Reinsurance News


Lloyd’s gets £650m cover for Central Fund: Report

17th June 2021

The Lloyd's of London insurance and reinsurance market has taken out a £650 million cover from an investment bank and reinsurers to protect its Central Fund against significant loss events, according to a report from the FT. The Central Fund reinsurance, or perhaps retrocession, arrangement, will have a five-year term and ... Read the full article

PartnerRe launches retro & specialty reinsurance vehicle backed by Olympus

21st January 2021

Bermuda-based reinsurance company, PartnerRe Ltd., has established a new retrocession and specialty reinsurance vehicle called Laplace-C, which has secured an investment from Olympus Partners. The backing sees Stamford, Conn.-based private equity firm, Olympus Partners, look to take advantage of favourable reinsurance market conditions in both short-tail specialty and retro insurance markets. Founded ... Read the full article

January reinsurance renewals adequate. Capital blamed as momentum stalls

4th January 2021

The January 2021 reinsurance renewal season is largely concluded and while the overall perception from the market appears to be that pricing was adequate, it's clear that momentum stalled as the year drew to a close. We say largely concluded as there are some programs that remain unfilled, particularly in the ... Read the full article

Survey: 32% say Covid-19 to increase reinsurance & retro buying

31st March 2020

With already a few hundred responses collected from our new survey on the re/insurance market implications of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, it's clear the market is expecting that long-term the crisis will drive an appetite for greater protection. Our ... Read the full article

Pool Re completes record £2.4bn retro program

4th March 2020

UK government-backed terrorism reinsurer Pool Re has completed placement of a £2.4 billion retrocession program, its largest to date. Led by Munich Re, the £2.4 billion cover represents a £100 million expansion from its 2018 placement and includes £75 million provided by Pool Re’s terrorism catastrophe bond launched last year. The ... Read the full article

Peak Re renews, expands Lion Rock Re sidecar for 2020

7th January 2020

Hong Kong-based global reinsurer Peak Re has renewed and upsized Lion Rock Re, the first Asian sidecar. At $77 million, Lion Rock Re II saw investors exceed the $75 million raised by the sidecar’s first iteration in 2018. To effect the arrangement, Lion Rock Re II entered into an exclusive quota ... Read the full article

Non-marine retro renewals hit by ILS capacity squeeze: Willis Re

6th January 2020

Capacity constraints from the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market resulted in a challenging renewal for the non-marine retrocessional market, according to Willis Re, the reinsurance arm of global insurance brokerage Willis Towers Watson. Analysts noted that ILS capacity has been a driving force of retro capacity in recent years, but is now ... Read the full article

Retro pricing dynamics could disrupt market shares: Third Point Re execs

18th December 2019

Reinsurers that rely heavily on retrocession could be in danger of losing market share next year if prices continue to increase in response to the shortage of capacity, according to executives at Third Point Re. Speaking in an interview with Reinsurance News, David Govrin, President of Third Point Reinsurance (USA) Ltd., ... Read the full article

Flood Re tenders for new retro reinsurance broker

17th December 2019

Flood Re, the UK’s government-backed reinsurance scheme, has commenced the process of finding a new retrocessional reinsurance broker to support the company over the coming three to six years. Eligible brokers have been asked to submit an application by January 23, 2020, with the new contract set to begin on July ... Read the full article

Swiss Re and RenRe both launch new retro cat bonds

13th December 2019

Reinsurers Swiss Re and RenaissanceRe (RenRe) have both returned to the capital markets with new catastrophe bonds that aim to provide retrocessional protection from natural disasters. Artemis, the sister publication of Reinsurance News, was the first to report on these transactions, which could reflect a broader industry move towards alternative capital ... Read the full article

Heritage concerned about retro capacity at 2020 renewals: CEO Lucas

4th November 2019

The number one issue at the upcoming reinsurance renewals is likely to be a lack of capacity in the retrocessional market, according to Bruce Lucas, Chairman and CEO of property and casualty (P&C) insurance holding company, Heritage Insurance Holdings, Inc. Lucas’s comments came as part of Heritage’s third quarter earnings call, ... Read the full article

SCOR confident it can “recoup” on Dorian & Faxai losses

25th October 2019

SCOR executives have said they are confident that the reinsurer will be able to "recoup" on its losses in the Caribbean and Japan due to the relatively short payback periods in both regions. The company released its financial results for the third quarter of 2019 yesterday, which saw “heavy loss ... Read the full article

June 1 rates expected to be up 10% – 30% for loss-affected accounts: Analysts

3rd June 2019

Meetings with insurers and reinsurers in Bermuda points to an expectation of average mid-year reinsurance renewal price increases of 10% - 30% for loss-affected accounts, according to analysts at Morgan Stanley. After a prolonged period of falling rates, heavy catastrophe losses and a muted rate response, reinsurers were hopeful of a ... Read the full article

Investor losses drive retro pricing hikes amid flat 1/1 market: A.M. Best

11th February 2019

Large catastrophe losses and ongoing loss creep resulted in pricing hikes of up to 35% for the retrocession segment at the January 2019 renewals, as investors pushed for higher returns amid a predominantly flat rating environment, according to A.M. Best. Analysts said that property catastrophe retrocession was the brightest spot at ... Read the full article

Retro market disruptions may impact future renewals: Willis Re

7th January 2019

Disruptions and trapped collateral in the retrocession market may have an impact on first-tier reinsurance property catastrophe pricing levels over the upcoming 2019 renewals, according to broker Willis Re. The analysis came as part of the firm's latest 1st View report, which found that reinsurance rates at the 1 January ... Read the full article

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