aon with Willis Towers Watson, demanding divestitures in addition to those set out by the EU’s competition arm, the European Commission, sources told Insurance Insider. It’s as if it wasn’t enough that the EC and Singapore regulators were wringing their hands over this merger deal. The insurance business is highly regulated both by regulators and a lot of self-regulation – so what’s the big deal. If it’s all about competition, those throwing their weight around need to gain a better understanding. 

Adrian Leonard, a well-respected insurance communications consultant, writer & insurance historian, replied to my LinkedIn post with: “The competitors think this is great news because reducing the big three to the big two means more clients are likely to look elsewhere for what they need. Second – and third-tier brokers will benefit as clients look for a different type of broking service and are forced to move out of their comfort zone to find it. It’s already happening.”

Sales to secure approval of Aon-Willis deal could take many forms – This article is a pretty good synopsis of the state of play right now.

Aon hires Willis exec for R&W practice – Aon has recruited mergers and acquisitions insurance veteran and former Willis Towers Watson PLC executive Julia Papastavridis as managing director in its representations and warranties insurance practice. More here. Funny thing when you get hired by a company that is acquiring your employer. This almost happened to me when A&A tried to lure me away from RBH/Aon. 

Extraterrestrial

Recently I published some information on Black Holes – here. This found its way to Wired Cosmos.  Here’s a newly released article A Complete Guide on What Is The Black Hole. This is a must read if you’ve ever wonder ‘what’s out there’ including Weird Facts About Black Holes


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Posted by Alex Hodges
Alex has 40+ years of experience in the industry with a specific interest in the international P&C business. Alex began his career with Rollins Burdick Hunter Co in Chicago; moved to New York with the firm; then back to Chicago HQ after the acquisition of RBH by Aon. As part of Aon’s global acquisition team, he moved to The Netherlands to help with the integration of Hudig-Langeveldt and Frank B. Hall in Europe, Scandinavia, United Kingdom and the Middle East. Alex has expertise managing large multinational insurance programs. His last position with Aon was managing the Aon-owned Strategic Underwriters International MGA for Kidnap, Ransom & Extortion, Workplace Violence and Political Risk. Alex is the founder of Insurance Services Network Corporation and Editor-in-Chief of the IRL – Insurance Research Letter.

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