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60A.092 REINSURANCE CREDIT ALLOWED A DOMESTIC CEDING INSURER.

Subdivision 1.Credit allowed.

Credit for reinsurance shall be allowed a domestic ceding insurer as either an asset or a deduction from liability on account of reinsurance ceded only when the reinsurance is ceded to an assuming insurer which meets the requirements specified under this section.

Subd. 2.Licensed assuming insurer.

Reinsurance is ceded to an assuming insurer if the assuming insurer is licensed to transact insurance or reinsurance in this state. For purposes of reinsuring any health risk, an insurer is defined under section 62A.63.

Subd. 3.Accredited assuming insurer.

(a) Reinsurance is ceded to an assuming insurer if the assuming insurer is accredited as a reinsurer in this state. An accredited reinsurer is one which:

(1) files with the commissioner evidence of its submission to this state's jurisdiction;

(2) submits to this state's authority to examine its books and records;

(3) is licensed to transact insurance or reinsurance in at least one state, or in the case of a United States branch of an alien assuming insurer is entered through and licensed to transact insurance or reinsurance in at least one state;

(4) files annually with the commissioner a copy of its annual statement filed with the insurance department of its state of domicile, a copy of its most recent audited financial statement, and a filing fee of $225; and

(5)(i) maintains a surplus as regards policyholders in an amount not less than $20,000,000 and whose accreditation has not been denied by the commissioner within 90 days of its submission, or maintains a surplus as regards policyholders in an amount less than $20,000,000 and whose accreditation has been approved by the commissioner; or

(ii) maintains a surplus as regards policyholders in an amount not less than $50,000,000 for long-tail casualty reinsurers. For purposes of this section, "long-tail casualty reinsurance" means insurance for medical or legal malpractice, pollution liability, directors and officers liability, and products liability. The commissioner may determine that an assuming insurer that maintains a surplus as regards policyholders in an amount not less than $20,000,000 is accredited as a reinsurer if there is no detriment to policyholders and the interest of the public, and to not allow accrediting would be a hardship or detriment to the reinsurer. The commissioner shall report to the legislature on any determination to allow accrediting to a long-term casualty reinsurer maintaining a surplus in an amount less than $50,000,000.

Clause (5) does not apply to reinsurance ceded and assumed pursuant to pooling arrangements among insurers in the same holding company system.

(b) No credit shall be allowed or continue to be allowed a domestic ceding insurer if the assuming insurer's accreditation has been revoked by the commissioner after receipt of a cease and desist order pursuant to section 45.027, subdivision 5.

Subd. 4.Similar state standards.

Reinsurance is ceded to an assuming insurer if the assuming insurer is domiciled and licensed in, or in the case of a United States branch of an alien assuming insurer is entered through, a state which employs standards regarding credit for reinsurance substantially similar to those applicable under this chapter and the assuming insurer or United States branch of an alien assuming insurer (1) maintains a surplus as regards policyholders in an amount not less than $20,000,000 or maintains a surplus as regards policyholders in an amount not less than $50,000,000 for long-tail casualty reinsurers as provided under subdivision 3, paragraph (a), clause (5), and (2) submits to the authority of this state to examine its books and records.

Clause (1) does not apply to reinsurance ceded and assumed pursuant to pooling arrangements among insurers in the same holding company system.

Subd. 5.Trust fund maintained.

The reinsurance is ceded to an assuming insurer if the assuming insurer maintains a trust fund in a qualified United States financial institution for the payment of the valid claims, as determined by the commissioner for the purpose of determining the sufficiency of the trust fund, of its United States policyholders and ceding insurers, their assigns and successors in interest. The assuming insurer shall report annually to the commissioner information substantially the same as that required to be reported on the National Association of Insurance Commissioners annual statement form by licensed insurers to enable the commissioner to determine the sufficiency of the trust fund.

Subd. 6.Single assuming insurer; trust fund requirements.

In the case of a single assuming insurer, the trust shall consist of a trusteed account representing the assuming insurer's liabilities attributable to business written in the United States and, in addition, a trusteed surplus of not less than $20,000,000 or an additional amount as the commissioner considers necessary. The assuming insurer shall maintain its surplus as regards policyholders in an amount not less than $50,000,000 for long-tail casualty reinsurers as provided under subdivision 3, paragraph (a), clause (5).

