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Certified Reinsurers

Florida is at the forefront in modernizing insurance regulations by encouraging and attracting international reinsurance capital. With Florida’s exposure to hurricane risk greater than any other state, it is important to take advantage of such concepts as reduced collateral for qualified companies.

The catalyst for such a change began prior to 2007, when reinsurance companies from outside the United States generally were required to post 100 percent collateral to write reinsurance in the United States while U.S.-based reinsurers posted no collateral. The collateral requirement had been cited as a barrier by foreign reinsurers to invest in Florida.

Following 2007 legislative action and subsequent rule-making in 2008, the Office of Insurance Regulation (Office) was allowed to establish lower collateral requirements for non-U.S.-based reinsurers. These reinsurers had to be highly-rated and financially sound meeting stringent capital and surplus requirements.

In 2010, Florida signed the first agreement in the United States with an eligible non-U.S.-based reinsurer – Hannover Ruckversicherung AG, based in Germany. There are now 23 certified reinsurers (formerly known as eligible reinsurers) operating in Florida. These certified reinsurers are based in Bermuda, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, or the United Kingdom, all of which are considered qualified jurisdictions.

Florida was also the first state to allow ceding insurance companies to receive full credit on their financial statements for reinsurance purchased from non-U.S.- based reinsurers. Other states have since followed Florida’s lead and adopted similar provisions in their laws.

Effective July 2015, the designated maximum rating and corresponding collateral required is based on the certified reinsurer’s current lowest financial strength rating assigned by the following rating agencies: A.M. Best Company, Standard and Poor’s, Moody’s Investors Service, Demotech, and Fitch Ratings. In conjunction with this requirement, the certified reinsurer must obtain a financial strength rating from at least two of the acceptable rating agencies. For more information about the secure financial strength rating, click here.

Company Name Collateral Deferment Approval Letters Press Release Consent Order/Approval Letter Rating
Allied World Assurance Company, Ltd.   Press Release

Consent Order

Secure -4
Arch Reinsurance Ltd. Hurricane Irma Press Release

Consent Order

Secure -3
Aspen Bermuda Ltd.
(f/k/a Aspen Insurance Ltd.)
  Press Release  

Consent Order

Secure -4
Axis Specialty Limited   Press Release

Consent Order

Secure -3
Chubb Tempest Reinsurance Ltd. (f/k/a Ace Tempest Reinsurance Ltd.) Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Michael
Press Release

Consent Order

Letter – Name Change

Secure -2
Chubb European Group SE    

Approval Letter

Secure -2
DaVinci Reinsurance Ltd. Hurricane Eta

Hurricane Zeta

Hurricane Delta

Hurricane Sally

Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Dorian
Press Release

Consent Order

Secure -4
Endurance Specialty Insurance, Ltd.   Press Release

Consent Order

Secure -3
Hannover Life Reassurance Company of America (Bermuda) Ltd.   No Press Release  

Consent Order

Secure -2
Hannover Re (Bermuda) Ltd.   No Press Release  

Consent Order

Secure -2
Hannover Ruck SE
(f/k/a Hannover Ruckversicherung AG)
  Press Release

Consent Order

Letter - Name Change

Secure -2
Hiscox Insurance Company
(Bermuda) Limited
  Press Release

Consent Order

Secure -3
Markel Bermuda Limited
(f/k/a Alterra Bermuda Limited)
Hurricane Irma Press Release

Consent Order

Secure -3
Partner Reinsurance Company Ltd.   Press Release

Consent Order

Secure -3
Partner Reinsurance Europe SE     Consent Order Secure -3
Renaissance Reinsurance Ltd. Hurricane Eta

Hurricane Zeta

Hurricane Delta

Hurricane Sally

Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Dorian
Press Release

Consent Order

Secure -3
RenaissanceRe Europe AG (f/k/a f/k/a Tokio Millennium Re AG.)   Press Release

Consent Order

Letter – Name Change

Secure -3
Somerset Reinsurance Ltd.   No Press Release

Consent Order

Secure -5
Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd.   No Press Release

Consent Order

Secure -2
Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London   Press Release

Consent Order

Secure -3
Validus Reinsurance,Ltd. Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Michael
Press Release

Consent Order

Secure -3
Wilton Reinsurance Bermuda Limited   No Press Release Consent Order Secure -3
XL Bermuda Ltd (f/k/a XL Re Ltd) Hurricane Irma Press Release

Consent Order

Letter – Name Change

Secure -2

*Pursuant to Rule 69O-144.007 (4), Florida Administrative Code.

Applicants Seeking Certified Reinsurer Status:


Fidelis Underwriting Ltd.

Fidelis Insurance Bermuda Ltd.

Hamilton Re Ltd.

Filing & Reporting Requirements:


To locate information about reporting requirements, filing checklists and forms, visit: www.floir.com/Office/OIR_Required_Filing_Reporting.aspx