AM BestTV: Asia Emerging as Center for Insurance-Linked Securities, Says AM Best Managing Director – Global Banking And Finance Review

In this episode of AM BestTV, Jose Ribeiro, managing director, Asia-Pacific, AM Best, said Asia is poised to become a significant growth opportunity for the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market. Ribeiro also pointed to captive insurance in multiple regions and foreign ownership of insurance companies in China as emerging growth areas. Click on to view the entire program.

Ribeiro spoke about the growth in ILS in the Asian market.

Singapore and Hong Kong are trying to establish themselves as centers for ILS vehicles, said Ribeiro. There is a bit of rivalry between Hong Kong and Singapore. Singapore is seen as the center for insurance and reinsurance, while Hong Kong is seen as the center for banking and financial services, as well as for insurance more connected with greater China. ¦ To date, theres nothing yet concrete, but it will happen, hopefully within the next 12 months.

Ribeiro also discussed the development of the captive market in Asia.

In Asia, there are three domiciles that have been quite active in terms of attracting new captive ventures. Probably the most important one is Singapore, which now boasts around 80 captives. The second one is Labuan in Malaysia. They currently have around 50 to 60 captives. The third one is in Micronesia, which is being mainly chosen by Japanese companies, and it has 25 captives. All of these captives are steadily growing, he said.

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