This report covers the European insurance sector from an occupier perspective. The aim of the report is to provide insurance companies with the property market knowledge that will enable them to make the smartest (re)-location decisions given their own needs and trends in the property market. The report is split into three sections. The first provides an overview of the European insurance sector, looking at premium income and major players. The second section considers the impacts of Solvency II on insurance companies. The third and final section looks at the implications on demand for office space from insurers. The global insurance industry grew during 2010, despite the unfavourable economic climate. Europe continues to be the largest insurance market in the world, with a 37% share of the overall global market, followed by North America and Asia. However, having increased its share of the global market between 2002 and 2007, Europe‟s market share decreased in 2010. This loss of global market share was primarily to the benefit of Asia, which has become a global insurance hotspot, supported by steady economic growth, a rising middle class and a favourable business climate.
Source: DTZ (Groupe UGL)