Bluefire Insurance, a Texas-based managing general agency, and Bermuda-based AXA XL Reinsurance, have announced the completion of an alternative capital reinsurance transaction in which Bluefire will assume risk from its personal auto portfolio through a collateralized reinsurance agreement with AXA XL.
AXA XL and Bluefire have been partnering since 2014. The partnership was strengthened last year when Buefire consolidated its carrier assortment and moved its reinsurance buying to a portfolio basis. The latest transaction represents Bluefire’s first risk-taking position on its business, and the first personal auto alternative capital transaction that AXA XL has completed in Bermuda.
“Bluefire has a diverse and stable book of business with significant scale that is delivering consistent and predictable returns to our reinsurance partners,” said Jamie Pooley, head of strategy at Bluefire Insurance. “We have been exploring ways to reinsure our own business for some time, but casualty quota share reinsurance agreements have an exposure duration which presents capital efficiency challenges. Once we explained our intent to take risk with the team at AXA XL, we collaborated to design a bespoke structure that met both parties’ objectives. We are delighted to have expanded and further aligned our relationship with AXA XL while creating a capital-efficient mechanism that captures the results we are producing.”
“AXA XL Reinsurance is pleased to partner with Bluefire on this transaction,” said Paul Simons, head of property, global markets and head of Bermuda reinsurance at AXA XL. “As a leading global reinsurer with experience in both the traditional and alternative capital markets, we offer customized, innovative solutions across a broad product offering. While most of our alternative capital solutions have been in the property catastrophe space, this transaction demonstrates our willingness and ability to provide alternative offerings in casualty and other lines of business.”