Peak Re Launches Asian Reinsurance Sidecar Deal Using Bermuda Special Purpose Insurer

December 10, 2018

Peak Reinsurance Co., the Hong Kong-based reinsurer, announced it has launched Asia’s first sidecar transaction via a new Bermuda-domiciled special purpose insurer, Lion Rock Re Ltd., to provide collateralized retrocession for part of Peak Re’s global property reinsurance risk portfolio.

The formation of this special financial structure, commonly known as a “reinsurance sidecar”, allows investors to take on the risk and benefit from specific books of an insurance or reinsurance company

As part of the deal, Lion Rock Re has entered into an exclusive quota share agreement with Peak Re to reinsure part of Peak Re’s global property reinsurance risk portfolio.

Lion Rock Re has successfully secured commitments of US$75 million from a panel of third-party investors globally. The transaction is expected to close in mid-December 2018.

“Peak Re is pleased to be a pioneer in launching Asia’s first sidecar transaction in the reinsurance industry. It marks an important milestone in the reinsurance market of Hong Kong as well as Asia,” said Franz Josef Hahn, Chief Executive Officer of Peak Re. “The transaction is supported by a range of high-quality global investors who see the investment as a one-of-a-kind opportunity to invest alongside Peak Re and gain exposure to a unique geographically diverse property portfolio.”

“Peak Re was established in 2012 to support the needs of communities and emerging middle-class societies by meeting reinsurance needs covering life, health and non-life risks, in Asia and around the globe. We are very pleased with the positive reception from the ILS [insurance-linked securities] investors that recognized our strong track record. We look forward to continuing to broaden our partnerships with the capital markets in the future,” said Lawrence Cheng, managing director, Underwriting at Peak Re.

Aon Securities Inc., is the structuring and placement agent of the transaction.

Peak Re said that such reinsurance sidecars plays an important role in narrowing the protection gap in society while providing investors access to new regions, perils and opportunities.

About Peak Re

Peak Re offers reinsurance services covering a range of lines across Asia Pacific, EMEA and the Americas. Fosun International Ltd. and Prudential Financial Inc. hold 86.9 percent and 13.1 percent, respectively, of Peak Re via Peak Reinsurance Holdings Ltd.

Source: Peak Re

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