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Ins 52.06(2) (2) A ceding insurer may take credit under s. Ins 52.04 (4) only if the letter of credit complies with all of the following:
Ins 52.06(2)(a) (a) The letter of credit is clean, irrevocable and unconditional.
Ins 52.06(2)(b) (b) The letter of credit contains an issue date and date of expiration and stipulates that the beneficiary need only draw a sight draft under the letter of credit and present it to obtain funds and that no other document need be presented.
Ins 52.06(2)(c) (c) The letter of credit states that it is not subject to any condition or qualifications outside of the letter of credit.
Ins 52.06(2)(d) (d) The letter of credit itself shall not contain reference to any other agreements, documents or entities, except as provided in sub. (3) (a) and (b).
Ins 52.06(2)(e) (e) If the heading of the letter of credit includes a section which includes notations to provide a reference for the letter of credit, the section shall be boxed section and clearly marked to indicate that the information is for internal identification purposes only.
Ins 52.06(2)(f) (f) The letter of credit states that the obligation of the qualified United States financial institution under the letter of credit is in no way contingent upon reimbursement.
Ins 52.06(2)(g) (g) The term of the letter of credit is for at least one year and the letter of credit contains a clause which prevents the expiration of the letter of credit unless the issuer gives written notice to the ceding insurer. The "evergreen clause" shall provide for a period of no less than 30 days' notice to the ceding insurer prior to the expiration date for nonrenewal.
Ins 52.06(2)(h) (h) The letter of credit states whether it is subject to and governed by the laws of this state or the uniform customs and practice for documentary credits of the international chamber of commerce (Publication 400) and that all drafts drawn under the letter of credit are presentable at an office in the United States of a qualified United States financial institution.
Ins 52.06(2)(i) (i) If the letter of credit is made subject to the uniform customs and practice for documentary credits of the international chamber of commerce (Publication 400), the letter of credit specifically addresses and makes provision for an extension of time to draw against the letter of credit if any of the occurrences specified in Article 19 of Publication 400 occur.
Ins 52.06(2)(j) (j) The letter of credit is issued or confirmed by a qualified United States financial institution authorized to issue letters of credit.
Ins 52.06(2)(k) (k) If the letter of credit is issued by a financial institution which is not a qualified United States financial institution:
Ins 52.06(2)(k)1. 1. The issuing financial institution formally designates the confirming qualified United States financial institution as its agent for the receipt and payment of the drafts; and
Ins 52.06(2)(k)2. 2. The letter of credit "evergreen clause" under par. (g) requires the confirming qualified United States financial institution to give written notice to the ceding insurer at least 30 days prior to expiration date for nonrenewal.
Ins 52.06(3) (3) A ceding insurer may take credit under s. Ins 52.04 (4) only if there is a written reinsurance agreement in conjunction with the letter of credit and the reinsurance agreement:
Ins 52.06(3)(a) (a) Requires the assuming insurer to provide letters of credit to the ceding insurer, specifies what the letters of credit are to cover, and provides that the provisions required under this paragraph and par. (b) apply without diminution because of insolvency by either the ceding or assuming insurer.
Ins 52.06(3)(b) (b) Except as permitted under par. (d), stipulates that the assuming insurer and ceding insurer agree that the letter of credit provided by the assuming insurer under the reinsurance agreement may be drawn upon at any time, notwithstanding any other provisions in the agreement, and may be utilized by the ceding insurer or its successors in interest including, but not limited to, by any liquidator, rehabilitator, receiver or conservator of the ceding insurer, without diminution because of insolvency on the part of the ceding insurer or the assuming insurer, only for one or more of the following reasons:
Ins 52.06(3)(b)1. 1. To reimburse the ceding insurer for the assuming insurer's share of premiums returned to the owners of policies reinsured under the reinsurance agreement because of cancellations of the policies;
Ins 52.06(3)(b)2. 2. To reimburse the ceding insurer for the assuming insurer's share of surrenders and benefits or losses paid by the ceding insurer under provisions of the policies reinsured under the reinsurance agreement;
Ins 52.06(3)(b)3. 3. To fund an account with the ceding insurer in an amount at least equal to the deduction, for reinsurance ceded, from the ceding insurer liabilities for policies ceded under the agreement. The account shall include, but not be limited to, amounts for policy reserves, claims and losses incurred (including losses incurred but not reported), loss adjustment expenses and unearned premium reserves; and
Ins 52.06(3)(b)4. 4. To pay any other amounts the ceding insurer claims are due under the reinsurance agreement.
