State of Illinois
2017 and 2018


Introduced 2/9/2017, by Sen. Antonio Muņoz


215 ILCS 5/173.1  from Ch. 73, par. 785.1

    Amends the Illinois Insurance Code in provisions concerning credit allowed a domestic ceding insurer. Provides that the assuming insurer shall provide or make certain information to be reported to the Director of Insurance available to the ceding insurer and that the assuming insurer may decline to release trade secrets or commercially sensitive information that would qualify as exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. With regard to an assuming insurer's trust fund, provides that not later than February 28 of each year, the assuming insurer's chief executive officer or chief financial officer shall certify to the Director that the trust fund contains funds in an amount not less than the assuming insurer's liabilities attributable to reinsurance ceded by U.S. ceding insurers, and in addition, a trusteed surplus of not less than $20,000,000. Permits a reduction in the required trusteed surplus in specified circumstances. Provides that in the event that the provision concerning the reduction in the required trusteed surplus applies to the trust, the assuming insurer's chief executive officer or chief financial officer shall then certify to the Director that the trust fund contains funds in an amount not less than the assuming insurer's liabilities attributable to reinsurance ceded by U.S. ceding insurers, and in addition, a reduced trusteed surplus of not less than the amount that has been authorized by the regulatory authority having principal regulatory oversight of the trust. Makes changes to provisions concerning financial strength ratings. Sets forth provisions concerning downgrades by rating agencies, the Director's authority, upgrading the rating of a certified reinsurer, and the revocation of the certification of a certified reinsurer. Makes other changes.

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1    AN ACT concerning regulation.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Illinois Insurance Code is amended by
5changing Section 173.1 as follows:
6    (215 ILCS 5/173.1)  (from Ch. 73, par. 785.1)
7    Sec. 173.1. Credit allowed a domestic ceding insurer.
8    (1) Except as otherwise provided under Article VIII 1/2 of
9this Code and related provisions of the Illinois Administrative
10Code, credit for reinsurance shall be allowed a domestic ceding
11insurer as either an admitted asset or a deduction from
12liability on account of reinsurance ceded only when the
13reinsurer meets the requirements of paragraph (A) subsection
14(1)(A) or (B) or (B-5) or (C) or (C-5) or (D) of this
15subsection (1). Credit shall be allowed under paragraph (A),
16subsection (1)(A) or (B), or (B-5) of this subsection (1) only
17as respects cessions of those kinds or classes of business in
18which the assuming insurer is licensed or otherwise permitted
19to write or assume in its state of domicile, or in the case of a
20U.S. branch of an alien assuming insurer, in the state through
21which it is entered and licensed to transact insurance or
22reinsurance. Credit shall be allowed under paragraph (B-5) or
23(C) of this subsection (1) (C) of this Section only if the



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1applicable requirements of paragraph (E) of this subsection (1)
2subsection (1)(E) have been satisfied.
3        (A) Credit shall be allowed when the reinsurance is
4    ceded to an assuming insurer that is authorized in this
5    State to transact the types of insurance ceded and has at
6    least $5,000,000 in capital and surplus.
7        (B) Credit shall be allowed when the reinsurance is
8    ceded to an assuming insurer that is accredited as a
9    reinsurer in this State. An accredited reinsurer is one
10    that:
11            (1) files with the Director evidence of its
12        submission to this State's jurisdiction;
13            (2) submits to this State's authority to examine
14        its books and records;
15            (3) is licensed to transact insurance or
16        reinsurance in at least one state, or in the case of a
17        U.S. branch of an alien assuming insurer is entered
18        through and licensed to transact insurance or
19        reinsurance in at least one state;
20            (4) files annually with the Director a copy of its
21        annual statement filed with the insurance department
22        of its state of domicile and a copy of its most recent
23        audited financial statement; and
24            (5) maintains a surplus as regards policyholders
25        in an amount that is not less than $20,000,000 and
26        whose accreditation has been approved by the Director.



