Guy Carpenter and Mercer Oliver Wyman Publish Solvency II: Preparing for the Dawning of a New Day

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Report Examines Potential Impact of Solvency II Regulatory Requirements on the Insurance Industry

New York, September 10, 2006 — Guy Carpenter & Company, Inc., the leading global risk and reinsurance specialist, and Mercer Oliver Wyman, the global financial services strategy and risk management consultancy, both part of the Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC), today announced the joint publication of Solvency II: Preparing for the Dawning of a New Day. The comprehensive report examines the current state of Solvency II, the European Union’s wide-ranging review of current insurance directives, and its potential strategic impact on the non-life insurance industry.

“The most important benefits for insurers of Solvency II likely will be evident once companies complete the data-gathering and organizational phases of the process, and they are empowered to manage their capital in a more informed, technically proficient way,” said David Spiller, President and CEO of Guy Carpenter.

“We also are seeing more pronounced signs of convergence between Solvency II and the rating agencies’ approaches to capital adequacy and risk management, which is not lost on equity analysts and other interested parties,” said Anthony Stevens, Managing Director, Head of European Insurance for Mercer Oliver Wyman.

Mr. Stevens added, “For non-life insurance companies, Solvency II presents a business opportunity as well as a compliance burden, and by taking steps now to develop models and data infrastructure, build management buy-in, and foster an understanding of changes within their organizations, firms can put themselves in a better position to exploit the additional information that Solvency II brings, whether that be in risk and capital management, pricing or broader strategic planning.”

Solvency II: Preparing for the Dawning of a New Day focuses on four key issues for insurers:

  • The current status of the Solvency II project, including the results and practical implications of the Quantitative Impact Studies.
  • Related market developments, with particular focus on the increasing convergence of rating agency and regulatory views.
  • The likely impact of Solvency II on the industry, and the implications for individual insurance companies.
  • What insurance company executives should be doing next.

Copies of the full report are available for download at and at For printed copies, please contact Guy Carpenter at or Mercer Oliver Wyman at

About Guy Carpenter

Guy Carpenter & Company, Inc. is the world’s leading risk and reinsurance specialist and a part of the Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. Guy Carpenter creates and executes reinsurance and risk management solutions for clients worldwide through 2,600 professionals across the globe. The firm’s full breadth of services includes 16 centers of excellence in Accident & Health, Agriculture, Alternative Risk Transfer, Environmental, General Casualty, Investment Banking*, Life & Annuity, Marine and Energy, Professional Liability, Program Manager Solutions, Property, Retrocessional, Structured Risk, Surety, Terror Risk and Workers Compensation. In addition, Guy Carpenter’s Instrat® unit utilizes industry-leading quantitative skills and modeling tools that optimize the reinsurance decision-making process and help make the firm’s clients more successful. Guy Carpenter’s website address is

About Mercer Oliver Wyman

Mercer Oliver Wyman is a leader in financial services strategy and risk management consulting. The firm employs more than 900 staff working out of 27 offices in 13 countries throughout North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. As part of MMC, one of the world’s largest professional services firm, we capitalize on a world of experts in risk, insurance, and specialty consulting.