Following the success of its inaugural ILS Insight in Zurich
last year, Guernsey Finance is hosting a follow up event on
Wednesday 18 March at the British Museum in London.
The event, 'ILS Insight London', will include two panel
sessions featuring Insurance Linked Securities (ILS) experts from
Guernsey, the UK and mainland Europe.
An introduction will be provided by Dominic Wheatley, Chief
Executive of Guernsey Finance - the promotional agency for the
Island's finance industry.
"Having only taken over as Chief Executive of Guernsey
Finance at the start of December, I was in a position to attend the
first ILS event in Zurich as a delegate and therefore gained a
terrific insight into how the masterclass was received from an
audience perspective," said Mr Wheatley.
"As a thought leadership event the Zurich Masterclass
provided a valuable understanding of the ILS asset class, as well
as answering some of the key issues facing this growing area. Our
London event, which has attracted some of the industry's
leading players to appear as panellists, will look to build on this
informative and engaging approach."
The first panel session will focus on structural innovation,
with a particular focus on the effects of cross-border regulations
and structuring opportunities. Moderated by Kate Storey of Appleby,
the panel will consist of Christopher Bell of GBF Legal; Mark
Helyar of Bedell Cristin; Nick Bugler of Wilkie Farr &
Gallagher LLP; and Caroline Bradley from the Guernsey Financial
The second panel session will look specifically at Guernsey as
an ILS jurisdiction and concentrate on the continued growth of
collateralised reinsurance, longevity risk and the use of cat
bonds. Moderated by Clive James of Kane, the panel will consist of
Justin Wallen of Robus; Stewart McLaughlin of Willis; John Rowson
of Aon; Matt Wilmington of Aon Hewitt; and David Reeves of
Mr Wheatley said: "Guernsey's track record in both the
investment funds and insurance sectors has enabled the Island to
become a specialist centre for ILS. Our hybrid proposition allows
us to provide Protected Cell Companies and Incorporated Cell
Companies for reinsurance vehicles as well as a number of flexible
fund structures to facilitate investment in ILS. These factors,
combined with our close proximity to London and respected
regulatory framework, underpin our position as a leading ILS
"By hosting this event, we are looking to share our
knowledge and explain why the ILS sector continues to grow and
evolve from what was regarded as a niche market to one that is a
recognised, independent asset class."
Latest figures show that the Guernsey regulator licensed 85 new
international insurance entities during 2014, meaning there was a
total of 797 international insurance entities domiciled in the
Island at the end of 2014. Further data shows that ILS was
responsible for 45% of the new business last year. 'ILS Insight
London', which is free to attend, takes place from 4pm and is
followed by a drinks reception at 6pm.
The event is supported by news and analysis specialist
Artemis.bm. Event sponsors are Appleby, Bedell Cristin, Kane and
Robus. The event is intended to appeal to those involved with the
insurance and reinsurance sectors, investment banks, alternative
investment funds and regulation.
For further information or to book a delegate place please
contact Jennifer Baudains by email firstname.lastname@example.org
or telephone +44 (0) 1481 720071.
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