Markel confirms commitment to ILS, support for CATCo team


Markel Corporation has confirmed its commitment to insurance-linked securities (ILS), telling the Board of the exchange listed Markel CATCo managed retrocessional reinsurance investment fund that it remains part of the firms long-term strategy.

The confirmation comes in the wake of the news of the departure of Markel CATCo CEO Tony Belisle and CEO – Bermuda, Alissa Fredricks, who have been let go with immediate effect following the violation of company policies relating to an undisclosed personal relationship.

Markel Corporation told the Board of the CATCo Reinsurance Opportunities Fund Ltd. that participation in the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market remains part of the re/insurers long-term strategy.

Markel is technically the largest manager of ILS and collateralized reinsurance assets, given its ownership of both Markel CATCo and the largest ILS manager in the marketplace Nephila Capital which it acquired last year.

Markel also confirmed its support for the Markel CATCo team, highlighting the “exceptionally talented and experienced team that is in place to run the business,” the Board of the fund said.

With two senior Markel reinsurance executives, Jed Rhoads and Andrew “Barney” Barnard, now having oversight of the Markel CATCo operations, the company has also commenced its search for a new CEO for the investment management unit.

The Board of the CATCo Reinsurance Opportunities Fund also said that it will keep the firm’s investment management arrangements under review, while the eventual transition of its management team takes place.

Additionally, the Board of the retro reinsurance fund noted that the January 2019 portfolio renewal is “substantially complete” and that the end of year audit for 2018 is now underway.

The ongoing internal review of loss reserving practices continues, but so far the firm said no conclusions have been reached.

Artemis Live - ILS and reinsurance video interviews and podcastView all of our Artemis Live video interviews and subscribe to our podcast.

All of our Artemis Live insurance-linked securities (ILS), catastrophe bonds and reinsurance video content and video interviews can be accessed online.

Our Artemis Live podcast can be subscribed to using the typical podcast services providers, including Apple, Google, Spotify and more.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Artemis Newsletters and Email Alerts

Receive a regular weekly email newsletter update containing all the top news stories, deals and event information

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Receive alert notifications by email for every article from Artemis as it gets published.

Read previous post:
Sydney area hail storm loss passes A$871m

The loss to insurance, reinsurance and some ILS fund interests from the recent major hail storm and severe convective weather...