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Italy: Implications for life insurers on the implementation of the PRIIPs Regulation

Silvia Lolli from our Rome office has written an article about the implementation of the PRIIPs Regulation in Italy and the implications  for life insurers and their existing transparency obligations with regard to customers.  The article is in Italian and has been published on Diritto Bancurio.  Click here to view the article.  

Posted in Case reports, Italy

Latest developments of Italian case law for index-linked and unit-linked policies

The classification of index and unit linked policies as insurance or financial products continues to be debated in Italy, notwithstanding the Supreme Court’s decision no. 6061 of 18 April 2012. The issue arises from the enactment of Law no. 262/2005 – entered into force on 25 January 2007 -, which extended the application of the

Posted in Italy, Regulatory and legislative updates

Italy: IVASS once again shines a spotlight on PPI policies

After one year from the last coordinated intervention of IVASS and the Bank of Italy in this sector aimed at better protecting policyholders/borrowers, IVASS issued a new letter to the market addressed to insurance undertakings and intermediaries enrolled in section D of IVASS Registry of insurance intermediaries (banks and financial intermediaries) in relation to policies

Posted in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Regulatory and legislative updates, Spain, UK

The Insurance Distribution Directive….one year to go

  Member States across the EU are due to implement the Insurance Distribution Directive by 23 February 2018.     With just one year to go we have looked at what progress the supervisory authorities in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the UK are making with their implementation plans and how firms in each country might be

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Hogan Lovells: Insurance Industry Perspectives – 2016 Review

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.

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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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Brexit – You snooze, you lose

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

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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

Posted in Italy, Market developments

Italy: IVASS – New investment limits for insurance companies

After its Consultation last December (please see our newsflash), on 6 June 2016 IVASS enacted Regulation No. 24 (“Regulation 24“) – replacing ISVAP Regulation No. 36 of 31 January 2011 (“Regulation 36“) – regarding, among other things, investment limits and coverage of technical reserves. Regulation 24 – in line with Ministerial Decree 166/2014 for pension funds – moves

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Italy: IVASS Regulation on complaints handling extended to insurance intermediaries

Yesterday IVASS published on its website Regulation No. 46 of 3 May 2016 (“Regulation 46“) – amending ISVAP Regulation No. 24 of 19 May 2008 (“Regulation 24“) on the procedure for the submission of complaints to IVASS and the management of complaints by insurance companies. Regulation 46 extends the scope of Regulation 24 to Italian

Posted in Italy, Regulatory and legislative updates

Italy: Insurance Policies combined with financings

On 26 August 2015 the Italian Authority for the Supervision of the Insurance Sector (IVASS) and the Bank of Italy sent a letter to both the insurance companies and insurance intermediaries, including banks and financial intermediaries, whereby they ask to raise the level of protection of clients in the sale of insurance policies combined with

Posted in European Union, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Regulatory and legislative updates, Spain, The Netherlands, UK

EU: European Commission to issue Green Paper on Retail Financial Services and Insurance

The European Commission has recently published (2 September ) a roadmap on its forthcoming green paper on retail financial service and insurance. The objective of this Green Paper is to consider the obstacles faced by providers and consumers when offering or purchasing financial services across the EU. It will investigate issues not yet addressed in legislation

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Proposal by Obama Administration Seeks to Limit U.S. Federal Income Tax Deductions for Reinsurance Premiums Paid by U.S. Cedents to Affiliated Non-U.S. Reinsurers

What is Being Proposed In an effort to reduce perceived U.S. tax advantages for certain multinational insurance and reinsurance groups with U.S. operations, the Obama administration in its 2016 Fiscal Year Budget Revenue Proposals seeks new legislation that would deny a U.S. cedent a federal income tax deduction for premiums paid to an affiliated non-U.S.

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Recognition for Hogan Lovells’ Insurance Team from Who’s Who Legal 2015

Who’s Who Legal has just released its Insurance & Reinsurance 2015 Analysis, “a comprehensive analysis of the market, featuring 559 leading practitioners from 280 firms across 58 jurisdictions”, that highlights Hogan Lovells’ top international insurance practice.   As the Analysis points out, “[o]nly a relatively small number of law firms can boast a global network of

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Italy: IVASS representative will be speaking at our roundtable on new investment limits for insurance companies

On 15 April 2015 Mr Fausto Parente, the Head of rule-making and supervision of IVASS (the Italian insurance supervisory authority), will be speaking at  the HL roundtable at our office in Rome with videoconference to our Milan office. Mr Parente will discuss the new investment limits for insurance companies in light of the recent amendments

Posted in Italy, Regulatory and legislative updates

Italy: New IVASS Regulation on simplification measures for contractual relationships

Following the public consultation launched on 18 March 2014, IVASS published today Regulation No. 8 of 3 March 2015 concerning measures to simplify the administration of contractual relationships between insurance undertakings, intermediaries and clients (“Regulation 8”). Regulation 8 implements Article 22, paragraph 15-bis of Law Decree No. 179 of 18 October 2012, as converted into

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Jurisdiction and Governing Law Rules in the European Union

To help litigants navigate those rules and avoid missing tactical opportunities at an early stage in a dispute, we have prepared a note which summarises the three key European Union Regulations and provides easy to navigate flow charts.

Posted in European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Regulatory and legislative updates, Spain, The Netherlands, UK

EU: IMD2 – Where are we now?

Progress has been made recently with the Council of the European Union agreeing its general approach on the Insurance Mediation Directive 2 (“IMD2”) on 5 November 2014. This allows negotiations to begin with the European Parliament. The European Commission originally presented a proposal for a revised insurance mediation directive in July 2012 and, following initial

Posted in Asia, European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Latin America, Market developments, Poland, Russia, Spain, The Netherlands, UK, USA

Ebola: insurance under the microscope

Ebola continues to devastate West Africa.  Over 14,000 cases including 5,000 deaths have been reported. Whilst the threat of a global outbreak remains relatively low, this crisis and the recent discovery of avian flu in Britain have again brought to the fore the exposure the (re)insurance industry has to pandemics. Prudent (re)insurers should use this

Posted in Italy, Regulatory and legislative updates

Italy: Note on IVASS Resolution No. 22 or 21 October 2014

With Resolution No. 22 of 21 October 2014, Italy’s insurance regulator IVASS announced changes to the regime governing the kinds of investments and assets that insurance companies may use to cover technical reserves (riserve tecniche). Following two rounds of public consultation, the regulator revealed its decision to expand the range of assets to include direct

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Global Insurance Seminar and Webinar Programme 2014/15

The Hogan Lovells Global Insurance Seminar and Webinar Programme for 2014/15 was launched in March. We have since put on a series of seminars and webinars covering topics of interest to our insurance and reinsurance clients around the world, hosted by our local insurance specialists. Click here for more information.  

Posted in Asia, Case reports, European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Latin America, Poland, Russia, Spain, The Netherlands, UK, USA

When do insurers need to charge themselves VAT?

This article was first published in Global Reinsurance Magazine on 30 September 2014 and is reproduced in the blog with kind permission of the publishers. The answer lies in the findings of a recent case at the European Court of Justice. The case found that when a company’s head office supplies services from a third