View our Presentation Slides from the 2014 Symposium (Powerpoint)
Our Sixth Annual MReBA Symposium, which took place on October 2, 2014 at the historic Harvard Club, located at 374 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts was a huge success.
This year’s theme, Business Matters, focused on trends in the industry that will impact reinsurance now and in the future and featured a first-rate lineup of reinsurance executives, claims professionals, brokers, and attorneys. Our Symposium Committee, chaired by Bill Erickson, put together a fantastic program.
We are very excited to have had Rob Hammesfahr, formerly of Swiss Re, as our Keynote Speaker. Rob was a practicing attorney and partner at a number of firms, including Cozen O’Connor, before leaving private practice to become a reinsurance industry executive. Rob has authored two books on reinsurance, Reinsurance Claims (2004) and The Law of Reinsurance Claims (1994), which have become standards in the legal community. His insights into business trends, conflicts, and claims were informative and thought provoking.
Following Rob’s keynote address, two morning panel presentations focused on developments in property and liability insurance and reinsurance and their expected impact on the industry. As always, we provided lunch, which was followed by a lively workshop discussion of the issues addressed by the morning panels.
The workshop got us all thinking and talking about how the industry trends will manifest themselves into reinsurance problems and what the potential solutions to those problems may be. Finally, our closing panel featured a discussion of broker disputes, policy and treaty wordings, and placement trends.
A detailed agenda is below.
7:30 a.m. - Breakfast and Registration
8:30 a.m. - Welcome and Keynote Introduction
Keynote Address - Rob Hammesfahr
Panel One - Current Trends in Property Reinsurance
John Phillips, Gen Re
Stephen Zera, AIG Property Casualty
Alex Henlin, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
Kristin Suga Heres, Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP
Panel Two - Hot Issues in Reinsurance for Liability Claims
Randal Leffelman, Munich Re
Bill Perry, Carter Perry Bailey LLP
Jason Verdone, The Hartford
Moderator: John Harding, Morrison Mahoney LLP
Panel Three - Interactive Workshop
Panel Four – The Intermediary’s Perspective: Placement Trends, Contract Wordings, Disputes and Other Notable Developments
John Chaplin, Compass Consulting; formerly of Guy Carpenter
Matt Stanwood, JLT Towers Re
Dave Macintosh, Aon Benfield
Mike Mullins, Day Pitney LLP
Moderator: Susan Hartnett, Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.
4:00 p.m. - Cocktail Reception