insurance linked securities (ILS) News

Willis Towers Watson Moves ILS from Securities to Reinsurance Unit

Willis Towers Watson is making changes to its insurance linked securities (ILS) business. The ILS business, which was previously part of the its securities business unit, will be integrated into Willis Re. William Dubinsky will continue to lead the ILS …

Reinsurance Capacity Remains Abundant for Mid-Year Renewals: Aon Benfield

Global reinsurer capital continued to rise in 2017, despite the US$136 billion in insured losses from natural catastrophes last year, according to a reinsurance market report published by Aon Benfield. Indeed, capital levels stood at US$605 billion at Dec. 31, …

FEMA to Issue First Catastrophe Bond for Flood Insurance Program

In another step shifting risk to private markets, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said it intends to secure additional reinsurance for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through issuance of a catastrophe bond. FEMA began purchasing private reinsurance in …

April Reinsurance Renewals Continue Flat Pricing Seen in January: Willis Re Report

Reinsurance buyers were able to renew loss-free programs at broadly flat pricing levels during the April 1 renewals – continuing the trend seen at the January renewals, according to a Willis Re report. Pricing was dampened by the continued amounts …

UK Invests in Natural Disaster Hedge Fund Focused on Insurance for Developing Nations

Britain is backing a hedge fund that aims to raise $200 million to give developing countries access to climate risk insurance. Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID) is investing 25 million pounds ($35 million) over a 20-year period in the …

Brit’s Expands Capacity for Bermuda Sidecar Versutus & Lloyd’s Syndicate 2988

London-based Brit Ltd. has renewed and expanded the collateralized reinsurance capacity provided by its Bermuda domiciled sidecar, Versutus Ltd., in support of Brit’s property catastrophe portfolio for 2018. Marking the fourth annual renewal and continued expansion of this vehicle, Versutus …

Aon Securities Structures Largest-Ever Earthquake Catastrophe Bond for World Bank

Aon Securities, the investment banking division of reinsurance intermediary and capital adviser Aon Benfield, has assisted the World Bank in structuring the largest-ever catastrophe bond covering earthquake, which provides the organization with US$1.36 billion of capital markets’ protection. The bond …

Capital Markets Still Keen on ILS Investments Despite 2017 Disaster Claims: WTW

The insurance linked securities (ILS) sector is set for another year of growth as the market recovers from 2017’s natural disasters, replaces lost capital and investors show mounting interest in ILS products. These are the findings of the latest quarterly …

Artex Risk Solutions Launches Singapore Office, Led by Pannuzzo from Aon

Bermuda-based Artex announced the creation of Artex Risk Solutions (Singapore) Pte Ltd., its first office in the region, which will oversee the growth and development of Artex’s Asia Pacific captive and risk solutions strategy. Vic Pannuzzo has been hired as …

Alternative Capital Responds to 2017 Catastrophes with ‘Show of Strength’: Aon Benfield

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria represented the first real test of the staying power of the alternative capital sector, which has responded with a show of strength by continuing to fund reinsurance capacity, according to a report published by Aon …