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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

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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

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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

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EU: European Commission to issue Green Paper on Retail Financial Services and Insurance

The European Commission has recently published (2 September ) a roadmap on its forthcoming green paper on retail financial service and insurance. The objective of this Green Paper is to consider the obstacles faced by providers and consumers when offering or purchasing financial services across the EU. It will investigate issues not yet addressed in legislation

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Proposal by Obama Administration Seeks to Limit U.S. Federal Income Tax Deductions for Reinsurance Premiums Paid by U.S. Cedents to Affiliated Non-U.S. Reinsurers

What is Being Proposed In an effort to reduce perceived U.S. tax advantages for certain multinational insurance and reinsurance groups with U.S. operations, the Obama administration in its 2016 Fiscal Year Budget Revenue Proposals seeks new legislation that would deny a U.S. cedent a federal income tax deduction for premiums paid to an affiliated non-U.S.

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Recognition for Hogan Lovells’ Insurance Team from Who’s Who Legal 2015

Who’s Who Legal has just released its Insurance & Reinsurance 2015 Analysis, “a comprehensive analysis of the market, featuring 559 leading practitioners from 280 firms across 58 jurisdictions”, that highlights Hogan Lovells’ top international insurance practice.   As the Analysis points out, “[o]nly a relatively small number of law firms can boast a global network of

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Jurisdiction and Governing Law Rules in the European Union

To help litigants navigate those rules and avoid missing tactical opportunities at an early stage in a dispute, we have prepared a note which summarises the three key European Union Regulations and provides easy to navigate flow charts.

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EU: IMD2 – Where are we now?

Progress has been made recently with the Council of the European Union agreeing its general approach on the Insurance Mediation Directive 2 (“IMD2”) on 5 November 2014. This allows negotiations to begin with the European Parliament. The European Commission originally presented a proposal for a revised insurance mediation directive in July 2012 and, following initial

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Ebola: insurance under the microscope

Ebola continues to devastate West Africa.  Over 14,000 cases including 5,000 deaths have been reported. Whilst the threat of a global outbreak remains relatively low, this crisis and the recent discovery of avian flu in Britain have again brought to the fore the exposure the (re)insurance industry has to pandemics. Prudent (re)insurers should use this

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Global Insurance Seminar and Webinar Programme 2014/15

The Hogan Lovells Global Insurance Seminar and Webinar Programme for 2014/15 was launched in March. We have since put on a series of seminars and webinars covering topics of interest to our insurance and reinsurance clients around the world, hosted by our local insurance specialists. Click here for more information.  

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When do insurers need to charge themselves VAT?

This article was first published in Global Reinsurance Magazine on 30 September 2014 and is reproduced in the blog with kind permission of the publishers. The answer lies in the findings of a recent case at the European Court of Justice. The case found that when a company’s head office supplies services from a third

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What the future holds for reinsurance arbitration clauses

This article was first published in Global Reinsurance Magazine on 14 August 2014 and reproduced in the blog with kind permission of the publishers. The time-honoured reliance on arbitration to settle disputes is under threat as reinsurance contracts evolve. Is the use of arbitration to settle disputes fading in the international reinsurance market? While confidentiality

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Emerging risk: Arctic exploration, drones, bitcoin and artificial intelligence

This article was first published in Global Reinsurance Magazine on 1 August 2014 and reproduced in the blog with kind permission of the publishers. The world is ever changing.  Change creates opportunity but with opportunity comes risk. With this, underwriters, brokers, risk analysts and others face new challenges.  Some new risks, like cyber security, receive a

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EU and US Dialogue Project

In 2012 a formal dialogue was initiated between the EU and the US with the objective of enhancing understanding and cooperation for the benefit of insurance consumers, business opportunity and effective supervision. In December 2012, following a year of collaboration, the project published the EU-U.S. Dialogue Project Technical Committee Reports Comparing Certain Aspects of the

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*SAVE THE DATE* – Global Insurance Seminar and Webinar Programme 2014/15

We are pleased to announce that the third webinar in the Hogan Lovells Insurance Seminar and Webinar Programme 2014/15 will take place on Wednesday 10 September 2014 at 9:00 (PDT)/12:00 (EDT)/17:00 (BST). The seminar will cover: Fundamentals of Bad Faith Litigation in California: New Developments Click here for further information.

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EU: Insurance Block Exemption – European Commission seeks views on its future

The current Insurance Block Exemption Regulation (IBER) expires on 31 March 2017, and the European Commission is required to report to the Council and European Parliament by March 2016 on the functioning and future of the IBER. To facilitate the preparation of this report, the Commission has issued a consultation seeking views on the IBER,

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Evolution: Shaping Regulation, Unlocking Growth

Last year, Hogan Lovells and FT Remark interviewed 240 senior decision-makers from public companies across the globe, as part of a research project titled ‘Evolution: Reigniting the Global Economy’. That research highlighted the impact that legislators and policy makers have on businesses in every sector, in every one of the world’s markets — and the

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The EU and US step up trade sanctions against Ukraine and Russia

The EU and US have significantly stepped up trade and investment sanctions against the Ukraine and Russia in recent days in light of the on-going political instability in Eastern Ukraine.  For details on the sanctions regime previously in force, see our blog post of March 26.  The key new measures are outlined below.