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Slaughters and Weil lead on £1.2bn bid for Sheilas’ Wheels owner

Weil Gotshal & Manges and Slaughter and May have advised on the £1.2bn buyout of esure to Bain Capital in one of the largest insurance deals of the year so far. Slaughters led for esure, the owner of insurance brand Sheilas’ Wheels and former owner of price comparison website Gocompare.com. The deal team was led by corporate […]

CMS bulks up in Hong Kong with eight-lawyer team hire

Months after agreeing a new tie-up in Hong Kong, CMS has increased lawyer headcount in the region after snaring an eight-lawyer team from RPC. Partners Andrew Horton and Steven Wise are leading the move to CMS, which earlier this year struck up a new association with Hong Kong firm Shirley Lau & Co increasing its capacity to offer […]

London

Clydes replaced by insurance rival on London boroughs panel

Five firms have won spots on the freshly reviewed Insurance London Consortium (ILC) panel, servicing work to seven of the capital city’s boroughs until 2023. BLM, Browne Jacobson, DAC Beachcroft, DWF and Plexus Law will share the £7.5m-valued panel for the next five years with Clyde & Co the only major casualty from the last […]

RSA legal head re-emerges after two year hiatus

RSA’s former general cousel Derek Walsh has resurfaced at Jardine Lloyd Thompson after a two year hiatus from the legal industry. Walsh joins insurance company JLT as its group general counsel and will also become a member of the group executive committee. He replaces Keith Johnson in the role; Johnson joined JLT in 2014 from […]

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Kazakhstan introduces new ‘Squeeze-Out’ mechanism for major shareholders

On 2 July 2018, Kazakhstan adopted the Law No. 166­VI “On amendments and changes to certain legislative acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Insurance and Insurance Activities, the Securities Market” (the “Law”). The Law entered into force on 15 July 2018 (with the exception of certain provisions, which will come into force later). Among […]

Luxembourg perspective on forthcoming insurance distribution directive

Luxembourg counsel Eva Gyori-Toursel gave a recent interview to Delano in respect of the Insurance Distribution Directive that is set to come into force in October. The aim of the directive is to “regulate the way insurance products are designed and sold both by insurance intermediaries and directly by insurance undertakings,” and it sets down […]

PPI updates: Court case and FCA consultation

Walker Morris has reported previously on the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) proposals for the handling of Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) complaints and for dealing with the so-called ‘Plevin problem’ (that is, the uncertainty following the Supreme Court’s decision that non-disclosure of a significant amount of PPI commission earned by a lender created unfairness in the lender/borrower […]

The importance of getting an indemnity right

By Ciaran Noonan Indemnities are often one of the most heavily negotiated terms in a commercial agreement, but for non-lawyers their perceived advantages may not always be clear. In this short article Goodman Derrick sets out how indemnities may vary normal contractual rules, and why it is vital to draft indemnities clearly and precisely…

Bermuda: Setting up a class 2 captive insurer

A company may be licensed as a Class 2 insurer if it is owned by two or more unrelated persons and intends to carry on insurance business at least 80% of which consists of insuring the risks of those persons and their affiliates. A Class 2 insurer may also write business which is not a […]

Bermuda: Setting up a class 1 captive insurer

A company may be licensed as a Class 1 insurer if it is wholly owned by one person and intends to carry on insurance business consisting only of insuring the risks of that person or its affiliates. Such insurers are often referred to as “pure captives” and are subject to the least onerous regulatory oversight […]

UK Supreme Court rules on internet blocking orders

By George Sevier and Kate Swaine The UK Supreme Court has returned its long­-awaited judgment in the Richemont litigation, holding that brand owners must indemnify internet service providers for the costs of implementing internet blocking orders, but not for the costs of the necessary underlying systems…

Kyrgyzstan insurance market overview

Kyrgyz law identifies insurance activity as an activity of organisations that have a licence to provide services to individuals and legal entities for premium services, the subject of which are contractual specific obligations of the insurer in the event of an unknown event, with the distribution of risk among a large number of persons exposed […]

Kazakhstan market insurance overview

The insurance market in Kazakhstan is mainly regulated by two legal acts, namely, the Civil Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated 27 December 1994 (the “Civil Code”)and the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On Insurance Activity” No.126-II dated 18 December 2000 (the “Insurance Law”). The former provides for a general overview of the […]

Luxembourg: Effect of the insurance distribution directive on the life insurance industry

Directive (EU) 2016/97 on Insurance Distribution of 20 January 2016 (“IDD” or “the Directive”) harmonises national provisions concerning the distribution of insurance and reinsurance products and insurance-based investment products (“IBIPs”) by insurance intermediaries, insurance companies, their employees, and ancillary insurance intermediaries in the European Union. The objective of the present article is not to summarize […]

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