Awards 2010: Mortality (reinsurance): Swiss Re


In 2003, Swiss Re kickstarted the life securitisation market with Vita 1 – the first bond issue to transfer extreme mortality risk to the capital markets. This prompted the growth of innovative non-catastrophe (cat) deals being done in the insurance-linked securities (ILS) sector, and by 2006 there were $6.7 billion (£4.3 billion) of non-cat bond transactions. However, this was all put on hold in the aftermath of the global crisis, and since then the market has shrunk significantly.

But Swiss

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