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Investing In Caribbean Paradise Just Got Simpler With The UVI RTPark

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Dr. Gillian Marcelle, executive director of the Virgin Islands’ Specialist Economic Development Agency, the UVI RTPark, addressing VIP guests at the June 7th Investment Shocase in NYC.

Dr. Gillian Marcelle, executive director of the Virgin Islands’ Specialist Economic Development Agency, the UVI RTPark, addressing VIP guests at the June 7th Investment Showcase in NYC.

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. June 14, 2017: There is a simpler way to invest in the Caribbean and the US Caribbean territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

That’s the message Dr. Gillian Marcelle, executive director of the Virgin Islands’ Specialist Economic Development Agency, the UVI RTPark, brought to potential investors, executives and members of the Caribbean Diaspora, at the agency’s VIP Investment Showcase Reception during Caribbean Week in New York on June 7th.

“We are ready to help you set up a business in the U.S.V.I. in as little as three to four months,” Dr. Marcelle told the some 60 plus VIP guests at the Showcase in the financial capital of the world. “We see the UVI RTPark as an entry point to the US and a bridge to the wider Caribbean. A company establishing in this Caribbean US territory will profit from a number of benefits, including up to 90 percent reduction in income taxes for qualifying income, as well as reductions or exemptions in other taxes. From this base, you can serve clients anywhere in the world.

Christopher Halliday, partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, told the audience, the RTPark will foster economic growth, not just in the USVI, but across the Caribbean.

Applying for membership to the RTPark program is simple and involves three stages: screening and pre-application; negotiation of a term sheet and a formal application procedure.

The RTPark is keen on attracting technology companies in health and medicine, energy research & system deployment, as well as marine science related products and Internet advertising and software development.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the UVI RTPark’s Board of Directors, Edward E. Thomas, lauded the agency’s first Caribbean Diaspora focused marketing efforts and reminded investors that there is no limit to the number of companies who can become clients of the program.

And President of the University of the Virgin Islands, Dr. David Hall, said that he looks forward to the ongoing public/private sector partnership between clients of the RTPark and the University as the agency continues to promote the U.S.V.I. as an impact investment hub for the Caribbean.

Interested companies can contact the RTPark at 1-340-692-4304 or by email at info@uvirtpark.net. The RTPark is also on Twitter @UVI_RTPark or on Facebook at UVI Research and Technology Park

SOURCE: UVI RTPark

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Armenia commits to significantly boosting foreign direct investments

Arton Capital appointed advisors in the process

MONTREAL, June 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Arton Capital has been appointed to study and evaluate Armenia’s potential to develop and market an immigrant investor program, following an invitation from the International Centre for Migration Policy Development. The ICMPD seeks to promote innovative and sustainable migration policies around the world. The initiative comes as a series of steps undertaken by the EU-funded project entitled Support to Migration and Border Management.

In a series of meetings held in Yerevan this week, Arton’s team of experts had the chance to delve into the local political economy as well as the existing legal frameworks relating to visa and residency issuance, naturalization, and laws regarding foreigners.

The concept of citizenship by investment was embraced by high level officials at the Ministry of Economic Development and Investments, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Presidential Administration, the Central Bank, the Police, the State Migration Service and the Center for Strategic Initiatives.

The government of Armenia shared its strong belief that alternative means of attracting foreign direct investment are of primary importance for the country’s economic development and future growth. For their part, the experts from Arton Capital shared their view that Armenia has the potential to position itself as a unique investment destination for high net worth individuals from the Middle East and Asia.

Arton Capital has been tasked with producing a detailed report that will evaluate the existing infrastructure, outline the best ways to structure an attractive and sustainable program in accordance with EU laws, and implement industry-leading due diligence practices.

Many countries in Europe, North America and the Caribbean have implemented citizenship and residency programs in the past 20 years, and they have attracted billions in investments. Many more are considering the implementation of such programs as a highly effective means of boosting foreign direct investment.

“The direction chosen by Armenia is shared by many others,” says Armand Arton, founder and president of Arton Capital. “As a proud Armenian, I am honored to offer my years of professional experience and acute know-how to help the country meet its foreign direct investment goals.”

In support of its philanthropic commitment, Arton Capital has pledged to donate the consulting fees awarded by the contract to help refugees in Armenia. More than 20,000 Syrians, many of whom are ethnically Armenian, have found refuge in Armenia since the Syrian war began in 2011.

About Arton Capital

Arton Capital empowers individuals and families to become Global Citizens by investing in second residence and citizenship around the world. This is accomplished through a bespoke service experience that simplifies complexity and is supported by long-term relationships.

As a global financial advisory firm specializing in investor programs for residence and citizenship, Arton plays a critical role in helping governments, industry professionals and investors meet their goals quickly, efficiently and effectively.

Arton is the founder of the Global Citizen Forum as well as the Global Citizen Foundation. Its global operations are spread over 15 offices around the world and have helped attract over US$3 billion in foreign direct investment to various countries.

Arton Capital is a member of The Arton Group, which comprises fully licensed international banking, financial advisory and investment consulting companies tailored to the needs of Global Citizens.

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Antigua and Barbuda Implements GIIC Diplomatic Regulatory Framework

LONDON, Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, the Hon. Gaston Browne announced that the Cabinet has approved a new policy on diplomatic representation and accreditation based in part on the Global Investor Immigration Council’s (GIIC) regulatory recommendations.

The GIIC made the regulatory recommendations to increase the transparency and accountability of diplomatic appointments’ work with the country’s Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP). The recommendations are part of the GIIC’s collaboration with Professor Craig Barker, Dean of the School of International Law and Social Sciences, London South Bank University, and included proposals for more thorough due diligence, stricter appointment procedures and tighter controls.

“In order to manage the risks associated with these appointments, the appointment shall be for a maximum of two years, subject to renewal upon satisfactory performance.” shared the Hon. Gaston Browne. Further he shared “To ensure appropriate representation by non-national ambassadors-at-large, special envoys and honorary consuls, thorough background and other due diligence checks shall be conducted on persons under consideration and prior to their appointment.”

Mykolas Rambus, Chairman of the GIIC shared “For countries with citizenship by investment programs, diplomatic figures are of even greater importance. Conscious of preserving the integrity and standing of diplomatic and other passports of Antigua and Barbuda, the government has implemented even more rigorous appointment procedures including expanded due diligence and monitoring practices. Antigua and Barbuda have clearly taken steps to advance the reputation of the country and improve the performance of its citizenship by investment program.”

About the GIIC

The Global Investor Immigration Council (GIIC) is the investor immigration industry’s self-regulatory body, protecting integrity, ensuring transparency, and advancing advocacy for all constituents. The GIIC develops and maintains best industry practices, serves as a non-partisan, not-for-profit forum for all stakeholders to ensure dialogue, stability, and success. To learn more, please visit www.giic.uk.

