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Soft pricing in global reinsurance market to continue for at least the rest of 2017: Fitch

May 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The soft pricing in the global reinsurance market will continue for at least the rest of 2017, ratings firm Fitch Ratings said in a report released Monday. “We expect premium rates to continue declining, due to large volumes of under-deployed

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US$33 billion in 2016 global insurance M&A marks retreat from prior-year levels: Conning

May 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Global insurance mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity slowed across all sectors in 2016, according to a new study from global investment management firm Conning. The Conning study, 2017: Global Insurer Mergers & Acquisitions in 2016 – Activity Slows, but Pressures

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M&A insurance claims rising, 23% of deals over US$1 billion end in a claim: AIG study

April 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The frequency of insurance claims related to mergers and acquisitions (M&A) is rising as large deals prove risky and the average payout on the most severe category of claims tops US$20 million, according to a new global study from American

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Insurance-related M&A activity explodes, insurance company moves in Canada high: OPTIS Partners

April 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

OPTIS Partners has likened recent mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity among U.S. and Canadian agencies selling p&c insurance and employee benefits to an explosion, with the 178 reported transactions in 2017 Q1 dwarfing the 115 deals in the prior-year quarter.

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Market conditions continue to support high levels of insurance distribution and services M&A activity going forward: Conning

April 3, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

While the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market for insurance distribution and services “cooled slightly” in 2016 from the prior year, market conditions continue to support high levels of M&A activity going forward, according to a new study from Hartford, Conn.-based

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84% of polled insurance companies planning to make acquisitions in 2017: KPMG International

March 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The lion’s share of insurance companies taking part in a KPMG International-commissioned survey plan to make acquisitions in 2017, with most respondents saying their companies are being driven by need to transform business and operating models. The insurance sector looks

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Global market for autonomous, assistive safety and comfort vehicle features up to US$26 billion annually by 2025: Bain & Company

March 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Autonomous vehicles are revving up, with Bain & Company Inc. forecasting annual growth of 12% to 14% for the global market of autonomous and assistive safety and comfort features by 2025. That translates to a global B2B market of US$22

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CFC Underwriting increases limits across transaction liability product suite to up to US$50 million in North America

March 2, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

London, United Kingdom-based specialist lines underwriting agency, CFC Underwriting, announced on Thursday that it has increased the available limits of its transaction liability insurance product suite across all territories. CFC now has the capacity to offer limits up to US$50

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Nearly half of global insurers expect to acquire new technologies through M&A in the next three years: Willis Towers Watson survey

February 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Nearly three-quarters of global insurers (74%) believe that their sector has failed to show leadership in digital innovation, according to a new survey by Willis Towers Watson (WTW) released on Thursday. The report, titled New horizons: How diverse growth strategies

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Insurance agency M&A in Canada and U.S. in 2016 second-highest recorded: study

February 1, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) of insurance agencies last year were the second-highest ever in 2016 at 449 deals in Canada and the United States, a slight dip from the all-time record of 456 in 2015, according to OPTIS Partners’ annual

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Weather risk accounts for an estimated US$56 billion in untapped wind energy asset values globally: GCube

January 31, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Resource underperformance has surpassed mechanical breakdown and component damage as the major obstacle to achieving bankable wind energy projects, GCube Underwriting Ltd. notes in a report estimating the untapped asset values of wind energy stakeholders around the world at US$56

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Record number of M&A deals closed in last two weeks of 2016: Willis Towers Watson

January 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A record number of merger and acquisition deals – 72 – were closed in the last two weeks of 2016, compared to just 48 deals for the same period in 2015, according to Willis Towers Watson’s (WTW) latest Quarterly Deal