Fidelis Insurance creates new MGU
Fidelis Insurance Holdings Limited has received all necessary regulatory approvals for a groundbreaking transaction that creates a new managing general underwriter separate from the existing balance sheet insurance companies.
The privately owned Bermudian-based holding company said approvals or non-objections had been received from the Bermuda Monetary Authority as well as the FCA and PRA in the UK, CBI in Ireland, and FSMA in Belgium.
The transaction, which was originally announced and agreed in July, is expected to be effective as of January 1.
The Fidelis MGU will be led by chairman and chief executive officer Richard Brindle and Fidelis Insurance Group will be led by chief executive officer Dan Burrows.
All capital and risk transfer resources currently available to Fidelis brokers and clients will continue to be available, ensuring a seamless transition from the current to new structure, the company said.
The Fidelis MGU’s principal equity investors at completion will be Capital Z Partners, The Travelers Companies Inc, Blackstone, Further Global Capital Management and Alfa Insurance.
In addition, Blackstone is leading the debt financing to the Fidelis MGU, with Oak Hill Advisors and Barings also participating in the debt and providing equity.
The Fidelis Insurance Group capital structure will remain unchanged, as will its investors apart from the purchase of a 9.9 per cent stake in Fidelis Insurance Group by the Fidelis MGU from existing shareholders, creating additional alignment.
Mr Brindle and the Fidelis MGU team will have a significant personal stake in the Fidelis Insurance Group at completion as well as being significant shareholders in Fidelis MGU.
Mr Brindle, chairman and group chief executive officer and chief underwriting officer of Fidelis, said: “We are delighted to have received confirmation of all necessary regulatory approvals.
“This has been a groundbreaking transaction that will enable the separated entities to focus on what they do best and we are keen to move forward and focus on our clients and brokers.
“I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in this deal and I am excited for the future of these two entities.”
Mr Burrows, executive chairman of Fidelis Bermuda and managing director of Fidelis, said: “Receiving regulatory approval is an important step in this intelligent and innovative transaction.
“Fidelis Insurance Group will benefit from providing long-term capacity to the Fidelis MGU along with mechanisms to ensure alignment between the separated companies.
“We look forward to the start of this long-term and successful partnership, which will be focused on the continued delivery of underwriting outperformance within the insurance and reinsurance sectors.”