Validus launches AlphaCat Re 2012, Ltd. sidecar

Validus Holdings Ltd. are the second Bermuda based reinsurance group to announce the launch of a new sidecar vehicle for the 2012 hurricane season, see our earlier article on RenaissanceRe's launch of Timicuan Re III here. Validus have announced the formation and launch of the latest in their AlphaCat sidecar read the full article →

Lancashire expands Accordion Re sidecar

Lancashire Holdings, the Bermuda and UK based provider of specialty insurance products, has announced that they have secured additional capital allowing them to expand their Accordion Re fully collateralised sidecar reinsurance facility. The Accordion Re sidecar was launched last May and focuses on property catastrophe retrocession. It acts as a read the full article →

Hannover Re taps capital market investors for retrocession capacity

German reinsurer Hannover Re have again utilised the capital markets for their retrocession renewal through their proportional retrocession programme which they call K Cession. Previously called K6, Hannover Re have been bringing retrocessional risks to capital markets investors since as far back as 1995.The retro renewal process has not been read the full article →

CATCo updates on loss development and side pocket reserving

CATCo Investment Management have published an update to the stock market and their investors regarding the development of loss estimates from some of the major catastrophes experienced around the world in 2011 and how that will impact the returns they will be making to investors. Loss estimates associated with the read the full article →

CATCo’s latest fundraising takes it to roughly $1 billion assets under management

CATCo's latest fundraising takes it to roughly $1 billion assets under management CATCo Investment Management have announced today that they have grown their CATCo Reinsurance Opportunities Fund Ltd. to $338m after another round of fundraising. CATCo have received new commitments from institutional investors of $125m and are issuing new C read the full article →

CATCo considers releasing capital to side pocket investment

CATCo Investment Management have released an announcement which discusses the potential exposure that some shareholders in their CATCo Reinsurance Opportunities Fund Ltd. may have due to increasing loss estimates from the earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand. They say that the portfolio has potential exposure to the NZ quakes in their read the full article →

CATCo foresees rising rates, considers fund raising options

CATCo Investment Management have announced that their board are considering fund-raising options to capitalise on a reinsurance and retrocessional environment which they predict will see rising premium rates and a possible squeeze on available capacity. By growing their fund and taking advantage of high reinsurance premium rates, CATCo say that read the full article →

CATCo returns jump on U.S. wind seasonality

CATCo Investment Management have published their latest monthly insight for the CATCo Reinsurance Opportunities Fund. The report shows that as the risk period for US wind seasonality expires, significant returns can be generated from their portfolio, such as those demonstrated in August. We spoke with CATCo to better understand this.As read the full article →

Insurance-linked security and retrocessional reinsurance funds report minimal or no impact from hurricane Irene

We've spoken with a number of fund managers in the last two days to gauge their opinions as to their funds exposure to losses due to the impact of hurricane Irene. Irene, was the first hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season and struck the U.S. coast at North Carolina read the full article →

Alterra’s New Point IV sidecar raises over $200m

Back in April Alterra Capital, the global insurance and reinsurance group, announced that they were forming a new collateralized reinsurance sidecar vehicle aiming to create additional capacity for the property catastrophe retrocessional market at a time when they could profit from market conditions. Now the capital raising is complete and read the full article →