Archive (2022 September)

September 28th, 2022 - September 28th, 2022

September 28, 2022: IRUA’s All About Reinsurance Contracts Webinar*

Start Date/Time:
09/28/2022 12:30 PM
End Date/Time:
09/28/2022 1:30 PM
Location:
Via Zoom
New York, NY United States

 

ALL ABOUT REINSURANCE CONTRACTS*
SEPTEMBER 28, 2022 ♦ 12:30 – 1:30 pm (EST) ♦ Presented Via Zoom

This webinar will address the types of reinsurance contracts – pro-rata and excess of loss – and the various articles which play important roles in the application of contracts to the insurance and reinsurance business.

Presenters:
Mark Reynolds
Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Holborn Corporation

Nichole Morrison
Contract Advisor  and Vice President, Contracts
Holborn Corporation

Nichole Morrison is a Contract Advisor and Holborn’s Vice President of Contracts, where she drafts, edits and reviews the one tangible product her clients see – their reinsurance contract.  Previously, Nichole worked in the contracts departments of several other reinsurance intermediaries, including Guy Carpenter and TigerRisk Partners.  Her broad experience has given her insight and expertise in contract wordings, reinsurance structures, and emerging issues.  Nichole graduated from the University of Iowa and holds the ARe designation.

Mark Reynolds serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Holborn and heads its Legal and Contract Departments. He joined the firm in 2013 with 25 years of experience in claims, contracts and legal and regulatory issues as they relate to the insurance and reinsurance industries.

 Mark began his career with the U.S. General Services Administration in 1984, where he focused on lease contracts and property damage claims. He then served in roles of progressively greater responsibility with primary insurers Inapro/Cigna and Homestead Insurance, and reinsurers Met Re, American Re (Munich Re America) and AXA Corporate Solutions Reinsurance Company. Prior to joining Holborn, Mark worked for AXIS Reinsurance as its Vice President and Counsel.

Mark received his B.S. in Business Management/Marketing from the School of Management at Syracuse University, and his J.D. from New York Law School.

This session is part of our “Reinsurance Basic Syllabus Series” program, forming part of a “Reinsurance Basic Syllabus”.  This initiative brings a series of 12 topics together for those professionals who have recently joined the industry or who have just a few years of experience.  It is intended to be a “Reinsurance Primer Series” of basic topics and which will be offered on a rolling two-year cycle.  A Certificate will be issued to participants who complete 10 of the 12 topics.  

Registration Fees:
Members:
IRUA corporate & Individual members – $75
Members must log in to receive the discounted rate.
Non-Members – $95

Please Note: Before registering and if you are not sure if your company is an IRUA member, please see the “crawler” on our homepage that features all IRUA member companies.

Register
August 4th, 2022 - August 4th, 2022

August 4, 2022: Reinsurance Accounting for Underwriters & Brokers*

Start Date/Time:
08/04/2022 12:00 PM
End Date/Time:
08/04/2022 1:00 PM
Location:
Via Zoom
New York, NY United States

REINSURANCE ACCOUNTING FOR UNDERWRITERS & BROKERS*
Thursday, August 4, 2022 ♦ 12:00 – 1:00 pm (EST) ♦ Presented Via Zoom

U.S. Insurance and Reinsurance accounting is unique to the industry. We have as our presenters, two highly experienced Arch Re officers, based in Morristown, N.J., who will explain in detail the mechanics of insurance/reinsurance accounting including how Statutory Accounting Principles (SAP) varies from Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and why. See the differences between facultative and treaty accounting and how proportional and non-proportional business is accounted for.

Guest Speakers
Shaya Altschuller, CPA, ARe
Corporate Controller
Arch Reinsurance Company

Shaya Altschuller, CPA, has been Corporate Controller at Arch Reinsurance Company since 2014, previously serving as assistant controller since 2008. Mr. Altschuller is responsible for the financial reporting of GAAP and Statutory financial statements and manages Arch Reinsurance Company’s corporate reporting department. He has 21 years of industry experience, including serving as Assistant Vice President for three years at Arch Insurance. He has also served as an auditor specializing in insurance clients at both Deloitte & Touche and Ernst & Young from 2000-2005.

