Events

July 1st, 2021 - July 1st, 2021

July 1, 2021: Reinsurance Property Underwriting Audits

Start Date/Time:
07/01/2021 12:00 PM
End Date/Time:
07/01/2021 1:30 PM
Location:
Virtual via Zoom
New York, NY United States

REINSURANCE PROPERTY UNDERWRITING AUDITS *
July 1, 2021  ♦  12:00 pm – 1:30 pm  ♦ Powered via Zoom

Presenters:
Christiane Gross, Sr. VP & Property Underwriting Team Lead
Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.

John Ferris, President & CEO
JC Ferris Advisors, Inc.

This virtual seminar is geared to all levels of experience on conducting property underwriting audits of ceding companies.  They will cover such areas as audit goals, audit types and how to prepare for and conduct a property underwriting file.  This highly practical webinar will address what underwriting topics you should review, how you can differentiate by portfolio and client and, finally, how you can address your findings. Your two highly experienced presenters backgrounds are:

Ms. Gross is a Senior Vice President and Property Underwriting Team Lead at Munich Reinsurance America, Inc. in Princeton, NJ. Christiane started her career with Munich Re in Germany in 2002, first in Munich’s Industrial Clients division and later in Munich’s Global Clients/ North America division, holding various property facultative and treaty underwriting positions.

Christiane relocated to Munich Re America in 2014 to service Regional Clients in the United States as a Property Treaty Underwriter. In 2018 she became a Team Lead for Property Facultative and Reinsurance Program business. She holds a degree in international business from the Reutlingen University in Germany. She is a member of the APIW and serves on the Board of the IRUA. In November 2019 Christiane assumed the role of IRUA’s Corporate Treasurer, thus joining the Executive Committee.  In April 2021 she was elected to IRUA Vice President and will continue her role as Co-Chair of the IRUA Education Committee.

John C. Ferris is the President and CEO of JC FERRIS ADVISORS, Inc., an underwriting auditing and consulting firm serving the reinsurance community. John has 38 years of property underwriting and risk management experience in the insurance/reinsurance sectors. He started his career with Wausau Insurance Company as a property underwriting trainee in New York City, which laid the groundwork for his future professional endeavors.

From there, John grew his experience as a Senior Property Primary Underwriter at Commerce & Industry, as well the Senior Vice President and Division Manager with Gerling Global Reinsurance Corp. of America. Prior to founding his company, JC FERRIS ADVISORS, Inc. in 2017, John lent his professional experience in several capacities at Partner Reinsurance Company of the U.S. He worked as one of three property underwriting auditors, served as Vice President and Manager of the Risk Management/Catastrophe Modeling Function, and as a Vice President and Underwriter of the company’s National Accounts team.

After receiving his Bachelor of Business Administration from Iona College, John went on achieve a Masters in Business Administration at Fordham University. He also has CPCU, ARe, and ARM designations.

Registration Fees:
Members:
IRUA corporate member professionals – $75
IRUA Individual Members: (not associated with an IRUA member company)- $75
Non-IRUA members – $95

Please Note: Before registering and if you are not sure if your company is an IRUA member, please see the “crawler” on our homepage that features all IRUA member companies.

A NOTE WHEN REGISTERING:
Registration For Members: The non-member rate is set as the default rate. You must be logged in as a member in order to receive the member rate.

First Time Registrants: If you are registering for an event for the first time and are from a member company, please email Jerry Wallis: jwallis@irua.org or Maria Sclafani: mcs@irua.org to be set up as a member so that you can log in and receive the member rate. Once logged in, the system will identify you as being from a member company and the non-member rate will automatically change to the member rate.

June 9th, 2021 - June 9th, 2021

June 9, 2021: Could Political Risk Be the Next Source of Cat Loss Inflation?

Start Date/Time:
06/09/2021 12:00 PM
End Date/Time:
06/09/2021 1:30 PM
Location:
Virtual via Zoom
New York, NY United States

COULD POLITICAL RISK BE THE NEXT SOURCE OF CAT LOSS INFLATION?
June 9, 2021 ♦ 12 Noon – 1:30 pm (EST) ♦ Powered by Zoom

Presenter:
Thomas Johansmeyer, Head of PCS – a Verisk Company

PCS has noted the phenomenon that catastrophe losses seem to be getting larger and more frequent.  Mr. Johansmeyer will discuss PCS’s observations that in recent years political risk indicators, such as post-event legal and regulatory actions, have played a factor which has, and likely will, impact future insurer/reinsurer risk and capital management decisions.

The number of catastrophe events  designated by PCS®, a Verisk business™, in the United States has reached record-setting territory every year for the past five years. And the number of events reaching an industrywide loss threshold of at least US$1 billion has reached record levels in 3 of the last 4 years.

