On February 27, 2020, during Macedonian Insurance Supervision Agency (ISA) meeting, the Board of Experts decided to approve GRAWE's request to take over EUROLINK Skopje.
Aon and Willis Towers Watson officially announced the decision to merge, combining together in an all-stock transaction with an implied combined equity value of approximately USD 80 billion.
Following the success of its first edition last year, the 2020 edition of the Georgian International Insurance Conference, organized by XPRIMM with the support of the Insurance State Supervision Service of Georgia, will take place in Tbilisi, on 30 April, addressing the most important issues lying ahead the local insurance industry, involving all relevant stakeholders.
The Lithuanian insurance market totaled EUR 945.2 million at the end of 2019, 7.6% more y-o-y. At the same time, insurance companies paid EUR 499.3 million in claims, or 10.3% more y-o-y, according to the market data published by the Central Bank.
At the end of 2019, Azerbaijani market GWP decreased by 6.43% y-o-y in local currency, to AZN 681.18 million (EUR 357.85 million), while paid claims, on the contrary, saw a rapid growth (+25.47%), according to the regulator's data.
In 2019, the Uzbek insurance market grew by more than 41% in local currency, to UZS 2,313.09 billion (EUR 217.79 million). However, growth of paid claims at the same time reached 76.54%, according to the data, published by the Ministry of Finance of the Republic.
GWP of insurers-members of the Motor (transport) Insurance Bureau of Ukraine (MTIBU) in 2019 increased by 13.46% y-o-y, to UAH 5.1 billion (EUR 0.19 billion), according to the MTIBU Director General Volodymyr SHEVCHENKO.
Ukrainian insurance market will start working in accordance with the "split" law from January 1, 2021, said Alexander BEVZ, Director of the National Bank's licensing department, at the VI International Carpathian Insurance Conference.
According to the insurer, GWP of ROSGOSSTRAKH in 2019 increased by 16% (over RUB 80 billion/~EUR 1.15 billion), and net profit - by 32.2%, to RUB 7.3 billion. Paid claims amounted to RUB 35.1 billion, and the company's equity reached RUB 52.3 billion, ASN news agency reports.
According to preliminary 2019 data, RESO-Garantia, which is included in TOP-10 market insurers, increased its GWP by 7.1% y-o-y, to RUB 98 billion (~EUR 1.41 billion). And growth rate of its paid claims reached 8% (RUB 48.8 billion/EUR 0.7 billion), ASN news agency reports.
PZU joins the fight against coronavirus in Poland, by offering free access to medical advice for all citizens whether they are PZU clients or not. PZU Zdrowie, one of the largest private medical operators, will provide free help to those who are worried about their health in connection with the threat of coronavirus.
In 2019, the year when it has celebrated 45 years of business under its current name, Serbian market's leader DUNAV Osiguranje recorded the best results in the last 30 years of its operations, Mirko PETROVIC, President of the Board, said at the Kopaonik Business Forum.
Swiss Re's Board of Directors will nominate Sergio P. Ermotti for election as a new, non-executive and independent member of the Board at the upcoming Annual General Meeting of shareholders (AGM) on 17 April 2020 for a one-year term of office. In 2021 he will be nominated to succeed Walter B. Kielholz as Chairman of the Board.
AIG announced that Jon HANCOCK - ex LLOYD's Performance Management Director- has been appointed Chief Executive Officer, International General Insurance. He will join the company this spring, as AIG noted in a statement.
Austrian insurer GRAWE, which has made in the past year a number of acquisitions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, is considering to take similar actions in Montenegro throught its local subsidiary active only in life insurance market - GRAWE osiguranje, local media informed.
During February 2020, Fitch Ratings, the leading provider of credit ratings, affirmed the ratings of Russia ('BBB'), Kazakhstan ('BBB'), Georgia ('BB'), Turkey ('BB-'), Bulgaria ('BBB') and Hungary ('BBB').
Vienna Insurance Group (VIG) was number one in the BCG Gender Diversity Index Austria 2019 published by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), as te Austrian insurer announced in a statement. The index analyses the gender balance and pay gaps in the managing and supervisory board for the 50 largest listed companies in Austria.
NATIONWIDE Mutual Insurance Company (NATIONWIDE), one of the largest insurance and financial services companies in the United States, and GENERALI, one of the largest global insurance and asset management providers, through its P&C unit GENERALI Global Corporate & Commercial (GC&C), announced an innovative joint venture: the creation of N2G Worldwide Insurance Services, LLC (N2G) to support multinational solutions for international commercial clients.
CROATIA's osiguranje shareholder - the Rovinj based consortium ADRIS Grupa - with businesses in tourism, real estate, tobacco and food industry announced 2019 total revenues of HRK 6.1 billion (~EUR 813 million), which represents a 5% growth, while net profit stood at HRK 506 million (~EUR 67.5 million), which represents a 13.4% growth. Net profit after minority interest stood at HRK 402 million and was 31% higher than previous year's.
During 2019, Triglav Group (TRIGLAV) generated a profit before tax of EUR 101 million, 4% more year-on-year. The insurer recorded premium growth across all insurance markets and all insurance segments; the consolidated gross premiums volume reached EUR 1,184 million, which is 11% more than the year before.