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Posted in Asia, China and Hong Kong, Regulatory and legislative updates

Insurers to benefit from mutual solvency recognition between Mainland China and Hong Kong

On 16 May 2017 the CIRC and the Hong Kong Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (“OCI“) entered into a framework agreement aimed at mutual recognition of solvency regimes between Mainland China and Hong Kong. China adopted a risk-based capital regime, C-ROSS, with effect from 1 January 2016. In Hong Kong, the consultation on a

Posted in Asia, China and Hong Kong, Market developments

The future of Hong Kong’s insurance industry – New focus on reinsurance and captives?

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

Posted in Asia, China and Hong Kong, Regulatory and legislative updates

Hong Kong – The new independent insurance regulator takes charge

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

Posted in Asia, China and Hong Kong, Regulatory and legislative updates

China: CIRC publishes final 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. 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

Posted in Asia, China and Hong Kong, Regulatory and legislative updates

China’s draft regulations to affect investment in Chinese insurance companies

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

Posted in China and Hong Kong, Regulatory and legislative updates

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

Posted in China and Hong Kong, Regulatory and legislative updates

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

Posted in China and Hong Kong, Regulatory and legislative updates

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: 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 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 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 China and Hong Kong, Regulatory and legislative updates

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

Posted in Asia, China and Hong Kong, Regulatory and legislative updates

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.

Posted in Asia, Market developments, Singapore

Game of Drones: The rise in drone insurance in Singapore

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

Posted in Asia, China and Hong Kong, Regulatory and legislative updates

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

Posted in Asia, China and Hong Kong, Regulatory and legislative updates

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….

Posted in Asia, Indonesia, Regulatory and legislative updates

Indonesia: Otoritas Jasa Keuangan (OJK) to get rid of sanctions for insurance companies who fail to meet minimum risk-based capital (RBC) requirement

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

Posted in Asia, Regulatory and legislative updates

Proposed Adoption of Risk-Based Capital Regime for Hong Kong Insurers

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

Posted in Asia, Vietnam

Vietnam’s insurance market

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.