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OIL Rebrands to Vistra

Strategic development to implement a single global brand

HONG KONG, Feb. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Vistra, one of the world’s leading service providers in international incorporations, trust, fiduciary, and fund administration services, today announced that OIL, Asia’s leading company formation specialist, has rebranded to Vistra.

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The rebrand heralds an exciting new chapter for Vistra and is the culmination of five years of successful integration that began with the merger of OIL and Vistra in 2011. Following an alignment of the respective corporate identities in 2015, the re-branding of OIL to Vistra completes the final step in operating as one united business. With over 30 years history, OIL has become the leader in international incorporations and related services; working with both end clients and intermediaries to support their cross border aspirations. Moving forward, the OIL business will form the basis of Vistra’s Company Formation division to complement the broader service offerings available under the Vistra brand.

Martin Crawford, CEO of Vistra, commented on the rebrand:
“We are immensely proud of the OIL brand and what it has represented over the past 30 years; especially in the Asian markets in which it has operated. Originally branded Offshore Incorporations Limited, OIL for short, we pioneered the use of offshore entities in Asia as a means of opening up trade, investments, and capital market transactions to the rest of the world. As the business has developed and expanded beyond Asia, it makes sense to align under the Vistra brand. This is a significant step in the evolution of Vistra into a truly global brand and one that we are very excited about. Clients can expect the same level of service and expertise under the Vistra brand but now have better access to the global network should they require.”

Jonathon Clifton, Group Managing Director of Vistra’s Company Formation division added: “Completing the rebrand of OIL to Vistra unites and strengthens our resources as a single international brand. This paves the way for countless opportunities for our clients, our people, and our investors, creating a better connectivity between Asia, Europe, and the rest of the world. Our focus remains on our clients as we develop the brand and our services, especially as we shift towards and build upon our onshore capabilities. This rebrand represents a milestone for all of us, one that welcomes new changes and growth for the Vistra family.”

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Ernst & Young Ltd. announces two senior leadership changes in Bermuda

David Brown appointed as Senior Partner in Bermuda and Regional Insurance Leader and Jessel Mendes named Regional Growth Markets Leader

HAMILTON, Bermuda, Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Ernst & Young Ltd. today announced two leadership changes. David Brown will become the firm’s Senior Partner in Bermuda and Insurance Leader for the EY Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands region, replacing Pete Cangany, who will retire from EY after 37 years with the organization. This transition will take effect on July 1, 2017, and Cangany will remain in the role until that time. Effective immediately, Jessel Mendes will assume the new role of Regional Growth Markets Leader, in addition to his current responsibilities as Partner of Ernst & Young Ltd. (EY Bermuda).

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Brown most recently served as the Insurance Industry leader for the Southwest Region of Ernst & Young LLP in the US and directed the Southwest Region FSO Assurance practice. He has more than 27 years of experience working with large multinational clients, including insurance companies with global operations, US domestic insurance enterprises and Bermuda-based global reinsurance companies. Cangany has served as Senior Bermuda Partner since July 2014, and has been regional Insurance Leader since January 2013.

“Under Pete’s leadership, we have been able to build a high-performing team in Bermuda, enhance our relationships with stakeholders across the market and expand our range of services and expertise,” said Dan Scott, Regional Managing Partner for the EY region including Bahamas, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands. “We are very excited to have David assume this role and contribute to our legacy of leadership. His deep insurance and reinsurance experience, coupled with his knowledge of the market, will allow us to bring even more global resources to our Bermuda clients and help them capitalize on new opportunities. We are pleased to have Pete remain in the role through the end of June to provide guidance and assist in the transition process.”

In taking on the new role of Growth Markets Leader for the region, Jessel Mendes will be adding to his current responsibilities as EY Bermuda Partner. In addition to continuing to interact with EY Bermuda clients and other market stakeholders, as Growth Markets Leader he will focus on driving growth for EY firms across the region, maintaining a pulse on the market, overseeing the growth of EY service offerings, programs and initiatives, and determining how resources and capabilities can be best deployed to benefit clients. Mendes, who is a member of the board of the Bermuda Business Development Agency (BDA), will also leverage his extensive network of relationships to uncover new opportunities and help EY Bermuda and the region’s other firms build on their market position.

“We are positioned for the next phase of growth in Bermuda and across the region, so the timing for these changes is ideal,” added Scott. “We have been working diligently with Pete, David and our clients to lay the groundwork for a smooth transition. David has a deep understanding of the challenges organizations are facing and great insurance industry knowledge, so he was a natural choice to lead our Bermuda practice. With Jessel taking on a new role, we now have a great opportunity to serve our clients’ rapidly-evolving needs and accelerate growth.”

About EY

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

EY refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more, of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit ey.com.

This news release has been issued by Ernst & Young Ltd., Bermuda, a member of the global EY organization serving clients in Bermuda.

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Invest Caribbean Now Celebrates National Caribbean-American Heritage Month With Spotlight On Economic Investments

Part of the audience at ICN 2015. (ICN image)

Part of the audience at ICN 2015. (ICN image)

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. June 1, 2016: This National Caribbean-American Heritage Month (NCAHM), Invest Caribbean Now (ICN), the private sector investment agency of the Caribbean, is celebrating the 110th anniversary of NCAHM by putting the spotlight on economic investments in the Caribbean region and the U.S. and Canadian Caribbean Diasporas.

ICN is currently offering qualified developers with major Caribbean-focused projects in the real estate, infrastructure development, mining and energy sectors, an opportunity to pitch their projects to company executives.

Developers who meet the company’s criteria will be able to access a variety of financing options – both debt and equity – for projects valued at between USD 5 million and up to USD300 million through the ICN network. Construction projects like resort and hotel construction, villa and mixed use developments and multi-family properties are welcome as well as major infrastructure development, energy and mining projects. Additionally, debt funding is available for refinancing, purchase or bridge loans of between USD$1 to $100 million.

For an appointment, submit completed executive summary of project that includes bios of company executives, financial overview and projects and contact details to Ana Gonzalez at agonzalez@hardbeatcommunications.com. Appointments will be confirmed directly with developer based on preliminary company and project evaluation and interest.

Meanwhile, small to medium-sized Caribbean American and Hispanic-owned businesses in the U.S. and Canada who have been in existence for one year and have earnings of USD100, 000 can also contact ICN for access to SBE loans of up to USD250, 000 for expansion.

For more information see investcaribbeannow.com.

ABOUT INVEST CARIBBEAN NOW

Invest Caribbean Now was launched five years ago in collaboration at the time with the Caribbean Tourism Organization to serve as a conduit between funders and governments and private sector developers in the tourism field.

