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.


Peak Re targets Asian ILS leadership, Bermuda foothold with Lutece buy, says CEO Hahn

Peak Reinsurance Company Limited (Peak Re), the Hong Kong headquartered, Fosun backed global reinsurer, aims to become the Asian leader in insurance-linked securities (ILS) with its acquisition of Lutece, while also benefiting from a new foothold in the Bermuda market, CEO Franz Josef Hahn explained to Artemis. Peak Re announced yesterday read the full article →

Silent pandemic risk & how to hedge it – Q&A with Tom Johansmeyer, PCS

Silent pandemic risk as akin to silent cyber. It's an exposure that is potentially secreted deep inside numerous lines of insurance and reinsurance business, with claims governed by contractual fineries and wordings. As a result it's an exposure that is hard to quantify, but that may require hedging. At a time read the full article →

Life ILS outlook positive despite Covid-19, says Securis’ Luca Tres

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is expected to have a limited impact on the life insurance-linked securities (ILS) sector, and despite the outlook for life insurance markets being downgraded, the future looks positive for life ILS. This is according to Luca Tres, Partner at Securis Investment Partners, who in a recent interview read the full article →

Pandemic parametric triggers Q&A with Tom Johansmeyer, PCS

Pandemic protection. Is it included, excluded, or even mentioned in a policy or program? Even if it is, is the coverage responsive enough to really help the protection buyer, or should parametric solutions be looked at? If so, how to ensure they are robust? At a time when interest in pandemic read the full article →

Foundation platform supports ILS’s mantra of efficiency: Treefrog’s Mnushkin

Dmitry Mnushkin, President of Bermuda-based insurance and reinsurance focused software house, Treefrog Consulting Ltd., highlights the important role software plays in both the growth and efficiency of the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market. Artemis recently spoke with Mnushkin following the release of Treefrog’s ILS and reinsurance deal pricing and rollup platform, Foundation, read the full article →

Covid-19 impacts likely to enforce ongoing reinsurance firming: Schroders

The ongoing Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic is expected to have an impact on future reinsurance renewals, with the volatility it has caused expected to enforce ongoing firming of rates and pricing, according to executives at Schroders. Reinsurance rates have been on the rise anyway, as the industry on both traditional and alternative read the full article →

Coronavirus effect clear in cat bonds, but private ILS outperforms: Schroder Secquaero

The Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic is having an evident effect on the catastrophe bond market, seen largely in the secondary market but with expected future ramifications for primary cat bond issuance market conditions as well, according to executives at Schroder-Secquaero. At the same time, the private ILS market is currently outperforming as, read the full article →

Automatic extensions of in-force contracts due to coronavirus not feasible for ILS market: Lohmann, Schroders

Broker Willis Re has requested markets, both traditional and ILS providers of reinsurance and retrocession, consider offering automatic extensions of in-force contracts  by two months at the cedent’s discretion due to possible delays caused by the coronavirus to smooth the renewal process, but this is something that capital markets collateralised read the full article →

ESG a prerequisite for the future of ILS: Plenum’s Dirk Schmelzer

Dirk Schmelzer of Plenum Investments AG has urged insurance-linked securities (ILS) market participants to realise that ESG is not just an opportunity, but an essential component of the market’s future. Schmelzer, who is a Member of the Executive Board and Portfolio Manager at specialist catastrophe bond and ILS investment manager, Plenum, read the full article →

Catastrophe bond investor interest & demand robust: Twelve Capital’s Steiger

Insurance-linked securities and reinsurance investment manager, Twelve Capital, continues to see strong demand for catastrophe bonds from an investor base showing a preference for simplicity and liquidity, according to Florian Steiger, Strategy Lead Cat Bonds, Twelve Capital. Following more than a decade without a major landfalling hurricane in the U.S., 2017 read the full article →