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Reinsurance broker snags ILS exec from Swiss Re Capital

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Philipp Kusche has joined TigerRisk Partners L.L.C. as partner and global head of insurance-linked securities and capital solutions, the Stamford, Connecticut-based reinsurance broker and risk/capital management and strategic advisory firm announced Monday.

Mr. Kusche most recently served as head of ILS structuring and origination at Swiss Re Capital Markets Corp. in New York. In its announcement, TigerRisk said that in his new position, Mr. Kusche will develop next-generation ILS and other insurance risk-to-capital solutions. He will be based in New York and report to TigerRisk President Tony Ursano.

“I think the market is kind of evolving from the traditional reinsurance market to where the capital markets will continue to play a larger role,” said Mr. Kusche on Monday. “It will be more and more important to offer clients truly holistic solutions. Obviously, TigerRisk already has a very strong traditional reinsurance franchise, and with Tony Ursano's hiring last year, established also essentially their investment bank services and now with the addition of myself also includes the ILS segment, allowing us to advise clients independently of the source of capital whether coming from reinsurance or capital markets.”

“I think our strategy is sort of evolving to aspire to be the leading strategic, capital and reinsurance adviser in the market,” said Mr. Ursano. “We think about helping our clients.” That means “strategically helping our clients to grow either organically or through M&A. From a capital perspective, how to help our clients to construct the optimal capital structure with the most efficient cost of capital available, and how to structure and execute their reinsurance placements,” he said.