Global mergers and acquisitions transactions hit $3.5 trillion in 2018 making it the third-largest year on record for M&A by value. Within the private equity and real estate investment worlds, the insatiable appetite for warranty & indemnity insurance (“W&I”) to support transactions that has emerged in the last decade has persisted. This is not without
Our Asia insurance regulatory tracker for the first quarter of 2018 is attached. It includes updates on the introduction of an insurance levy in Hong Kong, a consultation on agency recruitment incentives in Singapore, and new measures in relation to the use of insurance funds in China.
Pharmacogenetics is the study of how genes affect a person’s reaction to medicines. The combination of pharmacology (the science of drugs) and genomics (the study of genes and their functions) leads to the development of medications that will be effective and safe, as they will be tailored to a person’s genetic make-up. A small blood
Following up on our 2018 Insurance Horizons brochure, which comments on legal and regulatory trends and developments across the insurance industry, we have today released Insurance M&A 2017/2018, a paper that takes a closer look at M&A activity across the sector. Click here to continue reading…
As a global insurance industry team, we aim to follow industry trends and developments as closely as possible in order to deliver well informed perspectives and thought leadership to our clients and contacts. Our Insurance Horizons 2018 brochure considers the impact of technology, interest rates, protectionism, excess capacity in the reinsurance market and cyber risk.
After two rounds of consultation, the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (“CIRC“) released the final version of the Administrative Measures for Equity Interests in Insurance Companies (the “New Measures“) on March 7, 2018, which will take effect on April 10, 2018. The New Measures introduce a number of restrictions in relation to shareholdings in insurance companies.
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
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.