Lloyd’s today announced that it has received regulatory approval from the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to set up a second Protected Cell Company (PCC), which provides a broadened range of capabilities for the market and an enhanced accessibility for investors; a key deliverable of the Future at Lloyd’s strategy.
Lloyd’s previously announced a number of successful deals through London Bridge Risk PCC (LBR) and is building on that success by sponsoring a second vehicle. The second London Bridge PCC (LB2) will offer a number of extensions in the coverages it can write and the way in which those obligations can be funded, together with improvements in the execution of these collateralised transactions.
LB2 will provide an access point for qualifying institutional investors, to deploy funds in a tax transparent way into the Lloyd’s market. Lloyd’s members and managing agents will be able to use the new vehicle to manage their capital and risk management requirements by attracting new sources of capital and reinsurance protection..
LB2 is authorised to undertake three additional capabilities:
- For a Corporate Member, in addition to writing quota share reinsurance, it will also be able to write excess of loss coverages.
- For a syndicate, it will be able to provide collateralised reinsurance, on both an excess of loss and quota share basis.
- For all structures it will be able to fund the reinsurance obligation through the offer, by the segregated cells of the PCC, of either preference share or debt securities.
Working closely with the PRA and FCA, Lloyd’s has developed a set of mandatory terms for the principal transaction documentation, that will provide greater commercial flexibility whilst maintaining regulatory compliance. This is embodied in a Scope of Permissions that enables new cells to be set up and reinsurance written without the need for any additional regulatory approval, providing these permissions are complied with.
The insurance management services for LB2 will be provided by Artex Capital Solutions, who are the market leaders in the management of ILS vehicles and operate across multiple jurisdictions.