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CATCo retro fund to return another $15.8m from side pockets

The in run-off CATCo Reinsurance Opportunities Fund Ltd., the exchange listed retrocession focused investment fund strategy managed by Markel CATCo Investment Management, is set to return more trapped capital back to investors as its side pockets continue to prove more than adequate for certain older loss reserves. Markel CATCo Investment Management read the full article →

Lodgepine launch timing hit by Covid-19, Markel houses retro portfolio

Timing of the full launch of Lodgepine Capital Management Limited, the recently established retrocessional reinsurance ILS fund management unit of Markel Corporation, may be impacted by the effect of Covid-19 on global investor allocation decisions, the company said recently. In reporting its first-quarter results, Markel said that Lodgepine Capital Management and read the full article →

Markel’s recent $90m CATCo investment was in the Aquilo Fund strategy

As we reported recently, Markel Corporation has invested $90 million of its own capital into an investment strategy managed by its retrocessional reinsurance focused investment manager Markel CATCo, to boost capital available to fund investor redemptions. The investment was made at the beginning of the year and Markel explained that as read the full article →

Peak Re launches Peak Capital ILS manager, as Lutece acquisition completes

Peak Re said this morning that its previously announced acquisition of Bermuda-based insurance-linked securities (ILS) asset manager Lutece has now completed and the unit is being rebranded as Peak Capital. Lutece founder Erik Manning and Peak Re’s Managing Director of Underwriting, Lawrence Cheng, are to lead the new unit as the read the full article →

Hannover Re grew its fronting for ILS business by 7% in 2019

Global reinsurance firm Hannover Re continued to expand its activities in the fronting space, with the volume of limit fronted for insurance-linked securities (ILS) investors and funds increasing by 7% during the year. Hannover Re has positioned itself as one of the key facilitators for the ILS market, with its activities read the full article →

Markel invests $90m in CATCo fund to accelerate investor redemptions

Markel Corporation has put some of its own money behind the running-off of its retrocessional reinsurance investment manager Markel CATCo, investing $90 million in one of the CATCo funds in the first-quarter to boost capital available to fund investor redemptions. Markel has repeatedly shown its commitment to ensuring investors in the read the full article →

Markel warns on Covid-19 hit to ILS operations, Nephila AuM down 4%

Markel Corporation reported its first-quarter 2020 results yesterday and in its report the company warned of the potential hit to its insurance-linked securities (ILS) operations from the Covid-19 pandemic, which is perhaps partly evidenced in a -4% decline in assets under management at Markel's flagship ILS fund manager Nephila Capital. Markel, read the full article →

CATCo retro fund expects $18.8m side pocket return of capital

The in run-off CATCo Reinsurance Opportunities Fund Ltd., the exchange listed retrocession focused investment fund strategy managed by Markel CATCo Investment Management, is expecting to receive an $18.8 million return of capital from a range of side pockets in May, with the proceeds set to be used to redeem more read the full article →

Peak Re targets Asian ILS leadership, Bermuda foothold with Lutece buy, says CEO Hahn

Peak Reinsurance Company Limited (Peak Re), the Hong Kong headquartered, Fosun backed global reinsurer, aims to become the Asian leader in insurance-linked securities (ILS) with its acquisition of Lutece, while also benefiting from a new foothold in the Bermuda market, CEO Franz Josef Hahn explained to Artemis. Peak Re announced yesterday read the full article →

CATCo fund to redeem $29.34m shares at NAV, 40%+ above listed prices

The CATCo Reinsurance Opportunities Fund Ltd., the listed retrocession focused investment fund strategy managed by Markel CATCo Investment Management, is set to buy-back almost $30 million of shares in a first compulsory purchase and the purchase is being made at NAV, which is well-above the current listed share prices for read the full article →