Securitising terror

Risk Management Solutions’ Gordon Woo is perhaps the most well-known catastrophe consultant to work in terrorism risk modelling. Could Woo’s terrorism risk model also help build a market for terrorism catastrophe bonds? By Paul Lyon

The development of terrorism risk models could provide the impetus for securitising terrorism risk, or at least parts of it, according to Gordon Woo, London-based catastrophe consultant at Risk Management Solutions (RMS), the Californian natural hazard and catastrophe modelling company. Indeed, Woo is working on such a project, although the details are being kept top secret.

For years now, reinsurance companies active in the alternative risk transfer market have been issuing and investing in

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