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German regulator publishes English version of guidance regarding outsourcing by insurers to cloud services

The German regulator BaFin has published an English version of its guidelines published in November 2018, Link. The guidance specifies the contractual provisions which BaFin expects to be included in agreements between German regulated insurers, reinsurers and credit institutions and cloud service providers.… Continue Reading

Amendments to Solvency II Delegated Regulation published in the Official Journal

On 18th June 2019, Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/981 (the Amending Regulation), which amends the Solvency II Delegated Regulation ((EU) 2015/35), was published in the Official Journal of the EU. The European Commission adopted the Amending Regulation on 8 March 2019. The Amending Regulation will enter into force on 8 July 2019 (twenty days after … Continue Reading

EIOPA publishes a report following its thematic review of the use of Big Data Analytics in motor and health insurance

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has published a report on the use of Big Data Analytics in motor and health insurance. The report reveals a trend for increasingly data-driven business models throughout the insurance value chain in both health and motor insurance.… Continue Reading

German government plans to introduce a cap on insurance commissions

The amount of insurance commissions paid to insurance intermediaries for the placement of life insurance contracts has been a thorn in the side of consumer protection groups and the German insurance regulator BaFin for years. Another area which came increasingly in the focus of the regulator’s attention are payment protection policies and the related remuneration … Continue Reading

France clarifies the form and content of the information to be provided by UK insurers to their French insureds and policyholders following Brexit in the event of a no-deal

On 22 March 2019, the French Ministry of Economy and Finance passed a decree (the Decree) implementing the provisions of the ordinance n° 2019-75 of 6 February 2019, introducing a contingency plan for the financial institutions sector in connection with the withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) (the Ordinance). As … Continue Reading

German government makes preparations to pave the way for a transitional regime for the run-off of the German business of UK insurers and reinsurers in the case of a hard Brexit

Update of 25 February 2019: The German draft act laying the ground for a limited transitional regime for UK financial services firms including insurers and reinsurers following a hard Brexit has passed the German parliament (Bundestag) on 21 February 2019 without any amendments regarding the transitional regime for UK insurers and reinsurers. The required approval … Continue Reading

EIOPA publishes framework for assessing conduct risk through the product lifecycle

On 20 February 2019, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) published a framework to identify the drivers of conduct risk so that EIOPA and European National Competent Authorities (NCAs) can focus on minimising these risks to consumers.… Continue Reading

EIOPA issues recommendations to European National Competent Authorities to minimise risks to policyholders in the event of a no-deal Brexit

On 19 February 2019, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) issued nine recommendations to the National Competent Authorities (NCAs) with responsibility for the supervision of insurance undertakings and insurance intermediaries in European Union (EU) Member States. The recommendations provide the NCAs with guidance on EIOPA’s expectations in relation to the treatment of UK … Continue Reading

France enacts a new legal regime for insurance contracts entered into before Brexit in the event of a no-deal.

On 7 February 2019, the French Ministry of Economy and Finance passed an Ordinance (No. 2019-75) introducing a contingency plan for the financial institutions sector in connection with the withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) (the Ordinance)[1]. The Ordinance amends the provisions of the French Insurance Code (FIC) (among others) … Continue Reading

IDD transposition in Germany almost complete through guidance provided by new German regulation

Insurers and other insurance distributors faced significant challenges while implementing the requirements of the German law transposing the Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD). Even though the IDD was transposed into German law as of 23 February 2018, several details were not yet available due to outstanding regulations. The new German regulation, i.e. the German Insurance Distribution … Continue Reading

Replacement of the Luxembourg Protocol with new IDD co-operation agreement

The European protocol governing the Cooperation of the Competent Authorities of the Members States of the European Union in Particular Concerning the Application of Directive 2002/92/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 December 2002 on Insurance Mediation (more commonly referred to as the “Luxembourg Protocol”) has been replaced by an updated … Continue Reading

Delegated Regulation amending Solvency II to align with Securitisation Regulation published in OJ