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1        No credit shall be allowed a domestic ceding insurer,
2        if the assuming insurers' accreditation has been
3        revoked by the Director after notice and hearing.
4        (B-5)(1) Credit shall be allowed when the reinsurance
5    is ceded to an assuming insurer that is domiciled in, or in
6    the case of a U.S. branch of an alien assuming insurer is
7    entered through, a state that employs standards regarding
8    credit for reinsurance substantially similar to those
9    applicable under this Code and the assuming insurer or U.S.
10    branch of an alien assuming insurer:
11            (a) maintains a surplus as regards policyholders
12        in an amount not less than $20,000,000; and
13            (b) submits to the authority of this State to
14        examine its books and records.
15        (2) The requirement of item (a) of subparagraph (1) of
16    paragraph (B-5) of this subsection (1) does not apply to
17    reinsurance ceded and assumed pursuant to pooling
18    arrangements among insurers in the same holding company
19    system.
20         (C)(1) Credit shall be allowed when the reinsurance is
21    ceded to an assuming insurer that maintains a trust fund in
22    a qualified United States financial institution, as
23    defined in paragraph (B) of subsection (3) of this Section
24    subsection 3(B), for the payment of the valid claims of its
25    United States policyholders and ceding insurers, their
26    assigns and successors in interest. The assuming insurer



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1    shall report to the Director information substantially the
2    same as that required to be reported on the NAIC annual and
3    quarterly financial statement by authorized insurers and
4    any other financial information that the Director deems
5    necessary to determine the financial condition of the
6    assuming insurer and the sufficiency of the trust fund. The
7    assuming insurer shall provide or make the information
8    available to the ceding insurer. The assuming insurer may
9    decline to release trade secrets or commercially sensitive
10    information that would qualify as exempt from disclosure
11    under the Freedom of Information Act. The Director shall
12    also make the information publicly available, subject only
13    to such reasonable objections as might be raised to a
14    request pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, as
15    determined by the Director. The assuming insurer shall
16    submit to examination of its books and records by the
17    Director and bear the expense of examination.
18        (2)(a) Credit for reinsurance shall not be granted
19    under this subsection unless the form of the trust and any
20    amendments to the trust have been approved by:
21            (i) the regulatory official of the state where the
22        trust is domiciled; or
23            (ii) the regulatory official of another state who,
24        pursuant to the terms of the trust instrument, has
25        accepted principal regulatory oversight of the trust.
26        (b) The form of the trust and any trust amendments also



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1    shall be filed with the regulatory official of every state
2    in which the ceding insurer beneficiaries of the trust are
3    domiciled. The trust instrument shall provide that
4    contested claims shall be valid and enforceable upon the
5    final order of any court of competent jurisdiction in the
6    United States. The trust shall vest legal title to its
7    assets in its trustees for the benefit of the assuming
8    insurer's United States policyholders and ceding insurees
9    and their assigns and successors in interest. The trust and
10    the assuming insurer shall be subject to examination as
11    determined by the Director.
12        (c) The trust shall remain in effect for as long as the
13    assuming insurer has outstanding obligations due under the
14    reinsurance agreements subject to the trust. No later than
15    February 28 of each year the trustee of the trust shall
16    report to the Director in writing the balance of the trust
17    and a list of the trust's investments at the preceding
18    year-end and shall certify the date of termination of the
19    trust, if so planned, or certify that the trust will not
20    expire prior to the next following December 31.
21        No later than February 28 of each year, the assuming
22    insurer's chief executive officer or chief financial
23    officer shall certify to the Director that the trust fund
24    contains funds in an amount not less than the assuming
25    insurer's liabilities (as reported to the assuming insurer
26    by its cedent) attributable to reinsurance ceded by U.S.



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1    ceding insurers, and in addition, a trusteed surplus of no
2    less than $20,000,000. In the event that item (a-5) of
3    subparagraph (3) of this paragraph (C) applies to the
4    trust, the assuming insurer's chief executive officer or
5    chief financial officer shall then certify to the Director
6    that the trust fund contains funds in an amount not less
7    than the assuming insurer's liabilities (as reported to the
8    assuming insurer by its cedent) attributable to
9    reinsurance ceded by U.S. ceding insurers and, in addition,
10    a reduced trusteed surplus of not less than the amount that
11    has been authorized by the regulatory authority having
12    principal regulatory oversight of the trust.
13        (d) No later than February 28 of each year, an assuming
14    insurer that maintains a trust fund in accordance with this
15    paragraph (C) shall provide or make available, if requested
16    by a beneficiary under the trust fund, the following
17    information to the assuming insurer's U.S. ceding insurers
18    or their assigns and successors in interest:
19            (i) a copy of the form of the trust agreement and
20        any trust amendments to the trust agreement pertaining
21        to the trust fund;
22            (ii) a copy of the annual and quarterly financial
23        information, and its most recent audited financial
24        statement provided to the Director by the assuming
25        insurer, including any exhibits and schedules thereto;
26            (iii) any financial information provided to the



