Markel Corporation has successfully completed its previously-announced its acquisition of Nephila Holdings Limited, the largest manager of catastrophe and weather insurance and reinsurance linked investment funds in the world.
Nephila manages $12.2 billion of assets under management (AuM) for a geographically diverse investor base of more than 300 investors.
The combination of Nephila and the specialty insurance and reinsurance platforms and operations of Markel, is expected to result in a powerful entity that will drive long-term growth and bring value to the companies’ investors.
“With a proven 20-year track record of success, Frank Majors and Greg Hagood have built the industry’s pre-eminent and longest-tenured insurance-linked securities manager,” Richie Whitt, Markel’s Co-Chief Executive Officer, commented.
“The addition of Nephila to Markel’s insurance, reinsurance, insurtech, fronting, and existing insurance-linked securities capabilities will enhance and strengthen the breadth and depth of Markel’s offerings to policyholders, producers, and investors. We welcome Nephila to the Markel family and fully expect their track record of success to continue.”
Nephila will continue to operate as a separate business unit. The management team, led by Greg Hagood and Frank Majors, will remain in place and will continue to be based in Bermuda, San Francisco, Nashville and London.
“Markel shares our strategic vision for the future of the insurance markets, and we are excited to join Markel, a company with a similar culture, strategic outlook, and long-term focus,” said Frank Majors, Nephila’s Co-Chief Executive Officer.
“We are looking forward to working with the Markel team and are excited by the possibilities from our combined strengths.”
Greg Hagood, Nephila’s Co-Chief Executive Officer, added, “As we combine the investment independence of a 20-year, stand-alone insurance-linked securities manager with the additional resources of a well-respected and strongly rated insurer like Markel, we believe this partnership will provide meaningful benefits to our investor base now and in the future.”