A.M. Best now downgrade Lehman Brothers linked catastrophe bonds

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At the end of September I posted about the downgrade by Standard & Poor’s of four catastrophe bonds which use Lehman Brothers Special Financing as the total return swap counterparty. Now, it’s A.M. Best’s turn as they have announced a downgrade of three of the the four bonds.

Best have downgraded the Class A notes of Ajax Re to ‘C’ from ‘B+’, the Class B notes of Willow Re to ‘C’ from ‘BB+’ and the Class A notes of Newton Re to ‘C’ from ‘BB’. They haven’t issued any advisory regarding the notes of Carillon Ltd so we can only assume that A.M. Best never rated them in the first place.

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