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1        Director by the assuming insurer that the Director has
2        deemed necessary to determine the financial condition
3        of the assuming insurer and the sufficiency of the
4        trust fund;
5            (iv) a copy of any annual and quarterly financial
6        information provided to the Director by the trustee of
7        the trust fund maintained by the assuming insurer,
8        including any exhibits and schedules thereto;
9            (v) a copy of the information required to be
10        reported by the trustee of the trust to the Director
11        under the provisions of this paragraph (C); and
12            (vi) a written certification that the trust fund
13        consists of funds in trust in an amount not less than
14        the assuming insurer's liabilities attributable to
15        reinsurance liabilities (as reported to the assuming
16        insurer by its cedent) attributable to reinsurance
17        ceded by U.S. ceding insurers and, in addition, a
18        trusteed surplus of not less than $20,000,000.
19        (3) The following requirements apply to the following
20    categories of assuming insurer:
21            (a) The trust fund for a single assuming insurer
22        shall consist of funds in trust in an amount not less
23        than the assuming insurer's liabilities attributable
24        to reinsurance ceded by U.S. ceding insurers, and in
25        addition, the assuming insurer shall maintain a
26        trusteed surplus of not less than $20,000,000, except



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1        as provided in item (a-5) of this subparagraph (3).
2            (a-5) At any time after the assuming insurer has
3        permanently discontinued underwriting new business
4        secured by the trust for at least 3 full years, the
5        Director with principal regulatory oversight of the
6        trust may authorize a reduction in the required
7        trusteed surplus, but only after a finding, based on an
8        assessment of the risk, that the new required surplus
9        level is adequate for the protection of U.S. ceding
10        insurers, policyholders, and claimants in light of
11        reasonably foreseeable adverse loss development. The
12        risk assessment may involve an actuarial review,
13        including an independent analysis of reserves and cash
14        flows, and shall consider all material risk factors,
15        including, when applicable, the lines of business
16        involved, the stability of the incurred loss
17        estimates, and the effect of the surplus requirements
18        on the assuming insurer's liquidity or solvency. The
19        minimum required trusteed surplus may not be reduced to
20        an amount less than 30% of the assuming insurer's
21        liabilities attributable to reinsurance ceded by U.S.
22        ceding insurers covered by the trust.
23            (b)(i) In the case of a group including
24        incorporated and individual unincorporated
25        underwriters:
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1            agreements with an inception, amendment, or
2            renewal date on or after January 1, 1993 August 1,
3            1995, the trust shall consist of a trusteed account
4            in an amount not less than the respective
5            underwriters' group's several liabilities
6            attributable to business ceded by U.S. domiciled
7            ceding insurers to any member of the group;
8                (II) for reinsurance ceded under reinsurance
9            agreements with an inception date on or before
10            December 31, 1992 July 31, 1995 and not amended or
11            renewed after that date, notwithstanding the other
12            provisions of this Act, the trust shall consist of
13            a trusteed account in an amount not less than the
14            group's several insurance and reinsurance
15            liabilities attributable to business written in
16            the United States; and
17                (III) in addition to these trusts, the group
18            shall maintain in trust a trusteed surplus of which
19            not less than $100,000,000 shall be held jointly
20            for the benefit of the U.S. domiciled ceding
21            insurers of any member of the group for all years
22            of account.
23            (ii) The incorporated members of the group shall
24        not be engaged in any business other than underwriting
25        as a member of the group and shall be subject to the
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1        group's domiciliary regulator as are the
2        unincorporated members.
3            (iii) Within 90 days after its financial
4        statements are due to be filed with the group's
5        domiciliary regulator, the group shall provide to the
6        Director an annual certification by the group's
7        domiciliary regulator of the solvency of each
8        underwriter member, or if a certification is
9        unavailable, financial statements prepared by
10        independent public accountants of each underwriter
11        member of the group.
12            (c) In the case of a group of incorporated insurers
13        under common administration, the group shall:
14                (i) have continuously transacted an insurance
15            business outside the United States for at least 3
16            years immediately before making application for
17            accreditation;
18                (ii) maintain aggregate policyholders' surplus
19            of not less than $10,000,000,000;
20                (iii) maintain a trust in an amount not less
21            than the group's several liabilities attributable
22            to business ceded by United States domiciled
23            ceding insurers to any member of the group pursuant
