AM Best's 2021 Insurance Market Briefing - Europe and Methodology Seminar

AM Best's
Europe Insurance Market Briefing & Methodology Briefing - London

AM Best’s Europe Insurance Market Briefing and Methodology Briefing - London returned on Wednesday, 20 October 2021.

The insurance market briefing featured AM Best rating analysts and industry leaders discussing the state of the insurance industry.

Topics addressed include:

  • Implications of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The growing discourse on sustainability
  • Panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities within the (re)insurance industry against broader prevailing economic and political developments
  • Additional key issues, addressed through a number of sessions, based on recent AM Best Research

The popular annual methodology briefing examined the latest developments in rating criteria. It provided participants with insight on how Best's Credit Rating Methodology (BCRM) and our proprietary Best's Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR) model respond to new industry trends.


When & Where:

Wednesday, 20 October 2021

etc.venues, St Paul's
200 Aldersgate, St Paul's
London, EC1A 4HD, United Kingdom

AM Best's Europe Insurance Market Briefing - London
9:00–14:00 BST

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AM Best’s Europe Methodology Briefing - London
14:25–16:30 BST

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Insurance Market Briefing Agenda

Time Sessions Presenters
08:30 Registration
09:00 Welcome and Introductory Comments Nick Charteris-Black
Managing Director, Market Development - EMEA

EMEA Market Overview
Update on Credit Rating Activity and Outlooks

  • Rating trend developments
Greg Carter
Managing Director, Analytics - EMEA & AP 
09:25 Keynote Presentation Malcom Newman
Managing Director - SCOR SE, EMEA Hub  

Thematic Session: The Evolving Risk Landscape for Re/Insurers

  • Evolution of major and interconnected risks against the increasing boundaries of insurable risks

Catherine Thomas
Senior Director, Analytics

Dr Angela Yeo
Senior Director, Analytics


Evolving Risks and Opportunities In the Cyber Insurance Market
A discussion of recent trends and dynamics impacting the cyber insurance market

Alex Rafferty
Associate Director, Analytics

Coffee Break


Thematic Session: Reinsurance Market Highlights
Global reinsurance outlook and the drivers of future rating movements

Dr Mathilde Jakobsen
Director, Analytics

Ghislain Le Cam
Director, Analytics


Guest Presentation: Responsible Investing in the Insurance Industry—Drivers to Watch Out For
  • Shaping investment profiles towards a sustainable future
  • Availability and use of green and sustainable assets in the market place
  • Scope of enhanced returns from ESG investments
  • Negative screening and influence of stakeholders
Chandra Chadalawada
Head of ALM and Liquidity Management for Legal & General Retirement Institutional (LGRI)

Panel Discussion: Climate Risk’s Growing Complexity—What Role for the Insurance Industry?

  • Catastrophe risk modelling futures: innovative and transformative solutions for the industry
  • Data, advanced modelling tools, insurance, mitigation, prevention and stress testing—are we suitably prepared for the next two decades?
  • Adapting an industry towards a more resilient future
  • Climate risk disclosure


  • Richard Banks
    Director, Industry Research - EMEA,
    AM Best


  • Jessica Turner, PHD, ACII
    Managing Director, Catastrophe Advisory,
    Guy Carpenter
  • Shane Latchman
    Vice President & Managing Director
    AIR Worldwide
  • Jessica Botelho-Young
    Associate Director, Analytics
    AM Best
12:50 Closing Comments Nick Charteris-Black
Managing Director, Market Development - EMEA
13:00 Networking Lunch 

Methodology Briefing Agenda

Time Sessions Presenters
14:15 Registration

Welcome and Introductory Comments

  •  Session Overview
Mahesh Mistry
Senior Director, Credit Rating Criteria, Research & Analytics

IFRS 17—Nearing the Horizon

  • Latest developments and challenges
  • Understanding a new language (terminology, KPIs)
  • User preparedness

Anthony Silverman
Director, Credit Rating Criteria, Research & Analytics

Pierre Tournier
Associate Director, Analytics 


ESG in Best’s Credit Rating Methodology (BCRM)

  • Understanding ESG considerations in the rating process
  • Agenda questions and management meeting discussions

Mahesh Mistry
Senior Director, Credit Rating Criteria, Research & Analytics

Michael Dunckley
Associate Director, Analytics


Scoring and Assessing Innovation

  • Key components of Innovation Criteria
  • Market developments
  • Benchmarking analysis

Victoria Ohorodnyk
Associate Director, Analytics

15:30 Performance Assessments for Delegated Underwriting Authority Enterprises: An Overview and the Assessment Process

Mahesh Mistry
Senior Director, Credit Rating Criteria, Research & Analytics

Myles Gould
Director, Analytics

15:50 Q&A Interactive Panel Discussion AM Best Credit Rating Analysts
16:30 Close

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