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As a result of the health emergency caused by the widespread outbreak of the COVID-19 virus and disease, specific measures have been adopted in Italy starting from the beginning of March 2020 in order to contain the impact thereof at various levels and sectors of the economy. In particular, the Italian Government adopted Law Decree
On 2 April 2020, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) urged all (re)insurers to temporarily suspend dividend distributions and share buybacks. The response from insurance regulators in EU countries has been mixed. In some countries the regulator has followed a similar approach. However, the German regulator, BaFin, has stated that it considers the
The International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS), on 27 March 2020, published a press release about the measures it is taking to address the impact of COVID-19 on the insurance sector. This includes using the framework it has developed for forward-looking risk to undertake a targeted assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on the global
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1. IVASS monitoring KIDs of insurance-based investment products (IBIPs) On 10 July, IVASS launched a preliminary public consultation which could possibly be followed by a tendering procedure for the selection of a service provider which will be charged with the task of setting up and managing an online portal for the collection, updating and monitoring
Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently declared that the company intends to create an insurance product ‘much more compelling than everything else out there’. Victor Fornasier, partner at Hogan Lovells, discusses with Tom Inchley from Lexis Nexis, Tesla’s plans and what they could mean for the car insurance industry. Click here for the article. This article
Last night the Italian Government approved the law decree aimed at ensuring financial stability and market integrity in the event of hard Brexit (the “Decree”). The final version of the Decree is expected to be issued soon and will enter into force upon the publication on the Official Journal. Amendments in the final version of
On 5 March the Italian Supreme Court issued a new important judgment on unit-linked policies and their nature. Unlike previous decisions rendered over the past years, in which the Supreme Court merely referred to the lower courts the task of assessing the features of the disputed policies so as to verify whether they could be
IVASS published on 5 June Regulation no. 38 concerning provisions on the corporate governance system (the “Regulation“) implementing EIOPA Guidelines pursuant to Solvency II Directive. The Regulation will be applicable to: (i) insurance and reinsurance undertakings having a registered office in Italy (ii) the Italian branches of insurance and reinsurance undertakings having a registered office
On 28 June Consob (the Italian supervisory authority on financial markets) launched a public consultation regarding amendments to its Regulation adopted with Resolution No. 11971 of 14 May 1999 (“Consob Regulation on Issuers”) in order to review the pre-contractual information requirements to be met by insurance undertakings when issuing insurance products with financial content (i.e.
On 16 June Legislative Decree No. 68/2018 aimed at implementing the IDD (the “Legislative Decree“) was published on the Italian Official Journal. The Legislative Decree will significantly impact the rules currently in force in Italy on insurance mediation set out by the Italian Insurance Code and the Italian Consolidated Financial Act.
On 8 June IVASS launched three public consultations on its draft regulations providing for secondary level legislation regarding insurance and reinsurance distribution, pre-contractual transparency requirements to be met in connection with the distribution of insurance products and on administrative sanctions. Although the Legislative Decree approved by the Italian Government on 16 May aimed at implementing
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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.
In a letter to the market published by IVASS yesterday, the Italian insurance regulator expressly clarified that the scope of application of the guidelines set out in a previous letter to the market also includes EU insurance undertakings acting in Italy under both the right of establishment and freedom of services regimes. Click here to
The Italian Insurance Regulator (“IVASS“) and the Italian Competition Authority (“AGCM“) have taken coordinated actions against certain clauses contained in health and accidents insurance policies that cover permanent invalidity, because they have been presumed unfair to the insurance beneficiaries. Click here to read more.
On 14 February the EU Council agreed the text of the proposed Directive to postpone the deadline for the transposition into Member States of Directive 2016/97 on insurance distribution (IDD) to 1 July 2018 and the application date of new rules to 1 October 2018. Click here to continue reading the Newsletter.
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
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.
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
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
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