Subd. 7.Underwriters group; trust fund requirements.

In the case of a group including incorporated and individual unincorporated underwriters, the trust shall consist of a trusteed account representing the group's liabilities attributable to business written in the United States. The group shall maintain a trusteed surplus of which $100,000,000 shall be held jointly for the benefit of United States ceding insurers of any member of the group. The incorporated members of the group shall not be engaged in any business other than underwriting as a member of the group and must be subject to the same level of solvency regulation and control by the group's domiciliary regulator as are the unincorporated members. The group shall make available to the commissioner an annual certification by the group's domiciliary regulator and its independent public accountants of the solvency of each underwriter.

Subd. 8.Incorporated insurers group; trust fund requirements.

A group of incorporated insurers under common administration must:

(1) comply with the filing requirements specified in subdivision 7;

(2) be under the supervision of the Department of Trade and Industry of the United Kingdom;

(3) submit to this state's authority to examine its books and records;

(4) bear the expense of the examination;

(5) maintain an aggregate policyholders' surplus of $10,000,000,000;

(6) maintain the trust in an amount equal to the group's several liabilities attributable to business written in the United States; and

(7) maintain a joint trusteed surplus of which $100,000,000 must be held jointly for the benefit of United States ceding insurers of any member of the group.

Each member of the group shall make available to the commissioner an annual certification by the member's domiciliary regulator and its independent accountant of the member's solvency.

Subd. 9.Trust fund general requirements.

(a) The trust must be established in a form approved by the commissioner of commerce. The trust instrument shall provide that contested claims shall be valid and enforceable upon the final order of any court of competent jurisdiction in the United States. The trust shall vest legal title to its assets in the trustees of the trust for its United States policyholders and ceding insurers, their assigns and successors in interest. The trust and the assuming insurer shall be subject to examination as determined by the commissioner. The trust must remain in effect for as long as the assuming insurer shall have outstanding obligations due under the reinsurance agreements subject to the trust.

(b) No later than February 28 of each year the trustees of the trust shall report to the commissioner in writing setting forth the balance of the trust and listing the trust's investments at the preceding year end and shall certify the date of termination of the trust, if so planned, or certify that the trust shall not expire prior to the next following December 31.

Subd. 10.Other jurisdictions.

The reinsurance is ceded to an assuming insurer not meeting the requirements of subdivision 2, 3, 4, or 5, but only with respect to the insurance of risks located in jurisdictions where the reinsurance is required by applicable law or regulation of that jurisdiction.

Subd. 11.Reinsurance agreement requirements.

(a) If the assuming insurer is not licensed or accredited to transact insurance or reinsurance in this state, the credit authorized under subdivisions 4 and 5 shall not be allowed unless the assuming insurer agrees in the reinsurance agreements:

(1) that in the event of the failure of the assuming insurer to perform its obligations under the terms of the reinsurance agreement, the assuming insurer shall submit to the jurisdiction of any court of competent jurisdiction in any state of the United States, comply with all requirements necessary to give the court jurisdiction, and abide by the final decision of the court or of any appellate court in the event of an appeal; and

(2) to designate the commissioner or a designated attorney as its true and lawful attorney upon whom may be served any lawful process in any action, suit, or proceeding instituted by or on behalf of the ceding company.

(b) Paragraph (a) is not intended to conflict with or override the obligation of the parties to a reinsurance agreement to arbitrate their disputes, if an obligation to do so is created in the agreement.

(c) Credit will not be granted, nor an asset or a reduction from liability allowed, to a ceding insurer for reinsurance effected with assuming insurers meeting the requirements of subdivision 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7, unless the reinsurance contract provides that in the event of the insolvency of the ceding insurer, the reinsurance will be payable under the contract without diminution because of that insolvency.

Payments by the reinsurer must be made directly to the ceding insurer or its receiver, except where the contract of insurance or reinsurance specifically provides for another payee for the reinsurance in the event of insolvency of the ceding insurer according to the applicable requirements of statutes, rules, or orders of the domiciliary state of the ceding insurer.

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