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A.M. BestTV at VCIA: Captives Tap Reinsurers for Capital, Business and Data Support, Says Panel


In this A.M.BestTV episode from the annual Vermont Captive
Insurance Association (VCIA) conference in Burlington, VT, a panel of
captive insurance and reinsurance experts said captives, which are
typically smaller insurance organizations, look to reinsurers as much
for capital as for business expertise. Click on
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The panelists discussed how reinsurance partners could provide valuable
industry insight to a captive insurer.

"Captives really have a narrow perspective on the industry broadly, and
reinsurers are seeing a broader view of the industry, which is
critical," said Steve McElhiney, president, EWI Re.

Daniel Meyer, senior vice president, Guy Carpenter, focused on how
captive can use reinsurers to grow their businesses.

"Captives are strapped like most companies, so they have to learn how to
manage their resources," said Meyer. "Using reinsurance partners can
help captives manage their surplus, lines of business and data."

Also appearing in this episode:

  • Steve Bauman, head of global programs and captive practice, North
    America, XL Catlin;
  • Marc Paasch, global head of alternative risk transfer solutions,
    Willis Towers Watson; and
  • Salvatore Sama, head of U.S. professional lines, Swiss Reinsurance

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