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Cincinnati is a long established and well-respected insurance group who have recently entered the assumed reinsurance marketplace with seasoned, well-known reinsurance executives


State National Companies is a major reinsurance buyer located in Texas

Mike Sowa, IRUA's President and Executive Vice President of Aspen Re said:  "We extend a warm welcome to Cincinnati and State National to IRUA membership.  For one low annual corporate subscription the benefits of IRUA membership extend to ALL members and affiliates within a reinsurance/insurance organization so it represents tremendous value which these fine companies have recogmized."



In the near future will be migrating to using as our main domain URL.  While we transition both .com and .org accounts will be linked so there should be no change in accessibility of both the website and email accounts.

We feel having a .org suffix better reflects the not-for-profit status of the IRUA.




50th Anniversary

Meeting & Conference

APRIL 5-7, 2017
PGA National Resort
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Registration Now Open

The Conference Program Committee is working on compiling a "Can't Miss" event.

We will honor IRUA's history and past while recognizing current reinsurance professionals
and future leaders. Attendees will be invigorated with
top-notch sessions on today's hot topics. The conference will feature
not 1, but 2, of our marquee 

Further information will follow shortly

To reserve your room at the discounted group rate of $259 (plus applicable taxes) contact the
 PGA National Resort directly by calling
1-844 821 0028 and referencing the IRUA Annual Conference

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A record number of applications and essay papers were received -- 18!
The Scholars Committee comprised of representatives of eight member companies have selected the following as recipients of an award which, in total reached $16,000 - a new record for IRUA member company generosity:

First Place - Matthew Forshay of Rutgers University and who interned with Arch Re.  His paper was titled: "Fracking & The Insurance Industry"

Second Place - Logan Ryan of Dickinson College and who interned with Aspen Re.  His paper was titled: "Autonomous Vehicles: The Evolution of Auto Insurance"

Third Place - Daniel Stinson of Villanova University and who interned with JLT Re North America.  His paper was titled: "Emerging Risk - Climate Change Related Impacts on the Insurance and Reinsurance Industry"

Fourth Place - Joseph Felix of the University of Connecticut and who interned with Aspen Re.  His paper was titled: "Cloud Coverage: Analyzing Cyber Security Risks"

Over the course of the next 12 months each paper will be published in an edition of the Journal of Reinsurance so be sure to read it when it hits your Inbox!

As the 50th Anniversary Nears,
IRUA Launches Its Strategic Initiative Campaign

IRUA celebrates its 50th birthday in 2017! In order to stay relevant the Board announces its new Strategic Initiatives which followed a high-level review aimed to enhance educational and networking benefits as an add value to your membership.

These include

♦  A formal change in the acronym from "IRU" to "IRUA" which brings consistency
    with email and website addresses;
♦  A new modern and dynamic logo and re-branding of all content and materials;
♦  A totally redesigned and user-friendly website with much improved user access and
    functionality *To be launched shortly!
♦  Consolidation of committee structures to reflect our 4 core focus areas:
    Education, Scholars, Conference & Journal of Reinsurance

As this is a still a work in progress, your patience is appreciated but it will all be worth it!!




The RNG group meets over lunch from 12 -2 and offers an educational event and good networking and social opportunities. 

The next meeting was to have been on THURSDAY JANUARY 12 but is now POSTPONED until a date in February or March that we are currently discussing.

MAYER BROWN LLP is kindly hosting and firm partner Richard Dodge will be leading a discussion of Data Security in the Arbitration Process.  This important topic relates to all business dealings now, not just those engaged in the arbitration process. Open to all at $55 per person for buffet lunch and CLE credit, too.

Registration for this important and interesting event will commence when once the new date is finalized in the near future.


MARCH 7 & 8 -  a two-day event with one-day focusing on Claims and another on Underwriting.  A networking reception will be held at the conclusion of day one. The seminar will be held at Mayer Brown's midtown Manhattan office. 

