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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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Insurtech funding in Q1 2017 sees 64% drop from Q1 2016 to US$283 million: Willis Towers Watson Securities

May 2, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Insurtech funding in the first quarter of this year saw funding volume of US$283 million, a 64% drop from the first quarter of 2016’s total of US$783 million, likely the result of “start-ups moving from fundraising to product launch stage,”

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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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Sponsors completed one cat bond of about $600 million with coverage for Canada in Q1: PCS

April 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Sponsors completed one catastrophe bond with coverage for Canada in the first quarter of 2017 (Galilei Re), according to Property Claim Services’ (PCS) first-quarter cat bond report released on Wednesday. As it was a large transaction, capital raised by cat

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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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2016 ILS market larger in Q3 than Q2 for first time: Swiss Re

February 3, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

New issuance volumes for insurance-linked securities (ILS) were atypical in 2016, Swiss Re reported on Friday, noting that for the first time, the third quarter was larger than the second quarter. While the second quarter is typically the busiest of

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Canadian risk beginning to feature “fairly prominently” in cat bond market: PCS

January 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Canadian risk has begun to feature “fairly prominently” in the catastrophe bond market, with three cat bonds issued last year, according to Property Claim Services’ (PCS) full-year cat bond report for 2016. The report, titled Strong Finish: PCS FY2016 Catastrophe

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Aegon, Allianz, Munich Re, Swiss Re and Zurich launch blockchain initiative B3i

October 19, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Five insurers and reinsurers – Aegon, Allianz, Munich Re, Swiss Re and Zurich – have launched the blockchain insurance industry initiative B3i, aimed at exploring the potential of distributed ledger technologies to better serve clients through faster, more convenient and