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Aon PLC : Aon Benfield hails Ruschlikon Initiative following 200% annual messaging increase

02/05/2013 | 11:20am US/Eastern

Feb 5, 2013

London, 05/02/13 - Aon Benfield, the global reinsurance intermediary and capital advisor of Aon plc (NYSE:AON), today announces its continued support of the Ruschlikon Initiative, as new data suggest that Ruschlikon is having a positive impact across the industry.

The Initiative, which aims to streamline and automate back office processes, encourages re/insurers to utilize ACORD messaging - a common data standard that allows more seamless communication between counterparties.

In 2012, market-wide cooperation resulted in an increase in global messaging volumes to around 700,000, compared to 215,000 messages in 2011. For 2013, messaging volumes are expected to rise to 2.5 million. 

Around 30 companies are committed to implementing the Initiative's Global Re/insurance Best Practices - Accounting, Settlement and Claims compliant solutions, which cover commercial and reinsurance business across five continents and more than 40 countries, including the London Market.

With a growing number of participants, the Ruschlikon Initiative is contributing to reduced operational costs and enhanced client service; estimates suggest that participants' administration costs can be reduced by up to 30 percent.

Ian Summers, Aon Benfield's Chief Information Officer in the UK, and Chair of The Ruschlikon Steering Group, said: "The reported business benefits make a compelling case for joining the Ruschlikon Initiative. Premiums are settled typically 15 days earlier than via standard processes, unmatched cash is eliminated, and administration costs are reduced by around 30 percent on average, which together better enable the delivery of enhanced client service. In an industry known for its lack of automation, the volumes clearly demonstrate a market that is fully receptive to change. Such industry initiatives need time and commitment; despite the considerable savings potential, mutual exchange capabilities need to be synchronized and processes aligned. The advantages are increasingly acknowledged by decision makers, more on the business side than in the IT department, as the technology is no longer a hurdle."

Further acceleration of the Ruschlikon Initiative is envisaged for 2013, with potential new participants having been identified and the development of dedicated workshops at key industry conferences.

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About Aon Benfield

Aon Benfield, a division of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), is the world's leading reinsurance intermediary and full-service capital advisor. We empower our clients to better understand, manage and transfer risk through innovative solutions and personalized access to all forms of global reinsurance capital across treaty, facultative and capital markets. As a trusted advocate, we deliver local reach to the world's markets, an unparalleled investment in innovative analytics, including catastrophe management, actuarial and rating agency advisory. Through our professionals' expertise and experience, we advise clients in making optimal capital choices that will empower results and improve operational effectiveness for their business. With more than 80 offices in 50 countries, our worldwide client base has access to the broadest portfolio of integrated capital solutions and services. To learn how Aon Benfield helps empower results, please visit aonbenfield.com.

About Aon

Aon plc (NYSE:AON) is the leading global provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing services. Through its more than 62,000 colleagues worldwide, Aon unites to empower results for clients in over 120 countries via innovative and effective risk and people solutions and through industry-leading global resources and technical expertise. Aon has been named repeatedly as the world's best broker, best insurance intermediary, reinsurance intermediary, captives manager and best employee benefits consulting firm by multiple industry sources. Visit www.aon.com for more information on Aon and www.aon.com/manchesterunited to learn about Aon's global partnership and shirt sponsorship with Manchester United

Media Contacts

David Bogg

+44 (0)20 7522 4016

david.bogg@aonbenfield.com

Andrew Wragg

+44 (0)20 7522 8183

andrew.wragg@aonbenfield.com

Alexandra Lewis

+44 (0)20 7882 0541

alexandra.lewis@aonbenfield.com

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