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Markel hires president for retrocessional ILS fund, Lodgepine


Markel has hired Brenton Slade as president of Lodgepine Capital Management, its retrocessional ILS fund, based in Bermuda. 

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. 

Markel launches retrocessional ILS fund and reinsurance company


Markel is launching a retrocessional insurance linked securities (ILS) fund manager in Bermuda, Longpine Capital Managament, as well as a reinsurance company called Lodgepine Re. 

Life reinsurance is flourishing in Bermuda, says PwC


Two key themes in the Bermuda market at present are a burgeoning life reinsurance market and an expected upward trajectory for insurance-linked securities (ILS), Arthur Wightman, PwC’s territory leader for PwC Bermuda, told Monte Carlo Today.

Schroders ILS CEO Lohmann mulls new $500m reinsurer as ILS appetite evolves


Industry veteran Dirk Lohmann, who now heads the insurance-linked securities (ILS) business of global asset management group Schroders, is exploring the possibility of launching a new reinsurer on Bermuda with a minimum of $500 million in capital.

BSX CEO bullish on growth of ILS and Bermuda’s place at the top


Greg Wojciechowski, chief executive of the Bermuda Stock Exchange, is bullish about the state of the ILS market in 2019—and believes Bermuda remains the natural location for this asset class to continue to evolve and develop.

Bermuda: weathering all storms in an improving market


The market is moving in the right direction on rates but the landscape is becoming increasingly complex. Whatever the shape of the future Bermuda remains well positioned as a global risk hub, said panellists at the annual Bermuda:Re+ILS Monte Carlo Roundtable, in association with Markel Re.

Horseshoe looks to rowing for inspiration in its rebrand


Horseshoe, the ILS service provider, has unveiled its new brand, inspired by rowing. 

Catastrophes since 2017 drive spike in ILS impairments


Following the hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, typhoons and winter storm events of 2017, 2018 and 2019, the market endured anticipated impairments of 25 notes, according to an Aon Securities annual report on the insurance-linked securities (ILS) sector. 

ILS markets shrinks in Q2: Willis Re report


The insurance-linked securities (ILS) market decreased in size in the second quarter of 2019 partly because loss creep from prior year catastrophe events has dented investor confidence.

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