Articles - Eversheds:Change to insurance industry to hit global economy


Eversheds comment: Changes to insurance industry regulation will hit global economy

 Central bankers have raised concerns that regulatory and accounting changes being faced by the insurance industry will dramatically alter their investment style, meaning that companies will face greater problems raising funds to invest in the real economy. Michael Wainwright, partner at international law firm Eversheds, comments:

  “The sovereign debt crisis in Europe is beginning to highlight the risk inherent in the new European framework for making laws on financial services. Under the new regime, it is a great deal easier to adopt new measures, and there is a great deal more political influence on the content of those measures.

 “In the case of the new Solvency II regime for insurers, there is a risk that political considerations may lead legislators to tip the balance in favour of insurers investing in EU government debt and against alternative investments. This might assist struggling EU economies in the short term, but the Bank for International Settlements is right to warn that it could have a serious adverse effect on the stability of the financial system. In addition, by constraining the returns that insurers can earn, it could also make insurance considerably more expensive in future. There is a real question over whether Europe now has the right forum to balance considerations of this kind in its rule-making on financial services.”

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