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Insurer Solutions: Risk

The frequency and scale of natural catastrophes, shifting global demographics, the opportunities and threats of InsurTech and big data, increasing regulatory scrutiny, political and economic instability, and cyber security - these are a fraction of the issues insurers have to grapple with. This changing and increasingly complex risk landscape comes at a time where improved technologies, data availability and analytical capabilities are opening new approaches to risk mitigation and transfer. 

We are broad-based risk advisors to our clients, taking a one-team approach to help clients manage the full spectrum of risk. We do this by drawing on our global reach of risk experts combined with market-leading risk-modeling technology and analytical capabilities. Our advisory services and solutions span the spectrum of enterprise risk management and risk transfer, through to market, insurance and operational risks, including catastrophe, credit, longevity, and cyber.

We provide practical risk solutions and modeling tools for the identification, quantification and management of the risks faced by insurers, be they market, insurance, operational, environmental or socio-economic. Our expertise includes dedicated analytics and modeling teams and research units, such as the Willis Research Network, that are at the forefront of promoting the understanding of existing and emerging organizational risks. Underpinning these capabilities are market-leading modeling and technology that help deliver deep insights in to the specific and cumulative implications of exposure to risks, and how insurers can potentially seize opportunities from them, or mitigate against them, such as:

  • Climate and catastrophe
  • Credit and financial
  • Demographic and lifestyle change
  • Environmental
  • Medical trends, including mortality and pandemics
  • Pricing and underwriting
  • Technology, including cyber

Our solutions inform and empower risk management decisions that help shape business strategy and portfolios, foster innovation, support relationships with key stakeholders, and optimize the use of capital.

We help insurers assess and manage the full spectrum of risks contained within their portfolios. Our advice on the pros and cons of risk transfer options helps them meet objectives for earnings or for capital protection.

Our clients trust us to add value from our detailed understanding of strategic insurance market issues, such as drivers around less pronounced rating cycles, consolidation pressures and the growth in alternative capital sources. Applying this knowledge, we use our in-depth experience of specific business lines and our advanced analytics approaches and tools to both promote resilience to extreme loss events through effective market placement of risks and, more broadly, to act as a true risk advisor to clients.

Our complementary expertise in risk and capital modeling, regulatory trends, and underwriting and portfolio management means we can also support clients to integrate risk transfer in to their decision-making around risk and capital.

We advise and support the development of effective ERM frameworks, reviewing existing frameworks through to the development of a full framework or advising on specific elements of ERM, tailored to business, risk and regulatory environment, including:

  • Risk appetite – including strategy, tolerance and limit framework
  • Governance – framework; policies, processes and management
  • Management Information – KRI development, risk reporting and dashboard design
  • Regulation – development of process, reporting and application in decision-making
  • Modeling – use and appropriateness of the modeling of risk, model validation, stress and scenario testing
  • Culture – definition, assessment and monitoring, improvement and embedding