Bermuda News

Axis Authorizes $750 Million Share Buyback

AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd. authorized the repurchase of as much as $750 million of common stock. The insurer also boosted its quarterly dividend by 7.4 percent to 29 cents a share, the Bermuda-based company said in a statement distributed by …

Arch Reinsurance to Provide Additional Strategic Support for Gulf Re

Arch Reinsurance Ltd. has announced a number of strategic initiatives to provide additional support to Gulf Reinsurance Ltd., a specialty reinsurer based in the Dubai International Financial Centre, founded jointly by Arch and Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC) in 2008. Arch …

Catlin Elected Chair of Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers

Stephen Catlin, Catlin Group Limited CEO, has been elected chair of the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers (ABIR) for a two-year term beginning January 1, 2015. Catlin succeeds XL Group plc CEO Mike McGavick who completes his two-year term …

NAIC Working Group Recommends Bermuda as Qualified Jurisdiction

A working group of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has recommended the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA) for approval as a “qualified jurisdiction” under the NAIC’s reinsurance regulatory modernization framework. The recommendation, if approved, would reduce collateral requirements for …

RenaissanceRe Announces Executive Management Changes

RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. announced that Peter C. Durhager has decided to step down as executive vice president and chief administrative officer, and that Jeffrey D. Kelly, the company’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, will become chief operating officer …

Catlin Group Interim Report Shows 11% Hike in Gross Premiums Written

Catlin Group Limited, the Bermuda-based specialty property & casualty insurer and reinsurer, has issued its interim management statement for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2014, which shows premiums reported and not financial results. The interim statement includes the following …

Hurricane Gonzalo Threatens Bermuda With Flooding, Storm Surge

Gonzalo, classified as a major hurricane and bearing down on Bermuda with tree-snapping winds, is forecast to bring flooding and a life-threatening storm surge as it’s projected to be the worst storm to hit the territory since Fabian in 2003. …

Hamilton Insurance Buys 2 TIG Insurance Units

Hamilton Insurance Group Ltd., the reinsurer that counts Sanford “Sandy” Weill as non-executive chairman, acquired two units from Prem Watsa’s Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. as part of a push into primary coverage. Hamilton acquired Valiant Insurance and Valiant Specialty Insurance, …

Validus Holdings Completes Acquisition of Western World

Bermuda-based Validus Holdings, Ltd. announced that it has completed its acquisition of Western World Insurance Group, Inc.; which it noted “is a specialty lines insurance company with a 50 year track record of profitability and is a pioneer in the …

ACE Bermuda Launches New CODA Premier D&O Policy

ACE Bermuda has launched a new CODA Premier directors and officers liability policy. The CODA Premier policy offers personal asset protection to directors and officers and is available through ACE’s commercial property and casualty insurance businesses in North America. Enhancements include limits reinstatement; longer claims reporting periods; funds for public relations purposes – to contest extradition …