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Target for Mexico’s FONDEN 2017 cat bond lifted to $360m
24 July 2017 @ 8:05 am
The target size of the recently launched IBRD / FONDEN 2017 multi-peril catastrophe bond, which will secure a source of reinsurance risk transfer for Mexico’s Fund for Natural Disasters (El Fond [...]
Best of Artemis, week ending 23rd July 2017
24 July 2017 @ 6:51 am
Here are the ten most popular news articles, week ending 23rd July 2017, covering catastrophe bonds, ILS, reinsurance capital and related risk transfer topics. To ensure you never miss a thing subscri [...]
Swiss Re pioneers parametric typhoon business interruption cover
21 July 2017 @ 3:38 pm
Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, the large primary commercial insurance arm of the global reinsurance player, has launched an innovative new parametric insurance product designed to protect Hong Kong bus [...]
ILS & cat bond growth strong but “one-dimensional” – Johansmeyer, PCS
21 July 2017 @ 2:50 pm
Despite catastrophe bond and insurance-linked securities (ILS) issuance breaking records in 2017, with H1 issuance reaching a staggering $9.761 billion, growth remains “one-dimensional” and enteri [...]
ILS market’s cyber opportunity needs risk modelling support: AIR’s Heimann
21 July 2017 @ 12:58 pm
The expanding insurance-linked securities (ILS) sector has an opportunity to participate in the cyber risk transfer space, but for true market development improved modelling and pricing metrics are re [...]
Hannover Re gains Lloyd’s investment business in Argenta acquisition
21 July 2017 @ 9:31 am
German reinsurance giant Hannover Re has gained an interesting new business arm with the completion of its acquisition of Lloyd’s of London focused player Argenta Holdings today, as it now takes [...]
New $8.3m private cat bond launched on Artex SAC platform
21 July 2017 @ 8:03 am
Another new private catastrophe bond, or cat bond lite, transaction has been completed, issued and listed in Bermuda using the Artex SAC Limited ILS Note Program II, in the form of $8.311 million of A [...]

London Market

Validus CEO rules out rival bid for Novae
24 July 2017 @ 9:39 am
Validus CEO Ed Noonan has ruled out making a rival bid for Lloyd's syndicate Novae, which announced a deal with Axis earlier this month. In an interview with The Insurance Insider to mark the 10t [...]
Hannover Re completes Argenta acquisition
24 July 2017 @ 9:39 am
Hannover Re today confirmed it has finalised its takeover of Argenta Holdings. Argenta Holdings owns Argenta Syndicate Management and Argenta Private Capital, along with a pro rata share in Syndicate [...]
Blue Marble teams up with conservation group in LatAm
24 July 2017 @ 9:39 am
Industry-backed microinsurer Blue Marble has teamed up with conservation group The Nature Conservancy to reduce the impact of climate change and increase coverage in Latin America. The collaboration w [...]
Arch joins Plug and Play InsurTech startup platform
24 July 2017 @ 9:39 am
Arch has extended its reach into the world of InsurTech by becoming a member of the Plug and Play platform devoted to startups targeting the sector. Through its Arch Insurance unit, the carrier yester [...]
Opinion: London calling
24 July 2017 @ 9:39 am
The UK's attempt to get a local hub for ILS business up and running has encountered a fair amount of classically glum British scepticism in the past couple of years. One often raised question was [...]
Beazley outlines European expansion plans
24 July 2017 @ 9:39 am
Beazley is hiring underwriters in Spain, France and Germany as it targets growth in continental cyber insurance. The new staff will be employed by an EU subsidiary headquartered in Dublin, as the Lond [...]
Beazley adds Asia FI head
24 July 2017 @ 9:39 am
London market carrier Beazley has hired Nicholas Tey as its new regional manager for financial lines business in Asia. He will be based in Singapore and will oversee the Beazley FI offerings in the re [...]