Jurisdiction: Hong Kong

Hong Kong: Regulatory Changes on Disclosure of Insurance Brokerage Commission to be Implemented on 15 April 2013

In January 2012, we wrote about the landmark decision by the High Court in Jeremy Paul Egerton Hobbins v Royal Skandia Life Assurance Ltd & Anor., HCCL 15 of 2010. Following this case, the Hong Kong Confederation of Insurance Brokers (CIB), the Professional Insurance Brokers Association (PIBA) and the Hong Kong Federation of Insurers (HKFI) formed a Joint Task Force in late April to evaluate the present market practice in relation to the disclosure of commission received by an insurance broker (acting as the agent of the insured) from the insurer concerned. 

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China: China’s Evolving Insurance Industry

A.M. Best’s Special Report on China’s non-life and life insurance industry dated October 8, 2012 (Report) concluded that China’s “insurance market is in a state of transition: after a period of rapid expansion, the market must now adjust for sustainable and healthy growth”. 

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NAIC-CIRC Dialogue Advances

State insurance regulators working through the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) joined their counterparts from the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) to further regulatory cooperation on issues impacting both countries. The U.S.-China Insurance Regulation Seminar was held in Qingdao, China on July 24th and 25th, 2012.  This seminar is the eighth time that such talks have been held between the parties. 

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Shenzhen Proposes to Launch Insurance Exchange

The CIRC Shenzhen Bureau and the Shenzhen Office of Finance have recently submitted a proposal to the Chinese government regarding the establishment of an insurance exchange which will trade in a variety of insurance products (the Qianhai Insurance Exchange). 

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