Aditya Dutt

Dutt leaves RenaissanceRe Ventures


Aditya Dutt is leaving his position as senior vice president of Ventures at RenaissanceRe to “pursue a new opportunity” with the Bermudian reinsurer’s CEO Kevin O’Donnell assuming responsibility for the ILS and third party capital management unit on an interim basis.

Essent Group

Covid delinquencies trigger Essent’s insurance-linked notes


Essent Group has become the latest mortgage insurer to report that its insurance-linked note (ILN) deals have been subject to a trigger event following increasing delinquencies because of Covid-19.

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Bermuda alternative capital UW losses hit $3bn in 2018: BMA


Analysis of statutory filings by the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA) shows that underwriting losses from alternative capital on the island widened from $2.7bn in 2017 to $3.0bn in 2018.


Lowther and Zeng ILS manager to target “entire insurance value-chain”


Richard Lowther and Lixin Zeng’s proposed property-focused start-up Integral ILS will target E&S business through a tie-up with wholesale giant AmWINS, and reinsurance and retro by working with TransRe as it looks to access the “entire insurance value-chain”.


Arch MI obtains $528mn of reinsurance cover through latest Bellemeade


Arch Mortgage Insurance Company has secured $528mn of indemnity cover on a pool of some $44bn of mortgages that includes the latest iteration of the Bellemeade Re insurance-linked notes as well as direct reinsurance.


Achmea sponsors upsized Eur100mn cat bond Windmill II Re


Dutch insurance group Achmea Reinsurance has returned to the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market with a Eur100mn ($113mn) cat bond providing cover for European windstorm on an ultimate net loss, per occurrence basis.

Michael Millette

ILS unlikely to find a role in future pandemic mitigation


The strong correlation between pandemic outbreaks and financial market stress means the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market is unlikely to play a major role in managing losses associated with future epidemics, according to Hudson Structured Capital Management’s Michael Millette.

Willis Re – Netherlands

Willis Re adds Aegon’s van Excel to Dutch office


Willis Re today has hired senior ILS underwriter Kirsten van Exel as executive director of its Dutch team.


Aeolus names Bernstein CEO with Grasso and Jones appointed co-chairs


ILS fund Aeolus Capital Management has appointed Andrew Bernstein as its new CEO with Chris Grasso and Trevor Jones promoted to co-chairmen of the Bermuda-based platform’s board.

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Twelve Capital refocuses strategy on cat bonds and peak perils private ILS


Twelve Capital has refocused on the robust cat bond sector and private ILS for better-modelled and understood peak perils such as US hurricanes and California quake after a review of its strategy.

John Seo – Fermat Capital

Cat bonds offering their most attractive entry point in several years: Seo


Fermat Capital’s John Seo believes the attractive yields available to investors in the ILS market will persist in the medium term but cannot be labelled a new normal.


Cat bond rush highlights the ILS schism


Despite the temporary impasse caused by the Covid-19 market rout, 2020 could potentially surpass 2018 as the most active year for cat bonds as ILS investors continue to show enthusiasm for new issuances.


TWIA completes $1.1bn traditional placement and upsized $400mn cat bond


The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) has finalized its $2.1bn 2020 reinsurance programme with the placement of $1.1bn of traditional cover, an upsized $400mn issue of its Alamo Re cat bond series and $600mn of rollover cat bond limit.

Kenneth Pierce – Lockton

Pierce named Lockton Capital Markets CEO after Jhaveri departs


Lockton Capital Markets (LCM) has appointed Ken Pierce as CEO - with the assets of his Vanpoint Advisors firm to be merged into LCM - following the departure of Vishal Jhaveri after less than two years.

Citizens – Florida

Citizens aims to increase traditional market reinsurance after cat bond pulled


Florida’s state-backed insurer Citizens will now look to buy all the 2020 limit it planned to secure for its coastal account in the traditional reinsurance market after pulling a proposed $200mn tranche of its Everglades Re cat bond series.

Sean Bourgeois – Tremor

Tremor ILW auctions average $100mn a week


Risk transfer marketplace Tremor has auctioned on average $100mn of ILW capacity a week since launching the trading platform in April.