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How COVID-19 impacts maritime risk

June 9, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Restrictions imposed on international travel to limit the spread of COVID-19 may be a concern for merchant shipping because crews could be overdue for a rest, Allianz Global Commercial Specialty suggests in a recent paper. “Due to closed international borders

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Why business interruption worries Canadians more than cyber

January 14, 2020 by Adam Malik

Business interruption outranked cyber incidents as top concerns for Canadian businesses, brokers and trade organizations, according to a new report from Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty. Globally, however, it’s the other way around. When the annual Allianz Risk Barometer, which

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What makes wildfire modelling so difficult

August 9, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Predicting losses from wildfire is more difficult than for other natural hazards like wind and earthquake, a risk control expert for one insurer suggests. Catastrophe models that predict losses come from research on how wind and ground motion affects buildings,

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Not doing this simple thing can cause a whole building to burn down

August 2, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

While cleaning roof gutters is often touted as a flood risk mitigation measure, it can also address wildfire risk. Commercial clients in areas at risk of wildfire need to remove all tree droppings from roofs – and that includes the

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New chief agent in Canada for Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

July 16, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Linda Regner Dykeman is the new chief agent in Canada for German commercial insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE. She replaces Ulrich Kadow, who is now global head of marine for Munich-based AGCS, which has offices in Toronto, Montreal

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Why CBI insurance is on the rise in Canada

January 16, 2019 by Jason Contant

Contingent business interruption (CBI) insurance is on the rise in Canada, with an increase in both demand and higher limits, says the CEO and chief agent for Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) Canada. “This is one of the most

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How costly is the fire peril for Canadian insurers?

December 13, 2018 by Jason Contant

The traditional fire peril continues to cost Canadian insurers, with fire/explosion accounting for almost a quarter (23%) of commercial claims by value, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) said in its new Global Claims Review report, released Thursday. AGCS analyzed

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Why clients need advice on ‘litigation hot spots’

October 21, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Commercial brokers advising Canadian clients with operations in foreign countries need to understand consumer protection and pollution laws in those countries. “It’s up to a broker to make sure that he or she is well versed in what those countries’

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New Allianz head of global liability has Canadian roots

October 10, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Ciara Brady, who previously worked in Toronto for both Swiss Re and Chubb, becomes head of global liability for Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty effective Jan. 1, AGCS announced Tuesday. Brady will work out of Zurich and succeed Michael Hohmann

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Three product ingredients that could cause large claims

September 13, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

If your client makes or supplies beauty care products, they could face bodily injury lawsuits if certain chemicals are present. The “toxic trio” – dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene and formaldehyde – are contained in some nail varnishes, body lotions, fragrances

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New risks arising from Canadian arctic shipping

July 17, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

As shrinking arctic ice opens up of new shipping routes through Canada’s Arctic Archipelago, this presents challenges for risk managers and insurers, Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty suggests in a report scheduled for release Wednesday. “Arctic ice has been thinning and

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The evolving nature of business interruption

July 6, 2018 Aleksandra Zivanovic

In the face of climate change, cyber risks, and mass terror plots affecting entire regions and sometimes economic sectors, business interruption coverage is a challenging coverage to both write and adjust. This challenge is multi-faceted and directly impacted by global