17 January, 2024

Atlas Insurance PCC obtains UK Branch and Life Reinsurance Licenses


Atlas Insurance PCC, a leading insurer in Malta and Protected Cell Company (PCC) in the EU, proudly announces two significant milestones. The company has successfully obtained authorisation for its UK branch and extended its non-life insurance and reinsurance licenses to encompass life reinsurance.
Having been active in the UK market since 2010, the UK branch authorisation ensures continuity for existing cells to continue writing UK risks post-Brexit and reaffirms Atlas Insurance PCC’s commitment to its UK partners.

The PCC’s UK branch uniquely enables companies and insurance intermediaries with UK risks or customers to set up their own protected cells offering insurance directly to their customers or insuring their own UK risks, reducing the barriers to entry to retaining insurance risk and accessing the lower-cost reinsurance market.

Cells hosted by Atlas Insurance PCC can write non-life insurance risks directly across both the European Economic Area (EEA) and UK markets and reinsure both life and non-life risks, marking a significant expansion in the range of services offered.

With the license extension to include life reinsurance, Atlas is responding directly to customer demand, showcasing its dedication to meeting client needs and expanding its range of services. Atlas has licenced its first cell reinsuring consumer products with non-life and life benefits. The licence opens up other opportunities, such as in employee benefits programmes that reinsure group life business for the cell owners’ groups.

Atlas Insurance PCC has always been at the forefront of innovation in EU-based insurance protected cells. It holds the distinction of being the world’s first traditional insurer to convert to a protected cell company.
“Our UK branch marks our first physical branch outside Malta, an exciting milestone as we begin celebrating our centenary,” said Matthew von Brockdorff, CEO of Atlas. “These advancements are a testament to our commitment to innovation and responding to emerging needs of our international customers and partners.”

Michael Whitfield, Head of UK Branch for Atlas, shared “The authorisation of our UK branch reinforces our unique position as both a traditional insurer in Malta and a host for cells writing consumer and captive insurance in the EU and UK. This expansion demonstrates our team’s dedication and expertise in navigating complex regulatory environments.”

Ian-Edward Stafrace, Chief Strategy Officer at Atlas and head of its international business, added, “Our extended reach into the UK market and the inclusion of life reinsurance in our portfolio positions us to serve our clients even better. As an independent PCC host, we are also extending the win-win opportunities for global insurance and captive management companies and consultancies and their customers, whether for retail insurance or captive risk financing.”

Atlas Insurance PCC’s commitment to innovation and excellence has solidified its reputation as a leader in the insurance industry. With its recent expansions and the continued drive to serve its clients better, the company is poised for even greater success in the future.

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