Topic: Solvency II

Insurance & Reinsurance Review – March 2011

Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge’s Insurance and Reinsurance Department recently published its latest Newsletter, Insurance & Reinsurance Review – March 2011, which contains nine articles about various topics in the insurance and reinsurance industry. 

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EU: Consultation on Solvency II Level 2 Implementing Measures Launched

The European Commission (Commission) launched a consultation  on 24 November 2010 to obtain input on the impacts, costs and benefits to support the policy decision making-process for the Solvency II level 2 implementing measures (the Consultation). Views on the impact of policy decisions on pricing, design and availability of insurance products are also being sought. 

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EU: European Commission Confirms First Wave of Solvency II Equivalence Assessments

In a letter to CEIOPS dated 29 October 2010, the European Commission has confirmed the countries that will undergo the first wave of equivalence assessments under the Solvency II regime. Bermuda and Switzerland will undergo a full assessment and Japan will be assessed for equivalence in relation to reinsurance under Article 172 only. This reflects the draft advice published by CEIOPS in July 2010 (see here). 

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The Bermuda Monetary Authority Publishes Regulatory Update for October 2010

In its quarterly Regulatory Update, released October 21, 2010, the Bermuda Monetary Authority (“BMA”) summarizes its latest initiatives and proposals for the island’s insurance industry.  A consultation paper titled, “A Solvency Framework for Long-Term Insurance,” proposes assigning Long-Term insurers to captive and commercial classes in order to enhance reporting and solvency standards. 

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The Bermuda Monetary Authority Extends Class 4 Solvency Requirements to Class 3B Insurers

In a continuing effort to enhance the supervisory regime for Bermuda-based (re)insurers ahead of third country assessment of its framework under Solvency II, the Bermuda Monetary Authority (“BMA”) issued a 2010 Amendment to the Insurance (Prudential Standards) (Class 4 Solvency Requirement) Order of 2008.  The 2010 Order, captioned Insurance (Prudential Standards) (Class 4 and Class 3B Solvency Requirement) Amendment Order 2010, will extend the requirements currently applicable to Class 4 insurers, to Class 3B insurers. 

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