AM Best Chief Rating Officer Stefan Holzberger and Director Michelle Baurkot will lead a panel discussion on key issues affecting the insurance industry at the Florida Insurance Market Summit, which is taking place as a series of webinars throughout fall 2020.

Joining Holzberger and Baurkot in the panel session, which will take place Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at 11 a.m. (EDT), is Pat Matthews, head of global rating agency advisory, and Kathleen Armstrong, managing director, both of Aon. Topics to be discussed include insurance industry innovation; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the industry; incorporating stress testing into enterprise risk management and the challenges facing the Florida insurance market. As AM Best’s Chief Rating Officer, Holzberger is responsible for the agency’s global ratings coverage. Baurkot leads a team of property/casualty rating analysts that cover regional personal and commercial lines writers in North America.

The Florida Insurance Market Summit is sponsored jointly by Colodny Fass and Aon. The event’s program is geared toward providing insight on present-day issues affecting insurers in Florida and beyond. To learn more about the Florida Insurance Market Summit, please view the event website.

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Boris Johnson will demand that the increasingly isolated French president, Emmanuel Macron, caves in to UK demands on fishing as the price for a trade and security deal at a key meeting with the European commission president on Saturday.

Boris Johnson wearing a hat and glasses: Photograph: Reuters

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The prime minister will speak to Ursula von der Leyen on Saturday afternoon in a video-conference call to “take stock of negotiations and discuss next steps”.

Johnson said he was “pretty optimistic” a Brexit deal could be reached. The prime minister told the Daily Telegraph the prospects of securing a deal by the end of the year to avoid an abrupt separation “are very good if everybody just exercises some common sense and looks at the deal that is there to be done”.

Boris Johnson wearing a hat and glasses: Boris Johnson, seen here during a visit to Grimsby fish market in December, hopes to win concessions on fisheries in trade negotiations with the EU.

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Boris Johnson, seen here during a visit to Grimsby fish market in December, hopes to win concessions on fisheries in trade negotiations with the EU.

Johnson will feel strengthened by comments from the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, on Friday, when she described the fisheries deal struck by Britain with Norway this week as a “constructive indicator”.

British officials argue that Norway, a non-EU member state, which conducts annual negotiations with the bloc on fishing quotas, should be the model for a post-Brexit deal on shared stocks.

“I don’t think that’s a bad message at all for us, I think it is rather one that shows that one can find ways to come to an agreement,” Merkel said of the agreement between London and Oslo.

Von der Leyen said on Friday that the most contentious issues, including fisheries and the control of domestic subsidies, remained “completely open”. The EU now expects a deal to materialise only in late October or early November.

In a statement, the UK’s chief negotiator,

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