William Dubinsky, formerly of Swiss Re, will lead ILS at Willis Capital Markets & Advisory

Willis Group Holdings has appointed Bill Dubinsky as managing director and head of Insurance-Linked Securities (ILS) for Willis Capital Markets & Advisory (WCMA), effective April 27.

Based in New York, Dubinsky will report to Tony Ursano, CEO, WCMA, and will be charged with overseeing the division’s expansion into the ILS space.

Since WCMA was created in April 2009, the division has built upon the company’s existing capital markets capability and advises insurance and reinsurance companies on mergers and acquisitions, as well as a broad array of capital markets products.

A statement from Willis said: “Dubinsky will be leading WCMA’s charge to become a significant player in the ILS space. He has a strong background in both the capital markets and reinsurance.”

Dubinsky’s most recent role was at Swiss Re Capital Markets, where he had lead responsibility for originating and structuring ILS transactions for reinsurers, insurers, corporates and government entities.

Prior to his role at Swiss Re, Dubinsky was an investment banker with Merrill Lynch, where he worked in the Financial Institutions Group, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, demutualizations and financings for insurance and reinsurance companies. Prior to his role at Merrill Lynch, he worked with Aon Capital Markets in the initial years of the ILS market.

Commenting on Dubinsky’s appointment, Tony Ursano said: “WCMA is committed to being a major player in the ILS space and hiring Bill to run the effort is the first in a number of steps we intend to take to strengthen our position. Bill has executed over 25 catastrophe bond transactions over his years in the industry. We are delighted to welcome him to our team.”

Dubinsky said: “I am excited to be joining Willis and to have the opportunity to further develop the business. As the ILS market continues to grow and evolve, WCMA coupled with the broader resources of Willis, especially Willis Re, is uniquely positioned to deliver best-in-class ILS solutions to clients.”