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Insurance-linked securities

Insurance-linked securities or ILS are single- or multiple-tranche securitisations facilitating the transfer of risk from the insurance sector to the capital markets. This transfer of risk usually references either catastrophe risk or life risk, though there have been securitisations of other insurance risk, such as motor. Catastrophe risk deals involve the transfer from one party to another of natural catastrophe risk, typically from non-life insurers or reinsurers via the capital markets to investors. It is facilitated by a variety of instruments, chief among them are catastrophe bonds or cat bonds; catastrophe risk obligations (CROs), which utilise collateralised debt obligation (CDO) technology to transfer risk to investors in multiple tranches; and industry loss warranty (ILW) based structures. Life risk transfer involves the transfer of longevity, mortality and pandemic risk from one party to another, typically from life insurers or life reinsurers via the capital markets to investors. Chief among the products used in this sector are life securitisations; life settlement securitisation; and longevity and mortality bonds.


  • Bright start for UK ILS

    The first UK ILS launched last month, coinciding with the introduction of the nation's new ILS regul...

    News Analysis    1 February 2018
  • SCI Start the Week - 29 January

    A look at the major activity in structured finance over the past seven days.

    Pipeline The balance of additions to the pipeline last week closely followed that of the week befor...

    News    29 January 2018
  • SCI Start the Week - 22 January

    A look at the major activity in structured finance over the past seven days.

    Pipeline Last week saw pipeline additions return to favouring ABS. There were seven ABS added, alon...

    News    22 January 2018
  • SCI Start the Week - 15 January

    A look at the major activity in structured finance over the past seven days.

    Pipeline Last week saw a ramping up of additions to the pipeline, led by ABS and RMBS. There were s...

    News    15 January 2018
  • SCI Start the Week - 8 January

    A look at the major activity in structured finance over the past seven days.

    Pipeline There were a few deals added to the pipeline in the first week of the year. These were fou...

    News    8 January 2018
  • 'Unique' French windstorm ILS placed

    Willis Towers Watson placed €90m of ILS for Covea Mutual Insurance Group last month in a "...

    News    3 January 2018
  • Job swaps round-up - 22 December

    CDS options clearing LCH's CDSClear has become the first platform to clear credit index options, w...

    Job Swaps    22 December 2017
  • Job swaps round-up - 8 December

    EMEA Clayton Euro Risk has announced that Tony Ward, ceo and president, and Simon Collingridge, cl...

    Job Swaps    8 December 2017
  • SCI Start the Week - 4 December

    A look at the major activity in structured finance over the past seven days.

    Pipeline The pipeline burst back into life last week as 10 ABS deals were added. There were also th...

    News    4 December 2017
  • SCI Start the Week - 27 November

    A look at the major activity in structured finance over the past seven days.

    PipelineAs might have been expected, there were very few additions to the pipeline last week. In fac...

    News    27 November 2017
  • SCI Start the Week - 20 November

    A look at the major activity in structured finance over the past seven days.

    Pipeline There were considerably fewer ABS added to the pipeline last week as additions became more...

    News    20 November 2017
  • Job swaps round-up - 17 November

    EMEA CSC has hired Jonathan Hanly as md to its Ireland office, Hinnerk Koch as md to its Luxembour...

    Job Swaps    17 November 2017
  • Mortgage ILS breaks new ground

    Arch Capital Group recently closed its first public rated mortgage ILS (SCI 18 October). Dubbed Bell...

    News Analysis    14 November 2017
  • Job swaps round-up - 10 November

    EMEA Ares Management has hired Rory McHugh as md. McHugh was previously md, head of alternative fi...

    Job Swaps    10 November 2017
  • SCI Start the Week - 6 November

    A look at the major activity in structured finance over the past seven days.

    Pipeline It was full steam ahead once more for the pipeline. There were 13 ABS, an ILS, three RMBS,...

    News    6 November 2017
  • ISPV approach published

    The UK PRA has published its final approach and expectations in relation to the authorisation and su...

    News    2 November 2017
  • Protection 'gap' targeted

    Plans to establish Singapore as an Asian insurance-linked securities hub were unveiled today at the...

    News    1 November 2017
  • SCI Start the Week - 30 October

    A look at the major activity in structured finance over the past seven days.

    Pipeline There were notably fewer pipeline additions last week. The final count consisted of an AB...

    News    30 October 2017
  • Job swaps round-up - 27 October

    Australia RMS has hired Pierre Wiart as md to its Sydney office, working on client relationships a...

    Job Swaps    27 October 2017
  • SCI Start the Week - 23 October

    A look at the major activity in structured finance over the past seven days.

    Pipeline Additions to the pipeline last week were once again heavily skewed towards ABS. There were...

    News    23 October 2017
  • Job swaps round-up - 20 October

    Australia Baker McKenzie has recruited Duncan McGrath as a partner in its corporate group in Sydne...

    Job Swaps    20 October 2017