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CATCo retro fund rises 7% on reduced 2017 wildfire claims (subrogation?)

Some shareholders in the CATCo Reinsurance Opportunities Fund Ltd., Markel CATCo Investment Management’s listed retrocession focused investment fund, have benefited from a reduction in claims related to California's 2017 wildfires, perhaps suggesting a subrogation recovery has made its way through to the portfolio. The in-run off retrocessional reinsurance focused investment fund's read the full article →

ILS fund manager Gildenbrook launched with $850m of capital by Brookman

The Gildenbrook Group has been founded by experienced ILS industry executive Daniel Brookman and has today launched Gildenbrook Capital Management Ltd., an independent alternative investment fund manager focused on the insurance-linked securities (ILS) asset class. Brookman most recently led alternative reinsurance and ILS activities at re/insurer AXA XL, before which he read the full article →

W. R. Berkley cites two investors behind Lifson Re reinsurance sidecar

In launching its first collateralized reinsurance sidecar vehicle and engaging with third-party investors on the recently announced Lifson Re Ltd. launch transaction, Rob Berkley – President and CEO of W. R. Berkley noted the importance of a "shared sense of obligation and duty to capital." Insurance holding company W. R. Berkley read the full article →

ILS capacity can support nuclear third-party liability risks: EC study

A European Commission study looking at the insurability of nuclear third-party liability risks (NTPL) and availability of capacity to support them, found that insurance-linked securities (ILS) market capital would be available, under the right structures and terms. The European Commission study on nuclear third-party liability risks was undertaken during 2018-19 and read the full article →

SCOR Investment Partners gets ILS allocation from City of Zurich pension

SCOR Investment Partners, the asset management company of the global reinsurance group SCOR, won a new investment mandate from the roughly $20 billion City of Zurich Pension Fund in recent weeks. The City of Zurich Pension Fund is one of the largest in Switzerland and operates pensions and other insurance benefits read the full article →

Indonesia cat bond possible, as World Bank lends for disaster insurance

The World Bank has approved $500 million of funding for Indonesia to help the country enhance its financial response to natural disasters, climate risks, and health-related shocks, with the use of risk pooling, and insurance or reinsurance instruments at the heart of the plan. Between 2014 and 2018, the central government read the full article →

Vantage launches collateralized insurer AdVantage Retro I Ltd. in Bermuda

Vantage Risk, the insurance and reinsurance start-up launched by industry veterans Greg Hendrick and Dinos Iordanou, has established its first insurance-linked securities (ILS) vehicle in Bermuda, a collateralized insurer class company named AdVantage Retro I Ltd. We've learned from our sources that AdVantage Retro I Ltd., which was registered in Bermuda read the full article →

PartnerRe gets Olympus investment for retro & specialty vehicle Laplace-C

Bermuda headquartered reinsurance company PartnerRe has set up a new retrocession and specialty reinsurance focused investment vehicle named Laplace-C and secured backing from private equity player Olympus Partners. Laplace-C has been established to take advantage of opportunities seen in the global reinsurance market at this time and we understand is just read the full article →

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 →

Vesttoo publishes COVID-19 era mortality models, offers risk transfer index

Vesttoo, which uses proprietary artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions to help companies assess and transfer risks to the capital markets, has published mortality risk models and forecasts for the U.S. including COVID-19 impacts, and offers the resulting index for mortality risk transfer transactions. Vesttoo aims to help risk bearers better read the full article →