The PRA’s approach to supervising insurers

Date: Monday 20 March 2017

Time: 11.00 BST

This event was hosted by London Business School in collaboration with the Bank of England and supported by the AQR Asset Management Institute.

Keynote Speaker:

  • Sam Woods,Deputy Governor of the Bank of England and Chief Executive of the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA)


  • Sir Andrew Likierman, Dean and Professor of Management Practice in Accounting, London Business School


  • Richard Portes CBE FBA, Professor of Economics and Academic Director of the AQR Asset Management Institute, London Business School


The UK has the largest insurance industry in Europe, providing a wide range of vital services to the real economy and wider society. For example, some of the oldest and most vulnerable have invested their life savings into long-term annuity contracts. By pooling and transferring many kinds of risk, from cyber to marine, general insurers provide essential cover for economic activity. And with £1.9 trillion invested in assets including infrastructure, insurers play an important role in promoting growth and employment.

Following the financial crisis, the PRA was established in 2013 with an objective specific to insurance – to contribute to the protection of policyholders – alongside its general objective to promote the safety and soundness of all PRA-regulated firms. In the meantime it has implemented Solvency II, a wide-ranging EU directive, which is currently being examined by the Treasury Committee.

About the event

This event explored the PRA’s approach to supervising insurance companies and coincided with the publication of a report from the Bank’s Independent Evaluation Office on the PRA’s approach to its insurance objective, focusing on how it is interpreted, implemented and communicated.

The speech was followed by moderated Q&A with the audience.

The event was open to all.

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