16 September 2019ILS

AkinovA donates ILS assets to ACORD, the insurance standards setter

AkinovA, the electronic marketplace for the transfer and trading of re/insurance risk, has donated ILS assets to ACORD, the global standards-setting body for the insurance industry.

The ILS assets will be available to ACORD members as part of the ACORD Data Standards and Architecture, and include data definitions and collection mechanisms related to cyber and catastrophe risk transfer for the re/insurance marketplace.

AkinovA has also handed over regulator-approved sample contracts and policies which will be used to guide the development of ACORD's Global Reinsurance and Large Commercial Standards, including a modularised contract structure and easily accessible summary of all key price-relevant variables.

AkinovA developed these assets as part of its efforts to grow the overall size of the re/insurance market and create an effective secondary market for the re-trading of re/insurance risks. They bring together third-party news, data and analytics from its users and partners.

AkinovA expects this library of standard protection instruments to grow to other lines of business across the ILS market and beyond, said Henri Winand, co-founder and CEO at AkinovA.

"While the industry will always have a need to support bespoke contracts, we can also encourage the use of standard protection instruments by making them more accessible and cost-efficient,” he explained.

ACORD Standards are widely used for data exchange throughout the global insurance industry, with one third of the world's premiums written by ACORD members. ACORD messages are exchanged daily between insurers, reinsurers, brokers, agents, and others in more than 100 countries.

Bill Pieroni, president and CEO at ACORD, praised AkinovA’s efforts in creating a secondary market to trade risk and to handle more dynamic emerging lines, such as cyber- and climate-related risk.

"In the global insurance ecosystem, standardised data exchange is, and will continue to be, a key enabler of material growth across all lines of business," Pieroni said.