Mr. Altschuller received a B.S. in accounting from Yeshiva University and is affiliated to with the American Institute of CPAs and the New York State Society of CPAs.

Jeffrey Pantaliano
Assistant Controller – Reinsurance Accounting
Arch Reinsurance Company

Jeffrey Pantaliano has been in the insurance industry since 2006. He has been with Arch Reinsurance Company since 2012, primarily working with the Facultative division. He was previously a reinsurance accounting manager and has served as assistant controller since 2020. Prior to joining Arch, Mr. Pantaliano worked for Everest National Insurance Company as a billing and collection specialist.

He is a 2004 graduate from Roger Williams University. 

Registration Fees:
Members:
IRUA corporate member professionals – $75
IRUA Individual Members: (not associated with an IRUA member company)- $75
Non-IRUA members – $95

Please Note: Before registering and if you are not sure if your company is an IRUA member, please see the “crawler” on our homepage that features all IRUA member companies.

A NOTE WHEN REGISTERING:
Registration For Members: The non-member rate is set as the default rate. You must be logged in as being from an IRUA member company in order to receive the member rate.
First Time Registrants: If you are registering for an event for the first time and are from a member company, please email Maria Sclafani at –  mcs@irua.org  –  to be set up as a member so that you can log in and receive the member rate. Once logged in, the system will identify you as being from a member company and the non-member rate will automatically change to the member rate.

 

June 30th, 2022 - June 30th, 2022

June 30, 2022 IRUA Member Company Summer Interns Event

Start Date/Time:
06/30/2022 12:00 PM
End Date/Time:
06/30/2022 2:00 PM
Location:
Trans Re
1 Liberty Plaza
165 Broadway
New York, NY United States

CALLING ALL INTERNS AT IRUA MEMBER COMPANIES!!

Have summer interns?  The IRUA Scholars Committee is pleased to bring back this FREE  EVENT which will give your interns a first-hand look at the reinsurance business from active practitioners.

Thursday, June 30, 2022
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Attend Either in Person or Virtually

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE IN-PERSON CAPACITY IS FILLED SO NO NEW REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED   VIRTUAL REMAINS AVAILABLE 

Trans Re, located in downtown Manhattan, is hosting an IN-PERSON & Virtual event including LUNCH at their offices on June 30, 2022.  The event will start at 12 Noon (EST) and run until approximately 2:00 pm.   This event is also be offered VIRTUALLY via Microsoft Teams commencing at 12.30 p.m. after the lunch time portion of the meeting.

Danny Hojnowski, Vice President 0 US Casualty E&O Underwriting of Transatlantic Reinsurance Company will introduce the following professionals who will talk for 10-15min each about how they got into reinsurance, what they do, what they enjoy about their jobs, and why reinsurance is a great career opportunity.

  • Kate Tyler – Sompo International – Casualty/Specialty Underwriting
  • Jim Rizzo – Beazley – D&O Underwriting
  • Miguel Canals – TransRe – Cyber Reinsurance
  • Ed  Staryarsky – TransRe – Property Re (Modeling and Underwriting)

Plenty of time has been built into this informal program allocated for questions f as to allow for the most interactive discussion as possible.  Interns will come away informed and excited to become part of the industry.

*****  There is NO CHARGE for Either the In-Person & Lunch or Webinar Attendance  *****

REGISTRATION
Registration is Incredibly Easy! Simply send an email with attendees name,
email address and company they are interning at to:

Maria Sclafani, IRUA’s Executive Administrator at: mcs@irua.org  

 Note:  IN-PERSON Attendance is Limited to 45 people so don’t delay! REGISTER TODAY.

In-Person Attendance Location
Transamerica Reinsurance, 1 Liberty Plaza, 165 Broadway, New York

Virtual Attendance
  Connection details will be sent on Wednesday June 29
Registrations will be accepted up until 12 Noon EST on June 29.

VITAL ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
You will need to show your photo ID and PROOF of COVID-19
vaccination to be permitted to enter the building

NO VAX – NO BUILDING ENTRY

IRUA is, once again, grateful to Trans Re and, in particular, Danny Hojnowski for arranging and hosting this event in their “Excellent” NYC office! Thank you to Trans Re.

