Legal and regulatory update for the life and health insurance sector

19 April 2022 – Select Committee report completed to Parliament on the Digital Identity Services Trust Framework Bill. https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/BILL_116015/digital-identity-services-trust-framework-bill

19 April 2022 - APRA and ASIC publish latest data on Australian life insurance claims and disputes. https://www.apra.gov.au/news-and-publications/apra-and-asic-publish-latest-data-on-life-insurance-claims-and-disputes-5

19 April 2022 – NZ Government announced new sanctions against Russia’s largest banks and financial institutions. https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/russian-banks-targeted-under-latest-round-sanctions


Resolution Life acquires superannuation business

In Australia, Resolution Life has acquired a substantial superannuation client base from AIA. From a New Zealand perspective this underlines AIA's Australasian commitment to focus on the life and health business. From the media release:

'Resolution Life Australasia has agreed to acquire AIA’s Superannuation & Investments business for an undisclosed amount, describing the move as one that will “strengthen” its market presence...

S&P Global ratings says the proposed acquisition will improve Resolution Life’s scale in the Australian market and drive operational efficiencies.

“The purchase supports our assessment of the insurer as a closed-fund consolidator – a stronger business model than that of a pure run-off,” the rating agency said.

AIA says the assets it has agreed to sell were purchased as part of its acquisition of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s life insurance and investments business known as CommInsure Life. Australia CEO and MD Damien Mu says the sale reflects AIA’s intention to focus on its core business of life and health insurance and wellbeing services. “Post the integration of CommInsure Life, we commenced the next step of our transformation journey, through which we will create a simpler, faster and more connected AIA,” Mr Mu said.'

Link: https://www.insurancenews.com.au/life-insurance/resolution-life-agrees-to-buy-aia-super-business

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Legal and regulatory update for the life and health insurance sector

21 Oct 2021 – Submission closing date on the Digital Identity Services Trust Framework Bill set as 2 Dec 2021. https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/BILL_116015/digital-identity-services-trust-framework-bill

22 Oct 2021 – Government announced an Enhanced Covid-19 business support package. https://www.treasury.govt.nz/news-and-events/news/enhanced-business-support-package-announced


Legal and regulatory update for the life and health insurance sector - updated

20 Oct 2021 - The Digital Identity Services Trust Framework Bill was read a first time and referred to the Economic Development, Science and Innovation Parliamentary Select Committee with report back due by 19 April 2022.

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/govt-helps-protect-new-zealanders-digital-identities

https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/BILL_116015/digital-identity-services-trust-framework-bill

20 Oct 2021 – Department of Internal Affairs issued a reminder regarding AML/CFT obligations following release of the “Pandora Papers.” https://www.dia.govt.nz/AML-CFT-Reminder---Pandora-Papers

20 Oct 2021 - The third reading of the Financial Sector (Climate-related Disclosures and Other Matters) Amendment Bill was completed in Parliament.

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/nz-passes-world-first-climate-reporting-legislation

https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/BILL_109905/financial-sector-climate-related-disclosures-and-other

20 Oct 2021 – FMA media release outlining its expanded role as a result of the passage of the Financial Sector (Climate-related Disclosures and Other Matters) Amendment Bill. https://www.fma.govt.nz/news-and-resources/media-releases/climate-related-disclosure-fma-responsibilities/

Oct 2021 – External Reporting Board released a consultation on climate related disclosures focused on the proposed Governance and Risk Management sections, Aotearoa New Zealand Climate Standard 1: Climate-related Disclosures (NZ CS 1)., with submissions closing on 22 November 2021. The Board is also working on the proposed sections for Strategy, and Metrics and Targets and intend to issue those for consultation in March 2022. https://www.xrb.govt.nz/extended-external-reporting/climate-related-disclosures/consultation-and-engagement/governance-and-risk-management-consultation-document/

20 Oct 2021 – The Financial Professional Services Trading Advice Transparency Bill was introduced to Parliament as a member’s bill, proposing to prevent financial advisers who recommend that a third party take over the management or disposal of a business or its assets from performing such a function themselves. https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/BILL_116381/financial-professional-services-trading-advice-transparency


Legal and regulatory update for the life and health insurance sector

27 Sept 2021 - Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Hon David Clark, August 2021 diary released with the following potential financial services sector related meetings noted:

  • 12 Aug 2021 – Financial Markets Authority (Chair of the Financial Markets Authority)
  • 26 Aug 2021 – Financial Markets Authority (Mark Todd (Chair), Rob Everett (CE), Edwin Mitson (Government and Industry Relations))

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2021-09/Hon%20Dr%20David%20Clark%20Proactive%20Diary%20Release%20%20August%202021.pdf

28 Sept 2021 - Financial Sector (Climate-related Disclosures and Other Matters) Amendment Bill completed second reading in Parliament. https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/BILL_109905/financial-sector-climate-related-disclosures-and-other

29 Sept 2021 - Digital Identity Services Trust Framework Bill introduced into Parliament, designed to establish a legal framework for the provision of secure and trusted digital identity services for individuals and organisations. https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/BILL_116015/digital-identity-services-trust-framework-bill

29 Sept 2021 – FMA announced the appointment of its current Head of Enforcement, Karen Chang, as Acting General Counsel until the FMA’s new Chief Executive joins next year. https://www.fma.govt.nz/news-and-resources/media-releases/fma-appoints-karen-chang-as-acting-general-counsel/