Pictured with 2013 keynote speaker, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, are members of the Bermuda Convergence 2014 organising committee (from left:)  Appleby's Brad Adderley, KPMG's Denise Reilly and Jason Carne, consultant Anna Pereira, Horseshoe Group's Andre Perez, Mr. Wozniak, PwC Bermuda's Arthur Wightman, Kathleen Faries of  Tokio Solution, Susan Lane of Aon and the BSX's Greg Wojciechowski. *Photo supplied
Pictured with 2013 keynote speaker, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, are members of the Bermuda Convergence 2014 organising committee (from left:) Appleby's Brad Adderley, KPMG's Denise Reilly and Jason Carne, consultant Anna Pereira, Horseshoe Group's Andre Perez, Mr. Wozniak, PwC Bermuda's Arthur Wightman, Kathleen Faries of Tokio Solution, Susan Lane of Aon and the BSX's Greg Wojciechowski. *Photo supplied

A major insurance conference has been scheduled to help take advantage of the World Rugby Classic in November.

Bermuda Convergence 2014 will be held November 12 and 13 at the Pier 6 complex in Hamilton, ILS (insurance-linked securities) Bermuda Ltd.

The ILS Bermuda committee expects a lively mix of panelists at Bermuda Convergence 2014, an exciting keynote speaker and opportunities for networking followed by an evening at the World Rugby Classic.

The inaugural Convergence 2013 event last November was hailed a success, drawing more than 280 delegates from around the world and helping to cement Bermuda's position as a global leader in reinsurance — and top domicile for insurance-linked securities

A spokesperson from PwC said with ILS expected to represent $100 billion of reinsurance capacity in the next five years, the consensus is that the market is here to stay. Today, the ILS market is estimated at about $30 to $40 billion, close to 15 per cent of the property catastrophe reinsurance market and this share continues to grow at a rapid pace.

Arthur Wrightman, insurance leader PwC Bermuda and ILS Bermuda committee member, said in a release: “The year 2013 represented a watershed moment as the capital markets converged on reinsurance en masse.

“ILS funds performed very strongly, and reinsurers provided diversity in the solutions provided to risk managers hedging largely property catastrophe portfolios of risks. Bermuda is leading the way in innovation in reinsurance and looks forward to hosting leading lights of the industry at Convergence 2014 in November.”

Greg Wojciechowski, CEO, Bermuda Stock Exchange, and ILS Bermuda committee member, aded: “Bermuda continues to lead the way in offshore jurisdictions, which is clearly evident in the ILS space, with over $9 billion of Insurance Linked Securities listed on the Bermuda Stock Exchange and the formation of a record 51 SPIs in 2013.”

Bermuda Monetary Authority figures show that new registrations increased across all market sectors in 2013 with alternative risk transfer sectors of the market showing the fastest growth.

By the end of 2013, out of the $21.0 billion of global ILS issuance, $9.2 billion was sponsored by Bermuda-based SPIs, representing 41 per cent of the world- wide stock of ILS.

Jason Carne, head of ILS and managing director at KPMG Audit Limited in Bermuda and ILS Bermuda committee member, said: “Following on from the success of last year’s event, we are thrilled to host Bermuda Convergence 2014. Bermuda is clearly the market leader in this space and this will be the event for all those

involved in the alternative risk market — insurers, reinsurers, investors, investment bankers, regulators and service providers.”