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UK: Corporate Insurance Newsletter – December 2018

The Hogan Lovells’ Corporate Insurance Newsletter for December has been published.  This provides a round-up of UK, EU and international regulatory developments relevant to UK based insurance market participants.  In this issue, amongst other items, we cover: Latest Brexit related consultation papers and other material from the HM Treasury, PRA and FCA  Regulation of claims

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No-deal Brexit: new publications from HM Treasury and the FCA

HM Treasury published guidance on 8 January 2019 for financial services institutions in a no-deal Brexit situation, updating HM Treasury’s 23 August 2018 technical notice on the financial services regulatory framework in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The guidance is limited to advising UK and EEA firms to take steps to ensure continuity of

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No-deal Brexit: reorganisation and winding up of insurers

Introduction As part of its planning for a no-deal Brexit, on 30 November HM Treasury published a draft of the Credit Institutions and Insurance Undertakings Reorganisation and Winding Up (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 (the “Draft Regulations“), which have been laid before Parliament, along with explanatory information. The Draft Regulations will take effect on exit

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Draft Insurance Distribution (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 published by HM Treasury: Brexit SI

On 21 November 2018, HM Treasury published a draft version of the Insurance Distribution (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, together with an explanatory information document. The purpose of the Regulations is to correct deficiencies in retained EU law relating to the Insurance Distribution Directive ((EU) 2016/97) (IDD) that arise from the UK leaving the EU,

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Too soon to harmonize EU Insurance Guarantee Schemes?

Insurance Guarantee Schemes (“IGS“) provide last resort protection to consumers in the event that their insurance company becomes insolvent or simply unable to fulfill their contractual commitments. This sort of protection networks have been made effective through directives in other sectors, such as banking and securities. Nevertheless, a directive has yet to be implemented for

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“No deal” Brexit: UK Government publishes details on draft regulations amending FSMA

On 22 November 2018, HM Treasury published Explanatory Information on the draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (the “Draft FSMA Regulations“). The Draft FSMA Regulations will make amendments to the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (“FSMA“) and related legislation to ensure that the UK’s financial services framework continues

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UK regulators prepare for ‘No Deal Brexit’ with a Temporary Permissions Regime

HM Treasury has proposed a Temporary Permissions Regime (“TPR“) as a temporary measure to replace the passporting regime in Schedule 3 and 4 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (“FSMA“) in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The legislative framework for the TPR is found in the EEA Passport Rights (Amendment, etc., and

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The time is now: EIOPA calls for action to ensure service continuity in cross-border insurance

Following its Opinion on 21 December 2017, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), yesterday (5th November) issued a call to action to ensure service continuity in cross-border insurance. In the December 2017 Opinion, EIOPA urged insurance undertakings and regulators to take the necessary steps in good time to ensure the continuity of cross-border

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No deal Brexit – Government publishes advice on vehicle insurance

On 24 September 2018, the Government published a technical notice on vehicle insurance if there is no Brexit deal. The current position Motorists from non-EU countries driving in the EU must have a Green Card, an internationally recognised certificate issued by their motor insurer as proof that they have third party motor insurance cover for

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Addressing Implementation: Messages from the FCA Workshop on its approach to consumers

The FCA held a workshop last week on Customers in Vulnerable Circumstances which focused on its approach to ensuring inclusive and fair treatment of vulnerable consumers in the financial services industry. Much of the focus draws from its Approach to Consumers published in July 2018 (see our previous FISion blog here). The FCA said? The

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How will pharmacogenetics influence the life insurance industry?

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

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Insurance M&A 2017/2018

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…

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Insurance Horizons 2018

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.

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Are you a credit insurer? Or a bank which relies on credit insurance? Now is the time to respond to the PRA’s consultation on unfunded guarantees

It has now been two months since the PRA opened a consultation on the eligibility of unfunded guarantees as a form of credit risk mitigation for banks. The consultation will remain open for responses for two and a half more weeks – until 16 May 2018. Although the consultation relates to banking regulation, the consultation

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The PRA response to the Treasury Committee’s Inquiry into Solvency II

In October 2017, the Treasury Committee of the House of Commons (the Committee) published its report on the Solvency II Directive and the upcoming issues generated by Brexit for the UK insurance industry. As part of its report, the Committee made a series of recommendations to the PRA, which we highlighted in our previous note

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US: National Association of Insurance Commissioners to Hold February Hearing on Collateral Requirements for EU Reinsurers

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) will hold a public hearing in New York City on 20 February 2018 to consider how U.S. States should address the elimination of reinsurance collateral requirements for EU reinsurers of U.S. insurance business that were covered in the bilateral agreement between the U.S. and the EU on Prudential

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Italy: IVASS provides instructions to insurance intermediaries for preventing cyber risks

IVASS has just published a letter to the market addressed to Italian and EU insurance intermediaries and undertakings addressing the level of awareness of traditional intermediaries about the risks involved in the use of new technologies and the prevention and protection measures adopted to face these risks. The letter is a follow up to the investigation

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The Treasury Committee’s Report on EU Insurance Regulation – What’s next for the PRA and the UK insurance industry?

In September 2016, the treasury committee of the House of Commons (the Committee) launched an inquiry into EU insurance regulation and to supplement its work on the relationship that the UK might seek to have with the EU following Brexit. Following the publication of various submissions and further evidence from a variety of market participants

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Are you ready for MiFID II?

With just three months to go, we’re offering a special subscription offer for our MiFID II Toolkit. This interactive tool helps you navigate, understand and act on your responsibilities, saving time, money and resources in the process. The toolkit brings all the materials you need together in one place, making complex matters easily accessible, while

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U.S. and EU sign covered agreement; issue clarifying statements

On Friday, September 22, 2017 the United States and the European Union signed a bilateral agreement on certain prudential measures regarding insurance and reinsurance (the “Covered Agreement” or “Agreement”).  Execution had been pending since both parties announced their intention to sign on July 14, 2017. Negotiation of the Agreement had been finalized six months earlier,

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Industry at odds with regulators over new framework for insurance recovery and resolution

There is an emergent divergence of opinion between trade body Insurance Europe and regulators. Will calls for further regulation create more substantial fissures? Insurance Europe, a trade body comprised of insurance associations representing approximately 95% of European premium insurance income, recently issued a press release reaffirming its stance on EU proposals for harmonising recovery and resolution

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Webinar: Brexit issues for insurance companies – The countdown to Brexit starts now

On Thursday 30 March we held our latest Brexit webinar for insurance companies.  The UK has two years to negotiate and reach an exit deal, unless all EU Member states unanimously agree to extend this deadline. Many insurance companies will need to start thinking about the implementation of their plans. They also need to consider

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The Treasury Committee inquiry into EU insurance regulation – what have we learned so far?

https://www.hlinsurancelaw.com/ To supplement its work on the relationship that the UK might seek to have with the EU following Brexit, the Treasury Committee of the House of Commons established in September 2016 an inquiry into EU insurance regulation. The inquiry has four main objectives: to consider the options for the UK insurance industry that are

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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