September 8, 2016

ILS Bermuda announces Industry Keynote Speaker for Convergence 2016 – V.J. Dowling


ILS Bermuda announces Industry Keynote Speaker for Convergence 2016 – V.J. Dowling

Hamilton, Bermuda – ILS (Bermuda) Ltd., organisers of Bermuda Convergence 2016 today announced one of the event’s two keynote speakers. The industry speaker will be Vincent J. Dowling Jr.

Mr. Dowling is very well known to the (re)insurance industry and widely sought after for his valuable insight and industry expertise. It is expected that delegates will flock to listen to his market perspective.

Mr. Dowling co-founded Dowling & Partners in January 1990 and currently serves as Managing Partner. He began his career with A.J.B. Zunser and Co. in 1982 as a junior insurance stock analyst. He joined Fox-Pitt Kelton, Ltd. in 1983 and was admitted to the FPK partnership in 1986.

Mr. Dowling received his BA from Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire and his MBA from Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts.

Dowling & Partners Securities is a Hartford based institutional stock brokerage firm specializing in property/casualty insurance and life insurance. Dowling & Partners property/casualty research team, authors of the IBNR Weekly published each Thursday evening, is consistently ranked #1 by the Greenwich Survey of institutional investors and Best of Boutiques by Institutional Investor. The firm’s fundamental analysis pays particular attention to loss reserves, balance sheets, and areas of sustained competitive advantage.

Greg Wojciechowski, CEO, Bermuda Stock Exchange, and ILS Bermuda Chairman said: “We are very excited to host V.J. Dowling as our industry Keynote Speaker during the Convergence 2016 event. His research and work in the industry spans over 30 years and he is known for his ability to see things from both a macro point of view as well as the detailed fundamentals of our industry. The ILS Bermuda Thought Leadership and Education Work Stream have done an excellent job in securing V.J. Dowling as industry speaker.”

More than 300 delegates are expected to attend this year’s ILS event; last year delegates came from a total of 13 countries.

Bermuda remains the leading jurisdiction for Insurance linked securities (ILS) and catastrophe bond issuance. The Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA) reported, as of Q1 2016, net issuance of bonds increased the total stock of outstanding capacity to $26.5 billion, an increase of 13.0% year over year. 2016 saw the highest Q1 issuance volume since 2009.

The Bermuda Stock Exchange (BSX) accounts for approximately 75% of the global market capitalization. The BSX is also home to foreign ILS listings. Current data from the BSX reported 159 securities listed with an aggregate market capitalization of approximately $19 billion. Bermuda continues to play a key role in the global market as a leader in the issuance of catastrophe bonds, insurance-linked securities, collateralized reinsurance and alternative risk transfer.

Tim Tetlow, Partner at Hudson Capital Management Ltd. and Chief Operating Officer of HSCM Bermuda, a member of the ILS Bermuda Thought Leadership and Education Work Stream said, “On behalf of the Thought Leadership and Education Work Stream, I am thrilled that V.J. Dowling will be our 2016 industry keynote speakers. V.J. has a unique and impartial vantage point of the entire (re)insurance and ILS convergence space which, coupled with his deep analysis and compelling presentation style, makes him the ideal individual to address the confluence of issues facing the industry today and his address will be essential for investors and others looking to navigate today’s markets.”


About ILS Bermuda

ILS Bermuda Ltd. comprises the world’s most respected professional organizations in the ILS sector. The group promotes economic development through the growth of insurance-linked securities and alternative risk transfer.

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