24            to reinsurance contracts issued in the name of the
25            group;
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1            surplus of which not less than $100,000,000 shall
2            be held jointly for the benefit of the United
3            States ceding insurers of any member of the group
4            as additional security for these liabilities; and
5                (v) within 90 days after its financial
6            statements are due to be filed with the group's
7            domiciliary regulator, make available to the
8            Director an annual certification of each
9            underwriter member's solvency by the member's
10            domiciliary regulator and financial statements of
11            each underwriter member of the group prepared by
12            its independent public accountant.
13        (C-5) Credit shall be allowed when the reinsurance is
14    ceded to an assuming insurer that has been certified by the
15    Director as a reinsurer in this State and secures its
16    obligations in accordance with the requirements of this
17    paragraph (C-5).
18            (1) In order to be eligible for certification, the
19        assuming insurer shall meet the following
20        requirements:
21                (a) the assuming insurer must be domiciled and
22            licensed to transact insurance or reinsurance in a
23            qualified jurisdiction, as determined by the
24            Director pursuant to subparagraph (3) of this
25            paragraph (C-5);
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1            capital and surplus, or its equivalent, in an
2            amount not less than $250,000,000 or such greater
3            amount as determined by the Director pursuant to
4            regulation; this requirement may also be satisfied
5            by an association, including incorporated and
6            individual unincorporated underwriters, having
7            minimum capital and surplus equivalents (net of
8            liabilities) of at least $250,000,000 and a
9            central fund containing a balance of at least
10            $250,000,000;
11                (c) the assuming insurer must maintain
12            financial strength ratings from 2 or more rating
13            agencies deemed acceptable by the Director; these
14            ratings shall be based on interactive
15            communication between the rating agency and the
16            assuming insurer and shall not be based solely on
17            publicly available information; each certified
18            reinsurer shall be rated on a legal entity basis,
19            with due consideration being given to the group
20            rating where appropriate, except that an
21            association, including incorporated and individual
22            unincorporated underwriters, that has been
23            approved to do business as a single certified
24            reinsurer may be evaluated on the basis of its
25            group rating; these financial strength ratings
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1            determining the rating that is assigned to the
2            assuming insurer; acceptable rating agencies
3            include the following:
4                    (i) Standard & Poor's;
5                    (ii) Moody's Investors Service;
6                    (iii) Fitch Ratings;
7                    (iv) A.M. Best Company; or
8                    (v) any other nationally recognized
9                statistical rating organization;
10                (d) the assuming insurer must agree to submit
11            to the jurisdiction of this State, appoint the
12            Director as its agent for service of process in
13            this State, and agree to provide security for 100%
14            of the assuming insurer's liabilities attributable
15            to reinsurance ceded by U.S. ceding insurers if it
16            resists enforcement of a final U.S. judgment; and
17                (e) the assuming insurer must agree to meet
18            applicable information filing requirements as
19            determined by the Director, both with respect to an
20            initial application for certification and on an
21            ongoing basis.
22            (2) An association, including incorporated and
23        individual unincorporated underwriters, may be a
24        certified reinsurer. In order to be eligible for
25        certification, in addition to satisfying the
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1        (C-5):
2                (a) the association shall satisfy its minimum
3            capital and surplus requirements through the
4            capital and surplus equivalents (net of
5            liabilities) of the association and its members,
6            which shall include a joint central fund that may
7            be applied to any unsatisfied obligation of the
8            association or any of its members, in the amounts
9            specified in item (b) of subparagraph (1) of this
10            paragraph (c-5);
11                (b) the incorporated members of the
12            association shall not be engaged in any business
13            other than underwriting as a member of the
14            association and shall be subject to the same level
15            of regulation and solvency control by the
16            association's domiciliary regulator as are the
17            unincorporated members; and
18                (c) within 90 days after its financial
19            statements are due to be filed with the
20            association's domiciliary regulator, the
21            association shall provide to the Director an
22            annual certification by the association's
23            domiciliary regulator of the solvency of each
24            underwriter member; or if a certification is
25            unavailable, financial statements, prepared by
26            independent public accountants, of each



