Insurance & Reinsurance
GANADO has long been considered to be one of the leaders in the insurance legal sphere in Malta. As one of the only law firms in Malta to have a team of dedicated insurance & reinsurance lawyers, we are well placed to provide the insurance industry with the necessary legal, corporate and regulatory advice and assistance.
Much change is taking place in the insurance and reinsurance industry with the advent of the Solvency II Directive, and (possibly) the second Insurance Mediation Directive, which are set to overhaul the regulatory landscape for re/insurance undertakings and insurance intermediaries. Insurers, reinsurers, captives and insurance intermediaries are still coming to terms with the substantial regulatory developments and changes that are to take place over the next couple of years. GANADO has the necessary expertise, knowledge and resources to support these players with adapting to the emerging regulatory landscape, and to assist them in taking advantage of any opportunities that may arise as a result of such changes.
GANADO’s knowledge in the insurance market further is evidenced through its drafting of local legislation relating to the captive sector as well as in relation to protected cell company and incorporated cell company legislation. GANADO was also heavily involved in the establishment of the Malta Insurance Managers Association, and also acts as secretary general to the same association and to the Association of Insurance Brokers.
GANADO services most of the local industry, ranging from principals to captives to protected cell companies and many of the local insurance managers. The GANADO Insurance & Reinsurance Group assists clients with:
- the setting-up and authorisation of insurers, re-insurers and intermediaries,
- ongoing regulatory compliance;
- advice on any transactional work;
- drafting of policy documentation;
- portfolio transfers; and
- drafting of reinsurance treaties and other related documentation.
Besides dedicated Insurance & Reinsurance lawyers, our Insurance & Reinsurance Group also includes leading lawyers from complimentary practice areas including corporate, banking & finance, taxation, dispute resolution and data protection.
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