California Senate building

Key vote on California’s disaster insurance bill scrapped


Progress has stalled on a bill that would allow California to take out insurance and buy catastrophe bonds against wildfires and other disasters.


Arch confirms Ventus deal as Reeth retirement announced


In a move first revealed by The Insurer, Arch Insurance North America has confirmed a deal to buy specialty property MGU Ventus Risk Management that will allow it to add third party capital alongside its own product offerings.

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Leadenhall bolsters Bermuda presence with Adolph appointment


Leadenhall Capital Partners’ Ben Adolph is to relocate to Bermuda from London as the ILS fund manager looks to build out its footprint on the island.

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ILS issuance declines by 58% in Q2


The insurance-linked securities (ILS) market saw a 58 percent fall in issuance in the second quarter of 2019 compared to Q2 2018, according to Willis Re Securities.

Tom Gayner and Richard Whitt – Markel

New Markel retro platform “not a replacement” for CatCo


Markel’s co-CEOs in an earnings call stressed they will take a “crawl-walk-run” approach to its new Bermuda retro platform and also explained a $213mn investment in MGA Hagerty.

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Blue Capital to run off listed ILS fund


Sompo-owned Blue Capital has announced that its New York and Bermuda listed vehicle will go into run-off and return capital to shareholders as it winds up its operations.

Jed Rhoads – Markel Catco

Markel to launch new retro ILS platform, wind down CatCo


Markel intends to establish a new retrocessional ILS platform in Bermuda, comprised of a reinsurance company, fund entity and investment manager.


Arch in record $700mn mortgage ILN deal


Arch Mortgage Insurance has completed its third mortgage reinsurance insurance-linked note transaction (ILN) of the year, while NMI Holdings has announced a $327mn mortgage ILN issuance.

Andrew Hughes – Hiscox

Hiscox promotes Hughes to lead ILS business as Lowther departs


Hiscox has appointed Andrew Hughes to the role of managing principal, Hiscox ILS.

Twelve Capital

ILS repricing attracting new investors: Twelve Capital


Cat bond investment manager Twelve Capital has revealed “strong inflows” of close to $400mn in 18 months for its latest UCITS fund, and reported new investors are entering the ILS market.

Richard Lowther

Lowther to leave Hiscox Re ILS


Richard Lowther, managing principal at Hiscox Re Insurance Linked Strategies, is to leave the company.


Schroders acquires full ownership of Swiss ILS specialist Secquaero


Schroders has reinforced its Private Assets business by increasing its stake in Zurich-based ILS investor Secquaero Advisors AG (Secquaero) from 50.1 percent to 100 percent.

Anthony Belisle

Markel confirms Fredricks settlement and Belisle binding arbitration agreed


Markel has confirmed it has agreed to a binding arbitration with former CatCo CEO Anthony Belisle and a mutually agreeable settlement with the ILS manager’s erstwhile Bermuda chief Alissa Fredricks.

Anthony Belisle

Fired CatCo CEO’s $65.8mn lawsuit against Markel settled


The lawsuit filed by the fired CEO of Markel CatCo Anthony Belisle seeking $65.8mn of incentive payments from his former employer has been settled, while erstwhile CatCo Bermuda CEO Alissa Fredricks has voluntarily dismissed her case seeking $7.4mn.


Arcus confirms RenRe’s Shepherd as active underwriter


Credit Suisse’s Arcus Syndicate 1856 has named former RenRe London-based property underwriter Alex Shepherd as active underwriter, a move first revealed by The Insurer earlier this year.

Tangency Capital

Tangency Capital in $165mn raise


Bermuda-based ILS investment venture Tangency Capital has raised a further $165mn as it targets opportunities ahead of the main thrust of the Atlantic hurricane season.

Bertrand Labilloy – CCR Re

Paris takes aim at London ILS market as CCR Re commits to 2020/21 sidecars


CCR Re, the open market reinsurance arm of French state-owned carrier Caisse Centrale de Réassurance (CCR), has pledged to launch sidecars for next year and 2021 in a move that seeks to further place Paris as an ILS-friendly jurisdiction to rival London.

Barney Schauble – Nephila

Peru ILS loss will not put investors off parametric deals: Nephila’s Schauble


Nephila’s Barney Schauble has told The Insurer ILS investors have not been surprised by the losses of the “difficult” past two years, with a Peru cat bond placed by the World Bank the latest to be triggered and a pandemic bond placed by the bank potentially about to be triggered.

Liberty Mutual and Limestone Re

Liberty Mutual renews Limestone Re sidecar at $240mn


US P&C heavyweight Liberty Mutual has renewed its reinsurance sidecar Limestone Re at $240mn, slightly smaller than last year’s $278mn vehicle because of a “revised portfolio composition”.

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Nephila reports growing interest in weather risk transfer


Infrastructure managers are increasingly looking to use weather risk transfer (WRT) for extreme events while other corporations are also considering it to mitigate climate change, Nephila Climate chairman Barney Schauble told The Insurer.