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MIAMI-With speakers who are among the leading experts in alternative risk financing, the 8th World Captive and Alternative Risk Financing Forum will benefit anyone interested in "Maximizing Potential" of their risk financing programs.
Scheduled for Nov. 15 through 18 at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, the forum will feature a broad spectrum of industry experts examining such topics as financing enterprise risks, reinsurance, rent-a-captives, accessing capital markets and service pro-vider selection.
Beyond the formal schedule, the forum's structure provides considerable opportunity for one-on-one discussions with panelists and peers during coffee breaks, meals and receptions.
Cosponsoring the conference, titled "Maximizing Potential," are Business Insurance, Skandia International Risk Management/ SINSER and Tillinghast-Towers Perrin.
"We are very excited about the lineup for this year's forum, which should be informative both to corporate executives who have long used captives to finance risk, and to those who are considering them," said Kathryn J. McIntyre, publisher and editorial director of Business Insurance in Chicago.
A special two-hour session on Monday, Nov. 16, for those less familiar with captive concepts will address the basics of captives and risk financing. It will be presented by Nicholas Dove, president of Skandia International Risk Management in Bermuda, and D. Hugh Rosenbaum, a principal in London with Tillinghast-Towers Perrin.
At the same time, a "Risk Managers Round Table" will offer captive owners a chance to discuss tax, regulatory and financial security issues in an unstructured setting.
The panel for the session will include James D. Cameron, a partner in New York with the Baker & McKenzie law firm; and George Chaffee, president of Skandia International Risk Management (Vermont) Inc. It will be moderated by Robert J. Rosser, senior vp at Skandia International Risk Management, Bermuda.
After opening remarks by Ms. McIntyre Monday's sessions will continue with a keynote address moderated by Ms. McIntyre and featuring Brian M. O'Hara, chairman and chief executive officer of X.L. Insurance Co. Ltd. in Bermuda; and Roger Sellek, director-market risk at Lloyd's of London.
The keynote speakers will discuss how insurers, reinsurers and risk managers can cooperate to maximize potential risk financing benefits in an environment marked by consolidation and unprecedented competition.
Monday afternoon will feature two pairs of concurrent sessions. The first includes a discussion of tax treaties, dividends and loan-backs. Baker & McKenzie's Mr. Cameron and Thomas M. Jones, a partner in Chicago with the Chicago-based McDermott, Will & Emery law firm, will examine the potential consequences of transactions between captives and their owners. Skandia's Mr. Chaffee will moderate the session.
At the same time, a session moderated by Tillinghast-Towers Perrin's Mr. Rosenbaum will look at the implications and investment potential offered by digital cash and electronic money. Denise L. Brown, a vp at Citicorp N.A. in Stamford, Conn.; and Frank Dunn, a vp with Citibank N.A. in New York, will be the speakers.
In the afternoon's second pairing, one session will address selecting captive service providers. The panel will include Charles A. Buikema, assistant vp and director of risk management at INOVA Health System in Springfield, Va.; and Susan Wilde Hughes, vp health care practice at Aon Risk Services in Washington, D.C. Michael Maglaras, principal at Michael Maglaras & Co. in Stamford, Conn., will moderate that session.
The concurrent session will look at group captive case studies. Panelists will include Brian Donovan, president of SteelTank Insurance Co. in Lake Zurich, Ill.; and David A. Bossman, president of American Feed Industry RRG Inc. in Arlington, Va. Mr. Rosenbaum will moderate the session.
Tuesday begins with a pair of concurrent sessions, including a panel focusing on accessing the capital markets. Ms. McIntyre will moderate the panel, which will include Kevin Callahan, president and CEO of Aon Capital Markets Inc. in Chicago; and Neil Campbell, general manager of Zeneca Risk & Insurance Services in London.
At the same time, a session moderated by Skandia's Mr. Dove will focus on rent-a-captive programs. Panelists will include Doug Crowell, chief financial officer of Consolidated Personnel Corp. in Chesterfield, Mo.; Rick Shimer, chief financial officer of Cust-O-Fab Service Co. in Tulsa, Okla.; and Richard G. Turner, president of Commonwealth Risk Services Inc. in Philadelphia.
Tuesday morning's second pair of concurrent sessions will include a look at the reinsurance market. Speakers will include Albert J. Beer, president of Am-Re Managers Inc. in Princeton, N.J.; Philip M. Roels, vp for operations at Dorinco Reinsurance Co. in Midland, Mich.; and Michael Schnur, managing director at Guy Carpenter & Co. Inc. in Chicago. Skandia's Mr. Rosser will moderate the session.
The other session in that pairing will look at third-party business issues. Wakefield, Mass.-based consulting actuary Joel S. Chansky and Dean Reynolds, director of risk management for Nissan North America Inc. in Torrance, Calif., will be the panelists, with Ms. McIntyre moderating.
Tuesday afternoon, a pair of concurrent sessions will include a discussion of financing enterprise risks. Panelists will include Scott Sanderson, senior vp with J&H/Marsh & McLennan Inc. in Minneapolis; and Thomas Seuntjens, a member of the treasury department management team at Honeywell Inc. in Minneapolis. The moderator will be Gregory Berg, a principal with Tillinghast-Towers Perrin in Weatogue, Conn.
At the same time another session will look at U.S. vs. international issues regarding rent-a-captives and insuring employee benefits through captives. Ms. McIntyre will moderate the session, which will include Karin Landry, Northeast Group and health care practice leader in Wellesley, Mass., at Watson Wyatt Worldwide; and Hugh O'Neill, group risk manager of DHL International Ltd. in Brussels, Belgium.
Tuesday's final session, to be moderated by Mr. Rosenbaum, will offer attendees an opportunity to follow up on earlier sessions or find out more about particular domiciles.
Wednesday morning will feature an in-depth examination of captive case studies. Sharing their companies' experiences will be Judy Lindenmayer, vp-Fidelity insurance and risk management at FMR Corp. in Boston; Herb Martin, corporate risk and quality manager at Pat Salmon & Sons. Inc. in Little Rock, Ark.; and Krister Nyman, president of Volvo Group Insurance for Volvo A.B. in Goteborg, Sweden. Mr. Rosenbaum will be the session's moderator.
An exhibit hall will be open during the opening reception Sunday, Nov. 15, and through the conference Monday and Tuesday.
Full registration for risk managers for the conference is $975. Full registration for others is $1,250, with a $975 fee for subsequent registrants from the same company. The $2,750 exhibitor's fee includes one full registration. Guest registration is $100 with a full registration. The fee for the optional World Captive Golf Tournament Nov. 15 is $170.
Special room rates for World Captive Forum attendees at the Doral Resort are $190 per night, plus a daily resort charge of $8.52 per night. Conference attendees also will enjoy a $10 discount on greens fees, a 50% discount on spa facilities fees and a 50% discount on tennis facilities fees.
For more information, contact the World Captive and Alternative Risk Financing Forum office at 4248 Park Glen Road, Minneapolis, Minn., 55416-9514; 612-928-4659; fax: 612-929-1318.