It  began with an annual investment forum that featured investment bankers, private equity investors, ministers of governments, hotel developers, tourism officials, architects, real estate developers, financial advisers, entrepreneurs, Chinese government officials and investors as well as the media in a giant match making event that put the spotlight on investment opportunities in several Caribbean nations including Bermuda, the Turks & Caicos Islands, St. Martin and Trinidad & Tobago. Based on its effectiveness in bringing people together to do business and its network of high net worth lenders and programs, ICN, owned by Hard Beat Communications, expanded it focus in 2015 to become the private sector investment agency of the Caribbean, focusing now year round on matching projects with funders and funding. ICN is the brainchild of Caribbean-born entrepreneur Felicia J. Persaud and is based in America’s financial capital of the world, New York City.

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SOURCE: Invest Caribbean Now

MEDIA CONTACT:

Kathy Bronson

Communications Coordinator

Invest Caribbean Now

kbronson@hardbeatcommunications.com

718-476-3616

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Physical Gold Fund SP has registered with the FCA

LONDON, May 23, 2016 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Physical Gold Fund SP (PGF) has registered with the FCA within the United Kingdom. PGF is now permitted to market within the United Kingdom through the National Private Placement Regime.

“This opens the door for UK institutions and citizens to own gold in what we believe to be the most secure and safe way possible,” says PGF Managing Director Alex Stanczyk, “The constant feedback that we receive from investors is that people have had enough of being taken advantage of by financial institutions that do not have their best interests at heart, and are looking for something real to preserve their hard earned savings.  We have taken a good look at what is available in this space, and have designed PGF from the ground up to avoid risks other gold products have by vaulting outside the banking system with the world’s top security logistics firms, clearing trades directly with refineries instead of banks, and by developing unique protocols to mitigate political risk. I am confident that this Fund is the most robust, secure, and thoughtfully constructed physical gold fund in the world today.”

About Physical Hard Assets Fund SPC

Physical Hard Assets Fund SPC is a Segregated Portfolio Company domiciled in Cayman Islands and regulated by the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA).

About Physical Gold Fund SP

Physical Gold Fund SP is a Segregated Portfolio Fund of the Physical Hard Assets Fund SPC, listed on the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange, and regulated by CIMA. PGF is a transparent, open‐ended fund that invests in unencumbered, fully-allocated physical gold in the form of “Good Delivery” gold bars meeting accepted global standards. Shares of the Fund are redeemable for gold, and all physical gold is insured to its full market value.

For additional information: www.physicalgoldfund.com

Source: Physical Hard Assets Fund SPC, Physical Gold Fund SP (FRN: 739437, Umbrella FRN 739438, PRN’s: 739439, 7439440 and 739441).

This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall thereby any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state or jurisdiction. Nothing in this communication should be construed as investment advice, an investment recommendation, or a solicitation to invest. This communication has not been approved by any authority for any purpose. This news release contains certain forward looking statements that are based on expectations, estimates and projections as at the date of this news release. Any statements that involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions, future events or performance are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking information and are intended to identify forward-looking information.

CONTACT: UK Enquiries, Email: info@physicalgoldfund.co.uk, Tel: 0208 584 0063

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Markel completes acquisition of assets of CATCo Investment Management Ltd.

RICHMOND, Virginia, LONDON and HAMILTON, Bermuda, Dec. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Markel Corporation (”Markel”) (NYSE: MKL) and CATCo Investment Management Ltd. (”CATCo”) jointly announced today the completion of the acquisition by Markel of substantially all of the assets of CATCo.

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The business, which provides collateralized protections to over 35 global reinsurance buyers, will now operate as Markel CATCo Investment Management Ltd. (”Markel CATCo”). Every member of the CATCo team, led by Chief Executive Officer Tony Belisle, has transferred to Markel CATCo.

Richard R. Whitt, President and Co-Chief Operating Officer of Markel, commented, “We welcome Tony and the CATCo team into the Markel family. The reception by existing CATCo reinsurance buyers and investors to the newly established Markel platform has been overwhelmingly positive. We truly will be hitting the ground running.”  Whitt further remarked, “Joining CATCo’s insurance linked investment management capabilities alongside Markel’s traditional reinsurance capabilities should make for a powerful combination.”

Tony Belisle, Chief Executive Officer of Markel CATCo Investment Management Ltd., said, ”I am delighted with the successful closure of the transaction and the bringing together of two fantastic organisations that share similar goals and cultures.

“The extra support our new owner brings will enable us to offer enhanced product ranges and secure capital efficiencies for our growing number of reinsurance buyers. With a significant amount of next year’s renewals already committed and projected AUM expected to exceed $3bn, 2016 is shaping up to be a positive and exciting year.”

Willis Capital Markets & Advisory served as exclusive financial advisor and Hogan Lovells International LLP served as legal advisor to CATCo. Sidley Austin LLP served as legal advisor to Markel.

About Markel Corporation

Markel Corporation is a diverse financial holding company serving a variety of niche markets. The Company’s principal business markets and underwrites specialty insurance products. In each of the Company’s businesses, it seeks to provide quality products and excellent customer service so that it can be a market leader. The financial goals of the Company are to earn consistent underwriting and operating profits and superior investment returns to build shareholder value. Visit Markel Corporation on the web at www.markelcorp.com.

About Markel CATCo Investment Management Ltd.

Markel CATCo Investment Management Ltd. is a specialist investment management business. From its headquarters in Hamilton, Bermuda, Markel CATCo manages retrocession and traditional reinsurance portfolios for clients around the world, including financial institutions, charities, pension funds, family offices and investment funds. Markel CATCo Investment Management Ltd. is authorized and regulated by the Bermuda Monetary Authority.

Disclaimer

Some of the statements in this release may be considered forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about Markel’s and Markel CATCo’s beliefs, plans or expectations, are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on Markel’s and Markel CATCo’s current plans, estimates and expectations. There are risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by such statements. Neither Markel nor Markel CATCo assumes any obligation to update this release (including any forward-looking statements herein) as a result of new information, developments or otherwise. This release speaks only as of the date issued.Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140415/73238

CONTACT: Markel Corporation, Media, Paul Broughton, Managing Director, Marketing, 804-527-7618, pbroughton@markelcorp.com; Markel Corporation, Investors, Bruce Kay, Managing Director, Investor Relations, 804-747-0136, bkay@markelcorp.com; Markel CATCo Investment Management Ltd., Media, Mark Way, Investor Relations Director, +44 7786 116 991, mark.way@markelcatco.com; Markel CATCo Investment Management Ltd., Investors, Tony Belisle, Chief Executive Officer, 508-259-1640, tony.belisle@markelcatco.com

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Cayman Trust Licence Enables Hawksford to Expand Presence and Global Capabilities

SAINT-HÉLIER, Jersey, Nov. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Hawksford is now able to provide a full range of trust services in the Cayman Islands, having secured a Trust Licence.

