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Credit Suisse Sells Operational Risk Bonds, Insuring Rogue Trading, Cyber Crime

Credit Suisse Group AG sold 220 million Swiss francs ($222 million) of bonds designed to offload potential losses on events like rogue trading, with some investors sidestepping the issue because of the incalculable risk. The second-largest Swiss lender initially planned …

Swiss Re Capital Markets Appoints Klugman & Monnier to Lead Global ILS Unit

Swiss Re announced that Judy Klugman and Jean-Louis Monnier will co-head its global insurance linked securities (ILS) business. Klugman will remain global head of ILS distribution and lead the ILS team in New York.  She has been with Swiss Re …

Willis Capital Markets & Advisory Appoints Lien as Managing Director, Hong Kong

Willis Towers Watson has appointed Vincent Lien as managing director of Hong Kong for Willis Capital Markets & Advisory (WCMA), the firm’s investment banking business. Reporting to WCMA co-CEOs, Michael Guo and Rafal Walkiewicz, Lien will be based in Hong …

PERILS Joins Singapore’s NatCatDAX, Aiming to Close Asia Nat Cat Protection Gap

PERILS, the Zurich-based independent organization providing industry-wide catastrophe insurance data, announced it has joined the Singapore-based Natural Catastrophe Data and Analytics Exchange (NatCatDAX) Alliance, which has been set up to help increase data availability for natural catastrophe insurance in Asia. …

Catastrophe Exposure Grows with Selective Use of Alternative Capital: A.M. Best

Insurers in the London, Europe and Bermuda markets writing catastrophe-exposed business take a different approach to retention of risk at the 1-in-100-year return level in comparison to the 1-in-250-year level, according to report published by A.M. Best. At the lower …

Plenum Launches Diversified ILS Fund, Partnering with Bermuda’s Sequant Re

Plenum Investments Ltd. has launched an insurance linked securities (ILS) fund, which will invest in collateralized reinsurance transactions, to be sourced and underwritten by Bermuda’s boutique reinsurer Sequant Re. The new fund will complement Plenum’s current ILS offering and bring …

Alternative Capital Up 12%, Traditional Reinsurance Drops 4% in 2015: Aon Report

Alternative capital continues to make its presence felt in the reinsurance market, increasing by 12 percent during 2015 to $72 billion, while traditional capital decreased by 4 percent to $493 billion, according to a report published by Aon Benfield. Capital …

Bermuda-Based Artex Buys Hexagon Insurance PCC, to Boost ILS Capability

Artex Risk Solutions announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the cores of Guernsey-domiciled Hexagon Insurance PCC Ltd. and its subsidiaries. All regulatory approvals have been received and the deal is expected to close on March 31, …

Arthur J. Gallagher to Buy Kane Group’s Insurance Management Operations

Itasca, Ill.-headquartered Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. announced it has reached an agreement with Kane Group to acquire its insurance management operations (KIM). This acquisition is expected to close on or about March 31, 2016 and is subject to certain closing conditions. Other terms …

XL Catlin Names Brookman Sr. VP, Alternative Capital, in Newly Created Role

XL Catlin has appointed Daniel Brookman as senior vice president, Alternative Capital, a newly created role. Brookman was previously head of Capital Markets at Montpelier Re Holdings Ltd. where he developed and managed account investment strategies for major institutional investors. …