More evidence of the continue resurgence of the insurance-linked securities market has emerged in the past two days. As the pressures on the market are dissipating and issuance has been good over the last few months it seems interest is returning to companies looking to support deals and grab a slice of the action.
Firstly Cozen O’Conner, one of the larger law firms in the U.S., announced the launch of a new capital markets group which includes partners with transactional and litigation experience in the insurance-linked securities arena. Press release here.
Secondly Wilmington Trust, a provider of customised financial alternatives in the areas of wealth management, corporate and regional banking, announced that they are adding insurance expertise to their capital markets group. They’re seeking to enhance and increase their range of insurance related advisory services and products which include catastrophe bonds.
Seeing large firms such as this announce their interest in the cat bond and insurance linked security market surely demonstrates that they see it as a market with a future and worth investing effort in so that they can tap it for returns. It’s important for the market that there is a good supply of firms in supporting industries ready to get involved in both the transactional and investment sides of ILS or cat bonds, it’s pleasing to see big players declaring interest.