Cat product to transfer oil spill risk to capital markets


In response to the impact of recent oil spill liability claims within the oil industry, CatVest Petroleum Services has developed a product designed to replicate securitisation vehicles used in the capital markets by insurers that need to hedge catastrophe risks such as hurricanes and earthquakes.

Issuers of insurance-linked securities (ILS) typically sell tranches of risk as securities to investors. If pre-set trigger parameters within the contracts are met, investors’ principal is paid out as

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