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Posted in European Union, Market developments, Regulatory and legislative updates, UK

Report: Insurance and structured finance – a new dawn?

A growing trend is emerging within the insurance sector, where insurers and other users of insurance products are looking to structured finance solutions both from an investment and risk management perspective. What are the driving forces behind this development? Is regulation enhancing or impeding the trend? What role do insurers and other participants play in

Posted in Market developments, USA

Trump administration issues proposed health insurance market stabilization rule: Will it be enough to stabilize exchange participation and premium rates?

On 15 February 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took a step toward addressing concerns about the stability of the individual and small group health insurance markets by proposing a modicum of regulatory relief for insurers. Most of the proposed changes are relatively modest and, for the most part, would not be

Posted in Market developments, UK

UK: Consultation on New Regulatory Framework for Insurance Linked Securities Opens

The FCA have opened a consultation on proposals to amend the FCA Handbook to incorporate a new regulated activity of “insurance risk transformation”. The consultation documentation can be found on the FCA’s site, here. Responses are due by 14 March 2017. The FCA are proposing changes to parts of the Handbook to incorporate Insurance Linked

Posted in Market developments, Regulatory and legislative updates, USA

US: How distributed ledger technology might grow in the insurance industry

      On Jan. 5, 2017, the Department of Treasury Federal Insurance Office held its first committee meeting of the new year.  Several topics were addressed, including the use of blockchain/distributed ledger technology (“DLT”) in the insurance industry.  Matt Higginson of McKinsey & Company presented this topic to the committee.  While DLT’s impact on

Posted in Market developments, Regulatory and legislative updates, UK

Reflections on the major new insurance legislation of 2016, and what it may mean in 2017 – A Q&A with Helen Chapman and Steven McEwan

This article was first published in Modern Claims Magazine in November 2016. Charlotte Parkinson, Modern Claims spoke with Steven McEwan and Helen Chapman at heavyweight law firm Hogan Lovells about their thoughts on the Insurance Act 2015, as well as the implications of Solvency II for consumers, insurers and defendants… Click here to read the full

Posted in Asia, European Union, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latin America, Market developments, Poland, Regulatory and legislative updates, Russia, UK, USA

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.

Posted in European Union, Market developments

Insurance Europe asks for simpler, future and tech-proof EU consumer protection rules

Insurance Europe, the federation representing insurance and reinsurance undertakings across the EU, issued last 5 December a briefing asking for “better, not more, information for consumers” as regards the new Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products (PRIIPs) Regulation and the Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD). According to Insurance Europe, the new EU regulations, such as the

Posted in Asia, China and Hong Kong, European Union, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Latin America, Market developments, Poland, Regulatory and legislative updates, Russia, Singapore, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, The Netherlands, UK, USA, Vietnam

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

Posted in Market developments, UK

UK: Swings and Roundabouts: An Economic Analysis of Price Discrimination and Cross-Subsidy

The FCA recently published Occasional Paper No.22, analysing price discrimination and cross-subsidy in financial services.  Already used widely in the market, these pricing practices will only become more common with the advent of Big Data.  Are they a cause for concern, or just a natural aspect of healthy competition?  The Paper considers the economic impacts

Posted in Market developments, Regulatory and legislative updates, UK

Event: Insurance and structured finance – a new dawn

A growing trend is emerging within the insurance sector, where insurers and other users of insurance products are looking to structured finance solutions both from an investment and risk management perspective. What are the driving forces behind this development? Is regulation enhancing or impeding the trend? What role do insurers and other participants play in

Posted in Market developments, Regulatory and legislative updates, UK

Plans for secondary annuities market pulled by UK Government

Yesterday (18 October 2016), the UK Government announced it will not be taking forward its plans to create a secondary annuities market. The announcement was unexpected – having set the course for creating more choice for holders of annuities by enabling them to surrender an annuity back to the provider or sell it to a

Posted in Market developments, Regulatory and legislative updates, UK

A chance for second thoughts… Creating a secondary annuity market for the UK

Since greater pensions freedoms were introduced in April 2015, individuals retiring in the UK have had significantly wider choice where it comes to accessing their pension savings. The choices now include: taking all the pension savings as a lump sum, subject to income tax on 75% of it; taking up to 25% of the pension

Posted in Asia, European Union, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latin America, Market developments, Poland, Regulatory and legislative updates, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, The Netherlands, UK, USA

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

Posted in Market developments, Regulatory and legislative updates, UK

On your marks, get set, GO! Why has Lloyd’s brought forward the Coming-into-Line date for letters of credit this year?

Lloyd’s of London recently published a market bulletin informing the market that assets and/or documents must be submitted to Market Services by close of business (5pm) on the Coming-into-Line date, Thursday 1st December 2016.  However, if the asset is a letter of credit or bank guarantee, this must be received together with the supporting documentation

Posted in Market developments, UK

UK: Insurance disruption from the 17th century?

The Great Fire of London was finally extinguished 350 years ago today. New insurance structures emerged in the aftermath of the Great Fire – which bear striking resemblance to some of the contenders disrupting the insurance market right now. A number of InsurTech startups are seeking to do for insurance what peer-to-peer (P2P) arrangements did for

Posted in Market developments, Regulatory and legislative updates

Impact of Brexit on the Insurance Industry

In this webinar, we looked 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 considered the corporate structures that could be used to facilitate passporting in

Posted in Asia, China and Hong Kong, European Union, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Latin America, Market developments, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, The Netherlands, UK, USA, Vietnam

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

Posted in Market developments, Regulatory and legislative updates, UK

UK: Driverless cars: Government consultation on proposed changes to motor insurance

The Department for Transport’s Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) has begun a consultation on its proposed changes to the law surrounding liability for accidents and insurance cover to accommodate automated car technologies. Increased use of automated car technologies will shift the nature of insurance claims. The increased safety of driverless cars should greatly

Posted in Asia, China and Hong Kong, European Union, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Latin America, Market developments, Poland, Regulatory and legislative updates, Russia, Singapore, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, The Netherlands, UK, USA, Vietnam

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

Posted in Asia, China and Hong Kong, European Union, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Latin America, Market developments, Poland, Regulatory and legislative updates, Russia, Singapore, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, The Netherlands, UK, USA, Vietnam

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 European Union, Market developments, Regulatory and legislative updates, UK

Impact of Brexit on the insurance industry: what’s next?

In this bulletin, we summarise some of the issues the insurance industry now faces following the referendum result. Hogan Lovells has had in place a dedicated constitutional change taskforce led by senior thought leaders from across our business since 2014 to analyse and alert businesses to the issues on the horizon.  We also have a

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