Posts Tagged ‘Capital Markets’

February 26th, 2019

First Singapore Catastrophe Bond Sets Stage for ILS Expansion in Asia-Pacific

Posted at 8:15 PM ET

The first catastrophe bond has been issued out of Singapore. This highlights the potential of the insurance- linked securities (ILS) market in the region, and is aligned with the city-state’s efforts to establish itself as a global hub for Asian risk transfer. The bond is sponsored by Insurance Australia Group (IAG) as part of its 2019 catastrophe aggregate reinsurance cover and represents the first such transaction by the company.

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February 26th, 2019

GC Securities Acts as Sole Structurer and Placement Agent for First Cat Bond to Transfer Standalone Terrorism Risk to the ILS Market

Posted at 1:23 PM ET

GC Securities*, a division of MMC Securities LLC, a US registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC, today announced the placement of GBP 75,000,000 Series 2019 Principal At-Risk Variable Rate Notes issued through Baltic PCC Limited, a protected cell company domiciled in the United Kingdom, on behalf of Pool Re.

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February 19th, 2019

Sidecars: Capitalizing on Market Cycles to Improve Client Solutions

Posted at 1:00 AM ET


Geoffrey Sweitzer, Managing Director, GC Securities*

Following U.S. hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma in 2005 and the ensuing “hard” property catastrophe reinsurance market, reinsurers and investors increasingly started turning to sidecar insurance linked securities to access new and replacement capacity. Continue reading…

January 17th, 2019

Guy Carpenter Announces New Division and Senior Appointments Designed to Deliver Enhanced Client Value

Posted at 9:41 AM ET

Guy Carpenter today announced the formation of a new Global Capital Solutions Group and a series of new leadership appointments related to the Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc (JLT) acquisition. These appointments will become effective upon closing of the transaction between Guy Carpenter’s parent company, Marsh & McLennan Companies, and JLT, which remains subject to the receipt of certain antitrust and financial regulatory approvals. Continue reading…

December 18th, 2018

Ensuring Innovation Is More Than a Cliché

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

bentley_rob_150x150The numerous challenges the insurance industry faces mean that innovation is critical to tackling them. Rob Bentley, Chief Executive Officer of Guy Carpenter’s Global Strategic Advisory, describes how Guy Carpenter is helping its clients manage these challenges—especially the conundrum of InsurTech, in an interview that appeared in Intelligent Insurer magazine.

Rate pressure, lower investment income, emerging risks, evolving technologies, new capital sources and regulatory changes are creating an environment in which earnings and growth are impacted. How do companies find opportunity in such conditions?

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November 6th, 2018

Evolving Terror Threats - Innovation Needed to Meet Changing Demands

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

New modes of attack are causing a shift from large terrorist events aimed at property destruction to less sophisticated attacks causing mass casualties and fear. With global commerce, tourism and financial markets impacted, demand is growing for modeling, capacity and protection-gap solutions to increase resiliency against such attacks.

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October 29th, 2018

Closing the Gap: Insurance Penetration and Public Sector Risk Financing in Asia Pacific - GC@SIRC Commentary

Posted at 10:00 PM ET

michael-schwarz_resizedMichael Schwarz, Head of Public Sector, Asia Pacific


  • Our industry should be a critical contributor to increasing community resilience against volatility and shocks to their environments
  • Public-private risk-transfer partnerships offer a huge opportunity for the insurance industry to grow. However, one size does not fit all. In addition to technical expertise, specific knowledge and understanding of client needs are essential
  • Recent functional risk transfer mechanisms are using data, analytics and modeling to spur change in the landscape around flood, droughts and other perils

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October 25th, 2018

Maintaining Momentum - GC@BB Commentary

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

potter_des_photograph1 Des Potter, Managing Director, GC Securities*


  • Innovation key to London’s ILS success
  • Robust pipeline of new applications
  • Industry must work proactively with Prudential Regulatory Authority Continue reading…
October 24th, 2018

Accounting Changes Impacting the Reinsurance Landscape - GC@BB Commentary

Posted at 9:00 AM ET

achtert_blende11_s hettinger_cropped3lightfoot_david_300x300Frank Achtert, Head of Capital Optimization, EMEA; Tom Hettinger, Strategic Advisory Leader, U.S./Canada; David Lightfoot, Head of Global Strategic Advisory – Asia Pacific and Latin America


  • With IFRS 17, reinsurance for managing capital KPIs needs to be different in type/scale
  • Users of internal capital models must ensure flexibility of underlying simulation platform
  • Accounting for reinsurance contracts separate from underlying contracts

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