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The Trust Licence, which is issued by The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority, enables Hawksford Services (Cayman) Limited to provide a full range of trust services to private and corporate clients.

Hawksford director Steve Robinson, who will help to build Hawksford’s name in the Cayman market, says the trust licence represents a milestone for the international corporate, private client and funds business. With this expansion into Cayman, Hawksford can now offer fiduciary services to clients from Europe, Asia and the Caribbean.

‘We are delighted that Hawksford now has operating capabilities in the Cayman Islands, this is a significant development for the company and our clients. Hawksford’s new Cayman business will bring scalability to how we are able to service our international client base and will open up new service areas for the company. From a structuring perspective, our broadened capabilities will be particularly complementary for our clients in the Asian, UK and US marketplaces,’ said Mr Robinson.

Hawksford’s chief executive, Maxine Rawlins, added: ‘As part of our international growth strategy, Hawksford is building a network of jurisdictions around the globe and we are delighted to extend our footprint into the Cayman Islands. Obtaining this licence reinforces our commitment to provide our clients with an international service. The operations, risk and legal teams have worked extremely hard to secure this licence, and we are looking forward to growing our capabilities in the Caribbean region.’

Hawksford is an international corporate, private client and funds business offering a range of comprehensive services to trusts, companies, foundations, partnerships, family offices and investment funds. Hawksford is backed by UK mid-market private equity firm Dunedin.

Notes to editors

About Hawksford Group: http://www.hawksford.com

Twitter: @HawksfordGroup

Hawksford is an international and award-winning corporate, private client and funds business which consistently delivers impeccable service and is focused on thinking beyond tomorrow.

Hawksford has operating capabilities in Jersey, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates and is actively seeking expansion into countries that will add further value to clients.

Contact:
Cherith Fothergill
Cherith.fothergill@hawksford.com
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Unlocking Finance For Growth In The Caribbean

Felicia J. Persaud, ICN’s founder and CEO.

Felicia J. Persaud, ICN’s founder and CEO.

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Nov. 25, 2015:  “Unlocking finance for Caribbean-born developers and existing regional companies is key as governments continue to struggle to grow their economies,” says Felicia J. Persaud, CEO at Invest Caribbean Now (ICN).

With banks in the region now less bullish on lending there, ICN, the definitive private sector investment agency of the Caribbean, has teamed up with several global private lenders to offer multi-million financing for projects ranging from US$5 million and up for major projects being developed in the Caribbean including building of villas, hotel and mixed-use properties.

This comes as the KPMG 2015 Caribbean Hospitality Financing Survey found that non-banks are more bullish on the Caribbean these days, with 17 percent saying it is the perfect time to lend in the region especially in Antigua, Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and Turks & Caicos.

Not to be left out, ICN is also offering access to capital for Caribbean & Hispanic small to medium enterprises in the US or Canada. The options include cash advances to existing micro-enterprises on invoices as well as low interest loans and lines of credit of between US$5,000 to $250,000 to qualified business owners seeking capital for expansion and growth.

Key projects ICN is teaming to support include hotel financing, refinancing and/or expansion; renovation, expansion and acquisition of existing hotels, building and renovating apartments or villas. Other sectors will be considered on a project by project basis.

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Invest Caribbean Now promotes and pushes for the right investment opportunities in the Caribbean region; offers a concierge service for high end investors seeking to make the right connection with key opportunities, governments and other parties in any Caribbean destination; connects major real estate projects with debt financing and small entrepreneurs in the US and Canadian Diaspora with small business loans and cash advances.

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SOURCE: Invest Caribbean Now

MEDIA CONTACT:

Kathy Bronson

Communications Coordinator

Invest Caribbean Now

kbronson@hardbeatcommunications.com

718-476-3616

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Invest Caribbean Now Partners To Expand Capital Access To Diaspora Businesses

Part of the audience at ICN 2015. (ICN image)

Part of the audience at ICN 2015. (ICN image)

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Oct. 30, 2015:  Access to capital is critical to the growth of small businesses, whether in the Caribbean/Latin America US Diaspora or Canada and often many have nowhere to turn.

But true to its goal of wealth building for the region and its Diasporas, Invest Caribbean Now, the global private sector Caribbean investment agency, has teamed with several US-based organizations to expand capital access to small to medium Caribbean and Hispanic-owned enterprises in the US and Canadians Diaspora.

ICN is partnering with two top organizations to offer cash advances to existing micro-enterprises as well as low interest loans and lines of credit of between US$5,000 to $250,000 to small to medium-sized businesses.

“We are thrilled to fulfil phase one of our 2014 goal of helping to provide access to capital for Caribbean and Hispanic-owned Diaspora Enterprises,” said ICN founder Felicia J. Persaud. “Partnerships are key to our success and we continue to build this with this new service. Now it gives me hope that one day we will also be able to do this for SME’s across the Caribbean region.”

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ABOUT INVEST CARIBBEAN NOW

Invest Caribbean Now (ICN) is the definitive private sector investment agency of the Caribbean. It is based in America’s financial capital of the world, New York City. Now in its fifth year, ICN is the brainchild of Caribbean-born media entrepreneur, Felicia J. Persaud and is owned by Hard Beat Communications, Inc.

Invest Caribbean Now promotes and pushes for the right investment opportunities in the Caribbean region; offers a concierge service for high end investors seeking to make the right connection with key opportunities, governments and other parties in any Caribbean destination and connects small entrepreneurs in the Diaspora with SME loans and cash advances.

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SOURCE: Invest Caribbean Now

MEDIA CONTACT:

Kathy Bronson

Communications Coordinator

Invest Caribbean Now

kbronson@hardbeatcommunications.com

718-476-3616

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Markel to Acquire Assets of CATCo Investment Management Ltd.

RICHMOND, Va., LONDON and HAMILTON, Bermuda, Sept. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Markel Corporation (”Markel”) (NYSE: MKL) and CATCo Investment Management Ltd. (”CATCo”) jointly announced today that they have entered into an agreement whereby Markel will acquire substantially all of the assets of CATCo. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2015. Additional terms were not disclosed.

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Upon completion of the acquisition, the business will operate as Markel CATCo Investment Management Ltd. (”Markel CATCo”). The existing CATCo management team, led by Chief Executive Officer Tony Belisle, will transition into commensurate roles at Markel CATCo and will operate the business from its Hamilton, Bermuda, headquarters under Markel’s ownership.

