Recovery and Resolution Plans for Insurers

When banks in Europe and the US become unable to honour their financial obligations in 2007 and 2008, governments bailed them out. But why? The standard answer is that politicians faced a terrible choice.

They had to choose between saving insolvent banks largely "as is" in the short-term, or unleashing economic chaos. Recovery and Resolutions Plans (RRPs) are supposed to stop such a dilemma arising again.

At the end of April 2013 The Financial Stability Board (FSB) in consultation with The International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) are planning to designate "Globally Systemically Important Insurers" (G-SIIs) which, like their bank equivalents, will be required to produce RRPs.

Based on Oliver Wyman's work for banks on this topic, as well as our recent work for insurers and with The Geneva Association, our latest article, Recovery and Resolution Plans for Insurers, examines the lessons learned from banks' experiences and how insurers can lead the debate in the development of RRPs.

Recovery and Resolution Plans for Insurers