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Schroders raises $420m for new Life Insurance-Linked Security (ILS) fund

Global investment manager Schroders has raised $420 million of capital from third-party institutional investors for a new life insurance-linked securities (ILS) fund strategy that it has launched. The newly-launched Life Insurance-Linked Security (ILS) fund, Life Insurance Linked II, offers its investors a way to gain significant diversification against traditional asset classes, read the full article →

Cyber ILS need to be repeatable, scalable & sensible: Johansmeyer, PCS

The increasingly sophisticated participants within the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market aren’t going to lap up just any cyber exposure that comes their way, the deals have to make sense, according to Tom Johansmeyer, Head of PCS. Cyber risk is a rapidly growing exposure which can accumulate in ways that suggests the read the full article →

Artex vehicle issues $30m Tenby private cat bond transaction

The Artex Risk Solutions owned segregated account reinsurance transformer platform, Artex SAC Limited, has completed issuance of the first private catastrophe bond seen from the vehicle in 2020, with a $30 million Artex SAC Limited – Tenby Notes transaction. Issuance of this private cat bond, or private insurance-linked securities (ILS) arrangement, read the full article →

No major change across cyber reinsurance amid Covid-19: Johansmeyer, PCS

Although cyber criminals tend to thrive on chaos, so far, the presence of a global pandemic hasn’t led to any significant rise in activity or threat, according to Tom Johansmeyer, Head of PCS. “Does a virus like a pandemic, an actual physical virus, make people hack or disrupt networks? Not directly. read the full article →

Asia to become increasingly relevant in life insurance-linked securities

Globally, the life insurance-linked securities (ILS) space is gaining momentum and in Asia specifically, the risk/return profile appears to be improving, according to Luca Tres, Head of Life, Securis Investment Partners. Tres, alongside Tom Spreutels, Head of Origination, Life & Alternative Credit at Leadenhall Capital Partners, participated in an expert panel read the full article →

Covid-19 business interruption losses begin for some ILS funds

A number of insurance-linked securities (ILS) funds reported small losses related to business interruption claims from the Covid-19 pandemic in July, with quota shares the main source. It's understood that some collateralised quota share reinsurance positions covering mainly European carriers have begun to see actual claims related to property business interruption read the full article →

COVID-19 business interruption hit to ILS seen as minimal

After canvassing a number of insurance-linked securities (ILS) investment fund managers and end-investors for their views on possible loss impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority strongly believe that impacts from the business interruption issue will only be minimal to their ILS strategies and ILS portfolios. This goes for ILS read the full article →

U.S. riot losses accelerated & worsened by pandemic: Johansmeyer at ILS Asia 2020

In an extensive and insightful keynote at the virtually held Artemis ILS Asia 2020 conference (now available on-demand), Head of PCS, Tom Johansmeyer discussed a number of Covid-19 loss scenarios, including the potential combined impacts of the virus and strike riot, civil commotion (SRCC) in the U.S. Triggered by the killing read the full article →

Covid-19 could drive increased life ILS opportunities: ILS Asia 2020

Overall, the impacts of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic are expected to be positive for opportunities in the life insurance-linked securities (ILS) space, according to Luca Tres, Partner, Head of Life, Securis Investment Partners. Life ILS, the somewhat less prevalent side of the global ILS sector, continues to expand as investors become read the full article →

Sidecar sponsors struggling to find sufficient capital support

Reinsurance sidecars as a source of protection are in high-demand right now, as ceding companies look to bring third-party capital support into their business models to help buffer against any potential downside caused by catastrophe losses through the year ahead. Our sources said that demand for reinsurance sidecar capacity is perhaps read the full article →