International Re launches insurance and reinsurance solution for mid-sized captives

International Re | July 17, 2019

International Re (I-RE), a specialist captive insurance and reinsurance MGA, has announced the launch of I-RE SA, a mid-sized captive insurance and reinsurance solution. The MGA will be led by co-founders and co-CEOs Rupert Taylor and Andy Jeckells. I-RE offers mid-sized captives access to A+-rated capacity, allowing them to participate in the risk and reward of their commercial insurance, the company said. Until now, that option had only been available to larger captives. Offering captives the ability to participate in their own reinsurance and retain up to 50% of their premium spend will encourage many mid-sized businesses to set up new captive vehicles, I-RE said. I-RE is a Lloyd’s coverholder and currently underwrites 18 lines of business for insureds other than captives. Its focus will initially be on US business, but the company said that it sees significant opportunities to expand geographically. I-RE has already completed a number of transactions in the US.

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Without customer-focused initiatives to improve operations in 2013, some insurers may not have a place in the 2014 market, either on Main Street or on the Internet. A market moving toward self-service has brought traditional insurers to a juncture where they must determine where to position their technological investments. Will they be focusing on either agent- or Internet-initiated customer interactions, or both? With the right technology, an insurer does not necessarily have to choose between building person-to-person.

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