Premia Makes Important Leadership Addition to Its Growing UK Operations

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PEMBROKE, Bermuda–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sep 16, 2020– Premia Holdings Ltd. (“Premia”), a leading reinsurance group focused on reinsuring and acquiring companies in runoff, has announced that Colin Grint will join Premia on October 1, 2020. Subject to customary regulatory approval, Colin will serve as Chief Executive Officer of Premia Managing Agency Ltd. and will have oversight of all of Premia’s operations in Europe. 

Colin is joining Premia from Arthur J. Gallagher, where he has served as Chief Operating Officer of its GGB Retail business. Colin previously served as CEO of both Charles Taylor’s and Capita’s Lloyd’s operations. Premia acquired Charles Taylor’s Lloyd’s Managing Agency in March 2020. 

Max Taylor, Chairman and Independent Non-Executive of Premia Managing Agency Ltd., noted, “We are delighted with the appointment of Colin to the Premia business. His in-depth expertise and knowledge of the Lloyd’s market will be critical in taking Premia’s operations to the next level of success.” 

Bill O’Farrell, Chief Executive Officer of Premia Holdings Ltd., added, “We have completed four transactions in the last ten months in the UK and we are thrilled to be adding Colin’s deep Lloyd’s expertise, commitment to operational excellence, and proven industry leadership to our team. This is an important milestone for Premia as we continue to expand our operations.” 

About Premia

Premia Holdings Ltd. is a reinsurance group with operations in Bermuda, the U.S. and Europe that is focused on sourcing, structuring and servicing run-off business. With nearly $600 million in capital, Premia is well equipped to handle acquisitions and reinsurance transactions in the global P&C run-off market. Premia is sponsored by Arch Capital Group Ltd. and Kelso & Company. 

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KBRA Affirms Ratings for Premia Reinsurance Ltd. and Premia Holdings Ltd.

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NEW YORK (February 12, 2020) – Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) affirms the insurance financial strength rating (IFSR) of A- for Premia Reinsurance Ltd. (Premia Re), a class 4 Bermuda specialty reinsurer focused on acquiring nonlife run-off liabilities. KBRA also affirms the issuer rating of BBB for the organization’s ultimate holding company, Premia Holdings Ltd. (Premia Holdings). Additionally, KBRA affirms the rating of BBB for Premia Holdings’ outstanding senior unsecured notes. The Outlook for all ratings is Stable.

The ratings reflect Premia Re’s sound capitalization, operating profitability and seasoned management team. Premia Re’s risk-based capital ratio (BSCR) is on par with, or above, its run-off peers. Additionally, Premia Re has generated net income each year since inception, inclusive of start-up expenses. Three transactions were finalized during 2019, with mutual agreement reached on two additional ones by year-end that are currently awaiting regulatory approval. Premia Holdings’ management team has extensive experience in the reinsurance industry and currently employs more than 100 professionals in the sourcing, structuring and servicing of the legacy business it has acquired to date and its third-party fee business. Moreover, Premia Re benefits from a whole account quota share agreement provided by Arch Re, one of its founding sponsors. Premia Holdings maintains conservative financial leverage of roughly 20% at 9/30/2019.

Balancing these strengths is the start-up nature of the company and the execution risk for Premia Re’s management team as they enter a mature sector with established competitors. Although KBRA acknowledges that the property/casualty run-off business has demonstrated favorable return characteristics that are largely uncorrelated to the overall financial markets, the potential still exists for run-off business to experience adverse reserve development. Premia Holdings has somewhat mitigated this risk through the acquisition of Alan Gray LLC, a well-established and highly respected claim and audit service firm that provides a fee-based operating model that complements Premia Re’s business strategy. Finally, while its initial capital raise was oversubscribed, the ability of the management team to source additional capital at favorable pricing and terms to support continued growth has yet to be tested.

The Stable Outlook reflects KBRA’s expectation that Premia Re will continue to maintain sound capitalization while successfully executing its run-off acquisition strategy. Additionally, KBRA expects Premia Re to retain key members of its management team and preserve financial flexibility through conservative balance sheet metrics.