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1            underwriter member of the association.
2            (3) The Director shall create and publish a list of
3        qualified jurisdictions, under which an assuming
4        insurer licensed and domiciled in such jurisdiction is
5        eligible to be considered for certification by the
6        Director as a certified reinsurer.
7                (a) In order to determine whether the
8            domiciliary jurisdiction of a non-U.S. assuming
9            insurer is eligible to be recognized as a qualified
10            jurisdiction, the Director shall evaluate the
11            appropriateness and effectiveness of the
12            reinsurance supervisory system of the
13            jurisdiction, both initially and on an ongoing
14            basis, and consider the rights, benefits, and
15            extent of reciprocal recognition afforded by the
16            non-U.S. jurisdiction to reinsurers licensed and
17            domiciled in the U.S. A qualified jurisdiction
18            must agree in writing to share information and
19            cooperate with the Director with respect to all
20            certified reinsurers domiciled within that
21            jurisdiction. A jurisdiction may not be recognized
22            as a qualified jurisdiction if the Director has
23            determined that the jurisdiction does not
24            adequately and promptly enforce final U.S.
25            judgments and arbitration awards. The costs and
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1            evaluation of the domiciliary jurisdictions of
2            non-U.S. assuming insurers shall be borne by the
3            certified reinsurer or reinsurers domiciled in
4            such jurisdiction.
5                (b) Additional factors to be considered in
6            determining whether to recognize a qualified
7            jurisdiction include, but are not limited to, the
8            following:
9                    (i) the framework under which the assuming
10                insurer is regulated;
11                    (ii) the structure and authority of the
12                domiciliary regulator with regard to solvency
13                regulation requirements and financial
14                surveillance;
15                    (iii) the substance of financial and
16                operating standards for assuming insurers in
17                the domiciliary jurisdiction;
18                    (iv) the form and substance of financial
19                reports required to be filed or made publicly
20                available by reinsurers in the domiciliary
21                jurisdiction and the accounting principles
22                used;
23                    (v) the domiciliary regulator's
24                willingness to cooperate with U.S. regulators
25                in general and the Director in particular;
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1                assuming insurers in the domiciliary
2                jurisdiction;
3                    (vii) any documented evidence of
4                substantial problems with the enforcement of
5                final U.S. judgments in the domiciliary
6                jurisdiction; and
7                    (viii) any relevant international
8                standards or guidance with respect to mutual
9                recognition of reinsurance supervision adopted
10                by the International Association of Insurance
11                Supervisors or its successor organization.
12                (c) If, upon conducting an evaluation under
13            this paragraph with respect to the reinsurance
14            supervisory system of any non-U.S. assuming
15            insurer, the Director determines that the
16            jurisdiction qualifies to be recognized as a
17            qualified jurisdiction, the Director shall publish
18            notice and evidence of such recognition in an
19            appropriate manner. The Director may establish a
20            procedure to withdraw recognition of those
21            jurisdictions that are no longer qualified.
22                (d) The Director shall consider the list of
23            qualified jurisdictions through the NAIC committee
24            process in determining qualified jurisdictions. If
25            the Director approves a jurisdiction as qualified
26            that does not appear on the list of qualified



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1            jurisdictions, then the Director shall provide
2            thoroughly documented justification in accordance
3            with criteria to be developed under regulations.
4                (e) U.S. jurisdictions that meet the
5            requirement for accreditation under the NAIC
6            financial standards and accreditation program
7            shall be recognized as qualified jurisdictions.
8                (f) If a certified reinsurer's domiciliary
9            jurisdiction ceases to be a qualified
10            jurisdiction, then the Director may suspend the
11            reinsurer's certification indefinitely, in lieu of
12            revocation.
13            (4) If an applicant for certification has been
14        certified as a reinsurer in an NAIC accredited
15        jurisdiction, then the Director may defer to that
16        jurisdiction's certification and to the rating
17        assigned by that jurisdiction if the assuming insurer
18        submits a properly executed Form CR-1 and such
19        additional information as the Director requires. Such
20        assuming insurer shall be considered to be a certified
21        reinsurer in this State but only upon the Director's
22        assignment of an Illinois rating, which shall be made
23        based on the requirements of subparagraph (5) of this
24        paragraph (C-5). The following shall apply:
25                (a) Any change in the certified reinsurer's
26            status or rating in the other jurisdiction shall



