Artemis Interviews

An archive of all of our interviews of key players in the alternative risk transfer, catastrophe bond and insurance-linked securities and weather risk management sectorse. This chronological archive includes all of our interviews undertaken to date. If you have something interesting to say to these markets and feel it would be interesting for us to interview you please contact us to discuss.


No fast way into cyber for ILS, say experts

For capital markets investors it’s likely that cyber meets some of their investment needs, but a substantial lack of modelling capabilities means there’s no immediate, quick way for insurance-linked securities (ILS) to get into the space, according to cyber risk and (re)insurance experts Hans-Joachim Guenther and Peter Hacker.In an interview read the full article →

Significant opportunities for parametric growth, say Descartes execs

Recent developments in the re/insurance and ILS markets have resulted in a significant expansion of parametric solutions, and executives at Descartes Underwriting believe many opportunities for further growth are now available to companies offering these kinds of products.Tanguy Touffut, CEO & Founder at Descartes Underwriting, and Edern Le Roux, Head read the full article →

Resilience bond approach plausible via Ocean Risk Index: AXA XL’s MacFarlane

As AXA XL continues to support and develop the Ocean Risk Index, Andrew MacFarlane, Managing Director and Head of Pricing & Analytics for London & Bermuda, Reinsurance, explores the thinking behind the initiative and more specifically its use as a risk transfer tool, including the potential for a catastrophe bond read the full article →

ILS still finding its “sweet spot” with traditional and retro: PwC’s Wightman

The subdued level of activity in the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market is reflective of the sector still trying to find a “harmonious sweet spot” with traditional and retro solutions, according to Arthur Wightman, PwC Bermuda Territory and Insurance Leader.Speaking in a recent interview with Artemis, Wightman said that he views read the full article →

New collateralised insurer class to add ILS fund diversification: Demerling, Walkers

The introduction of a new class of insurer in Bermuda, “Collateralised Insurers”, is expected to be beneficial to both insurance-linked securities (ILS) funds’ and their investors, according to Sarah Demerling, Partner at law firm Walkers.Proposed earlier this year via a consultation paper from the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA), the provision read the full article →

Cycle still relevant, but ILS capacity still squeezed: Shiv Kumar, GC Securities

The industry has seen improved pricing in the property catastrophe reinsurance market during 2019, a correction that shows the reinsurance cycle is still relevant, according to Shiv Kumar.Speaking to Artemis around the annual Rendez-Vous de Septembre in Monte Carlo, Kumar, President, GC Securities, a division of reinsurance broker Guy Carpenter, read the full article →

Industry needs to harness alternative capital: Allianz Re CEO Ahmed

It’s neither helpful nor sustainable if the only effect of alternative reinsurance capital is to push down rates. Instead, as an industry we should leverage capital markets-backed capacity to grow the pool of insured risks, hence expanding the protection we can offer, says the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Allianz read the full article →

Investors had emotional reaction to loss creep: Niklaus Hilti, Credit Suisse ILS

ILS investors have had a significant reaction to two years of major natural catastrophe events where losses increased from initial estimates. Hurricane Irma and last year’s Typhoon Jebi have led to an “emotional reaction” according to Niklaus Hilti, Head of Credit Suisse’s insurance-linked securities (ILS) division.Speaking to Artemis at the read the full article →

No large rush of new ILS money till performance returns: Lohmann, Schroder Secquaero

Describing Hurricane Dorian as a near miss for the re/insurance sector, Dirk Lohmann, Head of ILS specialist asset manager Schroder Secquaero, said it was too early to predict the potential impact of Typhoon Faxai, which made landfall in the Chiba prefecture of Japan on Monday.Speaking to Artemis in Monte Carlo read the full article →

SCOR may front for ILS funds: Conoscente

Speaking to Artemis from the SCOR lounge in Monte Carlo, Jean-Paul Conoscente, chief executive of SCOR Global P&C, outlined the company’s ambitious plans to place ILS at the heart of the business.He said the reinsurers remained “nimble”, giving the reinsurer the ability to innovate.SCOR’s latest strategic plan – Quantum Leap read the full article →