Ariel Re Secures $270M To Support 2023 Growth

March 8, 2023

Ariel Re, a global reinsurance business with offices in Bermuda, London and Hong Kong, has announced it has “secured $270 million of capital from five new institutional and family office investors to support exciting growth opportunities in 2023.”

A spokesperson said, “Ariel Re is backed by Pelican Ventures and JC Flowers & Co and underwrites five focused lines of business – property catastrophe, cyber, marine and specialty, professional lines and clean energy – through its Lloyd’s platform, Syndicate 1910. In addition to the new investors’ capital, Pelican Ventures and JC Flowers have meaningfully increased their underwriting capital commitments to support Ariel Re’s growth.

“In August 2022, Lloyd’s launched London Bridge 2 PCC Ltd. [LB2], a protected cell company, established to reduce complexity and give greater flexibility for global investors to participate in the Lloyd’s market. As part of this capital raise, Ariel Re secured $170 million through LB2 – becoming the first sponsor to raise capital through the LB2 structure.”

“Given our proven expertise in lines of business undergoing significant change, such as property catastrophe and cyber, Ariel Re is well-positioned to help investors access what we believe to be very attractive underwriting opportunities,” said Ryan Mather, Chief Executive Officer at Ariel Re. “While many carriers are pulling out of these risks, we are able to grow backed by investors who understand the nuances of a cyclical reinsurance market. We are delighted that part of our new funding is the first successful example of investors coming to Lloyd’s via the innovative LB2 structure; it was more efficient than ever to deploy meaningful capacity in Syndicate 1910.”

Burkhard Keese, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Lloyd’s of London, said: “I’m delighted that Ariel Re chose the LB2 structure to facilitate delivery of this new capital into the Lloyd’s market, a key deliverable of the Future at Lloyd’s strategy. We set the London Bridge PCC vehicle up to be as flexible and responsive as possible and with oversight of the UK’s PRA, we now believe we have an onshore UK structure that can rival any of the established offshore vehicles in other jurisdictions. We hope that Ariel Re will be the first of many to use LB2.”

The spokesperson said, “Howden Tiger Capital Markets & Advisory, the capital markets arm of reinsurance broker Howden Tiger, acted as exclusive financial advisor to Ariel Re. Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP acted as Ariel Re’s exclusive legal advisor. Hampden Agencies acted as Lloyd’s Members’ Agent for the 5 Corporate Members and Artex Capital Solutions provided the Insurance Management Services for the London Bridge 2 Cells involved in these transactions.”

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