The Hong Kong Financial Services Development Council, an advisory body to the government, has recently released a report on the Hong Kong insurance sector. Its key recommendations are: Boosting the Hong Kong reinsurance market, including by negotiating preferential treatment for Hong Kong reinsurers under C-ROSS, China’s risk-based capital regime, and by extending tax incentives for
It has been announced that the new Independent Insurance Authority for Hong Kong (“IIA“) will assume its functions on 26 June 2017 (the “Commencement Date“), replacing the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance. From the Commencement Date, the appointment of “key persons” (such as officers responsible for risk management, compliance, financial control, internal audit and
On 9 August 2016, the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (“CIRC“) issued the Notice on Matters Relating to Collateral Provided by Offshore Reinsurers (Draft) (the “Draft Notice“) for public consultation. On 13 March 2017, CIRC released on its official website the final version of the notice (the “Final Version“), which has been effective since 23 February
On 29 December 2016, the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (“CIRC“) commenced public consultation on the amended Administrative Measures for Equities of Insurance Companies (Draft for comments) (the “Draft Measures“), setting out a new regulatory regime for investment in Chinese insurance companies. Lowered Maximum Shareholding Percentage The market sees the Draft Measures as CIRC’s reaction to
On 4 January 2017 the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (“CIRC“) published on its website the final version of the Measures on the Compliance Management of Insurance Companies (the “Compliance Measures“), which will become effective on 1 July 2017. The Compliance Measures apply to insurance companies and insurance groups established in China, but also act as
A new guidance note on reinsurance for Hong Kong insurers (“GN17“) came into effect on 1 January 2017. GN17 contains a number of general requirements with regard to the management and monitoring of reinsurance arrangements. The most significant changes in regulation are new approval requirements for certain alternative risk transfer and financial reinsurance
New corporate governance standards for insurers authorised in Hong Kong came into effect on 1 January 2017. Hong Kong incorporated insurers and overseas insurers with a certain threshold of Hong Kong business must comply with the new guidance note 10 (“GN10“) issued by the Hong Kong regulator. GN10 provides that the chairman
Hogan Lovells have produced a brochure highlighting key trends in the insurance industry as well as a number of articles on industry issues. The brochure also showcases the strength and depth of our insurance practice, and our client events and thought leadership. Click here to read the full brochure.
Running from 14 to 16 November, the InsurTech Rising conference and Blockchain Summit will bring together key startups and incumbents shaping the InsurTech sector. Hogan Lovells is the conference’s Gold Sponsor and will be presenting on blockchain, the internet of things and insurance regulation, as well as moderating a panel discussion, introducing demos from a
The General Insurance Association of Singapore (GIA) has introduced new rules on the payment of premiums in a bid to reduce claim disputes between customers and insurers. The rules require premiums to be paid to insurers or intermediaries on or before the inception date or renewal of the policy. If full payment is not made
It is 90 days since the UK’s electorate voted to leave the EU. With so many unknowns, how can you look beyond the uncertainty and decide what to do right now? The Brexit toolkit is a seven step practical guide to help you assess real impacts and implement a practical response. It also contains critical
Over the past few years the taxi industry has undergone a complete transformation. This has, in part, been fuelled by the growth in popularity of apps such as Uber and GrabTaxi, both mobile apps which allow customers to hail a third party privately owned vehicle for use as a taxi. The growth of Uber and
On 9 August 2016, the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (“CIRC“) issued the Notice on Matters Relating to Collateral Provided by Offshore Reinsurers (Draft) (the “Draft Notice“) for public consultation until 19 August 2016. According to CIRC’s corresponding explanatory note, since the China Risk Oriented Solvency System (“C-ROSS“), formally effective from 1 January 2016, differentiates between
What is genuinely innovative about today’s insurance sector? Perhaps little – but that is beginning to change. For the past few years we have seen innovative ways of selling products – such as search engine aggregators – at the distribution end of the retail market. Yet with the majority of costs borne by insurers falling
Following last week’s vote for Brexit, many are wondering what impact the decision will have on litigation and arbitration in the UK. Will jurisdiction agreements in favour of the UK courts continue to be respected within the EU, and will English judgments be enforceable throughout the EU? How are court documents to be served in
Webinar Invitation – 13 July 2016 In this webinar, we will be looking at the potential impact of Brexit (if and when it happens) on the insurance industry, including the possible implications for the rules on investments and reinsurance, and the effect on regulatory capital and the regulatory balance sheet. We will consider the corporate structures
On 11 May 2016, the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (“CIRC“) issued the Notification to Strengthen the Supervision and Administration of Illegal Sales of Offshore Insurance Products (the “Notification“) in which it requests its local offices to more closely scrutinise and take action against illegal sales of offshore insurance products within China.
As applications for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), also known as drones or unmanned aerial systems (UAS) increase, so do concerns about privacy and safety. As a result, managing and insuring against risk will be crucial to success for UAV manufacturers and operators and this presents an exciting new growth prospect for insurance companies. The Teal
On 3 March 2016, the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (“CIRC“) released the amendments to the Interim Measures for the Administration of Utilization of Insurance Funds (the “Draft Amendments“) for public comment until 31 March 2016. The current version of the Interim Measures for the Administration of Utilization of Insurance Funds (the “Insurance Funds Measures“) has
On 9 October 2015, the China Insurance Regulatory Commission issued draft Supervisory Rules for Adoption of Information Technology by Insurance Institutions (“Draft Insurance IT Rules“) for public comment. The public comment period will close on 31 October 2015…. Click here to continue reading….
Background In order to maintain sound financial management, insurance companies in Indonesia are currently obliged to maintain a minimum solvency level of at least 100% of their risk-based minimum capital. Beyond this, insurance companies are also expected to reach the “target” solvency level of 120%, below which the Minister of Finance can require an insurance
The Hong Kong Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) is currently in the process of developing a risk-based capital regime for the Hong Kong insurance industry. The current regime has been in use since the 1980s and so significant changes abound, with the OCI’s stated intention being to align Hong Kong’s regime with international
With average GDP growth steadily increasing, a growing middle class and a young population, Vietnam’s insurance market has grown rapidly in recent years and continues to be considered a promising market. In particular, the country’s demographic and economic development is expected to fuel further demand for insurance services both in the non-life and life sectors.
The regulation of insurance intermediaries in Hong Kong currently runs under a self-regulatory system, with the Hong Kong Federation of Insurers administering the regime for insurance agents and the Hong Kong Confederation of Insurance Brokers and the Professional Insurance Brokers Association administering the regime for insurance brokers. New statutory licensing regime and controlled intermediary management