With 2012 about to arrive, NU spoke with some of the key figures in the E&S/Specialty Markets arena to hear their assessments of where the biggest opportunities will be found in the year ahead—and to get their take on the greatest challenges that will have to be faced over the next 12 months.

Click next to read their responses. 

Hank WatkinsPresidentLloyd’s America

Without being able to predict the nature or scale of the disasters we’ll experience in 2012, the key areas of concern for us are sluggish investment returns, surplus capital and relatively modest increases in premium rates. Against this backdrop, we continue to face uncertainty and delay in the European and U.S. regulatory environments. The risk of increasing compliance costs has not diminished and poses yet another challenge to the market’s competitiveness. These realities will make disciplined, responsible underwriting as important as ever in 2012. 

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