AXA XL wraps up merger of key business

AXA XL | January 13, 2020

AXA XL wraps up merger of key business
The activities surrounding the mega-merger of AXA and XL Group’s businesses are far from over. Today, AXA XL announced that it has now merged AXA Corporate Solutions (ACS) and AXA ART into XL Insurance Company SE (XLICSE). This move was a follow-on from the acquisition of XL Group by AXA that was completed all the way back in September 2018. The ACS, AXA ART, and XLICSE merger has been approved by regulatory authorities, including the Central Bank of Ireland and the Irish High Court, and took effect on December 31, 2019. At this time, XLICSE assumed the businesses of ACS and AXA ART, becoming the insurer or reinsurer of each policy previously underwritten.

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Distracted driving isn’t only a dangerous behavior— it’s an expensive one. According to a recent National Highway Traffi c Safety Administration (NHTSA) study, distracted driving costs the U.S. about $129 billion per year.1 Roughly $9 billion of that annual cost comes out of insurers’ pockets. Those numbers won’t drop by themselves, especially because distracted driving isn’t a behavior that can be tackled from a single angle. It will require a considered, concerted effort from the entire transportation industry to reduce distracted-driving-related costs and crashes. Fewer accidents means safer drivers, and that’s the #1 goal for Arity, as well as most insurers.

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Distracted driving isn’t only a dangerous behavior— it’s an expensive one. According to a recent National Highway Traffi c Safety Administration (NHTSA) study, distracted driving costs the U.S. about $129 billion per year.1 Roughly $9 billion of that annual cost comes out of insurers’ pockets. Those numbers won’t drop by themselves, especially because distracted driving isn’t a behavior that can be tackled from a single angle. It will require a considered, concerted effort from the entire transportation industry to reduce distracted-driving-related costs and crashes. Fewer accidents means safer drivers, and that’s the #1 goal for Arity, as well as most insurers.

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PZU Uses Tractable's AI to Enhance Auto Damage

PZU, Tractable | November 27, 2020

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Guidewire | May 12, 2021

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