Butsaya /
18 June 2014ILS

Aon’s CATstream expedites cat bond coverage

Aon Benfield Securities has announced the launch of CATstream – a new client facility that offers cedants faster and more efficient access to capital markets capacity for catastrophe risk.

Featuring template documentation and pre-agreed wordings, Aon Benfield Securities claims CATstream enables catastrophe bonds to be established in less than half the time of the typical non-standardized products. With faster access to capital markets capacity, cedants can take advantage of additional risk transfer capacity in note form.

CATstream currently allows for the domiciliation of special purpose insurers (SPIs) – the vehicles utilized in the structuring of catastrophe bonds – in Bermuda and Ireland.

The streamlined documents developed for CATstream have been reviewed and approved by the associated service providers and regulators, in order that transactions can be brought to market more quickly and with lower frictional costs.

CATstream can be used to structure transactions with index and indemnity trigger structures that relate to a broad range of perils and territories, allowing clients to enjoy capacity diversification, multi-year capacity and multi-year known pricing.

Paul Schultz, CEO of Aon Benfield Securities, says: "We are launching CATstream at a time when the insurance-linked securities market is showing continued strength; where sponsor and investor demand for ILS products is at an all-time high. We believe that this facility can only promote the growth of the market, by enabling sponsors to secure capital markets coverage within a short timeframe for the structuring of products in strong and proven domiciles at lower frictional costs."