Tom Johansmeyer runs PCS, a Verisk business.  Under his leadership, PCS has expanded from North America to Japan and Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Turkey.  Tom also launched PCS’s foray into global cyber, marine and energy, terror, and large property risk losses.  Before PCS, Tom held re/insurance industry roles at Guy Carpenter and Deloitte. 

Registration Fees:
Members:
IRUA corporate member professionals – $75
IRUA Individual Members: (not associated with an IRUA member company)- $75
Non-IRUA members – $95

Please Note: Before registering and if you are not sure if your company is an IRUA member, please see the “crawler” on our homepage that features all IRUA member companies.

A NOTE WHEN REGISTERING:
Registration For Members: The non-member rate is set as the default rate. You must be logged in as a member in order to receive the member rate.

First Time Registrants: If you are registering for an event for the first time and are from a member company, please email Jerry Wallis: jwallis@irua.org or Maria Sclafani: mcs@irua.org to be set up as a member so that you can log in and receive the member rate. Once logged in, the system will identify you as being from a member company and the non-member rate will automatically change to the member rate.

 

May 26th, 2021 - May 26th, 2021

May 26, 2021: The Big Tort: When Emerging Products Liability Risks Transform Into Nuclear Verdicts

Start Date/Time:
05/26/2021 12:00 PM
End Date/Time:
05/26/2021 1:15 PM
Location:
Virtual via Zoom
New York, NY United States

THE BIG TORT: WHEN EMERGING PRODUCTS LIABILITY RISKS TRANSFORM INTO NUCLEAR VERDICTS
May 26, 2021 ♦ 12 Noon – 1:30 pm EST ♦ Powered via Zoom

Arch Re Managing Director and IRUA Board member, Joshua Hackett, will discuss with Peter Dinunzio, Partner, Clyde & Co., what are the likely next drivers of toxic tort litigation; the underlying theories driving the plaintiff’s bar; known cases and their current status; and underwriting considerations for GL/Pollution/Environmental/Excess coverage forms.

Peter Dinunzio is a member of the firm’s insurance disputes practice. He focuses his practice on litigation and arbitration of complex commercial insurance and reinsurance matters. He has particular experience litigating environmental, talc, asbestos and other product liability exposures.

Peter has more than a decade of experience working with policyholders, brokers, London Market and other domestic and international insurers in this space and in relation to other latent-type insurance matters.

He is Admitted to the Bar in NY, CT and MA and holds a JD, with honors, from University of Connecticut Law School, a Masters of Public Administration, with honors, and a BA in Political Science from the University of Connecticut.

 

Registration Fees:
Members:
IRUA corporate member professionals – $75
IRUA Individual Members: (not associated with an IRUA member company)- $75
Non-IRUA members – $95

Please Note: Before registering and if you are not sure if your company is an IRUA member, please see the “crawler” on our homepage that features all IRUA member companies.

A NOTE WHEN REGISTERING:
Registration For Members: The non-member rate is set as the default rate. You must be logged in as a member in order to receive the member rate.

First Time Registrants: If you are registering for an event for the first time and are from a member company, please email Jerry Wallis: jwallis@irua.org or Maria Sclafani: mcs@irua.org to be set up as a member so that you can log in and receive the member rate. Once logged in, the system will identify you as being from a member company and the non-member rate will automatically change to the member rate.

May 12th, 2021 - May 12th, 2021

May 12, 2021: Management and Professional Liability

Start Date/Time:
05/12/2021 2:00 PM
End Date/Time:
05/12/2021 3:00 PM
Location:
Virtual via Zoom
New York, NY United States

MANAGEMENT AND PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY
May 12, 2021 ♦ 2:00 – 3:00 PM (EST) ♦ Powered via Zoom

Join us for an update on this important and growing line of business. IRUA Board member Danny Hojnowski and Senior VP of Trans Re will provide a general overview of these classes. This will be followed by an insight into Public and Private D&O market trends and an update on E&O trends with a highlight on Large Lawyers.

Registration Fees:
Members:
IRUA corporate member professionals – $75
IRUA Individual Members: (not associated with an IRUA member company)- $75
Non-IRUA members – $95

Please Note: Before registering and if you are not sure if your company is an IRUA member, please see the “crawler” on our homepage that features all IRUA member companies.

A NOTE WHEN REGISTERING:
Registration For Members: The non-member rate is set as the default rate. You must be logged in as a member in order to receive the member rate.

First Time Registrants: If you are registering for an event for the first time and are from a member company, please email Jerry Wallis: jwallis@irua.org or Maria Sclafani: mcs@irua.org to be set up as a member so that you can log in and receive the member rate. Once logged in, the system will identify you as being from a member company and the non-member rate will automatically change to the member rate.

