Swiss Re unveils insurance-linked investment advisory business

Move is a "natural next step" in its strategic journey

Swiss Re unveils insurance-linked investment advisory business

Catastrophe & Flood

By Ryan Smith

Swiss Re has announced the launch of a new investment advisory company and wholly owned subsidiary, Swiss Re Insurance-Linked Investment Advisors Corporation (SRILIAC), an SEC-registered investment advisor. The company will offer investment management services to qualified institutional investors, with a special focus on catastrophe bonds.

SRILIAC’s investment strategy focuses on insurance-linked securities, primarily catastrophe bonds. This allows investors to access Swiss Re’s capabilities in catastrophe bond investments, natural catastrophe modelling and underwriting.

SRILIAC’s investment strategy complements Swiss Re’s other investment strategy focused on natural catastrophe reinsurance contracts managed by Swiss Re Insurance-Linked Investment Management, Swiss Re said. Through these investment managers, investors can access Swiss Re’s core natural catastrophe book or the wider catastrophe bond market.

“Swiss Re has been trading and investing in ILS for over two decades,” said Maria Giovanna Guatteri, CEO of SRILIAC. “Now we are opening our capabilities to institutional investors, allowing them to benefit from our track record and established risk analytics, portfolio management and operational expertise. We believe that our focus on catastrophe bonds will closely align with investors who value liquidity and transparency.”

“This move comes as the natural next step in the group’s strategy to have Swiss Re’s Alternative Capital Partners expand the options for attractive investment partnerships with institutional investors,” said Philipp Rüede, head of Alternative Capital Partners at Swiss Re. “SRILIAC’s investment strategy allows investors to benefit from Swiss Re’s experienced team and a cat bond portfolio constructed through disciplined risk selection.”

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