Bermuda Stock Exchange (BSX) lists first Hong Kong cat bond

The Bermuda Stock Exchange (BSX) continues to be the listing venue of choice for the catastrophe bond market with a significant percentage of the outstanding market housed there and has even won the listing for the first cat bond to be issued out of Hong Kong.

The Bermuda Stock Exchange (BSX), under the strategic guidance of President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Wojciechowski, has positioned itself as the home for catastrophe bond and insurance-linked securities (ILS) listings, winning the vast majority of notes to be issued in the market that require a listing.

In 2020, the BSX listed 253 ILS securities, which was almost 100 more than the 155 listed in 2019.

That put the Exchange as home to almost 93% of the $46.4 billion of cat bond and ILS risk capital outstanding in our Deal Directory at the end of last year.

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Local investors took meaningful chunk of Greater Bay Re cat bond: Aon

The first catastrophe bond to be issued out of Hong Kong positions the emerging insurance-linked securities (ILS) domicile as a gateway to global institutional capital for China’s risk transfer and reinsurance needs, according to Aon Securities, who also highlighted that local investors participated in the transaction.

Aon Securities, the capital markets structuring and broker dealer entity of the global insurance and reinsurance broking group, worked on the recently completed $30 million Greater Bay Re Ltd. (Series 2021-1) catastrophe bond transaction.

The cat bond, the first of its kind to be domiciled in and issued out of Hong Kong, provides sponsoring Chinese non-life reinsurer China Property & Casualty Reinsurance Company Ltd. with $30 million of per-occurrence catastrophe reinsurance protection against losses from typhoons.

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Catastrophe bonds broaden China’s risk diversification channels: China Re

The issuance of the first catastrophe bond through Hong Kong has helped to open up a new channel for risk diversification for the domestic catastrophe insurance market, according to the sponsor of the Greater Bay Re Ltd. (Series 2021-1), China Re Group.

Last week we reported that China Re had successfully secured the issuance of a $30 million catastrophe bond covering Chinese typhoon risks for its subsidiary China Re P&C, when the anticipated Greater Bay Re transaction was completed.

It’s a landmark cat bond transaction, being the first to be issued out of a new domicile, Hong Kong, while also being the first to cover a new peril from China, in typhoon risk.

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First Hong Kong cat bond, Greater Bay Re gets China Re $30m of typhoon cover

The very first catastrophe bond to be issued out of Hong Kong has now been completed, with a $30 million Greater Bay Re Ltd. (Series 2021-1) cat bond coming to market on behalf of sponsoring reinsurer China Re.

The transaction actually completed in September, but has only come to light this morning as it was relatively privately marketed by Aon we understand, with only a handful of specialist cat bond funds or investors privy to the deal.

The Greater Bay Re Ltd. cat bond was issued as a zero-coupon deal and only provides its sponsor with a single year of retro reinsurance protection we understand.

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UNDP launches Insurance & Risk Finance Facility, ILS support anticipated

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has today launched the Insurance and Risk Finance Facility (IRFF), a new initiative that aims to build financial resilience and bridge a $1.4 trillion global health, mortality, and disaster protection gap, with support from the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market expected in future.

Importantly, this Insurance and Risk Finance Facility (IRFF) will work to channel risk to private insurance, reinsurance and capital markets over-time, and aims to significantly increase the role of insurance and risk-financing in development.

The German Government has contributed €35 million in funding to the Facility, which will be used for technical work and capacity building on the ground, as well as for the development of new insurance products.

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China regulator calls on insurers to sponsor cat bonds in Hong Kong

China’s insurance regulator has called on insurers in the country to look to sponsor catastrophe bonds in Hong Kong as a way to access diversified sources of reinsurance capacity and offload peak natural catastrophe risks.

The China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) said in a notice that domestic Chinese insurers sponsoring catastrophe bonds out of Hong Kong will be supporting its “closer” economic partnership agreement between the country and the Special Administrative Region.

As we’ve explained before, China’s government has been supportive of the development and introduction of catastrophe bond rules in Hong Kong and sees the special purpose reinsurance vehicles that can now be established there as a route for mainland Chinese insurers to access the capital markets for risk transfer and reinsurance purposes.

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China regulator calls on insurers to sponsor cat bonds in Hong Kong

China’s insurance regulator has called on insurers in the country to look to sponsor catastrophe bonds in Hong Kong as a way to access diversified sources of reinsurance capacity and offload peak natural catastrophe risks.

The China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) said in a notice that domestic Chinese insurers sponsoring catastrophe bonds out of Hong Kong will be supporting its “closer” economic partnership agreement between the country and the Special Administrative Region.

As we’ve explained before, China’s government has been supportive of the development and introduction of catastrophe bond rules in Hong Kong and sees the special purpose reinsurance vehicles that can now be established there as a route for mainland Chinese insurers to access the capital markets for risk transfer and reinsurance purposes.

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CEA’s risk transfer returns to $9.6bn. Short-term future needs less certain

The California Earthquake Authority (CEA) increased the size of its reinsurance and catastrophe bond risk transfer program by around 4.4% as of the end of July 2021, to reach almost $9.6 billion, but in the short-term future growth of the program seems less certain due to rising exposure and the cost of coverage.

That’s practically the same as the record size for the program, of also almost $9.6 billion of risk transfer that the CEA had in-force as of October 2020.

A relatively significant amount of catastrophe bond maturities shrank the CEA’s risk transfer and reinsurance program, back to $9.15 billion by December 2020, a figure it remained at through the end of last year.

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Weather disasters drive US $ 3.64 trillion in losses in 50 years: WMO data

The high costs of weather disasters around the globe is truly laid bare by the latest data from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which estimates that weather, climate and water related disasters drove some US$ 3.64 trillion in losses over the last 50 years.

The WMO’s latest Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes covers the period from 1970 to 2019, during which over 2 million lives were lost to these disasters.

That is from more than 11,000 reported disasters recorded, and during the period the research found that weather, climate and water hazards accounted for 50% of all disasters, 45% of all reported deaths and 74% of all reported economic losses, while more than 91% of these deaths occurred in developing countries.

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Insurance industry experts discuss Hong Kong’s role in supporting the country’s “dual cycle” strategy through captive insurance and reinsurance

The Insurance Regulatory Authority (Insurance Regulatory Authority) today (September 1, 2021) held a panel discussion at the “Belt and Road” Summit Forum 1 to discuss how Hong Kong can leverage on the advantages of its exclusive self-insurance base and reinsurance hub, and consolidate its position in the “October” Under the “Fourth Five-Year Plan”, it has a strategic position as a risk management center for mainland enterprises to “go global”.

Speakers of the forum came from mainland insurance companies, insurance consultants who specialize in providing services for mainland companies’ overseas project investment, senior executives from international reinsurance companies and mainland captive insurance companies. They all have rich experience in supporting mainland companies in managing overseas project risks through risk management services and insurance solutions. They have analyzed in depth how Hong Kong, which is located at the intersection of the domestic and international “dual cycle”, can support mainland companies to “go global” and borrow This fulfills the role of the mainland risk management center.

Mr. Lin Ruijiang, Executive Director (General Business) of the China Insurance Regulatory Commission, said: “Under the influence of current geopolitics, Hong Kong, as a special administrative region of China, has an increasingly important position in the international financial and insurance markets. Mainland companies set up captive insurance companies in Hong Kong. They have also become their main risk management solutions for actively managing risks in overseas projects. In the long run, these businesses will drive Hong Kong’s insurance ecosystem and strengthen our position as a global risk management center and regional insurance and reinsurance hub.”

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