Certified Reinsurer information

Pursuant to the Twelfth Amendment to Regulations No. 17, 20 and 20-A (11 NYCRR 125), any unauthorized assuming insurer or any alien group of insurers that meets DFS requirements may qualify as a Certified Reinsurer.

Depending on the financial strength rating granted by the Department, a Certified Reinsurer will be allowed to post less than 100% collateral and still enable an authorized insurer to qualify for full reserve credit with respect to reinsurance contracts renewed or entered into on or after January 1, 2011, or the date the reinsurer becomes certified.

Financial Strength Rating granted by the DepartmentMinimum Amount Withheld for Full Credit

Initial and Annual Filing Requirements to Qualify as Certified Reinsurer

Company must submit an initial application accompanied by a filing and processing charge of $2,000 and pay, on or before the first day of July, an annual filing and processing charge of $2,000 each year after that.

The company must be domiciled and licensed to transact insurance or reinsurance in a qualified jurisdiction.

The company must maintain capital and surplus, or its equivalent, of no less than $250,000,000, in compliance with Section 125.4 (h)(7)(iv)(h) of Regulation No. 20.

Company must maintain a financial strength rating from two or more acceptable rating agencies, based on interactive communication between the rating agency and the assuming insurer. 

  • Acceptable rating agencies include:
  • Standard & Poor's (S&P)
  • Moody's Investors Service (Moody's)
  • Fitch Ratings (Fitch);
  •  A.M. Best Company (Best)
  • any other nationally recognized statistical rating organization acceptable to the superintendent.

An assuming insurer applying to be a certified reinsurer shall agree to post %100 security upon the entry of an order of rehabilitation, liquidation or conservation against the ceding insurer for the benefit of the ceding insurer or its estate.

For a certified reinsurer domiciled in the United States, the most recent applicable NAIC Annual Statement Blank, and either Schedule F (for a property/casualty reinsurer) or Schedule S (for a life or health reinsurer) must be provided.

For a certified reinsurer not domiciled in the United States, the most recent Form CR-F (for a property/casualty reinsurer) or Form CR-S (for a life or health reinsurer), as such forms shall be prescribed by the superintendent are required.

Company must disclose past, current or pending regulatory actions against them.

Company must provide a list, by cedent, of all overdue reinsurance claims payable that are more than 90 days past due or are in dispute regarding reinsurance assumed by the applicant from U.S. domestic ceding insurers.  Identify whether any of the listed cedents are in administrative supervision or receivership.

Company will provide a report of an independent auditor on the financial statements of the certified reinsurer.

For a certified reinsurer not domiciled in the United States, audited financial statements, regulatory financial statement filings, and an actuarial opinion as filed with the certified reinsurer's domestic regulator, accompanied by a translation into the English language as appropriate. 

Upon the initial application for certification, the insurer shall provide the superintendent with audited financial statements filed with its non-United States jurisdiction regulator for at least the previous two years.

Company must disclose past or current participation in any solvent scheme of arrangement, or similar procedure that involves United States ceding insurers. A certified reinsurer that proposes participation by the certified reinsurer in a solvent scheme of arrangement shall provide the superintendent with prior notice of such scheme as early as practicable.

Company must submit a properly executed Certificate of Certified Reinsurer Form CR-1 (PDF) on a form prescribed by the superintendent as evidence of its submission to the jurisdiction of this state.

Submit a certification from its domestic regulator that the certified reinsurer is in good standing and maintains capital in excess of the jurisdiction's highest regulatory action level.

The reinsurer must agree that all reinsurance contracts will include the provisions of Sections 125.4(h)(10) of Regulation No. 20 of the Insurance Division of the New York State Department of Financial Services.

Company must provide a statement that it agrees to submit such other information that the Superintendent may reasonably require in accordance with Section 125.4(h)(7)(vii)(g).

Company must provide a statement that it will comply with any other conditions that the Superintendent requires to ensure the creditworthiness of the reinsurer in accordance with Section 125.4(h)(7)(iii)(e).

List of Current Certified Reinsurers:

