High hopes as the US House of Representatives passes historic marijuana reform legislation which allows banks and other financial institutions to work with state-legal cannabis industry. Currently, thirty-three states and the District of Columbia have passed laws legalizing marijuana for medical and/or adult-use. … [Read more...] about Congress Takes First Step to Banking on Cannabis
AIRROC’s Corporate Partner Catalina announces new partnership with British Lung Foundation. Hamilton, Bermuda – Catalina Holdings (Bermuda) Ltd (“Catalina”), an industry leader in the insurance legacy space, is pleased to announce a partnership with the British Lung Foundation, committing £5 million in funding to accelerate research into mesothelioma.Continue … [Read more...] about Catalina commits £5 million to mesothelioma research in partnership with the British Lung Foundation
Dentons Gotham Insurance Symposium hosts panel on new insurance business transfer mechanisms in Oklahoma and the US.Please join Dentons for its fifth annual Gotham Insurance Symposium, as they delve into some of the most pressing issues facing the insurers today, including insurance business transfer mechanisms in Oklahoma and the US. This panel presentation will … [Read more...] about Gotham Insurance Symposium
New York urges insurers with potential exposure to legal claims stemming from the Child Victims Act to act promptly and in good faith. The New York Child Victims Act (“CVA”) was signed into law on February 14, 2019. Among other things, the CVA extended the civil statute of limitations for sexual abuse claims against alleged perpetrators and … [Read more...] about New York State Department Of Financial Services “Expects” Insurers To “Cooperate Fully” With The Child Victims Act
Written by Luann PetrellisLuann is an insurance professional who specializes in developing runoff and restructuring strategies for discontinued (re)insurance businesses. Luann drafted the Insurance Business Transfer regulations for the state of Rhode Island, the first restructuring tool of its kind that enables companies to achieve finality for commercial P&C legacy … [Read more...] about New beginnings: US regulation is generating more flexibility for legacy deals
AIRROC’s Corporate Partner Locke Lord provides a “Quick Study” on the NAIC’s Summer Meeting in New York on August 4, 2019; specifically the NAIC’s Restructuring Mechanisms Working Group progress on insurance business transfers and corporate division statutes.Read more by clicking on this link. … [Read more...] about NAIC Restructuring Mechanisms Working Group Continues its Study of IBTs and Corporate Division Statutes
In June 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) approved a new accounting standard, the Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL) model, to replace the former incurred loss model for measuring credit risk on financial instruments. This change will accelerate the financial reporting of credit losses on loans and other financial instruments, including reinsurance … [Read more...] about Preparing for CECL: A Ceded Reinsurance Perspective
Carolyn Fahey and Francine Semaya recently had the pleasure of interviewing Oklahoma Insurance Department Commissioner John Doak and others in the Department. They talked about the Oklahoma Senate Bill 1101, known as the Insurance Business Transfer Act, that was signed by Governor Mary Fallin on May 7, 2018. This new law provides an efficient mechanism for insurance companies … [Read more...] about A-Ok in OK
A good few eyes are focused on the daily, if not hourly, developing news on the UK’s departure from the European Union. What does it mean for the London Market and in turn for those who deal with its many participants both in the EU and throughout the rest of the world?The run-up to Brexit might have resonances of Y2K and the millennium bug but it is distinctly different. Y2K … [Read more...] about Brexit: Whats going on?
AIRROC’s Carolyn Fahey participated in The Insurance Insider Roundtable with other prominent players in the legacy market. It was held in May, 2018, during the annual IRLA Congress in Brighton, England. The Roundtable was a spirited and enlightening discussion on the current optimism in the legacy market, the impact of Brexit, and the overall outlook and trends for the legacy … [Read more...] about IRLA Legacy Roundtable
New legislation is loosening the tight regulatory knot that’s been wrapped around legacy insurance business in the U.S. Upcoming game-changers include:Key amendments to the Rhode Island Voluntary Restructuring Statute (the ‘Rhode Island Statute’), which, among other amendments (House Bill 8163), would allow (re)insurers to transfer eligible portfolios without requiring … [Read more...] about Legacy Watershed: Capitalizing on the New Legislative Options for Runoff
How many times are we going to learn about another corporate misstep? The list of companies making headlines for the wrong reasons never seems to end —Wells Fargo, Volkswagen, Target, Toshiba, Experian, Yahoo, Weinstein, Wynn, Uber—just to name a few. What do all of these companies have in common? A lack of strong corporate governance.Corporate governance can simply be … [Read more...] about Corporate Governance
Touted as the most significant federal tax legislation since 1986, Public Law 115-97 – informally known as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (the “TCJA”) – was enacted on December 22, 2017. This article examines the potential impact of several provisions of the TCJA on the insurance industry.The changes in the TCJA to domestic corporate tax provisions, including the corporate tax … [Read more...] about The Impact of the Tax Reform Act on the Insurance Industry
In January 2018, we launched the eleventh edition of our run- off survey, in conjunction with both IRLA and, for the first time, AIRROC. Our survey was expanded to account for the worldwide nature of the run-off market and estimated the value of the global non-life run-off market to be at least US$730bn. It is no shock that the U.S. dominates the global market by value and, by … [Read more...] about Results Are In… AIRROC Co-Sponsors First PwC Global Insurance Runoff Survey
In the previous three articles, we took a journey that would be a dream if it were a holiday itinerary: Europe and its uniform legal and regulatory framework for portfolio transfers; then Europe met the U.S., which with small but steady steps is trying to develop its own system for legal finality and insurance business transfers; and finally, we focused on Rhode Island, … [Read more...] about The Legacy Market: Anticipation. Excitement. Commitment. Patience. That Order.
A panel comprised of Eleni Iacovides of DARAG, Vincent Laurenzano and Bernhardt Nadell of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, Jim Wrynn of FTI Consulting, and Frank Schmid of AIG discussed the various statutory and regulatory provisions governing insurance business transfers. The panel addressed traditional statutory and regulatory procedures for handling impaired and insolvent … [Read more...] about Insurance Business Transfer Statutes
A well-executed watch list process can significantly benefit P&C insurance companies. From the initial establishment of the process, which includes identifying which exposures and claims to include, to the ongoing review of the process as new exposures and claim types emerge, actuarial, claims, and underwriting departments significantly impact the success of a watch list … [Read more...] about Eyeballing Excellence: Establishing and Executing an Effective Watch List Process/Policy
In The Legacy Market article that ran in the Spring 2017 issue, we discussed the various exit and capital release tools available to the European insurance market with each providing different degrees of finality and capital relief. The second Legacy Market article which ran in the Fall issue, discussed the first finality statute available in the U.S. and steps taken by other … [Read more...] about The Legacy Market: Resistance. Protection. Equivalence. Vision. That Order.
Recent developments indicate that U.S. regulators are responding to these market realities. In 2015, Rhode Island passed regulations providing for “insurance business transfers” for commercial P&C runoff business. The Rhode Island Insurance Business Transfer (RI IBT) is modeled on the U.K.’s Part VII Transfer that has been British law for almost 20 years and has resulted in … [Read more...] about Separate but Not Equal
In a world where “strong and stable” equates to weak and uncertain, the European legacy market remains strong and stable (as defined by the Oxford Dictionary), transparent, and continues to deliver Certainty (the capital C is not a typo!) and a cleaner, leaner and stronger balance sheet to each carrier that engages in the process through the implementation of the most … [Read more...] about The Legacy Market: Strength. Stability. Transparency. Certainty. That Order.