Reinsurance News

Cunningham to Become CEO of IAT Reinsurance

IAT Reinsurance Company Ltd., the privately owned Bermuda insurer, announced that Peter R. Kellogg is retiring as chief executive officer, a position he has held since the company’s founding in the early 1980s. William Cunningham will assume the role of …

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, …

Best Upgrades Ratings of Taiping Reinsurance

A.M. Best has upgraded the financial strength rating to A (Excellent) from A- (Excellent) and the issuer credit rating to “a” from “a-” of Taiping Reinsurance Company Limited (TPRe) (Hong Kong). The outlook for both ratings is stable. The ratings …

Schumacher Appointed CFO at SI Re

Signal Iduna Reinsurance AG (SI Re), a Swiss reinsurer based in Zug, Switzerland, has appointed Patrick Schumacher as its new chief financial officer and member of the executive team. Schumacher succeeds Beat Landtwing, former CFO of SI Re, who retired after …

Best Places Gulf Re Under Review

A.M. Best has placed the financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and the issuer credit rating of “a-” of Gulf Reinsurance Limited (Gulf Re) (United Arab Emirates) under review with negative implications. The action follows an accepted appeal by Gulf …

Competitive Pressures Mount for Reinsurers

Reinsurers are being squeezed by price competition and subdued demand from insurers for their products, and traditional mergers may not be enough to save those that lack either global reach or specialized focus. Medium-sized, “me-too” reinsurers are ripe for consolidation, …

Reinsurance Rendez-Vous: Data Tools Help Identify Risks

Insurance companies are increasingly turning to “big data” from satellites, social media and even cigarette sales at gas stations to help identify risks and build up customer profiles, according to reinsurers attending the annual Monte Carlo Reinsurance Rendez-vous this week. …

Everyone Likes a Hard Insurance Market, Right?

What’s the big deal with a hard property/casualty insurance market? Everyone likes one, said Art Davis, president of Colony Specialty, a member of the Argo Group. “You make a lot of money, have good returns.” The problem is, Davis said …

W.R. Berkley Posts Q1 Gains But Cites ‘Painfully Competitive’ Reinsurance

For W.R. Berkley Corp., sobering results from its global reinsurance division were a blemish on an otherwise successful 2014 first quarter, during which the Greenwich, Conn.-based company enjoyed overall gains in net income, gross premiums written and returns on equity. …

Cat Bond Coverage Reaches Record $20 Billion: Aon Benfield ILS study

In its latest report Aon Benfield Securities, the investment banking division of global reinsurance intermediary and capital advisor Aon Benfield, noted that the fourth quarter of 2014 continued to see more Insurance-Linked Securities [ILS]. Eight catastrophe bonds closed during the …