Federal/Alien IDCurrent Certified ReinsurersJurisdictionEffective Date of Initial CertificationFinancial Strength RatingLines of Business Certified to Reinsure
98-0481736Allied World Assurance Company Ltd.BermudaJuly 1, 2011Secure-4Property/Casualty
AA-3194126Arch Reinsurance Ltd (Bermuda)BermudaJuly 1, 2011Secure-3Life; Annuities and Accident/Health; Property/Casualty
98-0522368Aspen Bermuda Limited f/k/a
Aspen Insurance Limited
BermudaJuly 1, 2011Secure-4Property/Casualty
AA-1460018Catlin Re Switzerland Ltd.SwitzerlandJanuary 1, 2017Secure-3 (1/1/17 - 12/31/19)
Secure-2 (1/1/20 - )
AA-1320152Chubb European Group SEFranceJuly 1, 2021Secure-2Property/Casualty
98-0174408Chubb Tempest Reinsurance, LtdBermudaJanuary 1, 2011Secure-2Life; Annuities and Accident/Health; Property/Casualty
AA-3194122DaVinci Reinsurance Ltd.BermudaJanuary 1, 2019Secure-4Property/Casualty
98-0369174Everest Reinsurance (Bermuda) Ltd.BermudaJuly 1, 2012Secure-3Property/Casualty
AA-3191289Fidelis Insurance Bermuda LimitedBermudaJanuary 1, 2022Secure-4Property/Casualty
AA-1120175Fidelis Underwriting LimitedUnited KingdomJanuary 1, 2022Secure-3Property/Casualty
98-1159666Hannover Life Reassurance Company of America (Bermuda) Ltd.BermudaJanuary 1, 2021Secure-2Life; Annuities; Accident/Health
AA-3190060Hannover Re (Bermuda) LtdBermudaJanuary 1, 2011Secure-3 (1/1/11 - 9/17/12)
Secure-2 (9/18/12 - )
98-0123855Hannover Rück SEGermanyJanuary 1, 2011Secure-3 (1/1/11 - 9/17/12)
Secure-2 (9/18/12 - )
Life; Annuities; Accident/Health; Property/Casualty
98-0543563Hiscox Insurance Company (Bermuda) LimitedBermudaJuly 1, 2011Secure-3Property/Casualty
98-0069969Legal & General Assurance Society LimitedUnited KingdomJuly 1, 2012Secure-2Life; Annuities and Accident/Health (Only for existing reinsured life policies issued on or before 12/31/2017)
98-0228016Markel Bermuda Limited f/k/a
Alterra Bermuda Limited
BermudaJuly 1, 2011Secure-4 (7/1/11 - 5/28/14)
Secure-3 (5/29/14 - )
AA-1580085Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company, Ltd.JapanJanuary 1, 2015Secure-3Property/Casualty
AA-1340165Münchener Rückversicherungs-Gesellshaft AktiengesellschaftGermanyJuly 1, 2015Secure-2Life; Annuities; Accident/Health; Property/Casualty
AA-1460100New Reinsurance Company Ltd.SwitzerlandJuly 1, 2018Secure-2Life; Annuities; Accident/Health; Property/Casualty
98-0406884Partner Reinsurance Company LtdBermuda

January 1, 2011

January 1, 2019



Life; Annuities, Accident/Health

AA-1780078Partner Reinsurance Europe SEIrelandJuly 1, 2020Secure-3Life; Annuities; Accident/Health; Property/Casualty
AA-3190339Renaissance Reinsurance Ltd.BermudaJanuary 1, 2019Secure-3Property/Casualty
AA-1460023RenaissanceRe Europe AG f/k/a
Tokio Millennium Re AG
SwitzerlandJuly 1, 2011Secure-3Property/Casualty

SiriusPoint Bermuda Insurance Company Ltd. f/k/a

Sirius Bermuda Insurance Company Ltd.

BermudaJanuary 1, 2020Secure-4 Property/Casualty
13-1363527Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd.SwitzerlandJanuary 1, 2011Secure-3 (1/1/11 - 6/30/14)
Secure-2 (7/1/14 - )
Life; Annuities; Accident/Health; Property/Casualty
98-1180728TransRe London LimitedUnited KingdomJuly 1, 2014

Secure-3 (7/1/14 - 12/31/23)

Secure-2 (1/1/24 - )

36-2739571United Healthcare Insurance CompanyConnecticutJuly 1, 2013Secure-3Life and Accident/Health
41-1760577Wilton Reassurance CompanyMinnesotaJuly 1, 2011Secure-3Life; Annuities and Accident/Health
98-0473393Wilton Reinsurance Bermuda LimitedBermudaJuly 1, 2011Secure-3Life and Annuities
AA-3191315XL Bermuda Ltd. f/k/a
XL Insurance (Bermuda) Ltd
and XL Re Ltd.
BermudaJanuary 1, 2011Secure-3 (1/1/11- 11/23/20)
Secure 2 (11/24/20 - )
AA-1780072XL Re Europe SEIrelandJanuary 1, 2022Secure-2Property/Casualty


Maureen Carroll
Associate Insurance Examiner
New York State Department of Financial Services
Property Bureau
One Commerce Plaza
Albany, NY 12257

[email protected]

Roberto Paradis
Supervising Insurance Examiner
New York State Department of Financial Services
Life Bureau
1 State Street
New York, NY 10004
[email protected]

Phone: (212) 480-4776