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.


ESG regulations pose tough questions for ILS managers: Synpulse’s Smith

The recent Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) introduced by the EU poses “significant challenges” and tough questions for ILS fund managers looking to build a green reputation, notes Joel Smith, Associate Partner at Synpulse Management Consulting. Speaking with Artemis, Smith noted that the regulations will require many fund managers to re-assess read the full article →

Rate hardening should persist at 1/1: Leadenhall CEO Albertini

Hurricane Ida "reminds us that the strength and trajectory is what is important when it comes to hurricanes" and that "there is always a lot to learn from every event". This is according to Luca Albertini, CEO of London-headquartered Leadenhall Capital Partners LLP, a subsidiary of MS Amlin. Speaking to Artemis read the full article →

Ida tips the balance on renewal pricing – Matt FitzGerald, Gallagher Re

Hurricane Ida is a completely different kind of loss to Hurricane Katrina, because there was no element of surprise when the category 4 storm ploughed into the Louisiana coastline on 29 August, 16 years after Katrina. This is according to Matt FitzGerald, managing partner at Gallagher Re. "It's entirely different," he read the full article →

Swiss Re “very active” in creating new ILS products: Christian Mumenthaler, CEO

Global reinsurance firm Swiss Re is "very active" in creating new products for insurance-linked securities (ILS) investors, according to its CEO, who also sees the need for the capital markets to play a role in protecting against other risks that affect economies. In a recent Artemis Live video interview, Christian Mumenthaler, read the full article →

Ability to attract and deploy third-party capital is critical to Fidelis: Dan Burrows

For specialty insurer and reinsurer, Fidelis Insurance Holdings Limited, utilising third-party reinsurance capital is seen as key to its evolution, according to Dan Burrows, Executive Chairman of Fidelis Bermuda and Group Managing Director. Alongside the expansion of its capital base to more than $2.5 billion, Fidelis has also been growing its read the full article →

No change to underwriting as Swiss Re’s ILS capital grows: Rüede

As third-party or alternative capital managed continues to grow for global reinsurance firm Swiss Re, the company is keen to stress that this doesn't mean any changes to its underwriting approach and standards, Philipp Rüede told us. Swiss Re has big ambitions in ILS capital management, seeing it as a core read the full article →

Investor appetite for cat bonds strong, rising for peak peril private ILS: Steiger, Twelve Capital

Appetite for insurance-linked securities (ILS) investments is rising according to Twelve Capital's Florian Steiger, who sees interest in catastrophe bonds as still strong despite recent tightening of spreads, while interest in peak peril private ILS and collateralised reinsurance is on the rise. Speaking with Artemis in a recent interview, Steiger, who read the full article →

Floods to trigger European rate adequacy discussion: Munich Re’s Jeworrek

There is a need for further rate adequacy at the upcoming 1 January renewals following a series of major natural catastrophe losses so far in 2021 and a high frequency and severity of claims in certain casualty classes of business. This is according to Torsten Jeworrek, member of the board of read the full article →

Continuous disciplined institutional ILS capital growth expected: Leadenhall’s Volpi

The insurance-linked securities (ILS) market is expected to continue attracting new investors, leading to continuous growth, while even more investors from around the world are also increasingly getting familiar with the asset class, Lorenzo Volpi of Leadenhall Capital Partners explained in a recent interview. Volpi, the Head of Business Development and read the full article →

Spread compression makes some cat bonds less attractive: Plenum’s Schmelzer

The high-levels of activity and investor interest in the catastrophe bond market has resulted in tightening of spreads for many issues this year so far, leading to some cat bonds becoming less attractive to invest in, as they no longer adequately compensate for the risk assumed, according to Dirk Schmelzer read the full article →