Swiss Re backs £3.7bn longevity swap deal for Fujitsu pension scheme

Swiss Re backs £3.7bn longevity swap deal for Fujitsu pension scheme

Serkan Bektas, Head of the Client Solutions Group at Insight Investment, included, “We are pleased to partner with the ICL Group Pension Plan as it takes the next action on its de-risking journey. This deal has actually made broad use of Insights longevity platform, which we built particularly to help with the use of durability swaps by pension plans. Our aim is to pioneer flexible and effective approaches to hedging longevity risk.”

Global reinsurance huge Swiss Re has provided capability to support a UK ₤ 3.7 billion longevity swap deal that utilizes a cell structure to intermediate the danger transfer for the ICL Group Pension Plan, one of the pension plans of Fujitsu in the UK.The longevity danger swap and reinsurance arrangement effectively transferred threat associated with 9,000 members of the pension, that the pensioners themselves or their dependants live longer than prepared for.
The Trustee of the ICL Group Pension Plan optimised the rates of the threat transfer and made its access to reinsurance capital more effective by utilizing a platform used by Insight Investment that supplied a Guernsey captive insurance coverage cell which was used as an intermediary insurance provider in the deal.
So, the Guernsey cell entered into the longevity swap arrangement with the pension strategy, while Swiss Re concurrently provided the reinsurance backing to the cell, finishing the transfer of threat and smoothing access to the worldwide reinsurance market for the pension.
Insight Investment likewise offers its services as the calculation representative for the durability swap, collateral supervisor and collateral valuation agent, and provides reporting on the durability deal.
David Sillitoe, Chair of the Trustees for the ICL Group Pension Plan, talked about the arrangement, “By hedging the longevity danger associated with our pensioners, we have actually significantly decreased the general danger in the Plan and improved security for all our members. Attractive reinsurer pricing integrated with an efficient approach to access the reinsurance market using a Guernsey based captive insurance business, has permitted us to eliminate this threat in a cost-effective way.”
Serkan Bektas, Head of the Client Solutions Group at Insight Investment, added, “We are pleased to partner with the ICL Group Pension Plan as it takes the next step on its de-risking journey. This transaction has made broad usage of Insights durability platform, which we built specifically to facilitate the usage of longevity swaps by pension schemes. Our goal is to pioneer effective and flexible approaches to hedging durability danger.”
Willis Towers Watson was the lead actuarial and deal adviser to the Trustee for this longevity swap, while Gowling WLG LLP and Momentum Investment Solutions and Consulting supplying extra legal and investment guidance.
Matt Wiberg, Senior Consultant and durability hedging specialist at Willis Towers Watson, stated, “This transaction represents another amazing development in the longevity market, with the structuring of the swap through Insight Investments new intermediary platform. On behalf of the Trustee, Willis Towers Watson is delighted to have successfully implemented the swap using this structure and to have actually led the rate and commercial negotiations, leading to the elimination of a substantial component of risk at an appealing price.”
Paul Feathers, Partner at Gowling WLG LLP, likewise said, “It was an enjoyment to be a part of this considerable de-risking turning point, which has actually been delivered by a substantial synergy from all the parties and their advisory groups. The Gowling team is happy for the Trustee, our long-standing customer.”
This new deal takes 2021 longevity swap activity in the UK to around ₤ 12.7 billion, throughout the 3 transactions completed up until now this year.
Check out numerous historic durability swap and reinsurance deals in our Longevity Risk Transfer Deal Directory.

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