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1            apply automatically in Illinois as of the date it
2            takes effect in the other jurisdiction. The
3            certified reinsurer shall notify the Director of
4            any change in its status or rating within 10 days
5            after receiving notice of the change.
6                (b) The Director may withdraw recognition of
7            the other jurisdiction's rating at any time and
8            assign a new rating in accordance with
9            subparagraph (5) of this paragraph (C-5).
10                (c) The Director may withdraw recognition of
11            the other jurisdiction's certification at any time
12            with written notice to the certified reinsurer.
13            Unless the Director suspends or revokes the
14            certified reinsurer's certification in accordance
15            with item (c) of subparagraph (9) of this paragraph
16            (C-5), the certified reinsurer's certification
17            shall remain in good standing in Illinois for a
18            period of 3 months, which shall be extended if
19            additional time is necessary to consider the
20            assuming insurer's application for certification
21            in Illinois.
22            (5) The Director shall assign a rating to each
23        certified reinsurer pursuant to rules adopted by the
24        Department. Factors that shall be considered as part of
25        the evaluation process include the following:
26                (a) The certified reinsurer's financial



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1            strength rating from an acceptable rating agency.
2            Financial strength ratings shall be classified
3            according to the following ratings categories:
4                    (i) Ratings Category "Secure - 1"
5                corresponds to the highest level of rating
6                given by a rating agency, including, but not
7                limited to, A.M. Best Company rating A++;
8                Standard & Poor's rating AAA; Moody's
9                Investors Service rating Aaa; and Fitch
10                Ratings rating AAA.
11                    (ii) Ratings Category "Secure - 2"
12                corresponds to the second-highest level of
13                rating or group of ratings given by a rating
14                agency, including, but not limited to, A.M.
15                Best Company rating A+; Standard & Poor's
16                rating AA+, AA, or AA-; Moody's Investors
17                Service ratings Aa1, Aa2, or Aa3; and Fitch
18                Ratings ratings AA+, AA, or AA-.
19                    (iii) Ratings Category "Secure - 3"
20                corresponds to the third-highest level of
21                rating or group of ratings given by a rating
22                agency, including, but not limited to, A.M.
23                Best Company rating A; Standard & Poor's
24                ratings A+ or A; Moody's Investors Service
25                ratings A1 or A2; and Fitch Ratings ratings A+
26                or A.



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1                    (iv) Ratings Category "Secure - 4"
2                corresponds to the fourth-highest level of
3                rating or group of ratings given by a rating
4                agency, including, but not limited to, A.M.
5                Best Company rating A-; Standard & Poor's
6                rating A-; Moody's Investors Service rating
7                A3; and Fitch Ratings rating A-.
8                    (v) Ratings Category "Secure - 5"
9                corresponds to the fifth-highest level of
10                rating or group of ratings given by a rating
11                agency, including, but not limited to, A.M.
12                Best Company ratings B++ or B+; Standard &
13                Poor's ratings BBB+, BBB, or BBB-; Moody's
14                Investors Service ratings Baa1, Baa2, or Baa3;
15                and Fitch Ratings ratings BBB+, BBB, or BBB-.
16                    (vi) Ratings Category "Vulnerable - 6"
17                corresponds to a level of rating given by a
18                rating agency, other than those described in
19                subitems (i) through (v) of this item (a),
20                including, but not limited to, A.M. Best
21                Company rating B, B-, C++, C+, C, C-, D, E, or
22                F; Standard & Poor's ratings BB+, BB, BB-, B+,
23                B, B-, CCC, CC, C, D, or R; Moody's Investors
24                Service ratings Ba1, Ba2, Ba3, B1, B2, B3, Caa,
25                Ca, or C; and Fitch Ratings ratings BB+, BB,
26                BB-, B+, B, B-, CCC+, CCC, CCC-, or D.



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1                A failure to obtain or maintain at least 2
2            financial strength ratings from acceptable rating
3            agencies shall result in loss of eligibility for
4            certification.
5                (b) The business practices of the certified
6            reinsurer in dealing with its ceding insurers,
7            including its record of compliance with
8            reinsurance contractual terms and obligations.
9                (c) For certified reinsurers domiciled in the
10            U.S., a review of the most recent applicable NAIC
11            Annual Statement Blank, either Schedule F (for
12            property and casualty reinsurers) or Schedule S
13            (for life and health reinsurers).
14                (d) For certified reinsurers not domiciled in
15            the U.S., a review annually of Form CR-F (for
16            property and casualty reinsurers) or Form CR-S
17            (for life and health reinsurers).
18                (e) The reputation of the certified reinsurer
19            for prompt payment of claims under reinsurance
20            agreements, based on an analysis of ceding
21            insurers' Schedule F reporting of overdue
22            reinsurance recoverables, including the proportion
23            of obligations that are more than 90 days past due
24            or are in dispute, with specific attention given to
25            obligations payable to companies that are in
26            administrative supervision or receivership.



