Insurance UK

  • June 13, 2024

    Broad Consensus Emerges On Pensions Before UK Election

    The U.K.'s pension sector is set for a period of relative stability as the three main political parties this week unveiled manifestos that revealed more consensus than disagreement.

  • June 13, 2024

    Labour Prioritizes Wealth Creation In Election Manifesto

    Keir Starmer said on Thursday that his Labour Party would kick-start a future of "national renewal" if it wins the general election, with economic growth and wealth creation driving a manifesto that lacked any surprise headline pledges.

  • June 13, 2024

    Troubled Insurer Considers Liquidation To Finish Onex Sale

    Struggling insurance company R&Q said on Thursday that it could fall into liquidation to allow it to complete the sale of its underwriting unit to a Canadian private equity shop, Onex Corp.

  • June 13, 2024

    Aon Launches $357M Insurance Program For Ukraine

    Global professional services firm Aon PLC has unveiled a $357 million insurance program in collaboration with the U.S. International Development Finance Corp. to support economic recovery in Ukraine.

  • June 12, 2024

    Reinsurers Escape $41M Claim Over Taliban Warehouse Loss

    A logistics company that lost its warehouse to the Taliban cannot claim $41 million from reinsurers because under the "clear wording" of its policy it was not covered for loss caused by seizure, a London court ruled Wednesday.

  • June 19, 2024

    King & Spalding Hires 5 Finance Pros From Cadwalader In UK

    King & Spalding LLP has boosted its partnership ranks in London with the hire of five finance lawyers from rival U.S. law firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP.

  • June 12, 2024

    Fix Pension Transfer Rules As 'Matter Of Urgency,' Gov't Told

    The Department for Work and Pensions must take immediate and urgent action to address a string of "unnecessary points of friction" around pension transfer flagging rules, wealth management company Quilter PLC said Wednesday.

  • June 12, 2024

    Gowling, Eversheds Steer £125M Med. Nonprofit Pension Deal

    Pension insurance company Rothesay said it has completed a £125 million ($160 million) full scheme buy-in with a plan sponsored by The nonprofit Medical Protection Society Ltd., in a deal steered by Gowling WLG and Eversheds Sutherland.

  • June 12, 2024

    Rule Changes Proposed To Revive EU Securitizations

    A European body for financial institutions has warned that regulation is suffocating the securitization market as it proposed a five-point plan to revive it as part of the Capital Markets Union to get investments flowing across member states.

  • June 12, 2024

    Insurer L&G Plans £200M Share Buyback To Boost Returns

    Legal & General Group PLC on Wednesday said it will launch a £200 million ($255 million) share repurchase program as it unveiled plans to boost returns for investors and focus on core areas of its business.

  • June 12, 2024

    Marsh Unit Buys $66B UK Pensions Provider Cardano

    A unit of U.S. professional services giant Marsh McLennan has bought $66 billion U.K. pensions provider Cardano, in a deal guided by Norton Rose Fulbright LLP.

  • June 18, 2024

    Fieldfisher Hires Linklaters RE Pro To Open Brussels Practice

    Fieldfisher LLP has hired a real estate specialist from Linklaters LLP to launch a new practice in Belgium as it ramps up its services to clients in transactional matters and litigation.

  • June 11, 2024

    Travers Smith Recruits Funds Partner From Blackstone

    Travers Smith LLP said Tuesday that it had hired a retailization specialist from Blackstone Inc.'s credit and insurance arm as a partner, fortifying its ability to advise fund managers on products previously only available to financial institutions.

  • June 11, 2024

    Tory Tax Cut Plans Raise Questions On Funding Gaps

    The prime minister unveiled plans for £17.2 billion ($21.8 billion) in tax cuts at the launch of the Conservative Party's election manifesto on Tuesday, but a headline cut of two percentage points in the payroll tax was put off for three years — and funding plans left some experts unconvinced.

  • June 11, 2024

    FCA Eyes Consumer Impact Of New Legal Cooperation Rules

    The Financial Conduct Authority has set out how it is working with the Financial Ombudsman Service and other bodies under a new duty of legal cooperation required by the Consumer Duty and changing payments regulations.

  • June 11, 2024

    EU Insurers Face Fair Value Scrutiny, Moody's Warns

    Life insurers across the European Union are under mounting pressure from the bloc's regulators to demonstrate that their products provide customers with fair value, according to a rating agency's new report published Tuesday.

  • June 11, 2024

    Industry Groups Want Post-Election Pensions Review

    The next government must urgently carry out a review of pension savings adequacy soon after taking power in order to stave off a looming retirement crisis, a coalition of industry bodies and experts warned.

  • June 11, 2024

    Sunak Pledges Further Tax Cuts In Election Manifesto

    Rishi Sunak said on Tuesday that his Conservative Party would establish a tax system that "rewards work" by slashing a range of levies if it wins the general election, including another cut in the national payroll tax by 2027.

  • June 10, 2024

    BDO Denies Failing To Help In £18.5M Insurance Broker Sale

    Accounting firm BDO LLP has rejected an insurance broker's claims that it is not entitled to payment for merger and acquisition advice because it failed to propose or introduce the buyer that eventually purchased the broker for £18.5 million ($23.6 million).

  • June 10, 2024

    Next Gov't To Face Tough Pension Decisions, IFS Warns

    The next government will need to make some urgent decisions on pension reforms to ensure future retirees are protected, an influential think-tank has warned ahead of the July 4 general election.

  • June 17, 2024

    Hogan Lovells Adds Insurance Pro From Slaughter And May

    Hogan Lovells has bolstered its London corporate insurance practice by tapping a former senior counsel from Slaughter and May as a partner.