March 18th, 2021

March 18, 2021: IRUA/RNG – Why Mediation Works!

Start Date/Time:
03/18/2021 12:00 PM
End Date/Time:
02/18/2021 1:30 PM
Location:
Virtual via Zoom
New York, NY United States

 IRUA/RNG Networking Virtual Event!

WHY MEDIATION WORKS!
March 18, 2021 ♦ 12 Noon – 1:30 pm EST ♦ Powered via Zoom

Guest Speaker
David W. Ichel

Confronting a reinsurance industry that has not yet embraced mediation as a solution, mediator David W. Ichel will discuss with our group why mediation really works, how it works in his cases, how Zoom has transformed the world of mediation to an even better place, how to solve a mediation impasse and then open the floor for discussion as to why there has not been greater use of mediation in reinsurance disputes.

David W. Ichel of X-Dispute LLC  is a mediator and arbitrator of complex commercial disputes and also serves as a court-appointed Special Master. He retired on December 31, 2015 from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP (New York), where he was one of the founders of the Simpson Thacher insurance practice and litigated a broad range of large-scale commercial litigation and advised corporate, association and individual clients for 37 years from 1978-2015. He also teaches Complex Civil Litigation at Duke Law School and the University of Miami Law School.  David is on the Mediation and Arbitration rosters of ARIAS-US, AAA, ICDR, Federal Arbitration, Inc., the CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, and the ICC/USCIB.  He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and has been appointed to serve on numerous ad hoc arbitration tribunals. You can read more about David at www.x-dispute.com


Registration Fee:
Members & Non-Members – $50

Note:  You do not need to log in to register.

Click Here for a Sneak Peak of our Upcoming 2021 Educational Events and our New Reinsurance Syllabus Series.

Date/Time:
TBD
Location:
Virtual
New York, NY United States

Below is the IRUA’s preliminary 2021/2022 Calendar of Educational Events to include our webinars, conferences and our New Reinsurance Syllabus Series. Further details will be posted as they become available so come back and visit us again!

IRUA 2021/2022 Calendar of Events

February 24th, 2021 - February 24th, 2021

February 24, 2021: Reinsurance Casualty Underwriting Audits

Start Date/Time:
02/24/2021 12:00 PM
End Date/Time:
02/24/2021 1:00 PM
Location:
Virtual via Zoom
New York, NY United States

REINSURANCE CASUALTY UNDERWRITING AUDITS *
February 24, 2021  ♦  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm  ♦ Powered via Zoom

Guest Speaker
Lewis Paul

This virtual seminar is geared to all levels of experience on conducting casualty underwriting audits of ceding companies.  We will cover areas including pre-audit preparation, key areas of focus during the audit, and wrap up strategies.  Your presenter has 45 years of reinsurance underwriting and executive management experience; and managed the underwriting audit team at PartnerRe for 18 years before retiring at the end of 2020.  He is now acting as a consultant on reinsurance underwriting and providing underwriting auditing services.

Registration Fees:
Members:
IRUA corporate member professionals – $75
IRUA Individual Members: (not associated with an IRUA member company)- $75
Non-IRUA members – $95

Please Note: Before registering and if you are not sure if your company is an IRUA member, please see the “crawler” on our homepage that features all IRUA member companies.

A NOTE WHEN REGISTERING:
Registration For Members: The non-member rate is set as the default rate. You must be logged in as a member in order to receive the member rate.

First Time Registrants: If you are registering for an event for the first time and are from a member company, please email Jerry Wallis: jwallis@irua.org or Maria Sclafani: mcs@irua.org to be set up as a member so that you can log in and receive the member rate. Once logged in, the system will identify you as being from a member company and the non-member rate will automatically change to the member rate.

January 26th, 2021 - January 26th, 2021

January 26, 2021: A Wall Street View of the Insurance & Reinsurance Industry

Start Date/Time:
01/26/2021 4:00 PM
End Date/Time:
01/26/2021 6:00 PM
Location:
Virtual via Zoom
New York, NY United States

IRUA’s FIRST WEBINAR EVENT OF 2021!

A WALL STREET VIEW OF THE INSURANCE & REINSURANCE INDUSTRY
January 26, 2021  ♦   4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Presented By
Seth Bair
Managing Director & Co-Head of Insurance & Asset Management Investment Banking
Keefe, Bruyette & Woodsw, a Stifel Company

After a break in 2020, we are delighted that we are again able to present this extremely popular session. Mr. Bair will be presenting KBW’s view on the Insurance/Reinsurance industry.  Always insightful and timely, this will be even more so in light of another year of significant claims activity and uncertainly regarding COVID -19 coverage and liabilities as well as substantial M&A activity and a high level of  natural catastrophes around the globe.  We look forward to hearing his analysis and views and the potential effects on, and prospects for, the publicly traded insurance and reinsurance market.