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1                (f) Regulatory actions against the certified
2            reinsurer.
3                (g) The report of the independent auditor on
4            the financial statements of the insurance
5            enterprise, on the basis described in item (h) of
6            this subparagraph (5).
7                (h) For certified reinsurers not domiciled in
8            the U.S., audited financial statements (audited
9            Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (U.S.
10            GAAP) basis statement if available, audited
11            International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
12            basis statements are allowed but must include an
13            audited footnote reconciling equity and net income
14            to U.S. GAAP basis or, with the permission of the
15            Director, audited IFRS basis statements with
16            reconciliation to U.S. GAAP basis certified by an
17            officer of the company), regulatory filings, and
18            actuarial opinion (as filed with the non-U.S.
19            jurisdiction supervisor). Upon the initial
20            application for certification, the Director shall
21            consider the audited financial statements filed
22            with its non-U.S. jurisdiction supervisor for the
23            3 years immediately preceding the date of the
24            initial application for certification.
25                (i) The liquidation priority of obligations to
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1            domiciliary jurisdiction in the context of an
2            insolvency proceeding.
3                (j) A certified reinsurer's participation in
4            any solvent scheme of arrangement, or similar
5            procedure, that involves U.S. ceding insurers. The
6            Director shall receive prior notice from a
7            certified reinsurer that proposes participation by
8            the certified reinsurer in a solvent scheme of
9            arrangement.
10            The maximum rating that a certified reinsurer may
11        be assigned shall correspond to its financial strength
12        rating, which shall be determined according to
13        subitems (i) through (vi) of item (a) of this
14        subparagraph (5). The Director shall use the lowest
15        financial strength rating received from an acceptable
16        rating agency in establishing the maximum rating of a
17        certified reinsurer.
18            (6) Based on the analysis conducted under item (e)
19        of subparagraph (5) of this paragraph (C-5) of a
20        certified reinsurer's reputation for prompt payment of
21        claims, the Director may make appropriate adjustments
22        in the security the certified reinsurer is required to
23        post to protect its liabilities to U.S. ceding
24        insurers, provided that the Director shall, at a
25        minimum, increase the security the certified reinsurer
26        is required to post by one rating level under item (a)



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1        of subparagraph (8) of this paragraph (C-5) if the
2        Director finds that:
3                (a) more than 15% of the certified reinsurer's
4            ceding insurance clients have overdue reinsurance
5            recoverables on paid losses of 90 days or more that
6            are not in dispute and that exceed $100,000 for
7            each cedent; or
8                (b) the aggregate amount of reinsurance
9            recoverables on paid losses that are not in dispute
10            that are overdue by 90 days or more exceeds
11            $50,000,000.
12            (7) The Director shall post notice on the
13        Department's website promptly upon receipt of any
14        application for certification, including instructions
15        on how members of the public may respond to the
16        application. The Director may not take final action on
17        the application until at least 30 days after posting
18        the notice required by this subparagraph. The Director
19        shall publish a list of all certified reinsurers and
20        their ratings.
21            (8) A certified reinsurer shall secure obligations
22        assumed from U.S. ceding insurers under this
23        subsection (1) at a level consistent with its rating.
24                (a) The amount of security required in order
25            for full credit to be allowed shall correspond with
26            the applicable ratings category:



