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March 2015/1

  • Prudential Retirement has named Scott Kaplan as head of the pension risk transfer business team
  • Cooper Gay Swett & Crawford has hired William Ludington as executive vice president for carrier management and alternative markets
  • When the Gator Re cat bond almost triggered last year it surprised more than a few in the market
  • On 22 September 2014, the US Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) gave notice that they intend to issue new regulations that would limit certain tax benefits many US corporations claimed were available from transactions in which they "inverted" or were taken over by a non-US corporation
  • Swiss Re P&C cessions fall; Heritage prepares for renewal; Hannover Re cedes EUR133mn; Blue Capital returns 8.8%; Sandell Re joins MultiStrat; First Canadian longevity deal...  
  • Panellists at the Sifma IRLS 2015 conference in New York this month were relatively bullish on the outlook for new hedge fund reinsurance start-ups, as former Lancashire founder Richard Brindle launched fundraising for his new vehicle shortly after the event.
  • Top-line expansion for short-tail specialists slowed in 2014 as softening market conditions dampened growth opportunities, particularly in property cat.
  • Japanese mutual insurer Zenkyoren expects to obtain a 15 percent rate reduction on its massive catastrophe reinsurance programme at 1 April, as it is set to add a new 150bn yen ($1.24bn) top layer, sources told sister publication The Insurance Insider
  • ILS relative value waning; Evanston invests with Nephila; Investor rotation in listed ILS funds; Allied lifts Aeolus writings
  • Multi-strategy hedge funds using borrowing facilities have been helping to drive the growth in large cat bond transactions and influencing the tight pricing conditions, Blue Capital COO Dan Brookman said at the 2015 Sifma ILS conference.
  • The indemnity retro market is expected to supply about $12bn-$12.5bn of limit in 2015, which would be about $1bn higher than last year, market sources said
  • JLT targets corporate ILS opportunities; HCC plans weather growth
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