August 7th, 2018

Regulatory Landscape Part III: New York Department of Financial Services Regulation

Posted at 2:00 AM ET

The recently enacted European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Model Law and the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) Cybersecurity Act all address data privacy (the personal information of individuals) and data protection (using such personal information for business objectives), but from different perspectives. The NYDFS and NAIC regulations are focused on the technical requirements of financial service companies to assess cyber risk in their systems, implement additional security and report breaches promptly.

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August 6th, 2018

Regulatory Landscape Part II: Extra-Territorial Application of GDPR

Posted at 2:00 AM ET

The European Union’s Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applies to company processing of personal data of European Union (EU) citizens, regardless of the company’s location. Mere accessibility of a controller’s, processor’s or intermediary’s website in the EU, containing an email address or other contact details or the use of a language generally used in a third country where the controller is established, does not necessarily bring the data within GDPR jurisdiction.

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August 3rd, 2018

Week’s Top Stories: July 28 - August 3, 2018

Posted at 9:55 AM ET

Carr Fire – Redding, California: In Northern California, the Carr Fire has burned at least 110,154 acres since July 23 and claimed at least six lives according to media reports and Cal Fire. Damage survey efforts are still ongoing, however initial indications are that at least 1,236 structures have been destroyed with another 225 damaged.

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Guy Carpenter to Host Scientific and Engineering Expo to Launch New InsurTech Advisory Offering Developed with Numerati® Partners LLC: Guy Carpenter announced the August 9, 2018 launch event for its InsurTech Alliance – a cost effective, state of the art and insurer-focused suite of capabilities to help carriers evaluate new innovations in the areas of data, analytics and digital technology-based products and solutions.

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Chart: The Cyber Insurance Matrix Explained: Chart examines the policy coverage matrix between cyber and property lines of insurance coverage.

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TRIPRA: The Need to Ease Rating Agencies and Regulators’ Concerns: In 2018, the minimum industry trigger for the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015 (TRIPRA) increased to USD 160 million, contributing to continued rating agency concerns. In late 2017, A.M. Best updated its terrorism methodology and fully integrated the peril into its stochastic Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR) Model.

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The Insurtech Landscape: More than 50 start-up companies offering data, analytics and technology to the insurance sector enter the market every month.  While this dynamic is welcome news for an industry that is rapidly adapting to the digital economy, it also creates the challenge of identifying the ’right’ technology that would fit each business.

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FEMA Expands Reinsurance Initiative - “FloodSmart Re” the First Cat Bond to Ultimately Benefit a Federal Agency: GC Securities* Acts as Sole Structuring Agent and Co-Bookrunner. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced its August 1, 2018 reinsurance placement for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). For the first time, FEMA has secured reinsurance ultimately backed by capital markets investors, continuing efforts to better manage the NFIP’s financial risk.

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*Securities or investments, as applicable, are offered in the United States through GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities LLC, a US registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC. Main Office: 1166 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036. Phone: (212) 345-5000. **Securities or investments, as applicable, are offered in the European Union by GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd. (MMCSEL), which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, main office 25 The North Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London E14 5HS. Reinsurance products are placed through qualified affiliates of Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC. MMC Securities LLC, MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd. and Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC are affiliates owned by Marsh & McLennan Companies. This communication is not intended as an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy any security, financial instrument, reinsurance or insurance product.


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August 2nd, 2018

Regulatory Landscape Part I: The New Privacy Order Created by GDPR

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into effect on May 25, 2018, replaced the Data Protection Directive 95/46/ec as the primary law regulating how companies protect EU citizens’ personal data. The GDPR is expected to set a new standard for consumer data rights; companies will be challenged to put compliant systems and processes in place. For example, the GDPR takes an expansive view of what constitutes personal identification information; broader than that of the NYSDFS or NAIC regulations. Continue reading…

August 1st, 2018

FEMA Expands Reinsurance Initiative - “FloodSmart Re” the First Cat Bond to Ultimately Benefit a Federal Agency

Posted at 2:00 AM ET

GC Securities* Acts as Sole Structuring Agent and Co-Bookrunner.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced its August 1, 2018 reinsurance placement for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). For the first time, FEMA has secured reinsurance ultimately backed by capital markets investors, continuing efforts to better manage the NFIP’s financial risk. Continue reading…

August 1st, 2018

GC Capital Ideas Top Stories: July 2018

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

1. Chart: The Cyber Insurance Matrix Explained: Chart examines the policy coverage matrix between cyber and property lines of insurance coverage.