The ratings are based on KBRA’s Global Insurer & Insurance Holding Company Rating Methodology published on October 10, 2017. To access ratings, reports and disclosures for Premia Reinsurance Ltd., click here. To access ratings, reports and disclosures for Premia Holdings Ltd., click here.

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Charles Taylor and The Standard Club announce sale of Charles Taylor Managing Agency to Premia Holdings Ltd.

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(September 11,  2019) – Charles Taylor and The Standard Club announce the sale, subject to regulatory approval, of Charles Taylor Managing Agency (and its associated companies, including The Standard Syndicate Services Limited and The Standard Syndicate Services Asia Pte. Ltd.) and the Lloyd’s corporate names, to a subsidiary of Premia Holdings Ltd. (Premia). 

Premia is a reinsurance group, focused on acquiring and reinsuring run-off portfolios. The acquisition of the managing agency will allow Premia to establish a dedicated legacy platform in the Lloyd’s market. 

All the staff of Charles Taylor Managing Agency will transfer to the new business which is expected to develop additional reinsurance to close (RITC) and run-off solutions for legacy business in Lloyd’s. Premia is fully committed to providing continuity to the run-off of Syndicate 1884. 

David Marock, Group Chief Executive Officer, Charles Taylor, said: “I am delighted that we have achieved a positive outcome and exciting future for the managing agency and our staff who work for the business. We look forward to working closely with Premia and to providing services to support them as they develop their new business proposition.” 

William O’Farrell, Group Chief Executive Officer of Premia, said: “Premia has been successfully delivering run-off solutions to insurers in the global P&C market for a number of years. This acquisition will enable us to deliver the same professional management of run-off to Lloyd’s insurers with trapped capacity and legacy portfolios and we are committed to providing continuity in the run-off of Syndicate 1884. We have the financial and operational capacity and expertise to deliver high quality solutions to Lloyd’s insurers.” 

Jeremy Grose, Chief Executive, The Standard Club, said: “This is a very positive outcome for The Standard Club as it enables us to make a clean exit from the club’s investment in the managing agency and syndicate. We are fully focused on delivering the club’s strategy to meet members’ core P&I insurance needs, to provide them with a wide range of insurance and to diversify the club’s source of revenues.” 

The financial terms of the transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval by Lloyd’s, the PRA, and FCA, are not being disclosed. 

Charles Taylor and The Standard Club were advised by Willis Re Corporate Solutions


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About Charles Taylor (

Charles Taylor plc is a global provider of insurance-related technical services and solutions dedicated to enabling the global insurance market to do its business fundamentally better. 

We have been providing insurance-related professional services and technological solutions since 1884. Today, we employ around 3,000 staff in more than 100 locations spread across 30 countries in Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. 

We are distinctive in our market in that our professional services and technological solutions support every stage of the insurance lifecycle and every aspect of the insurance operating model. For the Property & Casualty (P&C) insurance market, we handle all major commercial lines, along with the more technical areas of personal lines; we do so similarly for the life and health insurance markets. 

The clients we support range from insurers – including corporates, mutuals, captives, MGAs, Lloyd’s syndicates and reinsurers – to brokers, distributors and corporate insureds. 

Our market-leading breadth of services and solutions, world‑class technical expertise, extensive global presence and 100% focus on insurance means we can manage and resolve virtually any insurance-related matter, wherever and whenever it occurs. 

About Premia Holdings (

Premia Holdings Ltd. is a reinsurance group with operations in Bermuda, the U.S. and Europe that is focused on sourcing, structuring and servicing run-off business. With over $500 million in capital, Premia is well equipped to handle legacy acquisitions and reinsurance transactions in the global P&C run-off market. Premia is sponsored by Arch Capital Group Ltd. and Kelso & Company. 

About The Standard Club (

The Standard Club is a mutual insurance association and is a member of the International Group of P&I Clubs. The club is owned by its shipowner members and controlled by a board of directors drawn from the membership. It offers a broad range of P&I insurance and other marine and energy covers that represent excellent and sustainable value. It is recognised for providing excellent service through solving members’ problems and provides members with S&P A-rated financial security. 

The Standard Club insures 159m gt of shipping and has an S&P A rating. It is managed by Charles Taylor group companies.