MS Amlin Creates Bermuda-Based Reinsurance Sidecar, Viribus Re

January 8, 2018

MS Amlin, the London-based specialist re/insurer, announced that a Bermuda-domiciled special purpose reinsurer, Viribus Re Ltd., has been created to provide collateralized capacity support for MS Amlin Syndicate 2001’s global reinsurance portfolio in 2018.

Viribus Re Ltd has entered into a quota share agreement with MS Amlin, incepting January 1, 2018, under which it will reinsure a share of MS Amlin’s worldwide property catastrophe excess-of-loss portfolio.

The vehicle has secured commitments of more than $60 million, said MS Amlin, noting that capital has been committed by a number of third party investors, including MS Amlin, which has provided $5 million. The combination of new investors in Viribus Re, alongside existing capital structures and partners, strengthens MS Amlin’s position as a leading global re/insurer, the company said in a statement.

“This is an important long-term strategic initiative for MS Amlin as we continue to seek ways to build capacity and relationships with capital market partners, whilst providing us with greater scope and flexibility to support the evolving needs of our clients,” said James Few, global managing director of Reinsurance at MS Amlin. “We are delighted to have secured funding for Viribus Re Ltd. from a range of new partners whom we look forward to working with closely in the future.”

Aon Securities acted as sole structuring and placement agent on the transaction. Willkie Farr & Gallagher UK (LLP) acted as deal legal counsel for the transaction.

Source: MS Amlin

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