ILS transaction offers multi-year protection against Japan typhoon; doubled in size after high investor interest
Peak Re has announced the closing of the issuance of a $150 million 144A catastrophe bond via Black Kite Re Limited, a newly established special purpose insurer in Hong Kong.
The transaction provides the company with a multi-year protection against typhoon risk in Japan.
“We are extremely proud to sponsor and complete the first ever 144A cat bond issued by a Hong Kong special purpose insurer. We are pleased to see that the transaction was able to attract significant investor interest, allowing for a 100% upsize from the initial announced transaction size,” said Franz Josef Hahn, CEO of Peak Re.
“Through continued partnership with global insurance-linked securities investors, Peak Re can play an important role in developing the ILS market and building resilience in Asia and beyond.”
“ILS has become an integral part of our retrocession strategy and has provided meaningful capacity to support the Company’s strong business growth,” added Sascha Bruns, director, head of Global Retrocession of Peak Re.
“The successful transaction demonstrates Peak Re’s ability to structure products that are both attractive to the capital markets and serving us well as a risk management tool.”
Black Kite Re is incorporated in Hong Kong and is authorised by the Insurance Authority of Hong Kong to carry on special purpose business in or from Hong Kong.
In addition to being the largest and the first 144A catastrophe bond issued from Hong Kong, the transaction is also expected to be the first to utilise the Pilot Insurance-linked Securities Grant Scheme introduced by the Government of Hong Kong last year.
GC Securities acted as the structuring agent and bookrunner. Mercer Investments (HK) Limited acted as advisor and as co-manager with respect to qualified Hong Kong investors. Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft acted as international counsel and King & Wood Mallesons acted as Hong Kong counsel on the transaction.