Nova Chemicals completes £30m pension buy-out

Pension Insurance Corporation adds to bout of activity in sector this year


Will Qatar succeed in the captive market?

Perhaps with an eye on the captive insurers in European locations concerned at forthcoming Solvency II regulations, as well as on the exploding demand for financial services in the Gulf, Qatar has launched an ambitious bid to become a base for captives. Lorna Davies assesses its chances of success.


Beazley reports profit slump after nat cats

But insurer "remains on target" for full-year profit


Guy Carpenter forms alliance with underwriting risk analyst

Will help "fine tune" reinsurers' estimation of risk


Acquisition activity set to increase as Solvency II drives capital optimisation

With Solvency II looming large on the horizon, insurers are taking a hard look at the capital efficiency of their businesses and are likely to dispose of portfolios that don't meet the grade.


Risk managers expect pay boost from Solvency II

But many do not think directive will meet its objectives


Guernsey will not seek Solvency II equivalence

Authorities to monitor whether equivalence would be beneficial.


Is EIOPA the beginning of an EU "super-regulator"?

EIOPA supersedes CEIOPS in January 2011 and is set to become much more than the advisory body that it replaces. Richard Burger and Imogen Hurst look at EIOPA's controversial new powers and their impact.


Aviva joins the Life and Longevity Markets Association

Aviva has joined the Life & Longevity Markets Association, bringing the LLMA's membership to eleven.


Outstanding issues could yet have big impact on Solvency II

Although implementation of Solvency II is only just over two years away, many issues still have to be resolved which could significantly change the impact of the directive. Jon Hocking and Farooq Hanif of Morgan Stanley and Lukas Ziewer and Astrid Jaekel of Oliver Wyman highlight the issues and explain the uncertainties around them.