Revised Central Bank Guidance regarding Saving and Investment Insurance

On 13 June 2021 the UAE Central Bank issued a circular with reference no. CBUAE/BSD/N/2021/3148 (“the Circular”) addressed to all financial institutions operating in the UAE, offering structured conventional life insurance and takaful investment and saving products (“the Products”). The Circular refers to Central Bank’s Circular of May 2017 which was addressed to banks and…

Consumer protection, insurance, UAE Central Bank

How the new Consumer Protection Regulations impact insureds

The laws around consumer protection in the UAE are continuously evolving and on 25 November 2020, the UAE Central Bank issued the Circular No 8 of 2020, Consumer Protection Regulations (Consumer Protection Regulations), which are applicable to all “Licensed Financial Institutions”. This was further supplemented by Consumer Protection Standards (Consumer Protection Standard) issued by the…

Recent Legal Developments in Business Interruption Insurance – Coverage Issues and Wider Implications perhaps for the Middle East

The English High Court has recently handed down a judgement in a test case related to “Business Interruption” insurance in the context of the COVID19 pandemic, which provides an interesting angle in respect of coverage issues and general English law [insurance] contract interpretation. The Financial Conduct Authority v Arch and Others[1] essentially addressed the legal…

Beirut Blast – You May Have Coverage for Damage

Potential Compensation Sources The tragic and catastrophic explosion that occurred in Beirut, beyond the immediate health and safety concerns, raises important and potentially time-sensitive considerations involving obtaining compensation for property damage sustained due to the blast. While all are most appropriately concerned with the loss of life and serious injuries inflicted upon the population, the…

UAE Insurance Authority & Securities & Commodities Authority Merge

BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP (“BSA”) are pleased to support the recent exciting merger of the United Arab Emirates Insurance Authority & Securities & Commodities Authority into one financial regulatory body overseeing the authorisation and regulation of insurance and investment as one regulatory body. The UAE Federal Government formally announced the merger of…

Insurance Claims Management: Using the Most Appropriate Governing Law & Jurisdiction Clause in Reinsurance Contracts

Regulatory Changes for Insurance Disputes in the United Arab Emirates and the existing Insurance Dispute Committee in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia BSA are often instructed by the London market for coverage advice pending disputes between cedant and reinsurers. Many of those treaty terms will be governed by the laws of various Middle East jurisdictions…

Electronic Insurance Regulations Issued

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Insurance Authority recently published the Insurance Authority Board of Directors’ Resolution No. 18 of 2020 on Electronic Insurance Regulations dated 27 April 2020 (“the Regulation”). The first draft of these regulations was published in January 2019, and after public consultation and discussion, a revised draft was published in December 2019,…

Insurance Brokers – Reduction in Capital Requirements

The UAE Insurance Authority issued Board of Directors’ Resolution No. (14) of 2020 on the Amendment of Some Provisions of the Insurance Authority Board of Directors’ Resolution No. (15) of 2013 Concerning Insurance Brokerage Regulations dated 30 March 2020 (“the Resolution”). The Resolution allows, subject to a submitted application and consent of the Insurance Authority…

Cyber Insurance: Risks and Trends 2020

Risks and Trends for 2020 – Authored by Martin Kreuzer, Risk Manager Cyber Risks, Munich Re A Legal & Regulatory Perspective from the Middle East – Authored by Simon Isgar, Partner and Head of Insurance/Reinsurance, BSA As global insurer and reinsurer of cyber risks, Munich Re is closely watching developments of cyberattacks to provide suitable insurance…