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    Talk of the town

    2010-04-02T00:00:00Z

    From climate change risk to the very topical subject of mergers and acquisitions, we report back on all the hottest reinsurance issues debated at the World Insurance Forum

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    Smoke signals

    2009-12-10T00:00:00Z

    The world’s leaders were in Copenhagen to discuss climate change and, potentially, set new targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We asked four leading firms for their hopes for the UN summit, and to spell out how they can contribute to the battle against carbon

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    On the move

    2009-12-10T00:00:00Z

    The trend for redomiciliation by (re)insurers continues to grow as companies seek out less complex tax regimes. But which domicile should UK firms go for? The answer is no longer obvious

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    Hope on the horizon

    2009-12-10T00:00:00Z

    Swiss Re’s chief economist, Thomas Hess, has great faith in the insurance sector’s survival instincts. As he tells Ellen Bennett, there is reason for cautious optimism among the gloom

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    Future gazing

    2009-12-10T00:00:00Z

    Downward pressure on pricing and the threat of regulation will make life difficult for the reinsurance industry in 2010. We talk to the market and ask what lies ahead

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    Small beginnings

    2009-12-10T00:00:00Z

    Recent natural disasters have highlighted one of the biggest challenges for the insurance world – the lack of policies in poorer regions. Helen Yates uncovers how microinsurance and public-private initiatives are slowly making changes.

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    Quake with uncertainty

    2009-12-01T00:00:00Z

    New quake models could lead to downward pressure on rates. But how shaky is the science on which the new models are based, asks Tim Evershed.

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    Held to ransom

    2009-12-01T00:00:00Z

    As Somali pirates continue to rampage through the Gulf of Aden, seizing ships and threatening lives, Liz Booth speaks to a chief executive caught up in the nightmare of one particular hijack.

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    Reluctant celebrity

    2009-11-25T15:00:00Z

    Partner Re’s Patrick Thiele may have just clinched the mega-merger of the year with a $2bn takeover of rival Paris Re, but, as he insists to David Banks, this chief executive is just doing his job

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    Road to riches

    2009-10-28T00:00:00Z

    Body Shop founder Anita Roddick once said: ‘There are only two ways of raising money: the hard way and the very hard way.’ Never has that been truer than in recent months. But the squeeze on capital has been easing, writes Mairi Mallon.

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    Captives restrained

    2009-10-28T00:00:00Z

    If conditions are right for captives in the Middle East, why has the market not taken off? Karen Attwood investigates.

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    Model behaviour

    2009-10-28T00:00:00Z

    Solvency II and improvements in the modelling of risk will make loss reserving more sophisticated, predicts Graham Fulcher.

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    A class apart

    2009-10-28T00:00:00Z

    Ken LeStrange is no stranger to challenging times. The Endurance boss tells Liz Booth how he formed the company in the aftermath of 9/11 – and how that day continues to have a profound effect

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    In the middle

    2009-09-07T00:00:00Z

    With the Middle East continuing to enjoy economic growth, James Sutherland looks at how to capture the full business potential of electronic risk trading in the region.

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    Still Fighting

    2009-09-07T00:00:00Z

    The former AIG boss Hank Greenberg talks to David Banks, revealing his thoughts on the company he headed for 37 years, risk management, and his nemesis Eliot Spitzer

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    Let Battle Commence

    2009-09-07T00:00:00Z

    Industry consolidation is a classic feature of the insurance cycle. But while buying a company can be relatively easy, buying the right company is far more difficult, writes Roger Crombie.

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    The Global Reinsurance Top 40 (31-40)

    2009-09-07T00:00:00Z

    31(17) Raymond Barrette Chairman and CEO, White Mountains Insurance Group This executive must have White Mountains running through his veins. In 2007 Raymond Barrette was brought out of retirement and the 58-year-old has been doing a very good job for the property and casualty insurer. Under his guidance, White ...

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    The Global Reinsurance Top 40 (21-30)

    2009-09-07T00:00:00Z

    21(–) Mike O’Halleran Executive Chairman, Aon Benfield NEW ENTRY The Benfield/Aon merger made the merged entity the largest reinsurance broker in the world and has rocketed O’Halleran into the list of the market’s most influential people. Even before the merger, O’Halleran had spent a career getting ...

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    The Global Reinsurance Top 40 (11-20)

    2009-09-07T00:00:00Z

    11(–) Ulrich Wallin CEO, Hannover Re NEW ENTRY Ulrich Wallin has surely one of the toughest jobs in reinsurance – replacing Wilhelm Zeller, the man who led Hannover Re for 13 years. This is not something he can achieve overnight – and nor is he likely ...

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    The Global Reinsurance Top 40 (1-10)

    2009-09-07T00:00:00Z

    GR presents its 2009 list of the most influential people in reinsurance. Influence, never an easy quality to quantify, can come from leadership of an important company – or from simply being good at what you do.