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Philadelphia Financial launches international private placement life insurance and annuity business

Friday, August 24, 2012

Ken Kilbane
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:

Philadelphia Financial, a US-provider of private placement life insurance for high net worth individuals has announced that it is adding an international operation through the launch of a new Bermuda office. This launch follows a recent July transaction in which the firm acquired the private placement insurance unit of Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.

The company has established two Bermuda domiciled life insurance companies – Philadelphia Financial Life Assurance Company (Bermuda), Ltd. and Philadelphia Financial Life International, Ltd. Both companies are wholly owned subsidiaries of Philadelphia Financial Group, Inc. The launch supports the company’s strategy of growth through acquisition, and building both U.S. and international distribution.

"The establishment of these two companies positions our firm as a single source of private placement solutions to distributors, wealth advisors, law firms, accounting firms, trust companies and alternative investment managers serving global high net worth clients. Philadelphia Financial now has the ability to offer solutions from both our U.S. domiciled carriers as well as through our Bermuda domiciled carriers," said Ken Kilbane, President, Philadelphia Financial Life Assurance Company (Bermuda), Ltd. and Philadelphia Financial Life International, Ltd in an interview with Opalesque. Private placement life insurance has long been a part of high net worth estate plannin......................

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