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Non-life reinsurer TransRe in July 2019 completed the redomiciliation of its Swiss subsidiary, TransRe Zurich, to Luxembourg. Owner Transatlantic Holdings had announced the move in September 2018. TransRe Zurich changes its name to TransRe Europe in the process. In addition to P/C, the company also reinsures Accident & Health risks. The continental European offices in Munich, Paris and Zurich, as well as Dubai, become branch offices of Luxembourg. TransRe

Luxembourg-based captive manager Sogecore in April 2019 acquired Abacus Risk Management Services in Malta. Abacus manages and operates captives and insurance carriers on behalf of their owners; it also offers Protected Cell Company (PCC) services. What is a PCC? A PCC is essentially a slice of a single insurance or reinsurance carrier that operates separately from other such slices in the same carrier. The carrier’s license and support functions

French insurance group Apicil in January 2019 announced it has completed the acquisition of Luxembourg life insurance company OneLife. Luxembourg regulator CAA has granted its approval. OneLife has more than €5.2 billion in assets under management and employs more than 150 staff across Europe. It focuses on wealth management and asset management services to ultra-high-net-worth (UHNW), high-net-worth (HNW) and highly affluent clients. Apicil, the fourth largest social protection group

AIG in October 2018 received approval from British courts for its European subsidiary, AIG Europe Limited (AEL) to transfer its business into two new entities: American International Group UK Limited (AIG UK), based in London, UK, and AIG Europe SA (AESA) in preparation for Brexit. AESA’s headquarters are in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, and has 21 branches across the European Economic Area and Switzerland. It is led by Christophe Nicolas

U.S. reinsurer TransRe in September 2018 announced plans to redomicile its continental European legal entity TransRe Zurich to Luxembourg and change its name. The continental European offices in Munich, Paris and Zurich, as well as Dubai, will become branch offices of Luxembourg. Commenting on the move, Paul Bonny, President TransRe Europe and Asia Pacific, said: “we are now simplifying our corporate structure [for] our European, Middle Eastern and North

AIG in August 2018 announced the appointment of Thomas Lillelund as CEO of AIG Europe, based in Luxembourg and reporting to Chris Townsend, CEO, International General Insurance. He will be responsible for Continental Europe and Ireland. Anthony Baldwin, now CEO of AIG Europe Limited, will become CEO of AIG’s new UK entity, American International Group UK Limited, and will continue to report to Townsend. Headquartered in Luxembourg, AIG Europe

The liquidation of New Zealand insurer CBL and its Ireland-based European subsidiary, CBL Europe in February 2018, appears to have made ripples if not waves with the further voluntary liquidation of its subsidiary, Luxembourg-based broker/tied agent Securities & Financial Solutions Europe (SFS Europe) in July 2018, just 5 months later. SFS Europe specializes in the construction sector and was providing its services in France under the EU’s freedom of

French social protection group Apicil in August 2018 acquired Luxembourg-based individual life insurance carrier OneLife from its owner, U.S. private equity firm J.C Flowers. Apicil has a €2.4 billion turnover and specializes in health and life insurance, pensions, as well as savings and financial services. As a paritarian institution, Apicil is akin to a mutual that is co-managed by trade unions and employers’ representative bodies. Headquartered in Lyon, France,

CNA Hardy, a commercial insurer operating within the Lloyd’s market, in August 2018 was granted its insurance license by the Luxembourg regulator, Commissariat aux Assurances (CAA). It is to write business across continental Europe from Luxembourg through a network of offices in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, but also through its Lloyd’s of London platform. The company had announced in June of 2017 that it would set

RSA Insurance Group in June 2018 said it received regulatory approval for its new insurance subsidiary in Luxembourg from the Commissariat aux Assurances (CAA). RSA, a P/C carrier, previously operated outside of the UK by way of an EU branch, focusing on large commercial clients. It writes approximately £350m in GWP and has over 5,000 commercial policyholders including the UK. Richard Turner, who currently oversees EU business from the UK

Swiss Life Global Solutions (SLGS) and Swiss Life Luxembourg in June 2018 announced three appointments in their teams. Karine Verbuggen – Head of Operations SLGS Karine Verbruggen has been appointed head of operations for global employee benefits within SLGS. She also is a member of the Management Board of Swiss Life Luxembourg. She joined SLGS in 2016 as head of the Business Engineering team after a career as Head

Generali’s Trieste, Italy-based mother company Assicurazioni Generali SpA in May 2018 announced it would set up a new branch in Luxembourg, dedicated to the global employee benefits business. It will operate as the insurance and reinsurance operation of Generali Group serving global companies and their employees from the multinational corporate as well as the international middle market segments. The Luxembourg branch also will be used as a base to

Laurence Nicolet in May 2018 was promoted to Sales Manager at BNP Paribas Cardif Lux Vie in Luxembourg, in charge of developing the local market in Employee Benefits and in individual life. She previously was Business Development Manager, Employee Benefits at Cardif Luxembourg and had worked at Axa Assurance Vie Luxembourg and Swiss Life Luxembourg. Laurence is a graduate from HEC Liège (Belgium) business school.