 

 

June 14th, 2022 - June 14th, 2022

June 14, 2022 IRUA Webinar: Cyber Underwriting Unmasked*

Start Date/Time:
06/14/2022 12:00 PM
End Date/Time:
06/14/2022 1:00 PM
Location:
Via Zoom
New York, NY United States

CYBER UNDERWRITING UNMASKED*
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 ♦ 12:00 – 1:00 pm (EST) ♦ Presented Via Zoom

Guest Speakers
Annamaria Landaverde
Cyber Practice Lead, Reinsurance Division
Munich Re US


Rachel Rossini
Product Manager- Cyber and Technology E&O-U.S.
AXA XL

This webinar will focus on the underwriting of cyber exposures.  Leading expert practitioners will explain the development of cyber exposure from how it is recognized today to its continuing evolution.  This is, and will continue to be, an extremely topical issue which has implications for multiple aspects of an enterprise.

This session is part of our “Reinsurance Basic Syllabus Series” program, forming part of a “Reinsurance Basic Syllabus”.  This initiative brings a series of 12 topics together for those professionals who have recently joined the industry or who have just a few years of experience.  It is intended to be a “Reinsurance Primer Series” of basic topics and which will be offered on a rolling two-year cycle.  A Certificate will be issued to participants who complete 10 of the 12 topics.  

Registration Fees:
Members:
IRUA corporate & Individual members – $75
Members must log in to receive the discounted rate.
Non-Members – $95

Please Note: Before registering and if you are not sure if your company is an IRUA member, please see the “crawler” on our homepage that features all IRUA member companies.

April 25th, 2022

Below is a Commentary Written By One of Our 2022 Conference Speakers

Start Date/Time:
11/30/-0001 12:00 AM
End Date/Time:
11/30/-0001 12:00 AM
Location:
Fort Lauderdale, FL United States

Assured Comment: Florida Homeowners’ Market Becoming Uninsurable?
Special legislative session called for the end of May; too late for reinsurers

We attended the Demotech/IRUA (Intermediaries & Reinsurance Underwriters Association) conference held in Florida last week.  Its kickoff coincided with the Governor’s call for the special session and many attendees were steeped in FL HO experience. Now, up to this point everything we’ve written can be considered ‘news’ and we try to leave the reporting of news to the journalists. Our purpose in penning this note is to share 1) The depth of this market disarray is among the worst we’ve seen covering this industry for many decades. About 20 years ago we had the privilege of sitting with the CEO of a prominent writer of Medical Malpractice who, days before announcing his company’s exit from the market, described it as being ‘uninsurable’. We heard similar commentary at this conference.  2) We suspect a real estate and political crisis in the state of FL commensurate with the aftermath of Hurricanes Andrew in 1992 and the active 2004/2005 hurricane seasons is at the doorstep of all FL HO stakeholders. If a substantial hurricane makes landfall in FL this season the problems could be worse, though we suppose the state could leverage its public finance mechanisms (e.g., a bond issuance or tapping the FHCF in creative ways) to make homeowner’s whole – it is an election year for the FL Governor, after all.

Participants at the conference suggested the most important fix from the upcoming session would be to amend/stop the state’s 1-way attorney fee statute. The only sure way to ensure progress, as we see it, is for reinsurers to exercise their rights to pull capacity from the state. The capacity shortfall, rating downgrades, and flood of business into Citizens that would follow could not be ignored or papered over with tweaks to the current property insurance statues fueling the runaway litigation (e.g., rules governing AOBs, the 1-way attorney fees, or the statute of limitations, among others).

We’re often asked what will stop social inflation. Our answer: Look to developments unfolding in Florida where citizens can increasingly and tangibly feel the adverse consequences of decisions to engage the services of contractors and lawyers promising to force their insurer to pay for a new roof; irrespective of whether the old one was legitimately damaged in a ‘sudden and accidental’ way.

