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Topic: What is happening to European insurance regulation?
Author: David Worsfold
Deadline: 24 May
Background: Talk continues about whether, when and how the UK might do a deal with the EU over mutual recognition of regulations which might, in turn, lead to some progress on equivalence in key areas. This is a two-stage process and the talks that Andrew Bailey referred to in his Mansion House speech are only about the mutual recognition of regulations. Only when those are concluded will EU talk about granting equivalence.
The sudden, unexpected approval by EIOPA of the Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products Regulation shows how things can change suddenly but what does this mean for UK insurers?
- What are the key regulations for UK insurers?
- How will political battles over power drive this?
- Is the EU ready and able to agree regulations?
- What are the challenges the UK faces?
- What timeframes are realistic for changes?
- What will happen in the mean time?
Topic: Review of Solvency II
Author: Harry Curtis
Deadline: 2 June
Background: Earlier this year the European Commission published a summary report of its consultation on its review of the Solvency II Directive. The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority has proposed amendments to the Solvency II capital regime for insurers and the UK government is reviewing the Solvency II regime and its impact on the UK’s insurance sector. The UK government last considered the Solvency II regime in 2017. This time, following Brexit, the review is much wider in scope.
- What has been good about Solvency II for the UK?
- What has been bad?
- What changes is Eiopa proposing and would those work for the UK?
- How important is it that capital ratios are more economic – that is truly reflective of the risks insurers face?
- What would UK insurers like to see happen to the regulation they face?
- What would they like to see happen to their EU counterparts?
- How important are equivalency considerations?
Topic: Political risk - Brexit and the pandemic
Author: Tim Evershed
Deadline: 9 June
Covid-19 has already raised tensions between countries and a fragmented exit from the pandemic could test relations further, putting more pressure on businesses.
Coronavirus will remain a dominant factor shaping the global outlook in 2021. Vaccine rollouts are taking place at different speeds and vaccine nationalism has already reared its head, increasing tensions between different groups.
Countries with lingering Covid-19 outbreaks may be cut off from international events and travel for prolonged periods. Supply chains may be disrupted, and global businesses fragmented. What impact is Brexit having?
- Where are tensions rising and why?
- How are they impacting on businesses?
- Where are they disrupting supply chains?
- How can tensions be eased?
- How can businesses manage the associated risks?
- What role can political risk insurance play?
- How has Brexit changed this?
Topic: ESG - CSR is dead .. long live ESG
Author: Edmund Tirbutt
Deadline: 25 June
Background: Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance is the new corporate social responsibility and has taken off in a big way in the last 18 months. Meanwhile the European Commission has consulted on a European Single Access Point for ESG data with Insurance Europe feeding back that robust, comparable and reliable ESG data is vital for identifying and assessing sustainability risks in insurers’ activities and is necessary to enable investors to steer their portfolios towards sustainability objectives, in line with the Paris Agreement and the European Green Deal.
- What does ESG mean for UK insurers and how could they be affected by the EC’s plans?
- How important would a central data base of ESG data be?
- How realistic is this?
- ‘Not everything that can be counted counts and not everything that counts can be counted’ (Albert Einstein) – what does this mean for ESG?
- Who is ahead and behind on this?
- Are customers aware of this important change for firms? How do consumers decided if one insurer is better than another according to ESG credentials?
- How do or will rating agencies use ESG as a metric?
Topic: The insurance implications of Scottish independence
Author: David Worsfold
Deadline: 2 July
Background: With Scottish independence firmly back on the political agenda after the recent elections Post asks what might it mean for the insurance industry?
- Would any new regulatory bodies align with UK or with Europe, especially if the UK has diverged from European rules if/when independence happens.
- What will the impact be for Scottish firms with English clients? And vice versa?
- Would jurisdiction shopping become a bigger problem?
- Would the currency change and what would that mean for insurers?
- Last time, many large Scottish financial institutions secretly optioned office space in the City and Canary Wharf in case they had to redomicile in England quickly: could the same happen again?
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