Competitive Edge

We believe that our edge in this market arises from the combined strength of our people and our platform. Our portfolio management team has, collectively, over one hundred years of underwriting and trading experience. We have knowledgeable teams dedicated to portfolio management, analytics, research, operations and office management. We have chosen to locate the business at the center of the reinsurance market and to invest in a substantial, robust platform. We have built an array of proprietary systems as part of our effort to create and maintain an institutional investment platform.

Our location, scale, relationships and systems provide a significant competitive edge. We remain small enough to be able to adapt quickly to new market environments but, at the same time, large enough to support significant market presence. Our focus is on generating innovative solutions based on our (re)insurance clients needs and to assemble and manage portfolios based on specific investor preferences.

2017

  • Celebrating 20 years

2016

  • VRU started writing primary insurance
  • Launched Insurtech initiatives

2015

  • Launched internal MGA, Velocity Risk Underwriters (‘VRU’)

2014

  • Introduced “upstream” investment opportunities to our portfolios via third party MGA’s

2013

  • KKR & Co acquired a 25% interest in Nephila
  • Launched syndicate 2357

2012

  • Nephila Advisors, LLC Nashville, TN office opens
  • Nephila Advisors, UK office opens

2011

  • Transacted over $2.5 billion of CWIL

2010

  • Designed and implemented County Weighted Industry Loss (CWIL) contract within reinsurance market
  • Nephila Advisors, LLC San Fransisco, CA office opens

2009

2008

  • Partnered with Man Investments, a global leader in alternatives

2007

  • Collateral manager for first (and only) actively managed cat CRO transaction (Gamut Re)

2005

  • First entity to introduce hurricane climate conditioning to internal catastrophe models

2003

  • Introduced collateralised coverage and trust accounts to reinsurance market

2001

  • First to execute private, non-recourse leverage transactions – private 'synthetic CDOs'

2000

  • Began writing traditional ILWs

1999

  • First active manager to trade ‘live-cat’ risks, helped formulate OTC market trading terms

1998

  • Launched Nephila’s flagship fund, the oldest in the ILS industry.

1997

  • First dedicated manager in the sector, incubated by Willis Group (3rd largest reinsurance broker at the time)