R&Q inks transfer agreement with Phoenix-based insurance company

Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings (R&Q) | April 27, 2020

Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings (R&Q) has announced that it has entered into a loss portfolio transfer reinsurance contract and a transfer agreement with Repwest Insurance Company. Repwest is based in Phoenix, Ariz., and is a wholly owned subsidiary of AMERCO, the parent company of U-Haul.
The transaction assists Repwest in reaching its target of economic finality for its Assumed Re run-off business, which it underwrote from 1978 to 2003. Aon served as the reinsurance broker for the transaction, R&Q said.
“We are delighted to have completed this loss portfolio transfer with the mutual intention to undertake an insurance business transfer in Oklahoma, subject to appropriate approvals,” said Paul Corver, group head of M&A for R&Q. “This once again proves our capabilities to utilize our international team to provide full finality legacy solutions across the US and Europe. Our legacy pipeline across the group remains strong despite the current turmoil from COVID-19, and we look forward to closing more transactions in the coming months.”

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