insurance linked securities (ILS) News

Krefta Named CEO of Hiscox Re and ILS, Succeeding Pinchin

Specialist global insurer Hiscox announced that Michael Krefta has been appointed CEO of Hiscox Re and ILS, and CEO of Hiscox Bermuda, effective Aug. 1, 2017. He will succeed Jeremy Pinchin who, after five years in Bermuda, will return to …

Reinsurers Welcome Rate Stabilization: S&P-PwC Bermuda Reinsurance Forum

North American reinsurers may soon see some rate stabilization after a prolonged period of declining premium rates, as they deal with a supply-demand imbalance that has weighed on returns, according to executives at the 2016 Bermuda Reinsurance Conference co-hosted by …

Mitsui Buys 15% Stake in XL’s ILS Firm, New Ocean Capital

Mitsui & Co., Japan’s second-biggest trading house, agreed to purchase a 15 percent stake in New Ocean Capital, the asset manager that was founded by XL Group Ltd. and Stone Point Capital to make insurance-related bets. Mitsui also committed $100 …

Hiscox Expansion of ILS Activity Includes New Collaterized Capability, Rebranding

Insurer Hiscox said it is building a collateralized reinsurance insurance linked securities (ILS) capability for launch on January 1, 2017, in addition to expanding its fully-fronted ILS fund structures. The expanded ILS team is being rebranded as Hiscox Re Insurance …

Italy Earthquake Unlikely to Trigger 200M Euro Cat Bond Cover: Investors

A powerful earthquake in Italy on Wednesday is unlikely to force UnipolSai’s 200 million euro ($226 mln) catastrophe bond into default as the bond has low exposure to the affected region, the Italian insurer said. The earthquake devastated a string …

Soft Prices May Bring Reinsurer Losses when Typical Cat Levels Return: Execs

It won’t take another Hurricane Katrina for reinsurers to face losses from covering the cost of storms and earthquakes. Competitors such as hedge funds have eroded prices so much that a typical year of claims could move the industry into …

Sciemus’ Move into Specialty Underwriting: A Case of ‘Adapt and Thrive’

It was a case of adapt and thrive when modeling and analytics company Sciemus made a big strategic leap this year into underwriting space, power, mining, renewable energy and cyber—as a managing general agent. Despite the ongoing soft market, CEO …

Non-Life Cat Bond Issuance Hits $2.8B During 1H 2016: Willis Towers Watson Report

Total non-life catastrophe bond market issuance for the first half of 2016 rose to $2.8 billion, according to the latest ILS market update from Willis Capital Markets & Advisory (WCMA), the investment banking business of Willis Towers Watson. After starting …

Coastal Insurer UPC’s First Catastrophe Bond Provides It with $100M Cover

Swiss Re Capital Markets said it has structured and placed $100 million of insurance-linked securities (ILS) that cover named storms and earthquakes affecting certain coastal states of the U.S. The bonds have been issued by Laetere Re Ltd. on behalf …

Market Softening Slows but Rate Stabilization Is Elusive: Willis Re

The June/July 2016 renewal season has seen a continuation in market softening, though the magnitude of rate reductions is slowing, according to the latest 1st View Renewals report from Willis Re, the reinsurance business of Willis Towers Watson. Capacity withdrawals are …