ILS News

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 …

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 …

2015 Cat Bond Activity Down Slightly from Record Levels in 2014: GC Securities

While property and casualty catastrophe bond primary issuance levels were “uncharacteristically low” in the fourth quarter of 2015, totals at year-end were only slightly lower than the all-time high levels reported in 2014, according to GC Securities, a division of MMC …

Tokio Solution Appoints Agnew as Vice President, ILS Portfolio Management

Bermuda-based Tokio Solution Management Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokio Millennium Re AG, has appointed Butch Agnew as vice president, ILS Portfolio Management. Agnew has over 15 years of experience in capital markets, captive management, broking, business development and …

ILS Market Hits New Record of $70B in 2015: Willis Capital Markets & Advisory

Total non-life insurance linked securities (ILS) capital reached a record $70 billion at year-end 2015 – topping the previous record of $65 billion at year-end 2014, according to the latest ILS market update from Willis Capital Markets & Advisory, the …

Brit Ltd. Renews and Expands its Bermuda Special Purpose Insurer, Versutus

Brit Ltd. announce the renewal and expansion of the collateralized reinsurance capacity provided by the Bermuda domiciled special purpose insurer Versutus Ltd., in support of Brit’s property treaty portfolio for 2016. The special purpose insurer will be capitalised at $82.5 …

Capital Stabilizes, Prices Keep Softening During Jan. 1 Renewals: Guy Carpenter

Reinsurance capital levels stabilized during the Jan. 1, 2016 renewals – showing no growth for the first time in several years – and prices continued to soften, according to Guy Carpenter & Co.’s global January renewal report. The scarcity of …

Reinsurance Prices Continue Softening During January 2016 Renewals: Willis Re

Despite the signs of some pricing stabilization in property catastrophe during the June/July 2015 renewals, hopeful forecasts for a “softening in the softening” in reinsurance pricing have proved elusive, according to Willis Re’s 1st View Report. “The January renewals have …

UBS Hedge Fund to Manage Money for Bermuda Reinsurer Launched by Enstar

UBS O’Connor LLC, the $6 billion hedge-fund unit within Switzerland’s biggest bank, will manage money for a new Bermuda-based reinsurance company formed by insurer Enstar Group Ltd. Aligned Re Ltd. is expected to be funded by third-party capital along with investments from …

RMS: Cat Bond Analysis Reveals Market Predictions of Price Bottom Are Optimistic

Return relative to risk values for catastrophe bonds at current prices are actually higher in 2015 than they were last year, even though recent market commentary suggests that market prices have stabilized, according to research by RMS, the Newark, Calif.-based catastrophe risk …