Reinsurance sidecars evolving as competition for third-party capital hots up

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Reinsurers are developing new sidecar structures in a bid to attract investors, as competition with insurance-linked securities (ILS) funds intensifies.

A number of reinsurers have launched or renewed sidecars this month, despite softening reinsurance rates, including Validus, Everest Re, Munich Re and Ace, reflecting buoyant investor interest in reinsurance risk.

But experts say reinsurers are having to burnish the appeal of their sidecars to tempt third-party capital typically attracted to riv