Schinnerer Group Launches First Retail Insurance Solution Backed by Alternative Capital

Alternus Provides US-Based Property Owners Greater Market Choice and Diversification  

Chevy Chase, MD, April 21, 2017 – The Schinnerer Group, through its subsidiary Victor O. Schinnerer & Company, an underwriting manager of specialty insurance programs, today announced the launch of Alternus, a new insurance solution that US companies can access to cover risks in their global property portfolios. Alternus is the first dedicated commercial insurance solution for retail clients backed by alternative capital.   

Alternus is exclusively offered through Marsh, a global leader in insurance broking and risk management, and will cover up to 10% of an insured’s entire property insurance program with up to $200 million in limits per program.

This new solution is underwritten and managed by Schinnerer and backed by a combination of Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) and alternative capital through asset manager Nephila Capital Ltd. 

“By drawing on a mix of traditional and non-traditional capacity, Alternus provides insureds with greater flexibility to manage an increasingly complex array of risks,” said Christopher Schaper, CEO, The Schinnerer Group, the parent company of Victor O. Schinnerer & Company. “Providing retail clients with direct access to alternative capital to cover their risk is a significant innovation.”

Alternus offers broad protection to a US-based organization’s global property risks including multi-year coverage, if desired.  Protection includes natural and man-made perils.

“The Property & Casualty industry must continue to evolve at a fast pace and this innovative risk transfer vehicle will be most appreciated by clients,” said Bill Scaldaferri, CEO and President AGCS North America. “The launch of Alternus is a significant step in helping to transfer risk more broadly. Bringing this product to US-based commercial organizations is part of our commitment to expanding our overall footprint in North America.”

Nephila Capital Ltd. Co-Founder Frank Majors added: “The insurance sector has become increasingly attractive to the investment community. Through Alternus, we have created a strategic and innovative structure that enables Nephila to give insurance clients choice and also offers our investors access to risk in the US commercial property retail market.”

About The Schinnerer Group

The Schinnerer Group is made up of the largest and most experienced underwriting managers of specialty insurance programs in the world.  The Schinnerer Group includes Victor O. Schinnerer in the United States, ENCON in Canada, and other MGA enterprises globally. At Schinnerer, underwriting management has been a distinct discipline for over five decades.  The Schinnerer Group handles greater than $700 million in premium on behalf of numerous insurance carriers, through a large network of approximately 10,000 active brokers.

About Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) is the Allianz Group's dedicated carrier for corporate and specialty insurance business. AGCS provides insurance and risk consultancy across the whole spectrum of specialty, alternative risk transfer and corporate business: Marine, Aviation (incl. Space), Energy, Engineering, Entertainment, Financial Lines (incl. D&O), Liability, Mid-Corporate and Property insurance (incl. International Insurance Programs).

Worldwide, AGCS operates in 30 countries with own units and in over 210 countries and territories through the Allianz Group network and partners. In 2016, it employed around 5,000 people and provided insurance solutions to more than three quarters of the Fortune Global 500 companies, writing a total of €7.6 billion gross premium worldwide annually.

AGCS SE is rated AA by Standard & Poor’s and A+ by A.M. Best.

About Nephila Capital

Nephila Capital Ltd is a leading investment manager specializing in reinsurance and weather risk. Nephila has assets under management of approximately $10 billion as of April 1, 2017 and has been managing institutional assets in this space since it was founded in 1998. The firm has over 125 employees based in their Bermuda headquarters, San Francisco, CA, Nashville, TN and London. Further information can be found at

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