Watford Re News

What Ever Happened to Hedge Fund Reinsurers?

The latest group of reinsurers to emerge in the Bermuda market is starting to look different. Even the name that once described the cohort has changed in the past five years. And at least one member of the group of …

Activist Shareholder Urges Watford Holdings to Sell Itself, or Be Put Into Runoff

Capital Returns Management LLC, the fifth largest shareholder of Watford Holdings Ltd., is urging the re/insurer to sell itself or be put into runoff. In a letter to Watford’s board of directors, the activist shareholder and specialist insurance investor complained …

AM Best Places Watford Re’s Ratings Under Review on COVID-19-Related Investment Hit

AM Best has placed under review with negative implications the Financial Strength Rating of “A-” (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICR) of “a-” of Bermuda-based Watford Re Ltd. Included in the review are Watford subsidiaries Gibraltar-based Watford …

Watford Specialty Looking to Build Program Business with U.S. Acquisition

Newly formed Watford Specialty Insurance Co. (WSIC), a subsidiary of Bermuda-based Watford Re, took a big leap forward recently with its acquisition of a carrier with admitted licenses in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The previously dormant …

AXIS Capital’s New Bermuda Operation, Harrington Re, Raises $600M

Harrington Re, a fledgling Bermuda operation sponsored by AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd., has raised $600 million in capital designed to beef up underwriting and investment plans put forth by its sponsor. Blackstone Group will assist with investment management. For AXIS, …

Hedge Fund Managers Benefit from Fee-Paying Reinsurer Units

Stock pops or stock drops, there’s always been at least one winner when it comes to Daniel Loeb’s reinsurance company: Daniel Loeb’s hedge fund. Loeb’s Bermuda-based Third Point Reinsurance Ltd. paid $98.8 million since 2013 to the entities that manage …

Watford Re Forms E&S Insurer Watford Specialty, Partnering with Arch

Watford Re Ltd. has formed a new excess and surplus lines insurer called Watford Specialty Insurance Co. (WSIC), based in Morristown, N.J. WSIC’s lines of business “will be similar to what we’ve been targeting on the reinsurance side, i.e., casualty …

Hedge Fund-Backed Bermuda Ventures Could Be at Risk From IRS

Investment vehicles set up by Paulson & Co. and Highbridge Capital Management in tax-friendly Bermuda may be under threat from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. The IRS, in proposed rules published Thursday, said that the favorable treatment enjoyed by insurers …

Hedge Funds Move Into Catastrophe Reinsurance

Hedge funds are muscling their way into the market to share the cost of cleaning up after natural catastrophes, but skeptics are questioning whether they will stick around ahead of the next “big one” as underwriting returns fall. Hedge funds …