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Obsidian launches as fronting conduit to reinsurance & alternative capital

Obsidian Insurance Holdings, Inc., has been launched as a new fronting insurance holding company with $100 million of capital, that aims to become a conduit to connect risk with reinsurance and alternative capital.Launched by private equity specialist investor Genstar Capital in partnership with management, Obsidian Insurance will be run by read the full article →

ILS market continues quest to front cedents more efficiently

The insurance-linked securities (ILS) market continues to evolve in the wake of the major catastrophe losses of recent years and one of the most important and ongoing developments is the quest to front cedents as efficiently as possible, A.M. Best explains in a new report.The rating agency highlights challenges that read the full article →

TransRe working to expand strategic capital relationships: Alleghany CEO Hicks

TransRe, the reinsurance arm of Alleghany Corporation, is able to "punch above its weight" in the global reinsurancem market, thanks to its access to efficient third-party capital, Alleghany CEO Weston Hicks said.The Alleghany group is actively working together to help TransRe expand on its strategic capital relationships, to help in read the full article →

Transverse acquires ASLIC to expand fronting to non-admitted programs

Transverse Insurance Group, a program and fronting carrier that wants to help facilitate access to risk for insurance-linked securities (ILS) funds and investors, has acquired a second insurance carrier specifically to enable its expansion to front for non-admitted programs.Transverse has an agnostic view as to where capital to back its read the full article →

Nephila’s MGA Velocity Risk Underwriters expands to New Jersey

Reinsurance, catastrophe, climate and weather risk-linked investment manager Nephila Capital will add a new primary source of risk from another eastern U.S. state, after its managing general agency (MGA) Velocity Risk Underwriters LLC has expanded into New Jersey.Velocity Risk Underwriters said today that it has again expanded its home insurance read the full article →

TransRe cautious & selective on fronting for ILS or third-party capital

TransRe, the Alleghany owned reinsurance brand name for Transatlantic Holdings, is approaching opportunities to provide fronting services for insurance-linked securities (ILS) or third-party capital providers with caution and opting to be selective about those it works with.Options in the world of fronting for ILS funds and capital providers shrank when read the full article →

Hannover Re forecasts ongoing moderate ILS market growth

German big four global reinsurance player Hannover Re continues to leverage the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market and appetite of investors for insurance related returns both for its own benefit, in terms of risk transfer, to support its clients needs and to generate fee income.The reinsurer said in Monte Carlo that read the full article →

SCOR may front for ILS funds: Conoscente

Speaking to Artemis from the SCOR lounge in Monte Carlo, Jean-Paul Conoscente, chief executive of SCOR Global P&C, outlined the company’s ambitious plans to place ILS at the heart of the business.He said the reinsurers remained “nimble”, giving the reinsurer the ability to innovate.SCOR’s latest strategic plan – Quantum Leap read the full article →

Hannover Re facilitates record number of ILS issuances in 2019: Sven Althoff

Hannover Re's role in the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market continues to be a significant contributor to the reinsurance firms earnings, with 2019 looking set to beat records as the firm facilitates an increasing number of ILS catastrophe bond placements and ILS trades.Speaking with Artemis, Sven Althoff, a member of Hannover read the full article →

Fronting & transformer carrier Transverse gets its A- rating

Transverse Insurance Group, a new program and fronting carrier that aims to help facilitate access to risk for insurance-linked securities (ILS) funds and investors, has now received its official A- rating from A.M. Best.Transverse Insurance has been in development for some time, with an experienced team creating a platform that read the full article →