In the wake of Brexit and of the introduction of Solvency II, global actuarial firm Milliman in April 2018 opened an office in Luxembourg. Led by consulting actuary Olivier Mahieux, Milliman Luxembourg is one of the three components of Milliman Benelux. Their offices in Amsterdam, Brussels and Luxembourg cooperate together and consist of around 50 actuarial, quantitative risk and health consultant. As a PSA (Professionnel du Secteur de l’Assurance),

Sompo International in April 2018 won regulatory approval in Luxembourg for its E.U. subsidiary, SI Insurance – Europe. The legal entity was set up in January 2018. In the context of Brexit, Sompo intends to write commercial property/ casualty lines in the European Union from Luxembourg, as announced in a November 2017 post.

In the wake of Brexit, AIG in April 2018 announced it has established and received authorization for new insurance companies in the U.K. (American International Group UK Limited) and Luxembourg (AIG Europe S.A.). AIG Europe S.A. will have branches across the European Economic Area and Switzerland. The existing carrier, AIG Europe Limited, will transfer all of its existing insurance business to the new entities well ahead of the U.K.

The conference on pan-European pension plans organized by asset manager Amundi and insurer LaLux on 5 February 2018 in Luxembourg announced its final agenda. Introduction by Claudia Chalmes-Coumont, LaLux Vie, Director Keynote speaker, H.E. Mr Pierre Gramegna, Luxembourg Ministry of Finance 2017 Annual Pension Survey, key findings, by Prof. Amin Rajan, CEO Create Research Panel on the Pan-European Pensions Regulatory framework – where do we stand? Panel moderator: Sophie

As the growth of pan-European pension plans is reported to accelerate, asset manager Amundi and insurer LaLux jointly organize a topical half-day conference on 5 February 2018 in Luxembourg. Featured speakers include: Luxembourg Minister of Finance, Pierre Gramegna European Commission head of the insurance and pensions unit, Nathalie Berger PensionsEurope CEO, Matti Leppala EIOPA Executive Director, Fausto Parente Create Research CEO, Prof. Amin Rajan Group head of compensation &

British insurer Britannia’s plans in relation to Brexit include a location in Luxembourg. A P&I club, Britannia is one of the leading U.K. marine insurers. Its contracts generally cover pollution risks and accidents at sea. 40% of gross written premiums is in the E.U. market, which it cannot cut itself off from. The company in December 2017 announced that the board of directors, after consulting with experts, had mandated

Japanese insurer Sompo in November 2017 announced it would set up its new European headquarters in Luxembourg in the wake of Brexit, citing in particular the potential loss of E.U. passporting right and looming uncertainty. The new entity, SI Insurance Europe, is to be owned by Bermuda-based Sompo International Holdings and will offer both insurance and reinsurance. Sompo is mainly a specialty provider of property and casualty insurance. The

MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings, owners of Japanese insurer Aioi Nissay Dowa, in November 2017 announced they would move their London-based subsidiary Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Company of Europe (ADE) to Luxembourg. The move is expected to be implemented in early 2018. ADE today operates an insurance business in Europe centered on automobile insurance. In light of Brexit, Aioi Nissay Dowa has decided to restructure its European business organization. The

In the context of the impending Brexit, Tokio Marine Group in September 2017 announced plans to set up an insurance company in Luxembourg for writing European business. For decades, the group has been active in the European Economic Area through several of its subsidiaries, principally Tokio Marine HCC and Tokio Marine Kiln. Tokio Marine is aiming to have the new insurance company incorporated and capitalized within the first half

The Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies in July 2017 passed a reform of the long-term nursing care (LTC) insurance plan provided by Social Security, officially known as “assurance dépendance”. The new provisions that come into force on 1 January 2018 allow for higher individualization of the range of – mainly nursing – services to better meet the daily needs of LTC beneficiaries. New standards and controls and simplified procedures are

Zurich Eurolife in June 2017 announced the acquisition of an existing book of international pension plans from AG2R La Mondiale’s (AG2R) Luxembourg-based subsidiary La Mondiale Europartner. The transaction is expected to close during the second half of 2017, after regulatory approval. The new agreement with La Mondiale Europartner will see their existing customers transfer to Zurich’s international pension plans. AG2R and Zurich have enjoyed close relationships for many years,

Global Bankers Insurance Group, the insurance and reinsurance division of Eli Global, in April 2017 acquired Luxembourg insurance company NN Life Luxembourg, a subsidiary of NN Group of The Netherlands. According to George Luecke, Vice Chairman and Co‐Chief Executive Officer of Global Bankers, the deal is part of their strategic expansion in Europe and follows on the acquisition of a portfolio of in‐force life and annuity insurance policies from

American International Group (AIG) in March 2017 announced that they will open offices in Luxembourg to ensure operations in the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland after Britain leaves the European Union are not affected in any way. AIG has long written business in Continental Europe from the U.K. under the umbrella of AIG Europe Limited, which has branches across the EEA and Switzerland. By 2019, AIG will have

Swiss Life (SL) Market Unit International in May 2016 has begun implementing a new operating model for its Corporate Clients business line with a new leadership and a new organizational structure centralized in Luxembourg. Swiss Life Luxembourg will take a more significant role as the hub for the cross-border insurance business. Theo Iaponas has taken the lead for Corporate Clients, managing and developing both SL Luxembourg’s activities and the