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ILS & reinsurance add to Bermuda investment fund growth through 2020

Bermuda has benefited from a robust year for insurance-linked securities (ILS) and other areas of reinsurance related investment through 2020, with assets under management of investment funds located in the domicile increasing during the year, as new private and closed fund structures have also been established. There appears to have been read the full article →

Nephila gets allocation from Blackstone multi-strategy fund

Nephila Capital, the largest dedicated manager of insurance and reinsurance linked securities, has been given an allocation for its sub-advisory role on one of giant asset manager Blackstone Group's multi-strategy investment funds. Nephila Capital has been a sub-advisor to the Blackstone Alternative Multi-Strategy Fund for a number of years, but hasn't read the full article →

New PFIC regs active conduct test excludes ILS funds & structures

A new set of guidance on the treatment of passive foreign investment companies (PFICs) published at the end of last week by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and Department of the Treasury has been modified so that the active conduct test excludes insurance-linked securities (ILS) funds, as well as other read the full article →

Bermuda private fund assets & registrations rise in Q1 2020

Bermuda continued to see an increase in assets under management of investment funds located in the domicile in the first-quarter of 2020, while the number of private fund structures, a popular one in the insurance-linked securities (ILS) space, continued to grow. The quarter was just when the global Covid-19 pandemic was read the full article →

New PFIC regs released, relevant to ILS & hedge fund reinsurance strategies

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service and Department of the Treasury has published a new set of proposed regulations relating to passive foreign investment companies (PFICs), which are relevant to many in insurance and reinsurance, but have particular relevance to certain ILS and hedge fund reinsurer strategies it seems. The updates to read the full article →

Nephila reapproved as Blackstone sub-advisor after Markel acquisition

Nephila Capital, the largest investment fund manager of insurance-linked securities (ILS) and reinsurance linked assets, has been reapproved as a sub-advisor for a multi-strategy fund by asset management giant Blackstone. Blackstone Alternative Asset Management, the hedge fund solutions group of Blackstone which has around $78 billion under management, had first added read the full article →

ILS & reinsurance are Hedge Funds 2.0, says Future Fund CIO

The world of hedge funds and alternative investment strategies is moving fast and the Chief Investment Officer of massive A$166 billion Australian sovereign wealth fund, the Future Fund, is happiest allocating to what he terms Hedge Funds 2.0, a categorisation that ILS and reinsurance fits into. Speaking at the i3 Investment read the full article →

Cumulus weather focused energy trading team transfers to Citadel

Much of the trading team behind the long-standing Cumulus weather and energy investment funds are transferring over to investments and hedge fund giant Citadel LLC, as the Cumulus funds are being shuttered, according to a report from Bloomberg. Citadel, which manages roughly $28 billion in its range of fund strategies, has read the full article →

U.S. tax reforms could see some ILS structures CFC or PFIC classified: Mayer Brown

Reforms under the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), adopted in the U.S. in December 2017, means that some insurance-linked securities (ILS) structures could be classified as a controlled foreign corporation (CFC) and others could be classified as a passive foreign investment company (PFIC), according to Mayer Brown's Global read the full article →

Athene & Apollo get long-term capital in $19bn annuity reinsurance deal

Athene Holding Ltd., the life and retirement reinsurance focused company that is majority owned and works alongside private equity specialists Apollo Global Management, LLC, has entered into a $19 billion reinsurance agreement covering $19 billion of fixed and fixed indexed annuity liabilities for Voya Financial. The arrangement is a clear demonstration read the full article →