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The insurance trends private-equity investors should understand in 2021

August 25, 2021

As the contours of a postpandemic economy begin to take shape, the implications for privateequity (PE) investors in the insurance sector are also coming into focus. When we last published our perspective on this space, in November 2020, insurance-industry M&A activity was on the rise, insurtech IPOs and special-purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) were taking off, and uncertainty around the timing of COVID-19 vaccines and the “next normal” loomed large. Today, many players in US and European markets are applying insights from their 2020 performance to emerge stronger amid increased consolidation, digitization, and specialization, as well as persistently low interest rates.

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Intact

Intact Financial Corporation (TSX: IFC) is the largest provider of property and casualty (P&C) insurance in Canada and a leading provider of specialty insurance in North America, with close to $10 billion in total annual premiums. The Company has over 13,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than five million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada and the U.S. In Canada, Intact distributes insurance under the Intact Insurance brand through a wide network of brokers, including its wholly-owned subsidiary BrokerLink, and directly to consumers through belairdirect. In the U.S., OneBeacon Insurance Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary, provides specialty insurance products through independent agencies, brokers, wholesalers and managing general agencies.

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Institutional Investors and Corporate Carbon Footprint

whitePaper | December 27, 2021

Climate-aware institutional investors are assumed to affect the transition towards a low carbon economy by exercising their prerogatives as owners of global companies. Investors concerned with climate change can influence investee companies’ carbon footprint by voting at shareholder meetings on climate-related issues and by actively engaging with executives and board members. The authors study to what extent institutional investors’ ownership affected corporate carbon emissions in 68 countries for the period of 2007 to 2018.

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The Insurance Impacts of 2019 Novel Coronavirus

whitePaper | February 2, 2020

The outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019- nCoV), in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China, has prompted questions of how insurance policies might respond to claims stemming from business losses attributed to this infection prompting this White Paper. The primary virus infection, which can result in pneumonia and even death, originated from a Wuhan city seafood market. Subsequently, person-to-person transmission has occurred, primarily to health workers who had contact with those initially infected. The concern is that this may lead to widespread infections, worldwide.

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7 Questions to Ask Before Designing Your Insurance

whitePaper | January 14, 2020

After months of strategy and budget meetings, you’ve got the green light – it’s time to begin building your company’s quality assurance program. But are you prepared for the realities of the creation process? Can you address the inevitable questions and setbacks as they appear?

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Important Considerations for Independent Agents Today

whitePaper | December 21, 2021

It would be imprudent, however, to suggest that change isn’t coming. If nothing else, the pandemic has brought about a whole new set of unexpected financial challenges – which means consumers are looking for more choice than ever before. This pandemic has also demonstrated the overarching value proposition of insurance. In turn, this means we’re seeing savvy agents broaden their targets, so they’re not only focused on the more affluent middle classes but instead finding creative and impactful ways to reach those largely underserved segments.

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CYBER INSURANCE 101

whitePaper | January 15, 2020

In this video, learn how a territory manager reviews agency performance in their region and looks at AI-powered performance predictions for leads and flags from a specific agency. Microsoft is helping insurance companies redefine how they do business by empowering them to engage more effectively with agencies, gain insights on agent performance, and leverage AI to improve interactions.

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Adjust Your Claims Audits: 5 Common Issues and How to Fix Them

whitePaper | November 12, 2019

A carrier’s quality assurance process is the backbone of its success. While not as well-known as underwriting or claims adjusting, QA is a vital part of insurance operations. QA auditors assess open, denied and paid claims to determine if avoidable errors occurred during processing, adjusting or settlement. Their reviews track performance against business standards and help improve internal operations and claim quality. QA gives employees vital information with teachable

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Spotlight

Intact

Intact Financial Corporation (TSX: IFC) is the largest provider of property and casualty (P&C) insurance in Canada and a leading provider of specialty insurance in North America, with close to $10 billion in total annual premiums. The Company has over 13,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than five million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada and the U.S. In Canada, Intact distributes insurance under the Intact Insurance brand through a wide network of brokers, including its wholly-owned subsidiary BrokerLink, and directly to consumers through belairdirect. In the U.S., OneBeacon Insurance Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary, provides specialty insurance products through independent agencies, brokers, wholesalers and managing general agencies.

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