From: Captive International

Captive owners who are talking to and choosing a fronting partner need to be aware of a number of potential pitfalls, a panel at CICA 2023 has warned.

The panel session, titled ‘Navigating fronting and reinsurance – keys to success’, looked at how being able to obtain fronting and reinsurance can make or break a captive insurance company and how best to navigate this process.

Panelists included Courtney Claflin, head of Insurance at Fluid Truck, Glen Stapleton, national sales account executive at PMA Companies, Old Republic Insurance Group, Jason William Tyng, captive lead at HDI Global Insurance Company, and Robert Winsley, executive director at Howden Tiger.

Claflin spoke from a captive owner perspective and warned that some fronting companies can be fickle and that owners must be prepared for possible setbacks. He said owners should use a partnership approach, not a vendor approach, and he stressed that the fronting company must specialise in the captive owner’s industry, with proper forms, filings and jurisdictions. He said the front must also have the expertise to grow the arrangement if the captive launches new and different coverage.