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.


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 →

ILS investors driving more discipline: Van Slooten, Aon

The prolonged low interest rate environment will maintain the focus on underwriting profitability as the industry moves towards the 1 January 2020 renewals, thinks Mike Van Slooten, Head of Business Intelligence, Aon’s Reinsurance Solutions.Talking to Artemis around the Rendez-Vous de Septembre, he said the change in economic outlook over the read the full article →

Increasing availability of data to support ILS expansion: Schuh, Swiss Re

The availability of advanced data analytics is expected to increase and in some instances, this could accelerate the broadening of risks that are placeable in the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market, says Swiss Re’s Global Head of P&C Solutions, Eric Schuh.Highlighted most recently by its return to the catastrophe bond market read the full article →

Transparency required on trapped collateral: Darren Redhead, Kinesis

How transparent are ILS funds being when they factor in trapped collateral into their estimated returns? This was the question posed by Darren Redhead, chief executive of Lancashire-owned Kinesis Capital Management when he spoke to Artemis on the eve of the Rendez-Vous de Septembre in Monte Carlo.There can be a read the full article →

Tech, models & proximity to risk to drive ILS growth: Grimes, Fitch

Insurance-linked securities (ILS) market growth is expected to be driven by technological developments, new catastrophe risk models and ILS funds ability to get close to the source of the risk.There is plenty of room for ILS market growth, both in traditional catastrophe exposed regions and lines of business, as well read the full article →