Richard R. Whitt, President and Co-Chief Operating Officer of Markel, commented, “We are very pleased for Tony Belisle and the entire CATCo team to join Markel. The addition of CATCo’s insurance linked investment management capabilities alongside Markel’s traditional reinsurance capabilities makes for a powerful combination. While Markel has a long and successful track record in the insurance linked securities space, the addition of the CATCo team takes our capabilities to an entirely new level. The current challenges in the reinsurance and retrocessional markets are well documented. Despite these short-term challenges, we believe that with innovative products and services the long-term future is bright.”

Tony Belisle, Chief Executive Officer of CATCo Investment Management Ltd., said, ”We are excited to join forces with Markel, a leading global specialty insurer and reinsurer which operates with a strong commitment to its core values and distinguished corporate culture. We felt this partnership offered a rare opportunity for CATCo to combine with a culturally similar organization which shares our results-oriented commitment to success and market leadership. We are confident that uniting the strength of the Markel brand and its global reach with CATCo’s differentiated product innovation capabilities will serve to improve our value proposition for investors and cedants. CATCo has grown significantly since its launch in 2010, and the agreement with Markel will allow the same management team to maintain its commitment to both client service and continual product innovation.”

Willis Capital Markets & Advisory served as exclusive financial advisor and Hogan Lovells International LLP served as legal advisor to CATCo. Sidley Austin LLP served as legal advisor to Markel.

About Markel Corporation

Markel Corporation is a diverse financial holding company serving a variety of niche markets. The Company’s principal business markets and underwrites specialty insurance products. In each of the Company’s businesses, it seeks to provide quality products and excellent customer service so that it can be a market leader. The financial goals of the Company are to earn consistent underwriting and operating profits and superior investment returns to build shareholder value. Visit Markel Corporation on the web at www.markelcorp.com.

About CATCo Investment Management Ltd.

CATCo Investment Management Ltd. is a specialist investment management business. From its headquarters in Hamilton, Bermuda, CATCo manages approximately $2.7 billion of retrocession and traditional reinsurance portfolios for clients around the world, including financial institutions, charities, pension funds, family offices, and investment funds. CATCo Investment Management Ltd. is authorized and regulated by the Bermuda Monetary Authority. Visit CATCo Investment Management Ltd. on the web at www.catcoim.com.

Disclaimer

Some of the statements in this release may be considered forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about Markel’s and CATCo’s beliefs, plans or expectations, are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on Markel’s and CATCo’s current plans, estimates, and expectations. There are risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by such statements. Neither Markel nor CATCo assumes any obligation to update this release (including any forward-looking statements herein) as a result of new information, developments, or otherwise. This release speaks only as of the date issued.

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James River Group Holdings, Ltd. Announces Dates for Its 2015 First Quarter Earnings Release and Conference Call

HAMILTON, Bermuda, April 14, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — James River Group Holdings, Ltd. (Nasdaq:JRVR) announced today it will release its earnings for the quarter ended March 31, 2015 after the market closes on Wednesday May 6, 2015. The Company will also host a conference call to discuss its results with analysts and investors on Thursday, May 7, 2015 beginning at 9:00am (Eastern Standard Time).
Investors may access the conference call by dialing (877) 930-8055, conference ID# 7710053, or via the internet by going to www.jrgh.net and clicking on the “Investor Relations” link. Please visit the website at least 15 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software. A replay of the call will be available at both the number above and the website until the close of business on June 5, 2015.
About James River Group Holdings, Ltd.
James River Group Holdings, Ltd. is a Bermuda-based insurance holding company which owns and operates a group of specialty insurance and reinsurance companies founded by members of our management team. The company operates in three specialty property-casualty insurance and reinsurance segments: Excess and Surplus Lines, Specialty Admitted Insurance and Casualty Reinsurance. The company tends to focus on accounts associated with small or medium-sized businesses in each of its segments. Each of the Company’s regulated insurance subsidiaries are rated “A-” (Excellent) with a “positive outlook” by A.M. Best Company.
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CONTACT: Robert Myron
President and Chief Operating Officer
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441-278-4583

CaribPR Wire, HAMILTON, Bermuda, April 14, 2015  James River Group Holdings, Ltd. (Nasdaq:JRVR) announced today it will release its earnings for the quarter ended March 31, 2015 after the market closes on Wednesday May 6, 2015. The Company will also host a conference call to discuss its results with analysts and investors on Thursday, May 7, 2015 beginning at 9:00am (Eastern Standard Time).

Investors may access the conference call by dialing (877) 930-8055, conference ID# 7710053, or via the Internet by going to www.jrgh.net and clicking on the “Investor Relations” link. Please visit the website at least 15 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software. A replay of the call will be available at both the number above and the website until the close of business on June 5, 2015.

About James River Group Holdings, Ltd.

James River Group Holdings, Ltd. is a Bermuda-based insurance holding company which owns and operates a group of specialty insurance and reinsurance companies founded by members of our management team. The company operates in three specialty property-casualty insurance and reinsurance segments: Excess and Surplus Lines, Specialty Admitted Insurance and Casualty Reinsurance. The company tends to focus on accounts associated with small or medium-sized businesses in each of its segments. Each of the Company’s regulated insurance subsidiaries are rated “A-” (Excellent) with a “positive outlook” by A.M. Best Company.

Visit James River Group Holdings, Ltd. on the web at www.jrgh.net

CONTACT: Robert Myron

President and Chief Operating Officer

bob.myron@jrgh.net

441-278-4583

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Judge accepts the petition for Judicial Recovery of OAS

SAO PAULO, April 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Judge Daniel Carnio Costa, of the 1st Section of Bankruptcy and Judicial Recoveries of the Court of Justice of the State of Sao Paulo, accepted yesterday the petition for Judicial Recovery placed by nine companies of OAS Group.

According to Costa’s decision, Construtora OAS, OAS S.A., OAS Imoveis S.A., SPE Gestao e Exploracao de Arenas Multiuso, OAS Empreendimentos S.A., OAS Infraestrutura S.A., OAS Investments Ltd., OAS Investments GmbH and OAS Finance Ltd. have, from now on, 60 days to submit to the creditors and suppliers the Plan for Recovery of the debts contracted until March 31, 2015.

All debts contracted as of the month of April will be fully paid. Payments of salaries and benefits of more than 100 thousand direct or indirect employees will not be affected by the process of Judicial Recovery.

The office of Alvarez & Marsal Consultoria Empresarial do Brasil was appointed as the Court-Appointed Trustee. It is the Court-Appointed Trustee’s responsibility to inspect the operations of the companies under Judicial Recovery, verify the list of creditors, chair the General Creditors’ Meeting and, finally, inspect compliance with the Judicial Recovery Plan approved by the creditors. Alvarez & Marsal will have no administrative role in any of the companies of OAS Group.

