Swiss based boutique finance and investment house with a focus on insurance and risk linked securitization Secquaero Advisors Ltd. has been featured in a number of articles in the German press in the last week or so. The articles demonstrate the increasing interest in insurance-linked securities and catastrophe bond investment opportunities around the world, as the financial press features the instruments more regularly.
The first article, in the Financial Times Deutschland (translated article here), talks with Dirk Lohmann CEO of Secquaero. In it he discusses that reinsurers are not as well reserved now as they have been in recent years. In addition he says that the risk premiums on insurance securitizations are quite low at present and investors are still keen to back them over multi-year periods of three or five years. That could be very attractive for issuers he says, as they can acquire multi-year coverage at fixed-cost, reasonable prices.
This tallies with feedback from other market participants and investors. If deals can be brought to market now there is a window of opportunity to secure very good rates over a number of years, this should help us see a busy next few months in the ILS sector.
In another article in the German Stock Exchange Gazette, or Borsen-Zeitung, Hans Peter Boller another founding member of Secquaero Advisors was interviewed about their UCITS III fund. In the interview he discusses Secquaero’s role and strategy in the management of the fund itself. He also discusses the ILS market and its potential for growth, to which the article states that he expects to see strong market growth for securitized insurance risks.
The increasing press coverage of the ILS market, both from a risk transfer and investment opportunity perspective, is a very positive development for the market as it encourages new interest from both deal participants and new investor capital.