Seth Bair is a Managing Director and Co-Head of Insurance and Asset Management Investment Banking of Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. Mr. Bair joined KBW in 1998 and is Co-Head of the firm’s U.S.-based insurance investment banking practice. He is responsible for M&A, public and private capital raisings, mutual conversions and other investment banking services for the insurance industry.

Previously, he was an Analyst in the financial services group of Alex. Brown & Sons, covering insurance companies, depositories and REITs. He received a BA in political economy from Williams College and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

https://www.kbw.com/about-us/our-team/investment-banking/seth-bair/

This webinar, powered by Zoom is open to all and registration is our customary $75 for IRUA members and their employees and $95 per person for non- members.

In addition, this program can be submitted for review to the Institutes/CPCU – Risk and Insurance Management for CPCU credit.

Registration Open
Registration Fee:  IRUA Individual and Member Company personnel  – $75.00
Non-Members – $95.00

Please Note: Before registering and if you are not sure if your company is an IRUA member, please see the “crawler” on our homepage that features all IRUA member companies.

A NOTE WHEN REGISTERING:
Registration For Members: The non-member rate is set as the default rate. You must be logged in as a member in order to receive the member rate.

First Time Registrants: If you are registering for an event for the first time and are from a member company, please email Jerry Wallis: jwallis@irua.org or Maria Sclafani: mcs@irua.org to be set up as a member so that you can log in and receive the member rate. Once logged in, the system will identify you as being from a member company and the non-member rate will automatically change to the member rate.

 

November 12th, 2020 - November 13th, 2020

November 12 & 13 2020: IRUA and Lloyd’s Bring London to You! Lloyd’s in the 2020s

Start Date/Time:
11/12/2020 9:00 AM
End Date/Time:
11/13/2020 11:00 AM
Location:
New York, NY United States

IRUA AND LLOYD’S BRING LONDON TO YOU! LLOYD’S IN THE 2020s
November 12 & 13,
2020 – Webinar
9:00 am – 11: 00 am (EST)

Lloyd’s is rapidly changing both internationally and externally.  This special program over two mornings will feature Lloyd’s executives and reinsurance underwriters discussing both market conditions and appetites as well as how the Society is focusing on efficiencies to maximize policyholder value.  Presented in co-operation with IRUA member – Lloyd’s America Inc. and featuring Hank Watkins, Lloyd’s Regional Director and President – Americas (and past IRUA board member) in the United States and well-known Lloyd’s speakers directly from the United Kingdom.

 Registration Fees: Please note that this is a FREE event but you sill need to register as we are expecting a large attendance.

To Register: Please send an email with your name, company and business title to:  mcs@irua.org and please copy jwallis@irua.org.

 

 

 

November 10th, 2020 - November 10th, 2020

November 10, 2020: InsurTech Innovation and its Effects on Insurance/Reinsurance

Start Date/Time:
11/10/2020 12:30 PM
End Date/Time:
11/10/2020 1:45 PM
Location:
Zoom
New York, NY United States

INSURTECH INNOVATION AND ITS EFFECTS ON INSURANCE/REINSURANCE
November 10, 2020     12:30-1:45 p.m. Eastern Time ♦ Webinar 

This highly topical webinar will discuss the impact of InsurTech on several links within the insurance value chain including the players driving the change as well as the regulatory topics to consider when adopting the new and emerging technologies that are fueling the disruption.

Our presenters are Arlene Kern, Senior Vice President and Strategic Innovation Leader of Munich Reinsurance America and Stephanie Duchene, Esq., a Partner of Mayer Brown LLP.   Ms. Kern, is the  IRUA’s Immediate Past President and while now dedicated to the innovation space comes from an insurance/reinsurance underwriting and marketing background.  Ms. Duchene will exploring the legal implications arising from the InsurTech phenomenon.  To bring you completely current our California based experts will discuss the early signals of the pandemic’s impact on InsurTech from both the startup and regulatory point of view.

Our thanks, as always, are due to Mayer Brown LLP for their support of the IRUA and its educational mission.

Stop the Press!  CLE credit has not been applied for by Mayer Brown.  This includes multi-state credit.  Please contact Jerry Wallis at jwallis@irua.org for further details.

Registration Fees:
Members:
IRUA corporate member professionals – $75
IRUA Individual Members: (not associated with an IRUA member company)- $75
Non-IRUA members – $95