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PRA launches Solvency II quantitative impact study and sets out its view on the matching adjustment and risk margin

The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) has published a ‘Dear CEO’ letter from Charlotte Gerken, Executive Director, Insurance, at the PRA concerning the launch of the data gathering exercise for the UK review of Solvency II. The data gathering exercise is known as a quantitative impact study (QIS). Firms have been invited by the PRA to … Continue Reading

FCA opens consultation on its guidance on the review of Part VII transfers

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is consulting on proposed updates to its Finalised Guidance, FG18/4: The FCA’s approach to the review of Part VII insurance business transfers, initially published in May 2018. The FCA is proposing to amend the guidance following its experience over the past few years and feedback from stakeholders, with the aim … Continue Reading

FCA sends ‘Dear CEO’ letter reminding general insurance intermediaries of their client money obligations

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has sent a ‘Dear CEO’ letter to general insurance intermediary firms reminding them of their obligations to maintain appropriate arrangements for client money. The FCA had reminded general insurance intermediaries of their obligations in a letter in September 2020. As part of its work on financial resilience the FCA has … Continue Reading

UK Government consults on amendments to insolvency arrangements for insurance companies

The UK Government has launched a consultation on a series of proposed amendments to existing insolvency arrangements for insurance companies. The amendments include clarifications and enhancements to the court’s powers under section 377 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 to order a reduction of the value of an insurer’s contracts (a ‘write-down’). The … Continue Reading

FCA publishes policy statement with final rules on general insurance pricing practices

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published the long-awaited policy statement General insurance pricing practices market study – Feedback to CP20/19 and final rules (PS21/5). The final rules address what has been described as the ‘loyalty penalty’ paid by existing general insurance product customers. The publication of the policy statement and rules follows a final … Continue Reading

FCA publishes web page on buildings insurance for leasehold properties in light of cladding concerns

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published a web page setting out its expectations for buildings insurance providers in terms of offering fair value insurance for leasehold properties. Recently, leaseholders of apartments have been paying more for buildings insurance, especially where the exterior has been covered with cladding. The FCA says that insurers and intermediaries … Continue Reading

EIOPA publishes consultation on IBOR transition

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has launched a consultation on the Interbank Offered Rates (IBOR) transitions. Across markets, IBOR is being replaced by risk-free rates. The consultation considers adjustments to EIOPA’s risk-free rate (RFR) methodology and production, in light of If the EU Benchmark Regulation (which came into force in 2018) which … Continue Reading

Sam Woods delivers a speech on the future of UK insurance regulation

Sam Woods, Deputy Governor for Prudential Regulation and CEO of the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), has delivered a speech to the Association of British Insurers in which he stated that insurance regulation is about to change in the UK. Woods discussed the reform to the architecture of financial services regulation in the UK as well … Continue Reading

FCA publishes a business interruption policy checker and FAQs on business interruption coverage on its website

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published a ‘policy checker’ and a set of frequently asked questions in order to help policyholders understand whether they have valid claims under their business interruption policies in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic. The checker follows the Supreme Court decision in FCA v Arch Insurance (UK) Ltd. The … Continue Reading

FCA sends ‘Dear CEO’ letter on business interruption insurance following the Supreme Court Test Case decision

On Friday 22 January 2020, the FCA sent a ‘Dear CEO’ letter to insurance companies and managing general agents in order to clarify its expectations of firms in respect of business interruption claims following the decision of the Supreme Court on 15 January (see our case summary here). Executive Director of Consumers and Competition, Sheldon … Continue Reading

Brexit – Reminder from the French regulator to UK financial institutions on their obligations towards customers residing in France

On 4 January 2021, the French regulator (the Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Résolution – ACPR) issued a press release reminding UK authorised financial institutions (including those located in Gibraltar) of their obligations towards customers residing in France. As of 1 January 2021, European law is no longer applicable in the United Kingdom (UK). … Continue Reading

Brexit – France clarifies the form and content of the information to be provided by UK insurers to their French insureds and policyholders following Brexit – Update

As mentioned in our previous post published in April 2019, the French Ministry of Economy and Finance passed a decree dated 22 March 2019 (the March 2019 Decree) implementing the provisions of the ordinance n°2019-75 of 6 February 2019, introducing a contingency plan for the financial services sector in connection with the withdrawal of the … Continue Reading

PRA publishes ‘Dear CEO’ letter on ‘Insurance Supervision: 2021 Priorities’

The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) has published a letter send by Anna Sweeney and Charlotte Gerken, joint executive directors of insurance, on its supervisory priorities for the insurance sector in 2021. The priorities identified are financial resilience, LIBOR transition, operational resilience, financial risks arising from climate change and changes in PRA responsibilities after the end … Continue Reading

FCA publishes draft guidance for policyholders on proving the presence of covid-19 within a particular area

Following the decision of the High Court in Financial Conduct Authority v Arch and others [2020] EWHC 2448 (Comm), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has decided to publish guidance in respect of the evidence and methodologies which policyholders may use to prove the presence of Covid-19. Although some aspects of the High Court decision have … Continue Reading

FCA sends ‘Dear CEO’ letter setting out its strategy for Price Comparison Websites

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has sent a ‘Dear CEO’ letter to Price Comparison Websites. The letter identifies the key risks of harm which it believes Price Comparison Websites (PCWs) pose to their customers and the markets in which they operate. PCWs are expected to review the harms identified and take steps to reduce the … Continue Reading

FCA sends ‘Dear CEO’ letter on its supervisory strategy for Lloyd’s and London Market Intermediary firms

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has sent a ‘Dear CEO’ letter to intermediaries (including Managing General Agents) that operate in the Lloyd’s and London Market. The FCA has recently started to group firms into separate portfolios. Lloyd’s and London Market intermediaries (LLMI) fall into one such group of FCA supervised firms. The FCA writes that … Continue Reading

UK regulators send ‘Dear CEO’ letter to insurers concerning preparations for the end of the transition period

The two UK financial regulators, the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have sent a letter to the chief executives and branch managers of insurance firms in the UK. The letter reminds firms about the end of the transition period in December and the need to be ready for a range … Continue Reading

Additional measures to assist insurance customers in financial difficulty introduced by the FCA

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has introduced proposals on how firms should continue to support customers who hold insurance and premium finance products and may be in financial difficulty due to coronavirus (Covid-19). The proposals consider the ways in which firms might provide support to consumers who have already had a payment deferral and to … Continue Reading

EIOPA outlines its approach to the supervision of insurance product governance and oversight

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has published ‘EIOPA’s approach to the supervision of product oversight and governance’. The Insurance Distribution Directive ((EU) 2016/97) (IDD) contains requirements on product oversight and governance for insurance distributors. These requirements aim to ensure that customers’ interests are taken into account throughout the product lifecycle. The latest … Continue Reading

FCA sends ‘Dear CEO’ letter to general insurance intermediaries on adequate client money arrangements

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has sent a ‘Dear CEO’ letter from Christopher Woolard, interim chief executive officer, to general insurance intermediaries. The letter states that during the COVID-19 pandemic it is imperative that intermediary firms maintain adequate arrangements to safeguard client money. The FCA expects senior management to have appropriate oversight over client money … Continue Reading

FCA reminds professional indemnity insurance underwriters to meet regulatory requirements when including pandemic exclusions

In its latest regulatory round-up, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has reminded insurers offering professional indemnity insurance of its Handbook requirements. Insurance firms applying pandemic exclusions are reminded of the minimum requirements in MIPRU 3.2 and should consider whether exclusions are consistent with product governance obligations to ensure that the policy is compatible with the … Continue Reading