Solvency II is the new regime that regulates the solvency requirements for EU insurers and reinsurers. Solvency II aims to reduce the risk that an insurer would be unable to meet claims, to provide early warning to supervisors so that they can intervene promptly if capital falls below the required level, and to promote confidence in the financial stability of the insurance sector. Solvency II not only sets out the minimum capital requirements to guarantee policyholder protection, but also includes measures to stimulate risk management and good governance and to improve transparency. While the Solvency I regime only sets basic solvency standards, Solvency II has a much wider scope. Solvency II aims to unify the regulation of the European insurance market as well as to increase policyholder protection. Because it improves the protection of policyholders, creates an incentive for good risk management, recognizes the economic reality of a group, establishes market transparency and provides for a modern risk based supervisory regime, the book’s subtitle is: Solvency II is Good for You. This book provides a thorough and well-structured overview of the new regulatory regime and how it will affect insurers, re-insurers and other market participants, including policyholders. The author, who was closely involved in the making of Solvency II, offers all the necessary insights and explanations to better understand this new regulation. The book is written for a wide audience, from the non-expert who wants to gain some or more insight in the complex world of insurance and Solvency II, to the specialist who will find this book a very interesting and helpful reference work.

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