As we approach the April 1 Japan reinsurance renewals, we review recent GC Capital Ideas stories focusing on Asia Pacific.
Tony Gallagher Appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Region for Guy Carpenter: Guy Carpenter announced that Tony Gallagher will be appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the firm’s Pacific Region effective March 1, 2013. Mr. Gallagher will be based in Sydney and will report to James Nash, CEO of the firm’s Asia Pacific region.
Japan Values Long-Term Continuity: As in every past year, Japanese (re)insurers look to the January 1, 2013, reinsurance renewal for guidance as to the likely state of the market for their renewals at April 1. This year they will have been encouraged with a market characterized by excess capital, overcapacity and easing prices for loss-free business. This scenario is evidenced by the Guy Carpenter Global Property Catastrophe Reinsurance Rate on Line index, which fell at renewal, albeit marginally. This environment will come as a welcome change to Japanese buyers, who have fought their way through the last two renewals against adverse market conditions caused by a series of significant losses in the Asia Pacific region.