13 September 2022 Insurance

AkinovA set to expand intangibles offering to include intellectual property

AkinovA has plans to partner with companies in the intellectual property space, its chief executive officer, Henri Winand, told Intelligent Insurer.

AkinovA provides a regulated electronic platform that enables the transfer and trading of global insurance and reinsurance risks, and insurance-linked securities. Winand co-founded the company in 2017 and, he stressed, it is “not a broker, not a carrier, but an insurance marketplace that is neutral and digital”.

It focuses largely on four pillars of risk. “The first pillar is climate and the energy transition because it’s been very close to capital markets for donkey’s years and there’s not enough capacity,” Winand explained.

“The second one is mortgage risk because mortgage reinsurance in particular is a combination of catastrophe and credit risk. Our third pillar is credit risk because that’s what a capital market does the whole day long.

“We are also proud to be able to do more intangibles, and cyber is part of the intangible product line.”

Intangibles are intelligent property (IP), he added. AkinovA is working with some large partners in that field although he is not at liberty to name them yet.

AkinovA is hearing the argument “in stereo” that there is a lucrative opportunity for re/insurers to support companies with IP that are seeking capital but finding it difficult with bank lenders.

Another intangible is cyber. Cyber risk analytics provider CyberCube has announced it is to partner with AkinovA, to enable AkinovA’s clients to benefit from CyberCube’s modelling and analytics.

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