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Helvetia completes acquisition of Basler Austria
01 September, 2014 Switzerland-based insurer Helvetia has completed the previously announced acquisition of Basler Versicherungs-Aktiengesellschaft in Austria, in a transaction valued at approximately €130m.
  • Willis purchases IFG Ireland Businesses
    29 August, 2014 Willis Ireland, part of Willis Group, has purchased a number of Irish pension and financial advisory businesses from IFG Group to enhance its existing pensions business and its financial and wealth-planning services to individuals.
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The gateway to Europe is still open for business
01 September, 2014 Malta is widely seen as the gateway to Europe, thanks to passporting legislation and a supportive tax regime. Without a doubt, it is one of the most business-friendly environments in Europe, despite Solvency II looming, according to the Life...
  • Individual life sector dominating Lithuanian market
    01 June, 2014 The Individual life sector drove the overall life insurance segment between 2008 and 2012, with a market share of nearly 90%, as the industry recorded slight growth, according to the Life Insurance in Lithuania report, Key Trends and Opportunities...
  • Romanian industry struggling to escape economic downturn
    01 June, 2014 Recent austerity measures and high unemployment rates have left many Romanians unable to afford life insurance products, but low penetration rates suggest there is growth potential, according to the Life Insurance in Romania report, Key Trends and...
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Ensuring success in Asia through human capital
21 November, 2012 Pagan Van, managing partner of executive search firm CTPartners in Hong Kong, gives an insightful overview on the latest trends in insurance recruitment in Asia and explains why Vietnam and Indonesia are drawing particular interest from...
  • Code of conduct under scrutiny
    18 October, 2012 LifeSearch, a UK protection intermediary, has warned against the poor industry selling practices of other distributors and the "laissez faire approach to the quality of distribution" by some product providers. Kevin Carr, chief executive of...
  • Emotional engagement: the new frontier for protection coverage
    18 October, 2012 The protection gap in the UK for mortality and morbidity products is enormous. Over the years, many wise men and women have considered, debated and cogitated at length over the reasons for this: “Underwriting puts people off”; “It’s too...
  • The power of enterprise social networking
    17 October, 2012 James Fabricant, CEO and Founder of IdeaPlane, an enterprise social network, and former MySpace International executive, explains how enterprise social networking can change the way financial industries communicate.
  • Get set for G-Day’s impact on underwriting
    10 October, 2012 The EU gender directive means that from 21 December 2012, which is known as ‘G-Day’, premiums and benefits for all new insurance contracts will have to be calculated on a gender-neutral basis. Insurance spans a wide range of contracts that...
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