The initiative to go into Judicial Recovery was the best path found by OAS Group to negotiate its debts with creditors and suppliers due to the intense credit restriction observed since the end of last year for the companies in the infrastructure sector due to investigations at Petrobras.

“With almost 40 years of existence, OAS is compelled to take measures which allow it to continue operating in a healthy debt renegotiation process, preserving thousands of direct and indirect jobs,” said Fabio Yonamine, chairman of OAS Investimentos.

According to Diego Barreto, director of Corporate Development of Construtora OAS, the Group “will take to the negotiation of this process contributions which are very different from the ones observed in other Judicial Recoveries. A company with resources to maintain its activities, valuable assets and a team of professional managers provides clients, creditors and suppliers with a much safer environment for negotiations.”

OAS will sell some of its assets in the process of Judicial Recovery to provide safety to the investors who will take no risk of having their business contested by the creditors of the Group. The disinvestment in assets is also caused by the decision to concentrate efforts on what is its main vocation, heavy construction.

The participation of OAS S.A. in Invepar, the participation in Enseada Shipyard, OAS Empreendimentos, OAS Soluções Ambientais, OAS Oleo e Gas and OAS Defesa will be offered for sale. Arena Fonte Nova and Arena das Dunas will also be traded.

Construtora OAS goes into Judicial Recovery for technical matters, as it is already the guarantor of the Group’s loans, rather than for lack of liquidity.

“Construtora OAS bets on a professional governance, a corporate remodeling, revision of its management processes, strengthening of the compliance and internal audit areas, besides tough guidelines for reducing risks in the business conduction. The aim is making the company leaner, more agile, more competitive, focused on productivity and costs,” said Yonamine.

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OAS Companies ask for Judicial Recovery

The group will sell assets to pay off debts and capitalize on their core business, heavy construction

SAO PAULO, March 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – OAS Group has filed this Tuesday (31) an application for Judicial Recovery of nine of their companies to the Judiciary of the State of Sao Paulo. The initiative was the best path found by the Group to renegotiate their debts with creditors and suppliers in view of the intense restriction of credit observed since the end of last year. OAS also decided that it will concentrate efforts on what is its primary purpose, heavy construction.

“The infrastructure sector depends on intense capital financing for the development of projects that support the economic growth of the Country. Since the beginning of the investigations at Petrobras, the financial institutions have systematically restricted the access of enterprises to the resources necessary for the maintenance of projects. With almost 40 years in operation, the OAS has been compelled to take measures that will enable it to continue to operate in a healthy process of renegotiation of debts, while preserving thousands of direct and indirect jobs,” says Fabio Yonamine, OAS Investments president.

OAS will bring to this case’s table very distinct contributions from those observed in other Judicial Recoveries. A company having the resources to maintain their activities, valiant assets and a team of professional managers provides the customers, creditors and suppliers a much safer environment for negotiations.

“We will sell our assets in a Judicial Recovery case in order to give safety to the investors so that they are not at risk of having their business disputed in Justice by OAS creditors. The divestment of assets is motivated also by the decision to prioritize the core business of the Group, which is our heavy construction arm, Construtora OAS,” says Diego Barreto, Construtora OAS Corporate Development director.

Assets that will be put up for sale are the participation of OAS S.A. in Invepar (24.44% of the business), the slice of Enseada Shipyard (17.5%), OAS Empreendimentos (80%), OAS Soluçoes Ambientais (100%), OAS Oleo e Gas (61%) and OAS Defesa (100%). Arena Fonte Nova (50%) and Arena das Dunas (100%) will also be traded.

Barreto also emphasizes that Construtora OAS is applying for Judicial Recovery for technical reasons, since it is a guarantor of the funding of the Group, not because of a lack of liquidity, which is a problem that has reached the other companies included in the application (OAS S.A. , OAS Imoveis S.A., SPE Gestao e Exploracao de Arenas Multiuso, OAS Empreendimentos S.A., OAS Infraestrutura S.A., OAS Investments Ltd., OAS Investments GmbH and OAS Finance Ltd.).

After the granting of the recovery application by the Judiciary, OAS will have 60 days to submit the plan for the restructuring of debts to creditors and suppliers, who will have 120 additional days to discuss and approve the proposal. Debts incurred up to today’s date (March 31) will be frozen and renegotiated. All debts made from the month of April will be fully complied with. Payment of salaries and benefits of employees are not affected by the Judicial Recovery process. Directly or indirectly, there are more than 100 thousand employees involved.

The Judicial Recovery application does not include the Special-Purpose Societies (SPEs – “Sociedades de Proposito Especifico“) of OAS Empreendimentos, which are responsible for the development and construction of real estate ventures in several Brazilian States. This way, no purchasers of the properties will be affected by any agreement established within the Judicial Recovery.

Also excluded from the Judicial Recovery are Arena das Dunas, Arena Fonte Nova, OAS Solucoes Ambientais and OAS Oleo e Gas, in addition to OAS holdings in the Porto Novo dealership, in Enseada Shipyard, in OAS Logistica, in OAS Energy and OAS Defesa.

The difficulties for OAS began in November, from the investigations on Petrobras, which resulted in the termination of credit lines. At the same time, customers briefly suspended their payments and new contracts. As a result, rating agencies have lowered OAS’s grade, which has led to the early maturity of its debts.

With the aggravation of the situation, OAS has decided, at the end of 2014, to temporarily suspend the payment of debts maturing in January. The immediate goal was to continue the operations, maintain the payroll up to date and fulfill tax commitments.

Construtora OAS is investing in a professionalized governance, in the corporate remodeling, in the reviewing of their management processes, in the strengthening of the compliance and internal audit departments, in addition to strict guidelines to reduce risks in conducting business. The goal is to make the company leaner, more agile, more competitive, focused on productivity and costs.

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James River Group Holdings, Ltd. to be Added to Russell 2000(R), Russell 3000(R) and Russell Microcap(R) Indexes

CaribPR Wire, HAMILTON, Bermuda, March 25, 2015 — James River Group Holdings, Ltd. (Nasdaq:JRVR) announced that effective as of the close of the market on Monday, March 31, 2015, the Company will be added to the Russell 2000(R) index, the Russell 3000(R) index and the Russell Microcap(R) index, as part of the quarterly Initial Public Offering (IPO) update to the Russell indexes.

Over the past 30 years, Russell Indexes have provided tools to help investors build, track and manage investment portfolios.

