Missouri Certifies 2 Swiss Reinsurers

January 21, 2014

The Missouri Department of Insurance has approved two Switzerland-based reinsurers, Swiss Reinsurance Co. Ltd. and Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Ltd., as certified reinsurers in Missouri.

The Swiss reinsurers are Missouri’s first certified reinsurers approved under House Bill 133, which took effect Jan. 1, the department announced.

The certification allows the Swiss reinsurers to post reduced collateral for reinsurance assumed from Missouri domestic insurers based on a financial security rating assigned by the department.

Swiss Reinsurance Co. reported total consolidated shareholder equity of $22.9 billion as of Dec. 31, 2012, which exceeds the $250 million minimum requirement for reduced collateral status. The reinsurer maintains an A+ rating from A.M. Best, an AA- rating from Standard and Poor’s and an Aa3 rating from Moody’s.

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions’ shareholder equity was $2.65 billion as of Dec. 31, 2012. The company maintains an A+ rating from A.M. Best, an AA- rating from Standard and Poor’s and an A1 rating from Moody’s.

HB 133, which was signed into law last year by Gov. Jay Nixon, allows the department to certify reinsurers (insurers who provide insurance for insurance companies) from foreign countries based on a financial security rating.

Under the new law, certified reinsurers that meet specified conditions no longer have to post 100 percent collateral of their obligations to Missouri domestic insurers in order for the Missouri insurer to take credit on its financial statement for reinsurance transferred to such companies.

The law modernizes Missouri’s reinsurance collateral law in accordance with guidance developed by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ (NAIC) Reinsurance Task Force as part of the NAIC Solvency Modernization Initiative.

Missouri Insurance Director John M. Huff recently was named chair of the NAIC Reinsurance Task Force.

Source: Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration

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