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Retroactive Reinsurance Solutions

Build a better insurance business by managing reserve risk more effectively

The growing need for retroactive reinsurance

Primary insurers face an ongoing challenge in optimising their risk and capital situation. This requires a sharp focus on maintaining adequate levels of technical reserves – both for ongoing business and run-off. Retroactive reinsurance addresses these challenges by the use of Loss Portfolio Transfer (LPT) or Adverse Development Cover (ADC), or a combination of both solutions, to optimise capital, facilitate operational efficiencies and provide balance sheet relief when you need it. The main reasons organisations like yours invest in retroactive reinsurance are to enhance balance sheet certainty, enjoy solvency capital relief, get rating capital relief, improve capital efficiency, access additional capital and to protect the business plan. 
Matthias Grandel
Head of Retroactive Reinsurance Solutions

How retroactive reinsurance mitigates your reserve risk

Typically, your reserve risk includes the risk of accelerated claims pay-outs and adverse development risk – whether incurred but not reported (IBNR) or incurred but not enough reported (IBNER). It grows when risks taken on in an insurance business accumulate faster than run-off obligations from the past can be resolved, which disproportionately impact results in a given financial period. Our retroactive reinsurance solutions protect organisations like yours from adverse reserve development and free up capital for more profitable application elsewhere in your business. 

How you can benefit from retroactive cover

Our retroactive reinsurance solutions protect organisations like yours from adverse reserve development and free up capital for more profitable application elsewhere in your business.
Matthias Grandel
Head of Retroactive Reinsurance Solutions

No two businesses are the same which is why each retroactive solution is different

We specifically tailor your retroactive solution around your business goals to optimise your risk protection efficiency as well as your capital structures and costs. And when your specific situation changes due, for example, new government regulations, shifting markets or a merger, our structured solutions let you adjust quickly with minimum discomfort. 

Retroactive Reinsurance Solutions

Reserve risk consists of

  • Adverse development risk (IBNR/IBNER)
  • Risk of accelerated claims payouts
  • Retroactive reinsurance
  • Net unpaid claim reserves

1. „Quota share“ on reserves

  • Reinsurer participates proportionally on future claims payments
  • Typically proportional transfer of upside and downside potential
  • Structure mainly used to harvest reserve redundancies, capital relief (factor-based models) or run-off portfolios

2. „Aggregate excess of loss“ cover on reserves

  • Reinsurer assumes future claims payment above a specified retention
  • Cedent can retain upside potential
  • Structure typically used as „sleep easy“ cover, often combined with  „no claims“ bonus

Tailormade retroactive insurance solutions

  • All our retroactive insurance solutions are structured on a case-by-case basis, adapted to the needs and targets of our clients
  • Additional features such as co-insurance, an in-the-money financing component or a loss corridor can be included
  • Further items such as funds-withheld agreement or profit commission can also be considered

Advantages of working with Munich Re for retroactive cover

Talk to our experts
Matthias Grandel
Head of Retroactive Reinsurance Solutions
Judith Zeleny
Head of Origination Munich
Andreas Müller
Head of Origination
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