Premia hails ability to “quickly & quietly deliver” complex reinsurance transactions

Premia Holdings Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Bill O’Farrell has hailed the company’s ability to “quickly and quietly deliver” on complex reinsurance transactions, such as the loss development reinsurance agreement the company completed with AmTrust recently.

Premia Re was founded in January as a start-up Bermuda-based property & casualty insurance and reinsurance run-off group, with a $510 million initial capital raise and backing from Arch Capital and Kelso & Company.

Premia Re has clearly been working on the AmTrust transaction (which we covered last week here) for some time, given the scale of the deal, providing the insurer with a reinsurance agreement covering its first quarter 2017 and prior net reserves.

The terms of the deal see Premia Re assuming $625 million of net reserves, excess of approximately $5.96 billion, and also providing another $400 million of coverage in excess of AmTrust’s net carried reserves of around $6.59 billion as of March 31, 2017.Premia Holdings CEO Bill O’Farrell explained; “This significant transaction highlights our ability to quickly and quietly deliver tailored solutions to our clients for large and complex matters.

“We welcomed the opportunity to work with AmTrust on this important reinsurance agreement and look forward to a successful ongoing relationship with the Company.”

Run-off and legacy reinsurance deals take time to put into place and deals of this size can be particularly complex and time-consuming to complete. This is the first major deal announced by Premia Holdings and it will be interesting to see how quickly it can bring further transactions to fruition.

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