Reinsurance News

Bermuda-Based Somerset Re Raises Capitalization to $375 Million

Somerset Reinsurance Ltd. has increased its common share capitalization to $375 million, including investments from three strategic investors and a diverse group of high net worth investors. Somerset Re provides customized risk management solutions to the life insurance and annuity …

Western Insurers Slowly Re-Enter Deals with Iran – a Market Valued at $9B

Western insurers are slowly reaching deals with Iran as they seek to re-enter a multi-billion dollar market although the pace of business is hampered by banking restrictions 10 months on from the lifting of international sanctions. Shut out of international …

PartnerRe to Buy Canada’s Aurigen Capital, in Life Reinsurance Push

PartnerRe Ltd., the reinsurer owned by John Elkann’s EXOR SpA, agreed to buy Aurigen Capital to expand in coverage of life policies in North America. PartnerRe agreed to pay C$375 million ($284 million) in a deal expected to be completed …

Asta Gets Initial Lloyd’s Approval to Launch & Manage Verto Syndicate 2689

Asta, the third party managing agent at Lloyd’s, announced it has received “in principle” approval from the Lloyd’s Franchise Board to establish and manage Verto Quota Share Syndicate 2689. Initially, Verto Syndicate 2689 plans to underwrite proportional reinsurance of Lloyd’s …

Third Point Re Shuns M&As Because Many Such ‘Marriages’ End in Divorce

Third Point Reinsurance Ltd., co-founded by hedge-fund manager Dan Loeb, likened the risk of mergers and acquisitions to picking a spouse without being aware of how much can go wrong. “Just like marriage, in M&A the 20 percent that work …

International Forum of Terrorism Risk Re/Insurance Pools Launched

Pool Re, the state-backed UK reinsurer that covers terrorism related commercial property losses, announced the launch of the International Forum of Terrorism Risk Re/Insurance Pools (IFTRIP). The formation of IFTRIP is the culmination of a Pool Re led initiative, which …

Markel International Appoints O’Shea as Head of Reinsurance Claims

Markel International, the London-based specialist insurer, has appointed Chris O’Shea as head of reinsurance claims. O’Shea will oversee a portfolio of claims including those from the reinsurance teams based in London, Singapore and Latin America, as well as a portfolio …

Reinsurers’ Capital Likely to Remain Strong Despite Hurricane Matthew: S&P

While Hurricane Matthew has the potential to erode some of the global reinsurance sector’s excess capital, its overall capital position is not expected to deteriorate below the ‘AAA’ level, according to a report published by S&P Global Ratings. This would …

Aspen Re Names Hough as Managing Director for Asia Pacific

Aspen Insurance Holdings Ltd. announced that its reinsurance segment, Aspen Re, has appointed Philip Hough as managing director, Asia Pacific. Hough will be based in Singapore and will report to Aspen Re Chief Executive Officer Thomas Lillelund. Hough joined Aspen …

Viewpoint: How Trade Agreements Could Help P/C Insurers in Global Market

The insurance industry and its consumers need to be concerned about the recent rise of protectionist policies in markets around the globe. Our industry has played an important role in building a more open, interconnected global economy resulting in measurable …