Magazine

2017

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Away from ground realities

COVER STORY - M&A

The environment is ripe and favourable for more M&A in the Middle East. The regulators push it passionately, the industry is clamouring for consolidation, transaction funding is waiting in the wings, the scope for synergy is better than ever, customers are becoming choosy, but M&A activities remain subdued. M&A is being looked at actively but the follow up and take up seem real dull. Consolidation does happen, but only among the top players. More action is awaited…but when?
 

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Navigating out of the perfect storm

FEATURE - Marine insurance

Marine casualties large and small are poised to rise to levels not seen in many years and there is a strong possibility that constructive total losses will increase.Mr David Ong of ArgoGlobal advises marine insurers to stay the course with a...

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Interview with the Regulator - Working to reinforce the sector

COUNTRY PROFILE - Jordan

Work is afoot to strengthen the supervisory environment in Jordan by updating regulations and preparing new laws, while supporting various initiatives to help insurers grow healthily. Providers need to diversify business to achieve sustainable...


All Stories

  • Magazine article aboutEditor-s-Message

    Editor's Message

    With May, global warming notwithstanding and the freak weather everywhere, the region is abuzz with visitors and hectic meetings preparing for the July renewals. Things will start to slow down with the start of the fasting month on 27th and the...

Cover Story

M&A

  • Magazine article aboutAway-from-ground-realities

    Away from ground realities

    The environment is ripe and favourable for more M&A in the Middle East. The regulators push it passionately, the industry is clamouring for consolidation, transaction funding is waiting in the wings, the scope for synergy is better than ever,...

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  • Tougher regulation fans consolidation embers

    Tightening regulation and capital requirements will increasingly stimulate insurance M&A activity in the GCC in the next few years, say Messrs Robin Milner and Fergal O’Shea of Willis Towers Watson.

Interviews

  • Magazine article aboutSeib-A-competitive-differentiator

    Seib: A competitive differentiator

    At a time when most insurers across the Middle East were feeling the pinch in the wake of the oil price crash and economic slowdown in a crowded market, Qatar-based Seib Insurance and Reinsurance Company could clock an impressive 24% y-o-y growth....

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Life & Health

Workplace Wellness

  • Magazine article aboutIt-pays-to-invest-in-your-employees-health

    It pays to invest in your employees' health

    In the face of mandatory health insurance, runaway medical inflation and increased utilisation by insured members, employers have only one option to contain this new and rapidly growing P&L item called health insurance. Mr Robin Ali of...

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Country Profile

Jordan

  • Magazine article aboutTrudging-through-testing-times

    Trudging through testing times

    The relatively small size of Jordan’s insurance market has been a big challenge for operators. The market grew moderately and profitability improved in 2016, a satisfactory development in light of the slow economic growth and the...

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  • Interview with the Regulator - Working to reinforce the sector

    Work is afoot to strengthen the supervisory environment in Jordan by updating regulations and preparing new laws, while supporting various initiatives to help insurers grow healthily. Providers need to diversify business to achieve sustainable...

Insights

Technology

  • Magazine article aboutGet-your-game-on

    Get your game on

    With the appeal to make a mundane task lively and engaging, gamification has so far shown that it is an attractive way for insurers to deliver enhanced digital experiences and ultimately help build deeper relationships.

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  • Embracing tech to stay engaged

    To stay relevant in a market characterised by manifold changes in the business environment, a review of the current business operating model for financial advisors and insurers is a must, says Ms Reena Vivek of Zurich International Life.

Market Overview

  • Closing the protection gap

    The large protection gap in the Middle East is indicative of a huge opportunity for insurance growth. Messrs Rajeev Sharan of Swiss Re Institute and Mohamed Seghir of Swiss Re list the essential solutions instrumental in reducing the gap and...

News

MENA

People on the move

Diary

Conference Reports

Carthage Rendezvous

  • Magazine article aboutLeverage-scale-to-face-Nat-CAT-risks

    Leverage scale to face Nat CAT risks

    Emerging economies, including those in MENA, are becoming increasingly vulnerable to Nat CAT threats and paying a hefty bill despite their marginal contribution to the world economic development and low insurance penetration rates, said speakers at...

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Feature

Marine insurance

  • Magazine article aboutNavigating-out-of-the-perfect-storm

    Navigating out of the perfect storm

    Marine casualties large and small are poised to rise to levels not seen in many years and there is a strong possibility that constructive total losses will increase.Mr David Ong of ArgoGlobal advises marine insurers to stay the course with a...

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  • Covering crewless vessels

    The impact of technology in the commercial shipping industry will change the course of marine insurance and risk management. Mr Rodolfo Quiroga of AIG looks at the risk and coverages needed by parties in the new autonomous logistics chain, bearing...

  • What marine insurers can learn from the RENOS case?

    When assessing a constructive total loss of a ship, should the value of salvage services incurred prior to the issuance of a Notice of Abandonment be taken into account?Mr Grant Pilkington of Clyde & Co offers advice in the context of a court...

Takaful - Regulations

  • Magazine article aboutManaging-compliance

    Managing compliance

    Takaful will not be able to sustain growth without a strengthened regulatory frameworks, good governance and Shariah compliance. Dr Hatim El Tahir of Deloitte looks at the vital role of boards and executive management to ensure full compliance.

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