Assured Research – May 2022

We are Extremely Thankful to Our 2022 Conference Sponsors

  FedNat/Century Risk    ♦    R+V Re  ♦   CaseGlide  Guy Carpenter    ♦    Guidewire
 
Odyssey Re      Renaissance Re   ♦   American Ag    ♦    Arch Re  ♦  Mapfre  ♦  Ryan Re
  State National    ♦  Merlinos   Ren Re  ♦  Trans Re  ♦  Stonybrook Capital  
FL Peninsula/Edison  ♦  Straight Line Global Munich Re Waterville Risk Partners

6.2022

IRUA Webinar -March, 22, 2022: Catastrophe Modeling for Underwriters & Brokers

Date/Time:
TBD
Location:
Via Zoom
New York, NY United States

CATASTROPHE MODELING FOR UNDERWRITERS & BROKERS*
Tuesday, March 22, 2022 ♦ 12:00 – 1:00 pm (EST) ♦ Presented Via Zoom


Presented By

SUSAN DENIKE, Guy Carpenter
 Managing Director, North America Catastrophe Advisory

and

SARAH MACIOROWSKI, Guy Carpenter
Assistant Vice President

CLICK  HERE TO REGISTER

Cat modeling is part of all broker’s or underwriter’s work but what does it all mean?  Your presenters will explain what the components, acronyms and key metrics mean and how data drives modeling results.  Hear about different models – including for emerging risks – their output, and how they can be interpreted and applied.  This webinar is suitable for all involved in both property and casualty cat products and lines, including casualty clash and workers compensation.

It is planned to cover the following aspects:

  • Why cat models exist and how they’ve evolved
  • Basic building blocks (Hazard, Vulnerabilities, Financial aspects)
  • What lines of business are typically modeled?
  • Secondary modifiers
  • Core perils traditionally relied on vs secondary / emerging perils – how do Sub-perils factor in? i.e. storm surge, fire following
  • Understanding model uncertainty – model miss, what is and is not intended to be in the “out of the box” results

Interpreting results:

  • Acronyms – AAL, OEP, AEP, PML
  • Loss perspectives  – GU, GR, RL, TR

How are results used?

  • Insurance / Reinsurance, pricing, buying decisions, regulatory responses, rating agencies, etc.
  • How do companies use catastrophe models to inform reinsurance transactions?

Ms. Denike is based in Morristown, N.J.  She is  a Managing Director in Guy Carpenter’s Global Strategic Advisory group and specializes in the analysis of catastrophic risk. She began her career with Guy Carpenter more than 30 years ago as a property facultative broker.  After nearly 10 years in that role, she  transitioned to Analytics working in an advisory role in the development of EQECAT’s catastrophe modeling software, at the time a joint venture between Guy Carpenter and EQE.  Since that time, she has focused on managing the deployment of analytics, modeling and placement support for large, complex global accounts across a wide array of classes of business.  Susan graduated from the University at Albany (SUNY) with a degree in Business Administration and subsequently obtained her CPCU designation. 

Ms. Maciorowski is based in Guy Carpenter’s Minneapolis office. She works with a wide spectrum of clients in the analytics department, specifically the catastrophe modeling section. As part of this department, Sarah works with small mutual companies to large, global E&S companies to clean, model, and interpret exceedance probability results using multiple commercial model vendors. Sarah also is a part of Guy Carpenter’s Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) team, where she creates customized maps for clients to better visualize their portfolio. Her GIS skills enable her to supplement traditional analytic responses to client questions with spatial solutions as well.  Sarah studied applied mathematics, business, and stochastics in Chicago’s South Side at the Illinois Institute of Technology where she graduated early. Sarah’s four years of catastrophe modeling experience coupled with her nearly three years of GIS experience fuels her to continue finding the best solutions for Guy Carpenter’s clients.

* The asterisk at the end of this session title denotes that this is another in our “Reinsurance Basic Syllabus Series” of programs, forming part of the “Reinsurance Basic Syllabus”.  This initiative is bringing a series of twelve topics geared towards those professionals who have only recently joined this great industry or who have just a few years of experience.  It is intended to be a “Reinsurance Primer Series” of basic topics and which will be offered on a rolling two-year cycle.  A Certificate will be issued to participants who complete 10 of the 12 topics.  

Registration Fees:
Members:
IRUA corporate member professionals – $75
IRUA Individual Members: (not associated with an IRUA member company)- $75
Non-IRUA members – $95

Please Note: Before registering and if you are not sure if your company is an IRUA member, please see the “crawler” on our homepage that features all IRUA member companies.

