The Commercial Court (a subdivision of the Queen’s Bench Division of the U.K.’s High Court of Justice), recently held that an underwriter could not avoid the reinsurance contracts it had underwritten because it failed to convince the court that it would not have underwritten those contracts. In a case involving nondisclosure of loss statistics, the court determined that plaintiff reinsurer, Axa, could not avoid two reinsurance agreements that it had entered into with defendant insured, Arab Insurance Group (ARIG). The court made this finding even though ARIG failed to disclose – and perhaps even misrepresented – the loss statistics associated with its existing book of internal risk that was subject to the reinsurance. The court agreed with Axa that the misrepresentation of ARIG’s loss statistics was a material fact that should have been disclosed. However, even if ARIG had disclosed this information prior to the completion of the underwriting process, Axa would still have entered into the reinsurance agreements. Axa failed to prove they were induced by ARIG’s misrepresentation into the reinsurance contracts; they were therefore bound to those contracts. Axa Versicherung AG v. Arab Insurance Group  EWHC 1939 (Comm).