Even if the insured losses from the Chile earthquake fall in the
mid-range of current estimates of between US$ 2 billion and US$ 8
billion, it will outpace Hurricane Wilma as the most expensive
insured event in Latin America's history, according to a
release by reinsurance broker Cooper Gay.
Individual companies have also continued to release estimates of
their exposure to the earthquake: Flagstone Reinsurance Holdings
(US$ 50 million); Max Capital Group, Ltd. (US $10 to 20 million for
both the earthquake and Xynthia), Platinum Underwriters Holdings
(US$ 85 million from Q1 catastrophes), Validus (US$ 170 million to
270 million from Chile), Hiscox (US$ 100 million from Chile and
Xynthia). Swiss Re and Munich Re had previously released estimates
for exposure to the Chilean earthquake that combined to total over
US$ 1 billion.
Some compliance and coverage issues have also begun to emerge
from Chile as investigation of losses progresses: (1) Chilean law
requires that losses be investigated and estimated by companies or
local registered "liquidators" – any
performance of duties reserved for such licensed professionals by
foreign adjusters may pose regulatory compliance issues; (2)
verification of entitlement to the expanded claim notice period
agreed-to by local insurers for insureds impacted in particular
ways by the earthquake; (3) potential conflicts (and ramifications
thereof) between local insurers' obligations to their insureds
under local law and policies and their duties of cooperation/claims
control under reinsurance agreements; (4) difficulties adjusting
business interruption claims that in some instances will dwarf
property damage; (5) detection of earthquake claims by insureds
with no such optional coverage under their fire insurance policies;
and (6) potential coverage/rescission issues posed by failure to
build up to local code.
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