Compre, the London-based insurance and reinsurance legacy specialist, announced the signing of an agreement to acquire QBE’s share of the Ridgwell Fox & Partners’ (RFP) pool legacy reinsurance business.
The transaction is structured as a loss portfolio transfer, to be followed by an insurance business transfer in accordance with Part VII of the U.K. Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, subject to all relevant approvals.
RFP is a reinsurance pool containing certain run-off liabilities of QBE and five other carriers. The deal is intended to provide QBE with finality for its direct and indirect involvement with RFP. In addition, Compre will undertake the administration of the entire RFP pool.
In a separate transaction, Compre has signed agreements to acquire the international reinsurance business of an undisclosed German mutual insurer, providing full economic, administrative and legal finality for its discontinued non-core international reinsurance business.
The acquisition, Compre’s second in Germany, following that of Hamburger Internationale Rückversicherung (HIR) in 2014, supports its strategic ambition of pursuing acquisitions in German-speaking markets.
The latest transactions further Compre’s aim of acquiring legacy insurance portfolios and managing them to create value, the company said in a statement.
“We are extremely pleased to announce the signing of the QBE deal and the acquisition in Germany, both of which demonstrate our ability to provide a range of carriers with finality for their legacy businesses,” said Nick Steer, CEO of Compre.
“Compre is an existing RFP pool member through its ownership of Moorgate and HIR, and this acquisition offers us potential synergies,” Steer added. (He was referring to Moorgate Insurance Co. Ltd., a U.K.-based insurer.)
“Demand for portfolio transfer deals in continental Europe is increasing and 2016 is likely to be a significant year as insurance CEOs look to focus on their core businesses and release capital tied up in supporting legacy liabilities,” he said.