A National Association of Insurance Companies subgroup is developing a white paper on the advantages and disadvantages of using methods other than formal receivership proceedings to handle troubled insurers.
The Restructuring Mechanisms For Troubled Companies Subgroup, part of the Financial Condition Committee at the NAIC, Kansas City, Mo., has written the draft, and the subgroup has posted the draft on its section of the NAIC website.
The subgroup looks at a number of alternative “resolution” mechanisms, such as letting a company operate in “run-off” mode; the kind of reinsurance agreement commutation system permitted by New York Regulation 141; and Rhode Island’s voluntary restructuring system.
The subgroup also considers mechanisms available in the United Kingdom, such as a system that permits insurers to arrange compromises with their creditors, and a system that permits a reinsurer to move part or all of its business to another reinsurer with High Court approval, but without permission from the policyholders.
“Alternative mechanisms can be useful tools for a troubled insurer’s management and regulators, potentially leading to a quicker resolution than a traditional receivership,” the subgroup writes in a description of the advantages of alternative mechanisms.