 On 10 September 2018, there was published in the Official Journal of the  EU (OJ) Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2018/1221 of 1 June 2018 amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/35 as regards the calculation of regulatory capital requirements for securitisations and simple, transparent and standardised securitisations held by insurance and reinsurance undertakings. The Delegated Regulation will … Continue Reading

BaFin says that insurers need to be prepared for substantial burdens in their implementation of the new German law transposing IDD

Insurers and other insurance distributors will face significant challenges while implementing the requirements of the German law transposing IDD. Impacts on distribution models, training requirements and increased duties and obligations in distribution will need to be considered. In addition, there are a number of compliance issues, such as conflicts of interest, cross-selling and considerations regarding … Continue Reading

German law transposing Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD) passed (in revised version) – final guidance on training requirements remains outstanding

The legislation transposing the IDD into German law has been passed (as resolved by the German Parliament on 28 June 2017 and by the Federal Council of Germany on 7 July 2017). One of many changes will be that the transposed IDD will be applicable to all insurance distributors (Versicherungsvertreiber), including insurers. In addition to … Continue Reading

Court decision: German aggregator websites need to improve its online information and advice as insurance broker (Higher Court of Munich decision)

A new decision by the Munich Higher Regional Court gives significant guidance for online insurance distribution activities which anticipates some of the new requirements under the Insurance Distribution Directive. The court held that aggregators such as Check24 have to better inform and advise their website users before they conclude an insurance contract online. In particular, … Continue Reading

Health Insurance: BaFin publishes new guidance note on setting up health insurance companies

On 10 March 2017 the German Financial Services Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht – BaFin) published a guidance note on setting up health insurance companies in Germany under the new provisions implementing Solvency II. In contrast to most other EU member states, German regulated private health insurers are not permitted to offer products of any other … Continue Reading

Greater outsourcing in German life insurance sector predicted following expected change to Criminal Code

The adoption of a draft law amending criminal law provisions protecting insurance related information will finally enable life insurers to make wider use of outsourcing by removing disclosure to service providers from the scope of Sec. 203 German Criminal Code (StGB) under certain conditions. In spite of some uncertainties, this is a major breakthrough and … Continue Reading

BaFin publishes guidance notice on the authorisation of insurance joint-stock companies for the pursuit of reinsurance business

On 1 March 2017 BaFin published an updated guidance notice on the authorisation of insurance joint-stock companies for the sole pursuit of reinsurance business within the Federal Republic of Germany. The guidance includes advice on (i) the formation under the Stock Corporation Act (Aktiengesetz), (ii) the business plan according to section 9 of the Insurance Supervision … Continue Reading

BaFin publishes consultation paper regarding the amendment of the Circular for the investment of guarantee assets

The Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht – BaFin) has published a consultation paper outlining amendments to the circular relating to the investment of guarantee assets of insurance companies (Kapitalanlagerundschreiben – the “Circular”). The Circular shall specify the German investment ordinance (Anlageverordnung – the “Investment Ordinance”) which has been effective since 22 April 2016 … Continue Reading

BaFin publishes interpretation circular regarding the requirements for capital market models for the valuation of technical provisions under Solvency II

The Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht – BaFin) has published an interpretation circular – which explains the requirements for capital market models for the valuation of technical provisions under Solvency II Directive.  The German implementation of the Directive’s provisions can found in s. 74 et seq. Insurance Supervision Act (Versicherungsaufsichtsgesetz – VAG). The … Continue Reading

BaFin has published an interpretative decision on some aspects regarding the conduct of reinsurance business in Germany by insurance undertakings situated in a third country

On its website, BaFin has published an interpretative decision on some aspects regarding the conduct of reinsurance business in Germany by insurance undertakings situated in a third country. The decision has the following background: Insurance undertakings (primary insurers and reinsurers) from third countries, i.e. countries that are not member states of the European Union or … Continue Reading

Interpretative decision of BaFin on insufficient funds to meet solvency capital requirement or minimum capital requirement

On its website, the BaFin has published an interpretative decision setting out the obligations of insurance companies if they fail or will probably fail to provide sufficient funds to meet the solvency capital requirement or the minimum capital requirement. The decision was published in view of the stricter requirements imposed by the new supervisory regime … Continue Reading
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