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    Chartis cedes asbestos liabilities to Buffett


    The retroactive reinsurance agreement has a limit of $3.5bn

  • Country Focus

    Germany: Q&A with Eva-Maria Barbosa


    Norton Rose’s of counsel gives the lowdown on what German reinsurers can expect from Solvency

  • Claims

    Meet in the middle


    A transatlantic alliance is setting out to make mediation the dominant method of cross-border dispute resolution. But is the process always the best way to stop conflicts ending up in the courts?

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    Peacetime settlements


    Litigation may be thin on the ground, but some recent landmark cases have set new standards for future disputes in the reinsurance sector

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    Details make the difference


    A soft reinsurance market is looming, and with it come fears of a rise in claims disputes as underwriters take bigger risks to drum up new business. We warn of the need to stay focused under pressure

  • Analysis

    Behind the curtain


    Criticised for failing to predict the banking crisis and for the simplicity of their financial strength models, has the illusion of power wielded by the rating agencies finally been broken?

  • Country Focus

    Game on


    The global financial crisis barely registered on Brazil’s radar and now, as the country invests in a sporting future, opportunities abound for reinsurers

  • The last straw

    The last straw


    Tough new tax measures from the IMF aim to catch insurers, even the most risk-averse reinsurers, in the same net as banks. As the industry lobbies next month’s G20 for exemption and urges government to water down the proposals, we ponder the outcome

  • News

    No pain, no gain?


    A grey cloud still looms over Solvency II, as feared market instability and confusion over how it will work leaves the industry feeling less than sunny. But will the long-term pros be worth the short-term cons? We zipped over to Brussels to hear the latest talks

  • Cedants

    Open door policy


    Many countries are reluctant to allow premiums to flow out of their borders, but lobbyists argue that compulsory cessions are a barrier to free trade. And even local reinsurers are beginning to see the benefits of a liberalised market

  • GR Focus

    Captives: Fear of the unknown


    With Solvency II upon us, captives are facing an uncertain, and industry bodies say unfair, future. Will the directive impose unreasonable capital requirements that late concessions to captives have not gone far enough to redress?

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    Wasa v Lexington: was the tail wagging the dog?


    Aidan Christie QC writes about a legal judgment of great significance to the reinsurance industry

  • Features

    On the move


    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

  • Global Matters

    Equitas wins fight with R&Q


    ‘Imperfect’ actuarial models assist in practical justice, says judge

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    Greenberg seeks Spitzer emails


    Emails relate to 2005 case against former AIG boss

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    Stanford D&O ruling awaited


    CFO’s statement reveals criminal activity, voiding Lloyd’s policy

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    SCOR forced to pay 9/11 claims


    Costs are estimated at around $58m

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    R&Q caught in rusty spiral


    Actuarial models of LMX spiral assist justice, says Judge