Ins 52.06(3)(c) (c) Does not require the return of amounts drawn under the letter of credit except the reinsurance agreement may require the ceding insurer to return:
Ins 52.06(3)(c)1. 1. Any amount withdrawn in excess of the actual amounts required for par. (b) 1., 2., or 3., or in the case of par. (b) 4., any amounts that are subsequently determined not to be due; and
Ins 52.06(3)(c)2. 2. Interest payments, at a rate not in excess of the prime rate of interest, on the amounts held under par. (b) 3.
Ins 52.06(3)(d) (d) Requires a trust agreement to accomplish to the purpose of par. (b), instead of including that provision in the reinsurance agreement, and the trust agreement is incorporated in the reinsurance agreement or separately executed except a trust agreement may be used only if the reinsurance agreement covers risks other than life, annuities and health and if it is customary practice to provide a letter of credit for a specific purpose.
Ins 52.06 History History: Cr. Register, July, 1993, No. 451, eff. 8-1-93.
Ins 52.07 Ins 52.07 Applicability.
Ins 52.07(1)(1) This chapter applies to determine whether credit may be taken for:
Ins 52.07(1)(a) (a) Any reinsurance ceded under agreements entered into on or after August 1, 1993; or
Ins 52.07(1)(b) (b) Any reinsurance ceded if the reinsurance agreement is renewed by agreement on or after August 1, 1993.
Ins 52.07(2) (2)Section Ins 6.73 continues to apply for the purpose of determining whether credit may be taken for reinsurance which is not subject to this chapter under sub. (1).
Ins 52.07 Note Note: Ins 6.73 was repealed eff. 8-1-93.
Ins 52.07(3) (3) This chapter and ch. Ins 55 are in addition to and do not limit the commissioner's authority under s. 618.21 (1) (a), 618.23 (1) (a), 618.26 (1) (a), 623.11, 623.12 or 623.21, or ch. 645, Stats., or s. Ins 51.80. Even if credit for reinsurance is permitted under this chapter and ch. Ins 55, the commissioner may under those provisions require a licensed insurer to exclude the effects of the credit for the purpose of determining compliance with security or compulsory surplus.
Ins 52.07(4) (4) Nothing in this chapter or ch. Ins 55 relieves an insurer or an officer or director of an insurer or an accountant or actuary from responsibility under s. 627.23 (3), Stats., or fiduciary or professional responsibility, to assess the financial condition of a reinsurer. Accreditation by the commissioner does not create a presumption that a reinsurer is in compliance with this chapter or that it is in sound financial condition and no reinsurer or officer, employe or agent of a reinsurer may make such a representation.
Ins 52.07(5) (5) This chapter does not limit or change the requirements for town mutual insurers under ss. 612.31 and 612.33, Stats. This chapter applies to the state life fund.
FORM AR-1
CERTIFICATE OF ASSUMING INSURER
I, __________________, ___________________of __________________________, the assuming insurer under
(name of officer) (title of officer) (name of assuming insurer)
a reinsurance agreement(s) with one or more insurers domiciled in ______________________, hereby certify that
(name of state)
_________________________ ("Assuming Insurer"):
(name of assuming insurer)
1. Submits to the jurisdiction of any court of competent jurisdiction in ______________________________
(ceding insurer's state of domicile)
for the adjudication of any issues arising out of the reinsurance agreement(s), agrees to comply with all requirements necessary to give such court jurisdiction, and will abide by the final decision of such court or any appellate court in the event of an appeal. Nothing in this paragraph constitutes or should be understood to constitute a waiver of Assuming Insurer's rights to commence an action in any court of competent jurisdiction in the United States, to remove an action to a United States District Court, or to seek a transfer of a case to another court as permitted by the laws of the United States or of any state in the United States. This paragraph is not intended to conflict with or override the obligation of the parties to the reinsurance agreement(s) to arbitrate their disputes if such an obligation is created in the agreement(s).
2. Designates the Insurance Commissioner of____________________________ as its lawful attorney upon
(ceding insurer's state of domicile)
whom may be served any lawful process in any action, suit or proceeding arising out of the reinsurance agreement(s) instituted by or on behalf of the ceding insurer.
3. Submits to the authority of the Insurance Commissioner of _____________________________to examine
(ceding insurer's state of domicile)
its books and records and agrees to bear the expense of any such examination.
4. Submits with this form a current list of insurers domiciled in _____________________________reinsured
(ceding insurer's state of domicile)
by Assuming Insurer and undertakes to submit additions to or deletions from the list to the Insurance Commissioner at least once per calendar quarter.
Dated: ______________________ _________________________________
(name of assuming insurer)
BY: __________________________________
(name of officer)
___________________________________
(title of officer)
Ins 52.07 History History: Cr. Register, July, 1993, No. 451, eff. 8-1-93; correction in (3) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register February 2013 No. 686.
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