Willis Group Holdings: Changing Reinsurance Market Conditions Favour Mutual Insurers, says Willis Re

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Willis Re, a subsidiary of Willis Group Holdings (NYSE: WSH), gives comment on how current market conditions favour mutual insurers.

Mutual insurers have found themselves in a prime position to capitalise on changes in the traditional reinsurance market, according to Willis Re, the reinsurance broking arm of Willis Group Holdings (NYSE: WSH).

The recent 1st View April 2013 Renewals Report released by Willis Re found that changing distribution models coupled with a flood of alternative capital has left many reinsurers concerned over both their existing portfolios and their access to future growth.

This provides mutual insurers with the perfect opportunity to strengthen their existing relationships with traditional reinsurers and to forge new ones.

Robin Swindell, Executive Vice President of Willis Re, commented: “Traditional reinsurers are very aware that while some larger commercial buyers are reducing their use of reinsurance in this phase of the reinsurance cycle, mutual buyers value long-term sustainable relationships throughout the entire cycle.

“This is the perfect time for mutuals to demonstrate that they are reinsurers’ preferred customers.”

Mutual insurers have a unique ownership structure where policyholders, not external shareholders, are the ultimate owners. This means they have less access to other forms of capital, and as a result, mutual insurers are often heavily reliant on reinsurance to provide them with additional capital to deal with catastrophes and large losses.

John Haydon, Executive Vice President of Willis Re, commented: “Mutual insurers are in business for their members for the long-term and should receive the recognition they deserve from reinsurers. Like mutuals themselves, reinsurers should never leave their loyal customers in the lurch.”

John Cavanagh, Chief Executive Officer of Willis Re, commented: “Seismic changes occurring in the traditional reinsurance market are clearly favourable for mutual insurers. Willis Re has always been a strong advocate of the long-term business models characterised by mutual insurers, and will continue to provide analytical and transactional support to our clients in this important market.”

Click here to access the full 1st View April Renewals Report.

About Willis Re
One of the world's leading reinsurance brokers, Willis Re is known for its world-class Analytics capabilities, which it combines with its Reinsurance expertise in a seamless, integrated offering that can help clients increase the value of their businesses. Willis Re serves the risk management and risk transfer needs of a diverse, global client base that includes all of the world's top insurance and reinsurance carriers as well as national catastrophe schemes in many countries around the world. The broker's global team of experts offers services and advice that can help clients make better reinsurance decisions and negotiate optimum terms. For more information, visit http://www.willisre.com.

About Willis
Willis Group Holdings plc is a leading global risk advisor, insurance and reinsurance broker. With roots dating to 1828, Willis operates today on every continent with more than 17,000 employees in over 400 offices. Willis offers its clients superior expertise, teamwork, innovation and market-leading products and professional services in risk management and transfer. Our experts rank among the world’s leading authorities on analytics, modelling and mitigation strategies at the intersection of global commerce and extreme events. Find more information at our website, http://www.willis.com, our leadership journal, Resilience, or our up-to-the-minute blog on breaking news, WillisWire. Across geographies, industries and specialisms, Willis provides its local and multinational clients with resilience for a risky world.


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