ACCELERANT | August 25, 2022
Accelerant, the insurtech platform empowering underwriters with superior risk exchange, advanced data analytics, and long-term capacity commitments, today announced a new $175 million sidecar vehicle, Flywheel Re. Flywheel will provide multi-year risk capital to Accelerant and its cadre of underwriting-led specialist Members.
“We’re thrilled to launch Flywheel and put it to work on behalf of our Members, This is a natural extension of the work we’ve been doing to support specialist underwriters with additional capacity. But it also marks a major milestone in our journey as a company, and for the insurance industry at large. We are now expanding our focus and diversifying sources of capital alongside the traditional reinsurance market by bringing our portfolio of low-volatility commercial SME risks to institutional investors in an innovative structure that efficiently supports our Members’ growth.”
-Jeff Radke, CEO and co-founder of Accelerant
Accelerant was founded in 2018 to rebuild the way that underwriters share and exchange risk. Accelerant works with its underwriting-led Members to drive market-leading profitable growth in niche specialties. Flywheel’s long-term structure is starkly different from typical historical catastrophe-focused sidecars, an approach that continues to distinguish Accelerant as an innovator in driving better outcomes across the insurance industry.
Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC served as exclusive placement agent to Accelerant and Sidley Austin LLP acted as legal counsel.
Accelerant is a data-driven, technology-fueled insurtech that empowers underwriters with superior risk exchange, advanced data analytics, and long-term capacity commitments. Our full-service risk exchange supports our carefully selected, best-in-class network of underwriting teams. We leverage granular information on each policy to deliver unprecedented insight into insurance pools, and our specialty portfolio is fully diversified with very low catastrophe, aggregation, or systemic risk. We’re proud to have been awarded an AM Best A- (Excellent) rating.
Chubb | July 04, 2022
The personal accident, supplemental health, and life insurance businesses of Cigna (NYSE: CI) in six Asia-Pacific markets are housed in the life and non-life insurance firms that Chubb Limited (NYSE: CB) has completed its acquisition of. The businesses, which include Cigna's accident and health (A&H) and life business in Korea, Taiwan, New Zealand, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Indonesia, were purchased by Chubb for $5.36 billion. The final acquisition price was less than the first announcement, which takes into account several small modifications as well as the effects of rising interest rates and currency exchange rates on the acquired book value.
By increasing its presence in the Asia-Pacific region, a long-term development area for the company, this complementing strategic purchase helps Chubb. With the addition of Cigna's business, Chubb's global portfolio in the Asia-Pacific region will increase from $4 billion to about $7 billion in premiums, or about 18% of the company's total premiums, with roughly 95 percent of the acquired business going to its life insurance segment and the remaining going to its overseas general insurance segment. The company's global A&H writings will grow to a premium amount of around $6 billion, up from $3.7 billion, and its life insurance section will grow to a $5.4 billion enterprise.
"Cigna's business, which is approximately 80% A&H, adds significantly to our business in Asia. The Asia-Pacific region offers great potential for long-term growth and wealth creation. The Cigna businesses have favorable underwriting margins, produce high-quality earnings, and are not exposed to the P&C cycle. Chubb is so well positioned to capitalize on market and product opportunities, including the cross-selling of Chubb's non-life products to life customers, with a strong brand, technology, and complementary direct marketing skills and partnerships. At the same time, I am also pleased to welcome nearly 3,000 new colleagues to Chubb. Together, the leadership and talented professionals of Chubb and Cigna will enable us to provide greater value to our customers, distribution partners, and shareholders."
-Evan G. Greenberg, Chairman and CEO of Chubb.
Risk Strategies | September 16, 2022
Risk Strategies, a leading national specialty insurance brokerage and risk management firm, today announced it has acquired Beattie & Associates, a retail agency in Missouri specializing in employee benefits for both individuals and employers. Terms of the deal were not announced.
Headquartered in the St. Louis suburb of Chesterfield, Missouri, Beattie & Associates is led by its principal, Tom Beattie. For more than 30 years, the agency has focused on helping both individuals and businesses across a range of industries, create effective and affordable employee benefits coverages that meet their specific needs.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Tom and his team at Beattie & Associates to the Risk Strategies family, Their approach to both team and client work is a great fit with our culture and we’re excited to have them aboard as we expand our capabilities regionally.”
-John Greenbaum, national employee benefits practice leader at Risk Strategies
Beattie offers business clients a full range of employee benefit coverages, including group health, disability, life, dental, and vision, as well as associated support services. Beattie’s client base is highly loyal and largely concentrated in the Midwest Region.
Wanting to preserve our specialty focus and expand our capabilities without losing our high-touch approach to client services made becoming part of Risk Strategies the absolute right choice, I’m excited by the possibilities to further extend our relationships and offerings, including property and casualty, to new and existing clients,said Beattie.
In addition to its base in the St. Louis region, Beattie has presence across Big Sky and Bozeman, Montana, as well as Chicago. The Montana presence represents an expansion for Risk Strategies. Beattie’s Chicago presence will complement existing, long-standing Risk Strategies operations.
About Risk Strategies
Risk Strategies is a specialty national insurance brokerage and risk management firm offering comprehensive risk management advice and insurance and reinsurance placement for property & casualty, employee benefits, and private client services risks. With more than 30 specialty practices, Risk Strategies serves commercial companies, nonprofits, public entities, and individuals, and has access to all major insurance markets. Ranked among the top brokers in the country, Risk Strategies has over 100 offices including Boston, New York City, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Grand Cayman, Miami, Atlanta, Dallas, Nashville, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.