The year 1995 was another good one for the offshore insurance industry in Guernsey: the total of 37 registrations was a new record. Five companies surrendered their certificates, giving a net growth of 32, and bringing the number of insurers registered as at the end of December to 312 (300 captives and 12 offshore life companies).

Thirty-six of the new insurers were captives, the other being The South African Mutual Life Insurance Society (trading as Old Mutual Guernsey), a branch operation set up to transact life business from Guernsey.

The captive market has seen a year of expansion. As well as the additional business coming from the new companies registered during the year, many captives have been expanding their existing insurance programmes. There has also been a definite trend of geographical diversity, with keen interest being shown by continental European companies in captive and other insurance arrangements in Guernsey.

Notable additions during the last twelve months have been the London Transport captive as well as captives for both Alliance & Leicester and Chelsea Building Societies, both of which are writing mortgage indemnity insurance. More recently the Republic National Bank of New York has become the latest banking organisation to set up a captive in Guernsey. The Medical Defence Union Ltd, formed in 1865 and UK's largest medical legal assistance organisation, is experiencing escalating claims against its medical practitioner members and has reacted by forming a new Guernsey-based insurer, set up after an extensive feasibility study.

The rent-a-captive, as an alternative to establishing a separate insurance company, has continued to be an option of growing interest and the association captive route has also proved popular with several new association-type captives being established. This area looks set to expand still further in 1996. The States of Guernsey is to be asked at its February meeting to sanction new company law provisions governing so-called "protected cell companies" for use as rent-a-captives and the legislation should be in place by the Autumn.

Insurance company activity during 1995

Total as at 31 December 1994                                       280

New registrations during 1995:

  • A.A. Reinsurance Company (Guernsey) Limited
  • Alliance & Leicester Mortgage Insurance (Guernsey) Limited
  • Alredis Limited
  • Arjo Wiggins Appleton Insurance Limited
  • Bank's Brewery Insurance Limited
  • Belvoir Insurance Company Limited
  • Bridon Insurance Limited
  • CBS Insurance Limited
  • City & Provincial Insurance Limited
  • Collegiate Insurance Company Limited
  • Cowie Insurance Limited
  • East West United Insurance Limited
  • Employers Casualty Company (Guernsey) Limited
  • Environmental Insurance (Guernsey) Limited
  • European Reinsurance (Guernsey) Limited
  • Farringdon Insurance Company Limited
  • Furnival Insurance Company Limited
  • Inter-European Insurance Company Limited
  • Jancap Limited
  • JLP Insurance Limited
  • Johnson Fry Insurance Services (Guernsey) Limited
  • Korin Insurance Limited
  • London Transport Insurance (Guernsey) Limited
  • MDU Insurance Limited
  • NTL Insurance Limited
  • Norwich Union Insurance Company (Guernsey) Limited
  • SDH Insurance Company Limited
  • Serco Insurance Company Limited
  • Shield Insurance Company (Guernsey) Limited
  • South African Mutual Life Assurance Society
  • Southon Insurance Company Limited
  • SRH Reinsurance Company Limited
  • Tain Insurance Company Limited
  • Thame Insurance Company Limited
  • Watertight Insurance Limited
  • White Rock Insurance Company Limited
  • W.S. Atkins Insurance (Guernsey) Limited 37

Surrenders during 1995:

  • A.A. Reinsurance Company Limited
  • Alredis Limited
  • Hartstone
  • Monument Marine & General Reinsurance Company Limited
  • Morgan Grenfell Insurance (Guernsey) Limited (5)

Total at 31 December 1995                                         312

Notes for editors

As at 31 December 1995, the total of 312 offshore insurance companies registered broke down as follows:

Pure captives                259  (11 running off)
Broad captives                20  (2 running off)
Commercial captives           21

Total Captives               300

Offshore life (active)         5  (Generali Worldwide, Nordben, Old 
                                   International, South African Mutual
                                   Sun Alliance)
Offshore life (running off)    7  (Abtrust, Continental Life, Cornhill 
                                   Ins (Gsy), European Life (CI),
                                   Finistere, Prolific International,
                                   Premium Life)

The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances.

For further information contact Peter Crook, Director General, Tel:(01481) 712801,Fax:(01481) 712010 (International dialling: 44-1481.
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