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Why Solvency II is set to shake-up insurer hedge fund investing

December 2015

Insurance legislation Solvency II is set to arrive on 1 January 2016, changing the landscape of hedge fund investing for European insurer allocators.

Solvency II rules introduce market risk calculations for insurers and capital charges based on asset type, with hedge fund assets to be hit with a 49% charge.

James Lawrie, CEO of Apsley Specialty speaks with HFM Week on how he believes Solvency II is set to shake up insurer hedge fund investing.

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PartnerRe: Partner Spotlight: James Lawrie, CEO of Apsley Specialty

November 2015

Q&A with James Lawrie, CEO of Apsley Specialty and PartnerRe. James talks about the concept behind Apsley and the benefits of the partnership with Wholesale.

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Intelligent Insurer: The Evolution of Insurers

November 2015

Insurers are evolving and the major changes have only just begun, claims James Lawrie, executive director at Apsley Specialty.

The past decade has born witness to change within the insurance industry at an unprecedented rate. Increased regulatory obligations, market oversaturation and the changing demands of customers in the digital age, have forced insurers to reassess their strategy and operations.

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Apsley Specialty sponsors the 40TUDE London to Paris cycle challenge

September 2015

Congratulations to all of the cyclists that took part in this year’s 40TUDE London to Paris cycle challenge from 9th to 12th September 2015 - marking the occasion of 40tude's fifth birthday.

This year almost £45,000 has been raised to help us to continue to support the inspiring work in progress at St Mark's Hospital transforming the treatment of colon cancer.

We look forward to continuing to support this great cause in 2016, when the challenge takes our own Robert Kelly to Northern Spain to tackle the hills of Catalonia.

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Apsley Specialty launches new product for Cayman Directors

June 2014

Cayman Islands: Insurance provider Apsley Specialty (“Apsley”) has launched a new insurance offering on the back of a new Directors, Registration and Licensing Law (DRLL) which came into force earlier this month. The new product has been developed specifically to assist Cayman-based directors to comply with the regulatory changes.

The DRLL, which was officially implemented on 23rd May, applies to all directors of Mutual Funds regulated under the mutual funds law, and the majority of those companies registered as ‘excluded persons’ under the Securities Investment and Business Law (2011 Revision). The additional previsions set out by the Cayman government, came into force on 4th June.

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Financial News: Q&A with executive director of Apsley Specialty: Are hedge fund managers waking up to AIFMD?

April 2014

With the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive now stating that the majority of hedge fund managers must have liability risk insurance cover in place by July 22 2014, Apsley Specialty’s executive director James Lawrie assesses how ready hedge fund managers are ahead of the deadline.

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The HedgeFund Journal: Apsley joins forces with PartnerRe

March 2014

Apsley Specialty (“Apsley”) has come together with major industry player PartnerRe to launch a specialist underwriting service to the Hedge Fund sector to deal with the new AIFMD requirements. The agreement, which has a long term potential, was signed between the parties at the end of 2013.

Recent changes to the AIFMD now dictate that the majority of Hedge Fund Managers must have liability risk insurance cover in place by 22 July 2014. Apsley are one of the first firms to offer these services to the European Fund Management industry.

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Financial Times: Fifth of EU hedge funds negligent on negligence

March 2014

A fifth of hedge fund managers in Europe have yet to implement new provisions to cover future intelligence claims as required under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive. Under AIFMD, which comes in to force in July, hedge fund managers can either set aside some of their own funds or hold a professional indemnity insurance (PII) policy against the risk they might be sued for negligence.

James Lawrie, CEO of Apsley Specialty speaks with the Financial Times.

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HFM Week: Apsley launches hedge fund underwriting service

March 2014

Asset management insurer Apsley Specialty has launched a hedge fund underwriting service after receiving backing from Bermuda-based reinsurance giant PartnerRe, according to a media release on Sunday.

The service will be led by Apsley’s head of asset management James Lawrie and aims to take advantage of opportunities brought about by the AIFMD.

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RiskPro rebrands as Apsley Specialty

May 2013

RiskPro has rebranded as Apsley Specialty to mark it’s entry into new markets. James Lawrie, Executive Director, said “the new brand coincides with our launch into new products and reflects Apsley’s commitment to provide excellent service to a complex sector.”

Apsley Specialty will continue to bind it's online D&O products through www.apsleyspecialty.com and provide insurance consultancy services out of its offices in Dublin, London and Cayman for the asset management sector.