A NOTE WHEN REGISTERING:
Registration For Members: The non-member rate is set as the default rate. You must be logged in as a member in order to receive the member rate.
First Time Registrants: If you are registering for an event for the first time and are from a member company, please email Jerry Wallis: jwallis@irua.org or Maria Sclafani: mcs@irua.org to be set up as a member so that you can log in and receive the member rate. Once logged in, the system will identify you as being from a member company and the non-member rate will automatically change to the member rate.

 

February 17th, 2022 - February 17th, 2022

February 17, 2022: IRUA’s FREE Webinar: Demotech and a Florida Market Update

Start Date/Time:
02/17/2022 12:00 PM
End Date/Time:
02/17/2022 1:00 PM
Location:
New York, NY United States

IRUA’s FREE WEBINAR!

REGISTRATION: To register for this FREE webinar, just send an email to Jerry Wallis, IRUA Executive Director at jwallis@irua.org. Capacity is limited so register early.

DEMOTECH AND A FLORIDA MARKET UPDATE
February 17, 2022 ♦ 12:00 – 1:00 pm (EST) ♦ Presented Via Zoom

IRUA and Demotech, Inc. are jointly presenting the 2022 Conference at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort, Fort Lauderdale, Florida over April 25 – 27, 2022.

Demotech’s President, CEO and Co-Founder, Joe Petrelli, will be a featured speaker as well as a moderator of several sessions. This FREE Florida Market Update Webinar will demonstrate Demotech’s critical role in the coastal property insurance marketplace. This webinar will especially benefit IRUA members and attendees who may want a preview prior to the Conference.

Barry J. Koestler, II, CFA, Chief Ratings Officer, and Robert M. Warren, CPCU, CPA (Inactive), Client Services Manager will also represent Demotech.

Demotech is the second largest rating service in the United States based upon count of uniquely rated insurers. It was the first to review and rate independent, regional and specialty insurance companies commencing in 1989.  Their focus on business models, not size, has attracted several Insurtech companies. Demotech recognizes that a company’s business model and reinsurance program (quantity and quality reinsurance™), not its financial size, are essential to its financial stability.

Joseph Petrelli, ACAS, ASA, MAAA has been engaged in the Property & Casualty Insurance industry since 1969, attending the College of Insurance as a work study student, beginning his career at the predecessor to Insurance Services Office, and then holding positions at Agway Insurance Company, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, and as a consulting actuary prior to founding Demotech in 1985.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science from The College of Insurance (now within St. John’s University) and a Master in Business Administration from The Ohio State University.

This presentation will include a discussion of critical balance sheet metrics, thoughts on the characteristics of effective horizontal and vertical reinsurance programs as well as many of the qualitative items that are included in Demotech’s annual review process.

REGISTRATION: To register for this FREE webinar, just send an email to Jerry Wallis, IRUA Executive Director at jwallis@irua.org. Capacity is limited so register early.  

*****Connection information will be emailed to you on Wednesday February 16th, 2022 so please look for it then!*****

For Details of the Conference Agenda, Hotel Bookings, Sponsorship Opportunities and Conference Registration, please visit our website at: www.irua.org

 

January 26th, 2022 - January 26th, 2022

January 26, 2022 – A Wall Street View of the Insurance/Reinsurance Industry

Start Date/Time:
01/26/2022 12:00 PM
End Date/Time:
01/26/2022 1:00 PM
Location:
New York, NY United States

A WALL STREET VIEW OF THE INSURANCE/REINSURANCE INDUSTRY
January 26, 2022 ♦ 12:00 – 1:00 pm (EST) ♦ Presented Via Zoom

 

Presented By

SETH BAIR
Managing Director
Head of Insurance & Asset Management Investment Banking
Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, a Stifel Company

It’s the New Year so time again for this extremely popular session and IRUA’s first session for 2022.  Mr. Bair will be presenting KBW’s view on the Insurance/ Reinsurance industry.  Always insightful and timely, and following an extremely active 2021 both loss and M&A wise, not to mention the disruption and continuing uncertainty regarding COVID -19 and its variants.

