29 May 2015ILS

UK unveils ILS working group

The UK Government has launched an insurance-linked securities (ILS) working group in a bid to attract more ILS business to the UK.

The group will investigate proposals to change the UK’s tax and regulatory regimes to make the UK more ILS friendly.

In March 2015, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, unveiled plans to change regulations to allow ILS to be domiciled in the country.

The Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers (ABIR) welcomed the plans with Bradley Kading, the president and executive director of ABIR, adding that Bermuda and London are both trusted competitors and partners.

The London Market Group (LMG) was asked to provide practitioner input to the group. Malcolm Newman, managing director of Scor UK and chairman of International Underwriting Association (IUA), is the LMG sponsor.

The group has only met once, so it’s too early to set any deadlines. A key determinant of the deadlines will be whether or not any identified work requires changes to primary legislation in the UK.

Barry Le Page, LMG secretariat, said: “We are interested in this work because London, as the centre of excellence for global specialty re/insurance business, should lead the world in terms of innovation of new products.

“ILS is very much at the innovative end of our industry and we are keen to ensure that the expertise that drives this is part of the London Market cluster. It builds on some of the findings in LMG’s report London Matters – the competitive position of the London Insurance Market which we published in November.”