The Russell 3000 Index measures the performance of the largest 3,000 U.S. companies representing approximately 98% of the investable U.S. equity market. The Russell 3000 Index is constructed to provide a comprehensive, unbiased and stable barometer of the broad market and is completely reconstituted annually to ensure new and growing equities are reflected. The Russell 2000 Index measures the performance of the small-cap segment of the U.S. equity universe. The Russell 2000 Index is a subset of the Russell 3000(R) Index representing approximately 10% of the total market capitalization of that index. The Russell 2000 is constructed to provide a comprehensive and unbiased small-cap barometer and is completely reconstituted annually to ensure larger stocks do not distort the performance and characteristics of the true small-cap opportunity set.

The Russell

Microcap(R) Index measures the performance of the microcap segment of the U.S. equity market. Microcap stocks make up less than 3% of the U.S. equity market (by market cap) and consist of the smallest 1,000 securities in the small-cap Russell 2000(R) Index, plus the next 1,000 smallest eligible securities by market cap.

Additional information about the Russell Investments indexes can be found at http://www.russell.com/indexes/americas/default.page

About James River Group Holdings, Ltd.

James River Group Holdings, Ltd. is a Bermuda-based insurance holding company which owns and operates a group of specialty insurance and reinsurance companies founded by members of our management team. The company operates in three specialty property-casualty insurance and reinsurance segments: Excess and Surplus Lines, Specialty Admitted Insurance and Casualty Reinsurance. The company tends to focus on accounts associated with small or medium-sized businesses in each of its segments. Each of the Company’s regulated insurance subsidiaries are rated “A-” (Excellent) with a “positive outlook” by A.M. Best Company.

Visit James River Group Holdings, Ltd. on the web at www.jrgh.net

CONTACT: Robert Myron

President and Chief Operating Officer

1-441-278-4583

InvestorRelations@jrgh.net

James River Group Holdings, Ltd. se agrega a los índices Russell 2000(R), Russell 3000(R) y Russell Microcap(R)

CaribPR Wire, HAMILTON, Bermudas, 26 de marzo de 2015– James River Group Holdings, Ltd. (Nasdaq: JRVR) anunció que al cierre del mercado el lunes, 31 de marzo de 2015, la compañía se agregará a los índices Russell 2000(R), Russell 3000(R) y Russell Microcap(R), como parte de la oferta pública inicial (Initial Public Offering, IPO) trimestral actualizada de los índices Russell.

Durante los últimos 30 años, los índices Russell han proporcionado herramientas para ayudar a los inversionistas a desarrollar, realizar un seguimiento y administrar carteras de inversión. El índice Russell 3000 mide el rendimiento de las 3000 compañías estadounidenses más grandes que representan el aproximadamente el 98 % del mercado de valores invertibles de Estados Unidos. El índice Russell 3000 fue construido para proporcionar un barómetro estable, imparcial y abarcativo del mercado en general y se reconstituye por completo anualmente para garantizar que los valores nuevos y en crecimiento se vean reflejados. El índice Russell 2000 mide el rendimiento del segmento de baja capitalización del universo de valores de los Estados Unidos. El índice Russell 2000 es un subgrupo del índice Russell 3000(R) que representa aproximadamente el 10 % de la capitalización total del mercado de ese índice. El índice Russell 2000 fue construido para proporcionar un barómetro estable y abarcativo de baja capitalización y se reconstituye por completo anualmente para garantizar que los títulos más importantes no distorsionen el rendimiento y las características del verdadero conjunto de oportunidades de baja capitalización. El índice Russell Microcap(R) mide el rendimiento del segmento de las micro capitalizaciones del mercado valores de los Estados Unidos. Los títulos de micro capitalización conforman menos del 3 % del mercado de valores de los Estados Unidos (según la capitalización de mercado) y están conformados por los 1000 valores más pequeños en el índice Russell 2000(R) de baja capitalización, más los 1000 valores más pequeños elegibles según la capitalización de mercado.

Para obtener más información acerca de los índices de inversión Russell visite http://www.russell.com/indexes/americas/default.page.

Acerca de James River Group Holdings, Ltd.

James River Group Holdings, Ltd. es un holding empresarial de seguros con sede en las Bermudas que posee y opera un grupo de compañías especializadas de seguros y reaseguros fundadas por miembros de nuestro equipo gerencial. La compañía opera en tres segmentos especializados de seguros y reaseguros de responsabilidad y patrimoniales: líneas de excesos y excedentes, seguros de productos especiales admitidos y reaseguros de responsabilidad. En cada uno de los segmentos, la compañía tiende a enfocarse en cuentas asociadas con pequeñas y medianas empresas. A.M. Best Company calificó con “A-” (excelente) y una “perspectiva positiva” a cada una de las subsidiarias de seguro reguladas de la compañía.

Visite el sitio web de James River Group Holdings, Ltd. en www.jrgh.net.

CONTACTO: Robert Myron

Presidente y director de Operaciones

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Beechwood Opens Headquarters in Hamilton, Bermuda

NEW YORK, March 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Beechwood Re announced today the opening of its affiliate Beechwood Bermuda International Limited’s new headquarters in Hamilton, Bermuda. The office, located at Cumberland House, 1 Victoria Street, will support both Beechwood’s reinsurance business that provides capacity to Life, Health, and Annuity insurance companies and Beechwood’s wealth management business that offers direct-written investment products to global (non-U.S.) investors. The new office, according to David Lessing, Executive Vice President of Beechwood, “represents an important next step in Beechwood’s commitment to offering unique solutions for our clients. It allows us to more effectively leverage the world-class infrastructure and expertise available in Bermuda.”

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Beechwood’s Bermuda office will be managed by Graham Mackay, FSA, whom Beechwood has appointed Chief Operating Officer and Head of Underwriting. In this role, Graham will be responsible for key operating functions of the company and the underwriting and management of reinsurance transactions written into Bermuda.

Graham has provided reinsurance solutions and services to clients for over 30 years, covering the full range of products written by life and annuity insurers in key global markets. Graham joins Beechwood from Ernst & Young, LLP where he led their Life Reinsurance Practice serving clients in Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and the U.S.  Prior to EY, Graham held senior management and technical roles with global reinsurers including Mercantile & General Reinsurance, Lincoln Reinsurance, ING Reinsurance, Imagine Re, and Duncanson & Holt and established Milliman’s life actuarial practice. Graham is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.  He holds a Bachelors of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo.

About Beechwood Re, Ltd. and Beechwood Bermuda International Ltd.
The Beechwood family of companies includes Beechwood Re, a reinsurer domiciled in Grand Cayman and regulated by the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA), and Beechwood Bermuda International Ltd., a licensed long-term insurer regulated by the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA).  The companies were formed with the belief that there is a shortage in attractive capacity for the life and annuity markets, driven by a need for flexibility and creativity in underwriting and product development in markets associated with asset risk.  The Beechwood companies provide life, annuity, and long-term care reinsurance to primary insurance companies in the U.S. and internationally, and direct-written investment products to clients globally.

