BMA cancels Phoenix’s registration as SPI looks east for new domicile


Phoenix CRetro Reinsurance Company has responded to the Bermuda Monetary Authority’s (BMA) decision to cancel its special purpose insurer’s registration for alleged breaches of the island’s Insurance Act by stating that it will look to set up in an alternative jurisdiction in Asia.


NFIP’s cat bonds and reinsurers exposed to Sally losses: AM Best


Hurricane Sally is unlikely to be a major insurance loss for the private market because it is more of a flood event covered by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), but the federal backstop’s cat bonds and reinsurers are potentially exposed, AM Best has commented.

Peter Zaffino AIG

AIG anticipates high demand for AlphaCat at 1.1


AIG is looking to grow its ILS fund manager AlphaCat with demand expected to be high at 1 January, while Peter Zaffino has also suggested that the insurance giant is open to setting up other similar vehicles.


Aon Reinsurance Solutions hires Nephila’s Pett in Bermuda


Industry loss warranty specialist Stephen Pett has joined Aon’s Reinsurance Solutions business in Bermuda as vice president and broker.

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SiriusPoint will look to third-party capital in “near to intermediate term”


Third Point Re CEO Malloy has commented that incorporating third-party capital will be a natural evolution for the merged SiriusPoint.


Aeolus mulls rated reinsurance/retro platform for 2021


ILS fund manager Aeolus Capital Management is believed to be considering the creation of a rated vehicle to write property reinsurance and retro and add to the growing suite of products it makes available to brokers and clients on a collateralized basis, The Insurer can reveal.

Matthew Swann – Integral ILS

Integral ILS takes Swann from Hiscox Re


The start-up ILS manager being launched by Richard Lowther and Lixin Zeng has continued its build out with the hire of Hiscox Re Insurance Linked Securities principal Matthew Swann, The Insurer has learned.


Ruoff succeeds Lohmann as Schroder Secquaero head


Stephan Ruoff has succeeded Dirk Lohmann as head of ILS business Schroder Secquaero.

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Cat bond issuance could be up 90% in 2020: AM Best


Reinsurers seeking retro cover could help drive cat bond issuance as high as $10bn this year, which would be up 90 percent on 2019, according to AM Best.

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Peak Capital CFO Ayliffe leaves


Peak Capital Holdings CFO Angus Ayliffe has left the ILS investment manager to pursue new opportunities, The Insurer understands.

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Twelve Capital names Ramseier new chair to replace retiring Schnewlin


Twelve Capital founding partner Urs Ramseier has been appointed executive chairman of the ILS investment manager, replacing the retiring Frank Schnewlin who has held the position since 2016 and has been with the company for seven years.

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Traditional reinsurers and ILS facing Laura losses, says Fitch


Hurricane Laura will hit traditional reinsurers and the insurance-linked securities market with losses, although given the expected scale of claims, primary carriers rather than their reinsurers will bear the brunt of the exposure, according to Fitch Ratings.

Guy Carpenter

Reinsurance capital up 1% in H1 despite alternative decline: Guy Carp


Guy Carpenter and AM Best have estimated that total reinsurance capital at the end of the first half was up 1 percent from the end of 2019, with the reinsurance broker noting that Covid-19 claims are likely to affect ILS funds’ ability to raise capital heading into 1.1.


Aelous names Elementum’s Jagoda portfolio manager


ILS manager Aeolus Capital Management has named Nicholas Jagoda as partner and portfolio manager.

Tom Libassi – ILS Capital Management

ILS Capital closes first ever trapped capital securitisation deal


ILS Capital Management has completed a $57mn securitisation of trapped capital, which the investment firm believes paves the way to unlock a substantial portion of the industry’s $15bn of trapped capital through similar deals.

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ISO’s increased Irma estimate triggers Blue Capital ILW


Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings, the collateralised reinsurance vehicle that is being wound down, has revealed an industry loss warranty (ILW) it wrote in 2017 has been triggered by ISO this month revising upwards its Hurricane Irma estimate.


Elementum adds former Aon Securities exec Davis and promotes Barker


ILS fund manager Elementum Advisors has hired former Aon Securities executive Jeff Davis as senior vice president for investments and made a number of management changes including naming partner and portfolio manager Paul Barker to its executive committee.

Mike Sapnar – TransRe

Integral ILS partnership will help TransRe optimize portfolio: Sapnar


TransRe’s tie-up with Integral ILS will provide the reinsurer with a strategic partner it believes will allow both parties to optimize their portfolios on behalf of their respective capital bases, according to the Alleghany subsidiary’s CEO Mike Sapnar.


TWIA paid 19% more for 2020 reinsurance cover


The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) paid $107.5mn for its $2.1bn traditional reinsurance and cat bond programme that incepted at 1 June, above its budgeted cost of $93.1mn.

Anthony Belisle

Markel reaches tentative settlement with ex-CatCo CEO Belisle


Markel has revealed that it has reached a settlement in principle with former CatCo CEO Anthony Belisle over his breach of contract claims after being fired last year, with the US insurer expecting an agreement to be formally entered into in the third quarter.