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Posted in Regulatory and legislative updates, UK

UK: Seminar – Insurance investments – challenges and opportunities

Thursday, 19 October 2017 8:30 am – 10:00 am London

As traditional fixed income strategies continue to generate declining returns in the low-yield environment, insurers are increasingly looking at alternative forms of investment. Alternative asset classes, such as infrastructure, offer potential opportunities for increased returns, as do non-traditional investment vehicles, such as direct lending, debt capital markets and investment funds.

With such a diverse mix of options available, how do you determine which type of investment is best? What are the potential advantages and disadvantages?

On 19 October 2017, Hogan Lovells will host a seminar to discuss the different investments available to insurers, looking at the opportunities and challenges associated with each option.

The format of the event will be:

8:30 am – Registration, networking and buffet breakfast.

8:45 am – Panel Session: Insurance investments: challenges and opportunities

Our panellists will cover a wide range of investment topics, including:

  • Infrastructure (led by our guest speaker, Caroline Haynes )
  • Perspectives of a bank as seller of assets to the insurance industry (led by our guest speaker, Liam Peek)
  • Investment funds (led by our investment funds partner, Jonathan Baird)
  • Debt capital markets and derivatives (led by our head of debt capital markets, James Doyle)
  • Direct lending (led by our banking and insurance partner, Alexander Premont)

The session will include a 20 minute Q&A for you to ask questions to the panel.

10:00 am – Closing remarks.

Our two guest speakers are:

  • Liam Peek, head of UK insurance at Royal Bank of Scotland.  He has worked on a large number of transactions supporting the insurance sector, over many years, including structuring and implementing the sale of portfolios of assets by banks to insurers.
  • Caroline Haynes, a  partner at the Investment and Infrastructure Exchange where she leads the funding of major infrastructure and regeneration projects in the UK and globally. Over the last 20 years she has worked on various sides of infrastructure development and finance, including as an economic advisor to Prime Minister David Cameron.

To register your interest in attending, please contact our marketing team here.


Posted in European Union, Regulatory and legislative updates, UK

Are you ready for MiFID II?

With just three months to go, we’re offering a special subscription offer for our MiFID II Toolkit. This interactive tool helps you navigate, understand and act on your responsibilities, saving time, money and resources in the process. The toolkit brings all the materials you need together in one place, making complex matters easily accessible, while allowing you to review every part of the legislation and access high-quality Hogan Lovells insight.

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Posted in European Union, Regulatory and legislative updates, USA

U.S. and EU Sign Covered Agreement; Issue Clarifying Statements

On Friday, September 22, 2017 the United States and the European Union signed a bilateral agreement on certain prudential measures regarding insurance and reinsurance (the “Covered Agreement” or “Agreement”).  Execution had been pending since both parties announced their intention to sign on July 14, 2017. Negotiation of the Agreement had been finalized six months earlier, on January 13, 2017.

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Posted in Regulatory and legislative updates, UK

Implementing Blockchain in the Real World

Last week we held a conference where we brought together blockchain experts and industry thought-leaders in a number of sessions, sharing insights on how to embrace the technology whilst navigating the legal and regulatory framework. Our interactive breakout sessions explored distribute ledger technology and blockchain in areas such as capital markets, insurance, market infrastructure and  banking and payments.

Our new Blockchain reports

We produced two new reports which were launched at the conference.

The Guide to Blockchain and Data Protection is a report which looks at whether firms looking to implement blockchains will face minimal data governance mechanisms or will require full-blown data protection impact assessments.

The Blockchain/DLT in the Insurance Sector report focuses in particular on the impact of distributed ledger technology (DLT) on the sector and discusses some of the key legal and regulatory issues that arise as a result of using it.

To access these reports and recordings from the day please register at: hlengage.com/Blockchain

Posted in Regulatory and legislative updates, USA

US: Temporary Extension of the NFIP in wake of Hurricane Harvey

On September 8th, just days after Hurricane Harvey decimated the Houston metropolitan area, and while many Florida residents were evacuating as Hurricane Irma approached, President Trump signed into law the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018. Among other things, the Act appropriates disaster funds to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) and temporarily extends the National Flood Insurance Program (“NFIP”), which was set to expire on September 30th, to December 8, 2017. Although the Act provides some much-needed relief in the short term, Congress has yet to reach consensus on a clear path forward for NFIP reform.

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Posted in Regulatory and legislative updates, UK

Invitation: Implementing Blockchain in the Real World – Legal and Regulatory Issues 13 September 2017

Sign up for the Hogan Lovells DLT and blockchain conference to learn of the latest developments in the industry and to hear, first hand, how the key players in the market are thinking ahead to shape the implementation of blockchain technology.

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Posted in Regulatory and legislative updates, USA

NYDFS proposed regulation addresses financial disclosure requirements for directors and officers of private equity buyers of insurance companies

On August 9, 2017, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) released for public comment proposed amendments to its regulations governing the approval process for the acquisition of control of insurance companies domiciled in New York. The regulations, NYDFS Regulation 52 (11 NYCRR part 80), sets forth the information required to be furnished in applications (so-called “Form A” applications) to the NYDFS seeking approval to acquire control of New York domestic insurers.

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Posted in Regulatory and legislative updates, UK

UK: Corporate Insurance Newsletter – July 2017

The Hogan Lovells’ Corporate Insurance Newsletter for July has been published.  This provides a round-up of UK, EU and international regulatory developments relevant to UK based insurance market participants.  In this issue, amongst other items, we cover:

  • Publication of final drafts of regulations on insurance linked securities
  • PRA’s policy statements on dealing with a market turning event in the general insurance sector and on cyber insurance underwriting risk
  • European Commission consults on the draft Delegated Regulations for IDD
Posted in Market developments, USA

US: Combating climate change: NYDFS calls on insurance industry to help

On 26 July 2017, the New York Department of Financial Services (the “NYDFS”) issued Circular Letter No. 9 (2017) (the “Circular Letter”) and a corresponding press release, directed at all life, property/casualty, and health insurers authorized in New York that encourages insurers to consider offering premium discounts to policyholders who adopt various energy efficiency measures that might reduce potential loss exposure and to adopt environment-friendly measures in their own day-to-day operations. The NYDFS believes the insurance industry is uniquely situated with regard to climate change and “is in a position to influence potential solutions.”

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Posted in Regulatory and legislative updates, UK

UK: Corporate Insurance Newsletter – June 2017

The Hogan Lovells’ Corporate Insurance Newsletter for June has been published.  This provides a round-up of UK, EU and international regulatory developments relevant to UK based insurance market participants.  In this issue, amongst other items, we cover:

  • The Queen’s Speech – the Government announces a number of new Bills relevant to insurers
  • The FCA call for input on access to insurance
  • The FCA information request to with-profit firms