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2. Guy Carpenter Appoints President and Head of South East Asia and Korea: Guy Carpenter announced the appointment of Bengt Johnsen as President and Head of the South East Asia and Korea (SEAK) region, effective Jan. 18, 2019. He will succeed Richard Jones, who was promoted to Chairman of the Asia Pacific region in August 2017. Mr. Johnsen will be based in Singapore and will report to Tony Gallagher, CEO of Asia Pacific.

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3. Guy Carpenter to Host Scientific and Engineering Expo to Launch New InsurTech Advisory Offering Developed with Numerati® Partners LLC: Guy Carpenter announced the August 9, 2018 launch event for its InsurTech Alliance – a cost effective, state of the art and insurer-focused suite of capabilities to help carriers evaluate new innovations in the areas of data, analytics and digital technology-based products and solutions.

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4. Chart: Top Ten Catastrophe Bond Transactions In 2017: The table lists the top ten catastrophe bond transactions that were completed in 2017.

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5. Chart: Global Property Catastrophe ROL Index: The Guy Carpenter Global Property Catastrophe Rate on Line (ROL) index is presented for 1990 through 2018.

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6. The Insurtech Landscape: More than 50 start-up companies offering data, analytics and technology to the insurance sector enter the market every month.  While this dynamic is welcome news for an industry that is rapidly adapting to the digital economy, it also creates the challenge of identifying the ’right’ technology that would fit each business.

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7. Guy Carpenter Advises Gothaer on the Transfer of Its Gothaer Re Run-off portfolio: Guy Carpenter announced that it acted as the sole transactional advisor on the successful transfer of the reinsurance portfolio of Gothaer Group (Gothaer) which has been in run-off since Gothaer Re ceased trading in 2004.

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8. Claims in the Technology Era: Employing technology to streamline claims may be a strategy for profitable growth for insurers as clients seek more innovation in this arena.

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9. Trends in Terror Cover: Hospitality and gaming companies, on average, allocated the largest share of their property insurance programs to terrorism coverage in 2017.

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10. Aging Population and Automation: Which Nations Face High Risk: The specific countries that face a high risk of automation of jobs held by older workers also tend to have projections for a rapidly aging population, according to the study The Twin Threats of Aging and Automation by Marsh & McLennan Companies.

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July 31st, 2018

Carr Fire – Redding, California

Posted at 6:09 PM ET

carr-smallIn Northern California, the Carr Fire has burned at least 110,154 acres since July 23 and claimed at least six lives according to media reports and Cal Fire. Damage survey efforts are still ongoing, however initial indications are that at least 1,236 structures have been destroyed with another 225 damaged. At least 27,000 people have been displaced by this event. Ongoing hot conditions are expected for the area which will continue to enable active fire spread. Nevertheless, containment efforts have made headway and the fire is under 27 percent containment according to Cal Fire. The fire continues to pose an active threat to numerous structures along with power and communications infrastructure, and evacuations remain in place. Our thoughts and concerns remain with those lost and personally affected by this event.

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July 31st, 2018

TRIPRA: The Need to Ease Rating Agencies and Regulators’ Concerns

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

terrorism-rep-connections-banner-2In 2018, the minimum industry trigger for the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015 (TRIPRA) increased to USD 160 million, contributing to continued rating agency concerns. In late 2017, A.M. Best updated its terrorism methodology and fully integrated the peril into its stochastic Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR) Model. Continue reading…

July 30th, 2018

Guy Carpenter promotes Byrd to CEO of South Africa

Posted at 2:00 AM ET

Guy Carpenter announced the promotion of Alton Byrd to the position of CEO of the firm’s South Africa operations, with immediate effect.

Most recently Senior Vice President for Treaty in the region, in his new role Mr. Byrd is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the ongoing management of the South Africa operations, as well as optimizing the growth strategy for the country. Based in Johannesburg, he reports to Ian Kerton, Head of UK Property & Casualty at Guy Carpenter. Continue reading…