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Now Underway, the World Captive Forum Addresses New and Emerging Risks

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January 30, 2019

This year's 28th Business Insurance World Captive Forum (WCF) is happening January 30–February 1 at Turnberry Isle Miami, Florida. The forum addresses new and emerging risks facing companies and organizations worldwide, demonstrating how captives can offer solutions that may not be available in the traditional insurance marketplace. Recognized for its valuable educational content, the conference is geared toward providing cutting-edge information to risk managers, benefits managers, and financial executives whose organizations currently insure their risks in a captive or those who are exploring captive formation.

The meeting draws a diverse group of captive owners, those considering captive formation, captive managers, service providers, investment managers, reinsurers, domicile regulators and officials, and brokers specializing in captive insurance. The setting provides exceptional and meaningful networking and business opportunities for all attendees.

As in years past, the agenda is packed with leading industry experts who will cover an array of current topics, including global trends, captive fundamentals, recent regulatory developments, taxation, blockchains, small captives, healthcare captives, cell captives, cyber risk, producer-owned captives, stop loss in captives, reinsurance and fronting, Latin American captives, investments, employee benefits, "hot topics," and other provocative sessions.

Although the subject matter seems the same in captive conferences, what makes them interesting is the way that these subjects are worked out in real examples and in real-life situations. The fresh perspective in the WCF is provided by the presentations that focus on practical experience and actual case studies.

— Hugh Rosenbaum, Captive Insurance Expert

Captive Thought Leaders On-Site at the Forum

Link to commentary below from captive insurance thought leaders, and look for them on-site at the conference.

Steven Bauman of AXA XL
Martin Eveleigh of Atlas Insurance Management
Michael Maglaras of Michael Maglaras & Company
Michael Mead of Captive Insurance Company Reports
Debra Walker of the North Carolina Department of Insurance

"Hugh Rosenbaum Discusses the World Captive Forum, Then and Now"

Hugh Rosenbaum


Conference Sessions


Following is a list of conference sessions that will be presented on three tracks: General, Property/Casualty, and Benefits. See the expert speaker roster on the Business Insurance website for the speaker lineup. 

 Preconference Workshop: Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Captives 201: The Fundamentals and Recent Developments
Opening Reception
 Thursday, January 31, 2019
Opening Keynote: The 2019 Economic Outlook in Increasingly Uncertain Times
Taxation and Regulation (featuring Bruce Wright of Eversheds Sutherland US LLP)
Global EB: Trending Up
Blockchains in Insurance and Captives
Small Captives: The Innovations and Dislocations
The Next Big Challenge for Health Care Liability Captives  (featuring Michael Maglaras of Michael Maglaras & Company)
State Regulation Again! Time for a Fresh Look!
Reinsurance and Fronting
US Benefits—It's a Better Year (see an article written by copresenter David Slenn)
It's Cyber and It's Insurable
Innovations in Cell Structures
Producer-Owned Captives (featuring Craig Brophy of Milliman)
Stoploss in Captives
Roundtable Discussions (featuring Bruce Wright of Eversheds Sutherland US LLP)
Latin American Captives
Networking Reception
 Friday, February 1, 2019
Hot Topics (featuring Bruce Wright of Eversheds Sutherland US LLP)
2019 Regulator Concerns (featuring Steve Kinion of the Bureau of Captive and Financial Insurance Products, Delaware Department of Insurance)
Investments: Not Your Grandfather's Portfolio
Employee Benefits: Synergies between EB and P/C Programs
Successful Captives: Three Case Studies

Of the final conference session, Mr. Rosenbaum (pictured above) said, "One of the key sessions in the World Captive Forum program features case studies of successful captives. The emphasis is on 'successful,' and that's what delegates expect from it year after year. During this session, risk managers from three companies will provide detailed insights into why their captives were formed in the first place, how they demonstrate value added to their owners and participants, and some of the innovative uses they have found for them, as well as how they overcame potential obstacles. Among the captives featured this year will be one sponsored by a multinational company, a telecom company, and a construction company."

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