Bermuda The “Domicile Of Choice For Captives”

June 4, 2015

Bermuda will continue to maintain its place as the domicile of choice for captives despite fierce competition from other jurisdictions, according to a leading captive insurance attorney.

David Doyle, a Director in the Bermuda office of Conyers Dill & Pearman, was speaking ahead of the Bermuda Captive Conference, where he will be participating in a panel discussion.

“Competition is fierce,” he said. “There are captive domiciles popping up all over the place. There is always business that will find a home in some of these other jurisdictions, but I do believe that Bermuda will continue to maintain its premier place as the domicile of choice.

“The future looks great for our captive business, 2013 and 2014 were good years for captive registrations and that trend is continuing in 2015.”

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The Bermuda Captive Conference is being held on the Island from June 7 to June 10 at the Fairmont Southampton. Mr Doyle will be participating in a panel discussion on corporate governance.

The panel will examine a number of key components of effective board practices that support the evolving responsibility of directors.

With the increasing focus on director accountability, Mr Doyle said that “the challenge for captive owners is to ensure that their boards comply with local insurance regulations and international best practices but also that the composition and governance features of the company are consistent with its role as a captive insurance vehicle as opposed to a writer of unrelated business”.

Chiara Nannini, Associate at Conyers, along with Dale Fenwick of Sovereign Insurance Services, LLC and Adam Rekerdres of Rekerdres & Sons Insurance Agency Inc., is also taking part in a panel discussion ‘Intro to Captives and the Bermuda Domicile’, moderated by Peter Willitts of Liberty Mutual Management Bermuda Ltd., which will provide an insightful introduction into the captives space and Bermuda’s history in this sector and will highlight key elements of captive formation, structure and regulation.

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  1. Now, “the writing’s on the preverbal wall.” This is a positive sign, Bermuda is bouncing back to retain it’s place in the world of international business!

    • X says:

      Raymond, I am not sure why anyone would ‘dislike’ your comment!

      • Logic76 says:

        Because captives do absolutely nothing for this island.

        • Well employed insurance service provider says:

          Refer that comment to the multitude of Bermudian insurance managers, auditors, actuaries, lawyers, corporate service providers, taxi drivers, hoteliers, restaurateurs….and the list goes on, who service the Bermuda captive industry. Then ask them whether they benefit from the hundreds of captives that call Bermuda home.

          • Logic76 says:

            Unless the government heeds John Charmin’s advice on the introduction of corporate tax in the insurance and reinsurance industries we are going to continue on the path that we are on. An influx of captive insurers isn’t going to fix the financial debt that this island has accumulated. We can continue to put band-aids on the issues, “ooh-ing and ahh-ing” at the thought of trickle-down economics, but at the end of the day there will never be a large enough influx of boots on the ground (due to the captive industry) to save this sinking ship.


      Ummmmm, I do not believe we ever lost our place in the international business sector. Just speaking from experience as I have been in that field for over 20 years.

  2. sage says:

    Yet we continue to increase our debt.