Insurance Linked Securities Interviews

An archive of all of our interviews of key players in the insurance linked securities (ILS), catastrophe bond, alternative reinsurance, risk transfer and weather risk management sectors. This chronological archive includes all of our ILS market interviews undertaken to date. If you have something interesting to say to our readers and feel it would be useful for us to interview you please contact us to discuss.


Plurality of sponsor choice most important with new domiciles: Halm, CCR Re

With the entry of multiple new domiciles to the insurance-linked securities (ILS) arena in recent years, the most important feature of this is the plurality of choice it makes available to sponsors, rather than the chance of subsidies being made available, Mathieu Halm, Head of Retrocession and Strategy at CCR read the full article →

ILS investors to increasingly favour low severity risks: AM RE’s Zayicek

Ernie Zayicek, Chief Operating Officer at AM RE Syndicate Inc., believes that the attritional, low severity types of risks offered by AM RE will become increasingly attractive to insurance-linked securities (ILS) investors over the coming years. AM RE is a reinsurance MGA that matches US specialty insurance risk with different capital read the full article →

Artemis Live: Interview with James Vickers, Chairman, Willis Re International

Our latest Artemis Live video interview features James Vickers, Chairman of Willis Re International, part of the global reinsurance broking unit of Willis Towers Watson, who joined us to discuss reinsurance market performance and capital trends. James Vickers and I discussed how Willis Re's reinsurance clients are finding market conditions in read the full article →

ILS investors showed maturity at April renewals: Willis Re’s Vickers

James Vickers, Chair of Willis Re International, has said that insurance-linked securities (ILS) investors have showed increasing maturity at recent reinsurance renewals, as demand proved strong at 4/1. Vickers recently spoke to Artemis alongside the release of Willis Re’s 1st View report, which looked at the main trends of the April read the full article →

Artemis Live: The US winter storm & Texas freeze claims situation

For our latest Artemis Live video interview we spoke with two senior Verisk Analytics execs with years of experience on the claims-side of the market, Mike Fulton, President of Xactware and Tom Johansmeyer, Head of PCS, about the recent winter storm and Texas freeze loss event. For this Artemis Live video read the full article →

World Bank fully supportive of direct sovereign risk transfer: Bennett

The efforts of the World Bank around disaster risk financing for its members continues to be a real benefit, and while the organisation can and will do more, this isn’t about being the dominant force in the market, according to Michael Bennett, Head of Derivatives & Structured Finance, World Bank read the full article →

Tax reforms could drive more corporate cat bond issuance: Anger, GC Securities

The heightened use of indemnity structured transactions by corporates in the catastrophe bond arena is expected to open up the market, but for this to happen in a meaningful way, there’s likely need for some U.S. tax reform, according to Cory Anger, Managing Director of GC Securities. A key development of read the full article →

US deep freeze looks like $10bn to $12bn property cat loss: Albertini, Leadenhall

February's deep freeze and winter storm catastrophe event looks set to drive a property catastrophe reinsurance market loss of somewhere in a range from $10 billion to $12 billion, Leadenhall Capital Partners CEO Luca Albertini believes. Speaking with us during a recent Artemis Live video interview, Albertini said that data and read the full article →

Bermuda to retain its leadership position in ILS because it has to: Webber, Apex

As the insurance-linked securities (ILS) pie continues to expand it’s natural for new jurisdictions to emerge and try to take a slice, but the innovative Bermuda marketplace is expected to maintain its leadership position, according to Ross Webber, Managing Director at independent financial services provider and fund administrator, Apex Group read the full article →

Industry must ‘step up’ to be really attractive for ESG investors: Rivaldi, Twelve Capital

If the global risk transfer industry ramps up its efforts around transparency, it would become a far more attractive space for the growing pool of environmental, social and governance (ESG) focused investors, says Marcus Rivaldi, Managing Director of Analytics at Twelve Capital. The universe of investors seeking responsible and sustainable investments read the full article →