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Solvency II

The Solvency II Directive is the legislation setting out prudential rules for the European insurance industry. It provides a risk measurement framework for defining capital requirements for insurance companies when they invest into private equity and venture capital funds. A review of the Directive has been launched on 22nd September 2021 and is currently ongoing.

How does it affect private equity?

The capital that must be set aside by insurers to address the risks they face for investing in private equity has a significant influence on their asset allocation decisions. With insurers representing more than 10% of the investment into European private equity, the Directive has the potential to affect the amount of capital flowing into private equity and venture capital funds. Over the past few years much attention has been given to improving the criteria allowing insurers to set up "long-term equity portfolios" subject to a preferential capital charge. 

Solvency II member guides

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Solvency II library


Speech by Eric de Montgolfier at the ECMI Annual Conference 2021

02 Dec 2021
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Position paper

Position Paper on Solvency II review

26 Oct 2021
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Position paper

Insurance Europe & Invest Europe joint paper on Solvency II

16 Jun 2021
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Positions & consultation responses

Response to EIOPA Request for comments on Solvency II review

05 Nov 2020
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Solvency II Reporting Guidance

27 Oct 2020
Guidance (Member only) PDF 302.73 KB (Member only)
Annex (Member only) XLSX 23.07 KB (Member only)
Positions & consultation responses

Response to European Commission Consultation on the Solvency II review

19 Oct 2020
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Positions & consultation responses

Comments on the Capital Markets Union

30 Jun 2020
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Positions & consultation responses

Response to EIOPA Consultation on Solvency II review

15 Jan 2020
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Positions & consultation responses

Response to EC Consultation on draft Solvency II Delegated Acts

06 Dec 2018
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Positions & consultation responses

Response to EIOPA second set of advice on Solvency II risk weights

05 Jan 2018
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