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Leadenhall strengthens Life and Alternative Credit investments team


Leadenhall Capital Partners LLP, the London headquartered insurance linked securities (ILS) and reinsurance related investments manager, has strengthened its Life and Alternative Credit team with a new hire and a key investment committee appointment.

Leadenhall Capital PartnersLeadenhall operates a diversified ILS investment platform, across both non-life and life segments of the insurance and reinsurance linked asset world.

Today’s announcement sees the ILS manager adding new expertise on the life and alternative credit side, as well as strengthening its life insurance linked investments committee.

Phil Kane has been hired by Leadenhall Capital Partners as a Senior Credit Officer in October 2019, joining the firm as part of the Life and Alternative Credit team and reporting to Luca Albertini, CEO.

Kane’s career saw him working at insurer AIG in New York as an actuary and structurer in the global reinsurance market, before moving on to roles focused on Credit and Insurance structuring at investment banking groups Citigroup and Merrill Lynch Global Markets.

Kane also worked at Deutsche Bank, joining them in 2007 as CDO Syndicate Director with responsibility for Origination and Distribution of Managed Synthetic CDOs in the Americas. He then took on the roles of Global Co-Head of Valuation Risk, Legacy Credit Assets Portfolio Manager and then UKI Head of Product Governance.

He has experience gained in structuring and risk management roles in the risk management and banking teams of Deutsche Bank in the last 5 years.

Luca Albertini commented on the hire, “We welcome Phil to Leadenhall as a great complement to our Life and Alternative Credit team, where he brings his wealth of expertise in analyzing and delivering structured and complex solutions to various counterparties including insurance companies.”

Also announced today, existing Leadenhall business development specialist and Managing Director, Leadenhall US Brian Weatherholtz is taking a seat on Leadenhall’s Private Life Approval Committee (“PLAC”).

This investment committee is responsible for approving all private transactions for the Life and Alternative Credit Team, a growing part of the Leadenhall insurance and reinsurance linked investments business.

Weatherholtz has particular expertise in life insurance securitization gained at GE Capital, Genworth and Swiss Re.

Leadenhall’s Life and Alternative Credit investments team manages about $2.6 billion of assets currently, a significant and growing contributor to the firms overall $5.5 billion of insurance-linked securities (ILS) assets under management.

With the new hire and appointment this key investment committee for Leadenhall now has now 10 members.

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