Day One - March 7 - is devoted to CLAIMS with the topics including:

             - an essential guide to claims auditing; audit protocol in complex claims & cross cultural relationships; legal & administrative perspectives; contract compliance/premium accounting/importance of knowing treaty language/proper ceding & allocation

There will be a Networking Reception following Day One including Day Two only registrants.

Day Two - March 8 - is devoted to UNDERWRITING.  Topics include:

              - an essential guide to underwriting auditing; forensic accounting & transactional audits; how to look forward to a property reinsurance audit; anticipating & identifying problems/team translation/valuation studies

To register for Both Sessions fees are: IRUA member companies/groups: $950; non-members $1150 CLICK HERE

To register for Claims only fees are: IRUA member companies/groups: $525; non-members $625  CLICK HERE

To register for Underwriting only fees are: IRUA member companies/groups: $525, non-members : $625  CLICK HERE 


APRIL 25 - a one-day seminar on all you want to know about Casualty business. This session will be held at Crowell & Moring's midtown Manhattan office.  Details to follow shortly. 



FEBRUARY 3, 2016
Cat Bond Mechanics 

This event was hosted by Hogan Lovells LLP in their mid-town New York City office.  Our speaker was Chi Hum, Managing Director of Guy Carpenter & Co., LLC.  Chi Hum gave an excellent and informative presentation that sparked an extremely interactive discussion with attendees.  A copy of the presentation will be sent to those registered

MARCH 9, 2016
Claims and Underwriting Aspects of Emerging Risks

Hosted by Mound, Cotton, Wollan & Greengrass LLP, in their downtown New York City office, this event was well received by attendees. Reviewed were excellent and included comments such as "A really good seminar with topics that affect us both professionally and at the consumer level"; Great Value"; Interesting and pertinent material was presented"; Thank you IRUA for another great seminar".

Topics Included:   Big Data & Cyber Risk ♦ Nanotechnology ♦ Medical/Legalized Marijuana ♦ The Internet of Things  ♦ 3-D printing, Bitcoins & E-Cigarettes/Vaping 

 MAY 4-5, 2016
Next Generation Leadership Seminar 

Our 3rd Next Generation Leadership Seminar was held in New York City at Transatlantic Re's downtown office.  This unique two-day program, once again, received rave reviewed by attendees. 

Topics included:
A Reinsurance Executive/CEO Panel on Visions for the Future
Risk Management and Climate Change (Temple University Professor in Risk Management)Current and Future Trends in Insurance and Reinsurance (Holborn's CEO) and an interactive Group Case Study Project





JANUARY 12, 2016

This lunch & learn and networking event was held on Tuesday January 12 at the downtown New York City office of Stroock, Stroock and Lavan LLP. Stroock partner, Andrew S. Lewner and Associate, David Simunovich presented the topic: Exploring the New World of Privilege in the Reinsured/Reinsurer Relationship. 

MAY 3, 2016

Everett Cygal and David Pi of Schiff Hardin's Chicago HQ presented on the topic of Recent Developments regarding an Arbitrator's Disclosures and the meeting was held at Schiff Hardin's NYC office located at 666 Fifth Avenue (52/53 streets) on the 17th floor.  

JUNE 14, 2016

Steve Schwartz of Chaffetz Lindsey presented  on the subject of the Bellefonte decision and recent developments in the Second Circuit and the meeting was held in Chaffetz Lindsey's impressive new offices at 1700 Broadway (53/54th streets).  A capacity and highly interactive audience enjoyed the program and our thanks are due to Mr. Schwartz and the Chaffetz firm.

OCTOBER 6, 2016

Ed Lenci and Scott Seaman of Hinshaw & Culbertson presented "Drafting Effective Dispute Resolution Clauses" to a capacity audience at their offices at 800 Third Avenue. A unique event for us as the session was recorded for broadcasting on the Hinshaw Radio Network.



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