  • June 10, 2024

    European Financial Body Calls On UK To Clarify AML Reforms

    A European body representing financial market participants has called on HM Treasury to provide more clarity in the Money Laundering Regulations through planned amendments, including by specifying the exact point when a firm must check a potential customer's background.

  • June 10, 2024

    Lib Dems Vow To Raise Capital Gains Tax For UK's Wealthiest

    The U.K.'s third-largest political party vowed on Monday to raise taxes on the country's wealthiest individuals if it wins the next election, in a bid to raise £5 billion ($6.4 billion) for the National Health Service.

  • June 10, 2024

    DWF Guides Brown & Brown Buy Of NI Broker Rollins

    Insurance giant Brown & Brown Europe Ltd. said Monday it has bought Oscar Rollins & Co. Ltd., a broker based in Northern Ireland, in a deal steered by its in-house legal team and DWF Law.

  • June 10, 2024

    10% Of Early Pension Dippers Regret Withdrawals

    Approximately one in 10 retirees aged 55 and older who withdrew money from their pension before retirement said they regretted doing so, a retirement savings company said on Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • How The New UK Digital Markets Bill Will Affect CMA's Powers

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    The highly anticipated U.K. Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill sets out far-reaching changes in terms of merger control and conduct requirements, but some are skeptical of the Competition and Markets Authority’s enhanced powers and potential for divergence in treatment between firms, say Ben Chivers, Stephen Whitfield ​​​​​​​and Nigel Seay at Travers Smith.

  • Key Takeaways From EU Proposal For Greenwashing Rules

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    If the proposal for a Green Claims Directive, with its enhanced rules on claims about a product or trader's environmental impact, is adopted, it will affect all businesses selling their products in the EU and bring major changes to the way those products are packaged and advertised, say attorneys at Shearman.

  • UK Plan For AI Rules Raises Compliance Questions For Cos.

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    The U.K. government's proposal for a new, clear and pro-innovation regulatory framework on artificial intelligence diverges from the European Union's approach, which may create incoherence and compliance burdens for businesses operating in both jurisdictions, says attorneys at Akin Gump.

  • The FCA's Timely Plan To Reform Asset Management Regime

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    The discussion paper recently issued by the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority finally addresses how, in the future, asset management regulation will work in totality from an investor, manager and distributor perspective, and its review of the purpose and balance of the regime is welcomed, says Tim Dolan at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Questions Raised By UK Plan For ESG Ratings Providers

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    HM Treasury is taking steps toward regulating environmental, social and corporate governance ratings providers, aiming to ensure adequate protection for U.K. users and level the playing field, but the potential new regime risks imposing undue regulatory burden and overlapping requirements on U.K. and overseas firms, say Ferdisha Snagg and Andreas Wildner at Cleary.

  • Review Of Senior Managers Regime Provides Useful Insight

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    Although the recently launched review of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime suggests a remodel rather than wholesale change, the topics raised illustrate the mindset of the three key stakeholders in the U.K. financial services sector, say Richard Burger and Katy O’Connor at WilmerHale.

  • Highlights Of The UK's New Economic Crime Plan

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    With the direction of the U.K. government’s newly launched second economic crime plan undeniably altered by the recent focus on kleptocrats and their money, the emphasis is now on how the U.K. can deliver a more effective approach to reducing the threat of economic crime, says Kathryn Westmore at the Royal United Services Institute.

  • How The LDI Crisis May Lead To Pensions' Negligence Claims

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    Following the liability-driven investment crisis and its impact on pension schemes, employers and trustees may now be considering if anyone is to blame for any losses arising, say Rachael Healey and Andrew Oberholzer at RPC.

  • 5 Crypto Considerations For UK Policymakers

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    A recent consultation paper from the U.K.'s HM Treasury about digital asset regulation has been touted as a cause for celebration, and while the wheels have been put into motion, there is still a lot of work to do when it comes to correctly regulating the U.K.'s cryptocurrency industry, says Oliver Linch at Bittrex Global.

  • Crypto-Asset Consultation Sets Out Direction Of Travel For UK

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    HM Treasury's phased approach in its recently published consultation on extending the U.K.'s future financial services regulatory regime for crypto-assets, although in many ways differing from parallel developments in the EU, is likely to be conducive to thoughtful policymaking, say attorneys at Cleary.

  • EU Act Offers Financial Sector A Cybersecurity Framework

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    Although unlikely to be a complete solution to all risk management issues, the Digital Operation Resilience Act, effective from 2025, will increase regulatory pressure substantially in the EU financial sector and demand compliance with several new requirements, say attorneys at DLA Piper.

  • Warranty & Indemnity Insurance Considerations For M&A

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    With increased competition and greater capacity leading to lower premiums and deal costs, warranty and indemnity insurance is now available to the wider M&A market, and may help to limit risk and help parties focus on other key elements of the transaction, says Alice Wooler at Birketts.

  • 4 Exercises To Quickly Build Trust On Legal Teams

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    High-performance legal teams can intentionally build trust through a rigorous approach, including open-ended conversations and personality assessments, to help attorneys bond fast, even if they are new to the firm or group, says Ben Sachs at the University of Virginia School of Law.

  • Lessons To Be Learned From Twitter's Latest Hacking Scandal

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    Following the report of a recent data breach at Twitter, it is clearly vital for companies to adhere to best practices in data protection and IT security arrangements, including technical measures, and proper processes and procedures that mitigate risk and provide adequate training for staff, says Simon Ridding at Keller Postman.

  • Preparing For EU's Pay Gap Reporting Directive

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    An agreement has been reached on the European Union Pay Transparency Directive, paving the way for gender pay gap reporting to become compulsory for many employers across Europe, introducing a more proactive approach than the similar U.K. regime and leading the way on new global standards for equal pay, say attorneys at Lewis Silkin.

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