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Posted in Market developments, Regulatory and legislative updates, UK

FCA publishes “Dear CEO” letter concerning Covid-19 and business interruption insurance for SMEs

Insurers and business interruption insurance policies have been coming under increasing scrutiny as a result of the economic disruption to business as a result of Covid-19. Yesterday, the FCA published a “Dear CEO” letter to insurers setting out its expectations in relation to the assessment, settlement and payment of claims to SMEs under business interruption

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Italian first measures in favor of insurance market operators against COVID-19 emergency

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

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Mixed responses from European regulators as EIOPA urges insurers to hold back on dividend payments

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

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

EIOPA, PRA and FCA regulatory reporting and public disclosure requirements in response to COVID-19

EIOPA published recommendations, on 20 March 2020, addressed to the EU insurance sector on supervisory flexibility regarding the deadline of supervisory and public disclosure by insurers, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In consideration of these recommendations, on 23 March 2020, the PRA published a statement on COVID-19 regulatory reporting amendments for UK insurers. It

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IAIS measures to provide operational relief to supervisors and insurers in light of COVID-19

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

Posted in Market developments, Regulatory and legislative updates, UK

COVID-19 webinar – Insurance coverage considerations

Thursday, 02 April 2020, 15:30 (BST) One of a series of live webinars to help clients to respond to the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic on their business. Businesses who suffer losses stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic will want to understand how their insurance arrangements will respond to this crisis. In 30 minutes, our insurance experts will cover how the

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

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

EIOPA statement on actions to mitigate the impact of Coronavirus on the EU insurance sector

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) issued on 17 March 2020 a statement addressed to the EU insurance sector acknowledging the significant consequences for financial services that the Coronavirus/COVID 19 situation may cause and informing about the actions that should be taken by insurers and that will be taken by EIOPA to help

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

EIOPA’s timely reminder of the impact of low interest rates on insurers

Insurance businesses in a low interest rate environment The Supervisory Statement released by the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) on Wednesday, 18 March is a timely reminder of the potential negative side effects of low or negative interest rates on both life and non-life insurers. EIOPA considers the current ultra-low interest rate environment

Posted in Market developments, Regulatory and legislative updates, Spain

Hogan Lovells analyzes the Spanish Royal Decree 463/2020 of 14 March declaring the state of alarm for the management of the health crisis situation caused by COVID-19, in relation to the insurance sector

On Saturday 14 March, Spain’s Official State Gazette published Royal Decree 463/2020 declaring the state of alarm for the management of the health crisis situation caused by COVID-19 (RDEA). Under this Royal Decree, Spain has adopted a series of extraordinary measures of great relevance and impact with a threefold objective: i) to protect the health

Posted in Asia, Regulatory and legislative updates

Changes in insurance regulation: Mainland China / Hong Kong / Singapore / Indonesia / Vietnam

Our Asia insurance regulatory tracker for the third and fourth quarter of 2019 is attached. The tracker covers a range of developments across the region, including China’s measures to further open up China’s insurance sector, the guidelines issued by the Hong Kong Insurance Authority in light of the regulatory regime for insurance intermediaries from September

Posted in Market developments, Regulatory and legislative updates, UK

‘Open Insurance’: What does the future hold?

FCA’s Call for Input on Open Finance Open Finance refers to the extension of open-banking-like data sharing and third-party access to a wider range of financial sectors and products, including in the insurance market. The FCA highlighted in its recent market study on general insurance pricing practices (October 2019), that Open Finance and the increasing

Posted in Market developments, Regulatory and legislative updates, UK

Fever in the morning, Cover all through the night: Insurance and planning for the effect of Coronavirus on business

COVID-19 has already had a significant economic impact, which is likely to increase as Wuhan- and Italy-style lockdowns of large regions are implemented in other areas across the globe. While much has been said about large-scale flexible working, this will clearly not be possible for all businesses, and economic losses caused by disruptions including closure

Posted in European Union, Regulatory and legislative updates, UK

Webinar: Insurance Distribution: Regulatory priorities for 2020 – 11 March 2020

2020 looks set to be the “Year of the Insurance Customer” with regulators throughout Europe focusing on the customer experience. Please join us at our forthcoming webinar as we consider the ways in which regulators across Europe have put the spotlight on customers including fair pricing and the so-called “loyalty penalty”, the treatment of vulnerable

Posted in Regulatory and legislative updates, UK

UK: Corporate Insurance Newsletter – February 2020

The Hogan Lovells’ Corporate Insurance Newsletter for February 2020 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: FCA’s paper on its Sector Views 2020 and the Lloyd’s Market Association’s 2020 priorities On Brexit –

Posted in Regulatory and legislative updates, UK

UK: Operational resilience: a new area of regulation you need to think about now

Several high profile systems failures resulting in customers being unable to access their finances and an ever-increasing reliance on outsourcing key activities to group entities or third parties have unsurprisingly caught the regulators’ attention. The PRA and FCA are consulting on proposed new rules on operational resilience.  “Operational resilience” is defined as the ability of

Posted in Regulatory and legislative updates, Spain

The Spanish Insurance Distribution Act

The Spanish Insurance and Reinsurance Distribution Act implementing the Directive 2016/97 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 January 2016 on Insurance Distribution (the ”IDD”) has been finally approved and published in the Spanish Official Gazette (“Boletín Oficial del Estado” or ”BOE”) on 5 February 2020 and shall come into force on

Posted in Market developments, Regulatory and legislative updates, UK

UK: FCA Signposts Travellers with Pre-Existing Medical Conditions To Better Outcomes

Some consumers with pre-existing medical conditions (“PEMCs”) have problems navigating the travel insurance market and finding affordable cover given their medical conditions. Some are declined cover, only offered cover that excludes their PEMC or are offered what they consider to be unaffordable premiums. To address this problem, the FCA is introducing new signposting rules and guidance

Posted in Regulatory and legislative updates, UK

UK: Corporate Insurance Newsletter – January 2020

The Hogan Lovells’ Corporate Insurance Newsletter for January 2020 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: Reintroduction of the Financial Services Duty of Care Bill to Parliament Papers on the future of the

Posted in Regulatory and legislative updates, UK

UK: Corporate Insurance Newsletter – December 2019

The Hogan Lovells’ Corporate Insurance Newsletter for December 2019 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: The PRA and FPC joint discussion paper on financial implications on climate change PRA papers on outsourcing

Posted in Regulatory and legislative updates, UK

UK: Corporate Insurance Newsletter – November 2019

The Hogan Lovells’ Corporate Insurance Newsletter for November 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  papers and other material from the  PRA and EIOPA IAIS material on ComFrame and the Insurance

Posted in Regulatory and legislative updates, UK

Vulnerable customers and financial services: what does the future hold?

The fair treatment of vulnerable customers is a key priority for the FCA. It is an important topic not least because the FCA considers that half of UK adults (25.6 million people) display one or more characteristics of potential vulnerability. The FCA’s definition of a vulnerable customer is intentionally broad and captures anyone who “due