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Kennedy Funding Financial Suspends Lending in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Joins other major lenders in a response to territory’s lengthy foreclosure process

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Feb. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Kennedy Funding Financial, LLC, one of the world’s largest private lenders, has suspended all lending in the U.S. Virgin Islands, encompassing St. Croix and St. Thomas, citing bureaucratic problems in the territory’s foreclosure process.

“Due to the incredible delays in the foreclosure process, we have decided to join many other U.S.-based lenders in this action,” said Kevin Wolfer, the firm’s CEO, citing the territory’s governmental process and courts. “These delays are preventing lenders from recouping their investment dollars in the islands.

“While the principals of our firm enjoy vacationing in St. Thomas and the other islands, and have found the local people incredibly hospitable, the exorbitant delays in completing a foreclosure process and the inability to even protect and preserve a property when it is being pillaged, we and other lenders have unfortunately been forced to make this difficult decision,” said Wolfer. “Because of the ongoing negative impact on the islands’ financial and real estate markets, it is incumbent upon local officials to correct these problems.”

Kennedy Funding will continue to lend throughout the U.S. and internationally, however. “We will continue to fund loans throughout the Caribbean region—we have recently closed loans in the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic, in fact,” said Wolfer. “We are actively pursuing opportunities and hope to one day resume lending in the U.S. Virgin Islands.”

Kennedy Funding Financial, LLC, one of the largest direct private lenders in the country, specializes in bridge loans for commercial property and land acquisition, development, workouts, bankruptcies, and foreclosures. The principals of the company have closed over $2.5 billion in loans to date. The firm’s creative financing expertise enables the closing of equity-based loans of up to a 70% loan-to-value ratio, from $1 million to more than $50 million, in as little as five days. Kennedy Funding Financial, LLC continues to actively seek new funding opportunities throughout the world.

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CAB CONFERENCE PROVIDES THE RIGHT FORUM TO PLAN FOR SUCCESS IN A CHANGING ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT

Attendees at the Caribbean Association of Banks (CAB) 41st Conference and Annual General Meeting held in Grenada from November 12-15, 2014. (CAB image)

Attendees at the Caribbean Association of Banks (CAB) 41st Conference and Annual General Meeting held in Grenada from November 12-15, 2014. (CAB image)

CaribPR Wire, CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Monday November 24, 2014: The Caribbean Association of Banks (CAB) successfully completed its 41st Conference and Annual General Meeting in Grenada from 12-15th November.  As a primary objective, CAB provides a forum that enables members to solve their common challenges through understanding, education and co-operation.

The conference, held under the theme – “The Changing Face of Caribbean Banking,” was officially opened by Her Excellency Dame Cecile La Grenade, Governor General of Grenada.  Featured speaker and industry veteran Mr. Ronald F. deC. Harford, Chairman of Republic Bank Limited, cited the main cause of the region’s struggle as its unsustainable economic model and the uncompetitive nature of its key sector, Tourism. The global financial crisis, he said, merely exposed the broken model on which the region’s economy is based.

On the first day of the conference, the keynote speaker, Hon. Ryan Pinder, Bahamas’ Minister of Financial Services, acknowledged an increasingly complex and regulated banking environment. He referred to some of the main challenges being faced now: global transparency, the impact of mandates from external multilateral institutions and the current state of volatility in Caribbean banking institutions. Hon. Pinder called for the industry to be creative when developing solutions and to be actively supportive of necessary public/private partnerships. He also emphasized the need to support collective human capacity development as “the Caribbean banking industry requires a platform where its employees and executives are able to refine their skills and knowledge to be able to react to a changing industry.”

During its two days, the CAB conference provided an excellent platform for many bankers and industry professionals to put forth their views, solutions and ideas on changes across the region; while providing time and a conducive environment for the executives to brainstorm on issues facing the industry including the challenging state of affairs. Some key topics discussed were: AML and CTF; Correspondent Banking Relationships; FATCA; Mergers, Acquisitions and Consolidations; Delivering differentiated value to clients; Strategic Leadership; and Leveraging IT Security.

The conference also received the support of regional and international sponsors who provide technological and professional services.

The CAB continues to support its members through advocacy, up to date training, growing member and partner networks and engagement at all levels in order to build a resilient financial services sector.

The increasingly popular CAB Conference and AGM will be held in St. Kitts and Nevis in November 2015.

Caribbean Association of Banks, Inc is a community of banks and other financial institutions in the Caribbean/CARICOM Region, which provides opportunities for discussion on issues impacting the regional banking/financial services community as well as for the sharing of experiences and networking. CAB provides effective advocacy to support members in achieving an efficient and effective operation of their respective institution.  It recommends and supports full compliance with the AML/CFT standards in order to protect all financial systems, within the region, from ongoing money laundering and terrorist financing risks and offers ongoing training and education for its members.

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Chris Girard

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CAB URGENTLY CALLS FOR GUYANA TO PASS AML/CFT LEGISLATION

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CaribPR Wire, Castries, St. Lucia, Mon. Oct. 6, 2014: The Caribbean Association of Banks (CAB) recognizes the Guyana government’s efforts to put in place alternative measures to address the technical deficiencies in its existing legal and financial legislative framework for assessment by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and applauds them. However, it is one small step in actions required by Guyana in order for it to comply with international standards.

Guyana must pass the essential Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Amendment Bill.  “The passage of the AML bill is not only about Guyana, but also about the international financial sector as a whole in order to protect all financial systems, within the region, from ongoing money laundering and terrorist financing risks. We are only as strong as our weakest link,” said Caribbean Association of Banks, Chairman Carlton Barclay.

Billions of dollars are laundered each year posing significant policy concerns for governments worldwide.  As a result, governments and international bodies have undertaken efforts to deter, prevent, and apprehend money launderers. Non-compliance to the global FATF recommendations will have a significant impact on Correspondent Banking Relationships which, in turn, is of vital importance to the facilitation of business in the financial services sector of the region.

Guyana’s expediency in passing the AML/CFT Bill will not only benefit its own economy and growth but strengthen our regional financial network and its reputation worldwide.

Caribbean Association of Banks, Inc is a community of banks and other financial institutions in the Caribbean/CARICOM Region, which provides opportunities for discussion on issues impacting the regional banking/financial services community as well as for the sharing of experiences and networking.  CAB is an organization dedicated to the advocacy of national and institutional adherence to AML/CFT.  It recommends and supports full compliance with the AML/CFT standards in order to protect all financial systems, within the region, from ongoing money laundering and terrorist financing risks offering ongoing training and education for its members.

Contact: Chris Girard, Project Officer
Email: chris.girard@cab-inc.com
Tel (758) 452-2877

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