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Nephila AuM returns to growth as ILS profits rise for Markel in Q4

The operations of the largest dedicated insurance-linked securities (ILS) fund manager, Nephila Capital, delivered higher revenues to parent Markel Corporation in 2020, thanks to expansion and growth of its managing general agent (MGA) platform and a return to growth in assets under management (AuM), which hit $9.6 billion. In reporting its read the full article →

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 →

Hannover Re’s “pivotal” retro program praised by AM Best

Global reinsurance firm Hannover Re had its ratings affirmed by AM Best yesterday and the agency cited the companies retrocession program as "pivotal" to its success. As we explained recently, Hannover Re has become a significant user of capital markets and insurance-linked securities (ILS) investor appetite for reinsurance related returns within read the full article →

CATCo successful in releasing another $8m of capital from side pockets

The CATCo Reinsurance Opportunities Fund Ltd., Markel CATCo Investment Management’s listed retrocession focused investment fund, has successfully secured another release of trapped capital which will be returned to its investors. The Markel CATCo managed retrocessional insurance-linked securities (ILS) fund has been successfully unlocking trapped capital that had been set aside for read the full article →

Hannover Re’s catastrophe retro program dominated by capital markets

Global reinsurance firm Hannover Re has the capital markets at the heart of its core catastrophe retrocession program, with investors supporting some 80% of its aggregate retro and 78% of its Cat XL coverage through K-Cessions. On the whole account side, the capital markets and insurance-linked securities (ILS) investors are a read the full article →

Markel’s ILS revenues fall on lower fee income at Nephila

Evidence of third-quarter 2020 catastrophe loss impacts and trapped capital are seen in Markel Corporation's third-quarter 2020 results, as the company reported reduced revenues from its insurance-linked securities (ILS) operations, primarily due to a decline in management fee income at Nephila Capital for the period. Nephila Capital, the largest dedicated insurance-linked read the full article →

Alissa Fredricks plans ILS manager launch, focused on next-generation retro

Alissa Fredricks, the former CEO of Markel CATCo’s Bermuda operation, is planning to launch a new insurance-linked securities (ILS) fund manager, which to begin will have a focus on developing next-generation retrocessional reinsurance products. Fredricks has been working on the initiative for some months now and is approaching the key stage read the full article →

Collateral held in trust for ILS transactions rises 11% for Hannover Re

Global reinsurance firm Hannover Re has been quietly expanding its activities in the insurance-linked securities (ILS) space for some time, as a key facilitators for collateralised transactions and acting as a front for certain ILS funds and investors. Every so often, more details emerge on the growth of this side of read the full article →

CATCo gets another $68.9m of trapped collateral back from side pockets

The winding down and running-off of Markel CATCo Investment Management’s retrocession focused investment fund, the CATCo Reinsurance Opportunities Fund Ltd., continues apace, with the manager securing another $68.9 million release from side pockets established for potential loss reserves. The Markel CATCo managed retrocessional insurance-linked securities (ILS) fund has been successfully retrieving read the full article →

CATCo retro fund releases another $25.6m of trapped capital for investors

Markel CATCo Investment Management’ in run-off retrocession focused investment fund, the CATCo Reinsurance Opportunities Fund Ltd., is to release a further $25.6 million of its trapped capital back to investors, as more positions in its side-pockets see positive reserve development. The news follows a $37.9 million return of trapped capital from read the full article →