Willis Capital Markets & Advisory Acts as Sole Bookrunner for $75 Million “Queen Street VII Re” Cat Bond Transaction

Deal is Sole Structured by Munich Re, the World’s Largest Reinsurer

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London, UK (PRWEB) November 02, 2012

Willis Capital Markets & Advisory (WCMA), the insurance industry investment banking arm of Willis Group Holdings (NYSE:WSH), has acted as sole bookrunner on a $75 million ‘Queen Street VII Re’ catastrophe bond transaction which was co-placed by Munich Re Capital Markets and sole structured by Munich Re, the world’s largest reinsurer.

The transaction, which closed Wednesday and expires in April 2016, provides Munich Re with $75 million of multi-year, fully collateralized protection against U.S. hurricane and European wind exposures. The structure features a county and line of business weighted PCS trigger and CRESTA-weighted PERILS trigger on a per occurrence basis.

The catastrophe bond market has been active throughout 2012 and the current market outlook remains very encouraging. Total non-life issuance to date in 2012 exceeds $4 billion and this year is expected to see the greatest new issuance volume since 2007. Risk spreads have tightened significantly in recent months as a result of investor appetite and capacity, as well as a perceived softening in reinsurance rates. This may be an ideal time for existing and potential cat bond sponsors to consider whether to access this market with a new issuance.

Tony Ursano, CEO, WCMA, said: “We are delighted to have acted as Sole Bookrunner for Munich Re’s successful Queen Street VII issuance. This transaction further demonstrates the strong investor demand at present for risk in catastrophe bond form. WCMA remains ready and able to structure and execute catastrophe bond transactions for our clients.”

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