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Resource Holdings to raise capital for veteran investor and hedge fund manager Bill Lupien's new reinsurer

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Matthias Knab, Opalesque:

Resource Holdings Ltd. is offering its shares to accredited investors with a minimum investment of $1 million. The capital is being raised to fund its wholly owned subsidiary, Resource Re Ltd., which has been licensed as a Class 3A insurer by the Bermuda Monetary Authority. Resource Re is the first of what is expected to be many Participating Reinsurers that will be part of the Multi-Strat Re program.

Each Participating Reinsurer follows the model originated by Warren Buffett and more recently replicated by David Einhorn (Greenlight Capital Re) and Dan Loeb (Third Point Re), whereby the earnings of the reinsurer are largely driven by the investment returns on the equity capital and reinsurance reserves generated by its sponsor, who manages all of the investable assets of the reinsurer.

Platform model allows managers set up a reinsurance business in as little as 90 days

According to Bob Forness, the CEO of Multi-Strat Re, "Building a standalone reinsurer from scratch requires the sponsor to redirect internal resources for 18 months to 2 years, make personal investments of more than $50 million, guarantee more than $25 million of executive compensation to attract reinsurance executives before raising one penny of capital, and set a very high target for a capital raise whereby all investors must invest at the same time, which is like herding cats.

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