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Update of 25 February 2019: The German draft act laying the ground for a limited transitional regime for UK financial services firms including insurers and reinsurers following a hard Brexit has passed the German parliament (Bundestag) on 21 February 2019 without any amendments regarding the transitional regime for UK insurers and reinsurers. The required approval by the German Bundesrat is expected to be granted within short without further amendments. The act will come into force…
Insurers and other insurance distributors faced significant challenges while implementing the requirements of the German law transposing the Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD). Even though the IDD was transposed into German law as of 23 February 2018, several details were not yet available due to outstanding regulations. The new German regulation, i.e. the German Insurance Distribution Regulation, effective as of 20 December 2018 (and largely corresponding to a draft thereof published in June 2018) provides guidance…
Insurers and other insurance distributors will face significant challenges while implementing the requirements of the German law transposing IDD. Impacts on distribution models, training requirements and increased duties and obligations in distribution will need to be considered. In addition, there are a number of compliance issues, such as conflicts of interest, cross-selling and considerations regarding the commission structure. With regard to insurance products there are also new requirements, such as product oversight and governance (e.g.…
The legislation transposing the IDD into German law has been passed (as resolved by the German Parliament on 28 June 2017 and by the Federal Council of Germany on 7 July 2017). One of many changes will be that the transposed IDD will be applicable to all insurance distributors (Versicherungsvertreiber), including insurers. In addition to transposing the IDD generally, a few German specific aspects including the ones highlighted below have been added at the final…
A new decision by the Munich Higher Regional Court gives significant guidance for online insurance distribution activities which anticipates some of the new requirements under the Insurance Distribution Directive. The court held that aggregators such as Check24 have to better inform and advise their website users before they conclude an insurance contract online. In particular, they should inform about policy exclusions and ask respective questions in order to find out the customer’s requirements. The court…
On 10 March 2017 the German Financial Services Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht – BaFin) published a guidance note on setting up health insurance companies in Germany under the new provisions implementing Solvency II. In contrast to most other EU member states, German regulated private health insurers are not permitted to offer products of any other line of life or non-life business. What makes these guidelines even more relevant is the fact that – except for…
The adoption of a draft law amending criminal law provisions protecting insurance related information will finally enable life insurers to make wider use of outsourcing by removing disclosure to service providers from the scope of Sec. 203 German Criminal Code (StGB) under certain conditions. In spite of some uncertainties, this is a major breakthrough and will lead to a significantly higher demand for outsourcing solutions in the German life insurance industry. The following describes the…
During the latest law-making session, Florida’s legislators authorized a means for landowners to seek extensions for certain state-regulated development permits, citing the struggling real estate market and likelihood that many permits may expire before market conditions improve. The Lee County Board of County Commissioners has taken note, and has a similar authorization for four-year local development approval extensions on its Tuesday, October 11 agenda. The proposed resolution authorizes Department of Community Development Director Mary Gibbs…
The Real Estate Investment Society and Urban Land Institute conducted a workshop, “Challenges and Strategies for Property Development Today,” last Thursday morning in Fort Myers. Mary Gibbs, Lee County‘s Director of Community Development, got right to the point: All properties today are challenging. Nothing’s easy anymore,” noting that property location, infrastructure availability, and objections from surrounding residents seem to be the most common constraints.  Local governments are reacting to these economic and site-specific development…
In recent years, procedures for hearings before Lee County Hearing Examiners have evolved formally and informally, sometimes resulting in confusion and frustration for the parties, the public, and the hearing examiners themselves. A recent amendment to Lee County Administrative Code Section 2-6, aims to eliminate uncertainty in special exceptions, variances, zoning cases, and other matters like administrative appeals. Some are simple changes (for example, the “24-hour pre-hearing memo” is now the “48-hour pre-hearing memo”),…