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.


AXIS “proud” of ability to raise new third-party capital, bring in new investors: Benchimol

Bermuda domiciled specialty insurer and global reinsurer, AXIS Capital Holdings, is proud of its ability to raise new capital and bring in new investors in what’s been a challenging year for third-party capital raises, says President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Albert Benchimol.Despite the challenging reinsurance market conditions that continue read the full article →

Tremor provides efficiency for the re/insurance system: W. R. Berkley Corporation’s Emmendorfer

W. R. Berkley Corporation recently revealed an investment in programmatic reinsurance risk placement marketplace provider, Tremor Technologies, Inc., technology that the re/insurer told us can deliver efficiency to the entire market.W. R. Berkley Corporation invested as part of Tremor’s recent fundraising round, demonstrating its commitment to and confidence in the read the full article →

Hannover Re facilitates record number of ILS issuances in 2019: Sven Althoff

Hannover Re's role in the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market continues to be a significant contributor to the reinsurance firms earnings, with 2019 looking set to beat records as the firm facilitates an increasing number of ILS catastrophe bond placements and ILS trades.Speaking with Artemis, Sven Althoff, a member of Hannover read the full article →

Capital markets a natural way to overcome inefficiency: Peak Re CEO, Franz Josef Hahn

The use of the capital markets and insurance-linked securities (ILS) in reinsurance is “absolutely necessary” to increase the efficiency of insurance products and capital, according to the CEO of reinsurer Peak Re.We spoke with Peak Re CEO Franz Josef Hahn in Monte Carlo to find out about the companies use read the full article →

Don’t dilute the opportunity: Frank Majors, Nephila Capital

The past 12 months have proved the ILS markets are rational, thinks Frank Majors, co-CEO at Nephila Advisors, with investors demonstrating both staying power and price discipline"Now that we've gone through this mini cycle and series of events we've seen that ILS capital is not going to run away," he told Artemis. "The converse read the full article →

ILS funds had to showcase that cycle still existed: Jeworrek, Munich Re

Losses borne out of major natural catastrophe events in 2017 and 2018, including Cyclone Jebi in Japan last year and the record-breaking California wildfires, has limited the supply of "high-volume, cheap retrocession" according to Torsten Jeworrek, member of the board of management, Munich Re.Speaking to Artemis on the eve of read the full article →

Significant rate increases could open ILS floodgates: Dubinsky, Willis Re Securities

Reinsurance rates and pricing remain only just sufficient to support ILS and growing reinsurance linked investments for those for whom the asset class is core, but should rates continue to rise further inflows from additional investors can be expected.That is the opinion of Bill Dubinksy, Head of ILS at Willis read the full article →

ILS growth hinges on ability to recover from recent losses: Grimes, Fitch Ratings

Insurance-linked securities (ILS) market growth over the coming years hinges on the ability of ILS funds and managers to demonstrate they can recover from recent catastrophe losses and adapt their business models to better cope with future ones.Speaking with Artemis, Chris Grimes, Director, Insurance at Fitch Ratings, said that ILS read the full article →

Cat bond market “here to stay” despite 2019 lull: Appleby’s Brad Adderley

There has been a distinct slowdown in cat bond issuance throughout 2019 after the heavy loss experiences of the past two years, but Appleby’s Brad Adderley maintains that the market is “here to stay” and remains poised for further growth in the years ahead.“I think we can all agree that read the full article →

Is the ILS market ready to tackle cyber?

A lack of historical and contextual data continues to hinder the entry of the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market into the cyber re/insurance space, and with ‘silent’ cyber exposures adding further uncertainty, it might be easiest for the ILS sector to focus on affirmative cyber, at least to begin with.This is read the full article →