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China: CIRC Issues New Measures for Compliance Management of Insurance Companies

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

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New guidance note on reinsurance for Hong Kong insurers

    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

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New corporate governance requirements in Hong Kong

      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

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Hogan Lovells sponsoring InsurTech Rising 2016

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

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China Proposes Requirements for Collateral in Cross-border Reinsurance Transactions

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

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InsurTech – Innovation in Insurance?

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

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Brexit: Hague Convention ensures English jurisdiction agreements and judgments will continue to have force within the EU

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

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Impact of Brexit on the Insurance Industry

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

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China tightens up regulation on illegal sales of foreign insurance products

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.

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China: Draft Amended Rules for Utilization of Insurance Funds Issued by CIRC for Public Consultation

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

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China proposes new cyber security rules for insurance industry

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….

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Hong Kong: Insurance Intermediaries

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

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Hong Kong: OCI guidance note on underwriting long-term insurance business (GN 16)

The Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (“OCI“), the Hong Kong insurance regulator, issued a new guidance note (the “Guidance“) on underwriting life business (other than investment-linked assurance scheme (“ILAS“) business, which is covered by the earlier guidance note GN 15) on 30 July 2015. The Guidance has been under discussion with the industry for

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Hong Kong – New independent insurance authority

The Insurance Companies (Amendment) Bill 2014 (“ICA“) was passed on 10 July 2015. Under the ICA, the Insurance Companies Ordinance (“ICO“) will be amended and renamed “Insurance Ordinance” (“IO“). An independent insurance authority (“IIA“) will be set up to replace the existing Insurance Authority. The establishment of the IIA has been described as the most