We all look forward to hearing his analysis and views and the potential effects on, and prospects for, the publicly traded insurance and reinsurance market.

Seth Bair is a Managing Director and Head of Insurance and Asset Management Investment Banking of Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. Mr. Bair joined KBW in 1998 and in the last year was appointed sole Head of the firm’s U.S.-based insurance investment banking practice. He is responsible for M&A, public and private capital raisings, mutual conversions and other investment banking services for the insurance industry.

Previously, Mr. Bair was an Analyst in the financial services group of Alex, Brown & Sons, covering insurance companies, depositories and REITs. He received a BA in political economy from Williams College and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

See: https://kbw.com/about-us/our-team/investment-banking/seth-bair/

Registration Fees:
Members:
IRUA corporate member professionals – $75
IRUA Individual Members: (not associated with an IRUA member company)- $75
Non-IRUA members – $95

Please Note: Before registering and if you are not sure if your company is an IRUA member, please see the “crawler” on our homepage that features all IRUA member companies.

A NOTE WHEN REGISTERING:
Registration For Members: The non-member rate is set as the default rate. You must be logged in as a member in order to receive the member rate.
First Time Registrants: If you are registering for an event for the first time and are from a member company, please email Jerry Wallis: jwallis@irua.org or Maria Sclafani: mcs@irua.org to be set up as a member so that you can log in and receive the member rate. Once logged in, the system will identify you as being from a member company and the non-member rate will automatically change to the member rate.

 

December 31st, 2021

Please Click on the “News” Section for our 2022 Preliminary Events Schedule or CLICK HERE

Start Date/Time:
12/31/2021 3:57 PM
End Date/Time:
12/31/2021 3:57 PM
Location:
New York, NY United States

Our 2022 Calendar of Events is current underway.  Click Here to download a copy of the IRUA Preliminary Events Schedule and, check back often to be updated on event dates.

October 19th, 2021 - October 19th, 2021

October 19, 2021 – Actuarial Principles for the Non-Actuary

Start Date/Time:
10/19/2021 12:00 PM
End Date/Time:
10/19/2021 1:00 PM
Location:
Virtual via Zoom
New York, NY, NY United States

ACTUARIAL PRINCIPLES FOR THE NON-ACTUARY
October 19, 2021
♦ 12:00 – 1:00 pm Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Please join us  for IRUA’s latest webinar “Actuarial Principles for the Non-Actuary”.  This session is designed not only for the junior underwriter, broker and other (re)insurance professional, but also for the more experienced professional who is looking to increase their knowledge of basic and intermediate actuarial principles.  We will go through the rating process from start to finish and show attendees what trends to look for in the analysis to better price and underwrite your risks.

Be better prepared for discussions with your actuarial colleagues!  Looking forward to seeing you (remotely) there.

Our presenter, Michael Schummer, is a Casualty Underwriting Manager and hold the position of Senior Vice President & Casualty Treaty Team Leader at Munich Re in Princeton, N.J.

Mr. Schummer holds the professional designations of ACAS, MAAA and was born and raised in  Philadelphia. He graduated from Temple University’s Actuarial program in 1991.  He worked at several large national writers in an actuarial capacity, supporting pricing and operations in the field.  After a short stint in Northern California, he moved to American Re (now Munich Re) in Princeton, still in an Actuarial capacity.  Michael moved to underwriting in 2002 and currently has the role of Senior Vice President and a Casualty Team Lead in the Treaty area.

Registration Fees:
Members:
IRUA corporate member professionals – $75
IRUA Individual Members: (not associated with an IRUA member company)- $75
Non-IRUA members – $95

Please Note: Before registering and if you are not sure if your company is an IRUA member, please see the “crawler” on our homepage that features all IRUA member companies.

A NOTE WHEN REGISTERING:
Registration For Members: The non-member rate is set as the default rate. You must be logged in as a member in order to receive the member rate.

First Time Registrants: If you are registering for an event for the first time and are from a member company, please email Jerry Wallis: jwallis@irua.org or Maria Sclafani: mcs@irua.org to be set up as a member so that you can log in and receive the member rate. Once logged in, the system will identify you as being from a member company and the non-member rate will automatically change to the member rate.