Posts Tagged ‘Germany’



April 1st, 2015

Insured Cat Losses – Europe/Middle East/Africa – 2014

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Insured losses for the regions encompassing Europe, the Middle East and Africa accounted for around 21 percent of global insured losses in 2014. The most significant events included the severe convective outbreak (hail and windstorm Ela) that affected areas including Germany, France, Belgium and Austria. A frontal boundary crossing the area initiated severe thunderstorms and supercells. The thunderstorms inflicted damaging wind gusts and hail over a widespread area with reports of hail exceeding seven centimeters (2.8 inches) in diameter and isolated reports of hailstones as large as 12 centimeters (4.7 inches).(1) Estimated insured losses from this event were around USD2.8 billion.(2)

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November 17th, 2014

Compensation “Emerging Risks”

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From an “emerging risks” perspective it can be seen that the inadequacies of the “lump sum” method of compensation have been highlighted by a number of systemic factors:

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February 19th, 2014

Europe, Middle East and Africa Catastrophe Review, 2013

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2013 will be remembered in Europe in part as the year of the flood, with the worst flood event affecting several Central European countries in June. Estimated insured losses from this event were around USD4.1 billion, with economic losses of around USD18 billion (1). Persistent heavy rain caused the Vltava, Elbe and Danube Rivers to overflow their banks and in some cases breach flood defenses. Countries affected included Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary and Poland.

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December 29th, 2013

January 1, 2014 Renewals Bring Downward Pressure on Pricing

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Guy Carpenter & Company reports that reinsurance rates-on-line fell at the January 1, 2014 renewal in nearly all classes and regions. According to Guy Carpenter’s 2014 global renewal report, strong balance sheets, relatively low loss experiences and an unprecedented influx of convergence capital spurred competition and innovation at renewal. These factors led in turn to surplus capacity across most business segments as competition spilled beyond property catastrophe lines.

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October 21st, 2013

Baden-Baden Reinsurance Symposium Calls On Industry To Do More To Meet Client Needs

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Guy Carpenter hosted “Transferring Risk - Is the Insurance and Reinsurance Industry Adequately Serving its Clients?” the Reinsurance Symposium held in Baden-Baden on October 20, 2013. The event explored a range of topics including: the gap between economic and insured losses; how new capital entering the market can move beyond property catastrophe; and measures to provide coverage for new and emerging risks.

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March 11th, 2013

Germany: Breach of Contractual Incidental Obligation Due to Gross Negligence Can Release Insurer from Obligation to Pay

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The Insurance Contract Act (Versicherungsvertragsgesetz, VVG) contains provisions about risk exclusions and incidental obligations. A risk exclusion means the insurer does not provide insurance cover for a specified excluded risk, and in cases of an incidental obligation, the policyholder loses insurance cover if he/she does not observe the specified incidental obligation.

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September 11th, 2012

Guy Carpenter Report Details European Legislative Developments for Casualty Insurance Market

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Guy Carpenter issued its semiannual analysis of key European legislative developments affecting the casualty insurance industry. Produced in collaboration with law firm Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek and its network of legal experts across Continental Europe, the report, Recent Legislative and Judicial Developments in Continental Europe Affecting the Casualty Insurance Industry, analyzes the most impactful and significant legislative changes and judicial developments across 11 jurisdictions, which include:

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May 2nd, 2012

Continental European Legislative and Judicial Trends: German Court Decision - Non-Adaptation of General Insurance Conditions to the Insurance Contract Act of 2008

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Introduction and Background

The Insurance Contract Act 2008 (Versicherungsvertragsgesetz 2008, VVG 2008) became effective on January 1, 2008, and reformed the “old” VVG fundamentally. Until January 1, 2009, insurers were allowed to adapt general insurance conditions in older insurance contracts to the new VVG 2008 if the old conditions did not comply with the new act. Many insurers accepted the opportunity to adapt their old conditions, but some did not.

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April 24th, 2012

European Countries Face Continued Challenges Adapting Local Legislation to EU Legal Requirements

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Guy Carpenter published its semiannual report on key legislative developments in Europe affecting liability insurers and reinsurers. A number of these developments underscore the challenges in adapting local legislation and jurisprudence to European Union (EU) and international law.

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January 26th, 2012

January 2012 Reinsurance Renewal: Germany

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On a risk-adjusted basis, reinsurance rates for loss-free catastrophe excess of loss programs were flat at the January 1, 2012, reinsurance renewal in Germany. Loss-affected programs sustained rate increases of 5 percent to 10 percent on a risk-adjusted basis.

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