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1                    Secure - 1: 0%.
2                    Secure - 2: 10%.
3                    Secure - 3: 20%.
4                    Secure - 4: 50%.
5                    Secure - 5: 75%.
6                    Vulnerable - 6: 100%.
7                (b) Nothing in this subparagraph (8) shall
8            prohibit the parties to a reinsurance agreement
9            from agreeing to provisions establishing security
10            requirements that exceed the minimum security
11            requirements established for certified reinsurers
12            under this Section.
13                (c) In order for a domestic ceding insurer to
14            qualify for full financial statement credit for
15            reinsurance ceded to a certified reinsurer, the
16            certified reinsurer shall maintain security in a
17            form acceptable to the Director and consistent
18            with the provisions of subsection (2) of this
19            Section, or in a multibeneficiary trust in
20            accordance with paragraph (C) of this subsection
21            (1), except as otherwise provided in this
22            subparagraph (8).
23                (d) If a certified reinsurer maintains a trust
24            to fully secure its obligations subject to
25            paragraph (C) of this subsection (1), and chooses
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1            reinsurer in the form of a multibeneficiary trust,
2            then the certified reinsurer shall maintain
3            separate trust accounts for its obligations
4            incurred under reinsurance agreements issued or
5            renewed as a certified reinsurer with reduced
6            security as permitted by this subsection or
7            comparable laws of other U.S. jurisdictions and
8            for its obligations subject to paragraph (C) of
9            this subsection (1). It shall be a condition to the
10            grant of certification under this paragraph (C-5)
11            that the certified reinsurer shall have bound
12            itself, by the language of the trust and agreement
13            with the Director with principal regulatory
14            oversight of each such trust account, to fund, upon
15            termination of any such trust account, out of the
16            remaining surplus of such trust any deficiency of
17            any other such trust account. The certified
18            reinsurer shall also provide or make available, if
19            requested by a beneficiary under a trust, all the
20            information that is required to be provided under
21            the requirements of item (d) of subparagraph (2) of
22            paragraph (C) of this subsection (1) to the
23            certified reinsurer's U.S. ceding insurers or
24            their assigns and successors in interest. The
25            assuming insurer may decline to release trade
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1            would qualify as exempt from disclosure under the
2            Freedom of Information Act.
3                (e) The minimum trusteed surplus requirements
4            provided in paragraph (C) of this subsection (1)
5            are not applicable with respect to a
6            multibeneficiary trust maintained by a certified
7            reinsurer for the purpose of securing obligations
8            incurred under this subsection, except that such
9            trust shall maintain a minimum trusteed surplus of
10            $10,000,000.
11                (f) With respect to obligations incurred by a
12            certified reinsurer under this subsection (1), if
13            the security is insufficient, then the Director
14            may reduce the allowable credit by an amount
15            proportionate to the deficiency and may impose
16            further reductions in allowable credit upon
17            finding that there is a material risk that the
18            certified reinsurer's obligations will not be paid
19            in full when due.
20            (9)(a) In the case of a downgrade by a rating
21        agency or other disqualifying circumstance, the
22        Director shall by written notice assign a new rating to
23        the certified reinsurer in accordance with the
24        requirements of subparagraph (5) of this paragraph
25        (C-5).
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1        upgraded by the Director, then the certified reinsurer
2        may meet the security requirements applicable to its
3        new rating on a prospective basis, but the Director
4        shall require the certified reinsurer to post security
5        under the previously applicable security requirements
6        as to all contracts in force on or before the effective
7        date of the upgraded rating. If the rating of a
8        certified reinsurer is downgraded by the Director,
9        then the Director shall require the certified
10        reinsurer to meet the security requirements applicable
11        to its new rating for all business it has assumed as a
12        certified reinsurer.
13            (c) The Director may suspend, revoke, or otherwise
14        modify a certified reinsurer's certification at any
15        time if the certified reinsurer fails to meet its
16        obligations or security requirements under this
17        Section or if other financial or operating results of
18        the certified reinsurer, or documented significant
19        delays in payment by the certified reinsurer, lead the
20        Director to reconsider the certified reinsurer's
21        ability or willingness to meet its contractual
22        obligations. In seeking to suspend, revoke, or
23        otherwise modify a certified reinsurer's
24        certification, the Director shall follow the
25        procedures provided in paragraph (G) of this
26        subsection (1).



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1            (d) For purposes of this subsection (1), a
2        certified reinsurer whose certification has been
3        terminated for any reason shall be treated as a
4        certified reinsurer required to secure 100% of its
5        obligations.
6                (i) As used in this item (d), the term
7            "terminated" refers to revocation, suspension,
8            voluntary surrender and inactive status.
9                (ii) If the Director continues to assign a
10            higher rating as permitted by other provisions of
11            this Section, then this requirement does not apply
12            to a certified reinsurer in inactive status or to a
13            reinsurer whose certification has been suspended.
14            (e) Upon revocation of the certification of a
15        certified reinsurer by the Director, the assuming
16        insurer shall be required to post security in
17        accordance with subsection (2) of this Section in order
18        for the ceding insurer to continue to take credit for
19        reinsurance ceded to the assuming insurer. If funds
20        continue to be held in trust, then the Director may
21        allow additional credit equal to the ceding insurer's
22        pro rata share of the funds, discounted to reflect the
23        risk of uncollectibility and anticipated expenses of
24        trust administration.
25            (f) Notwithstanding the change of a certified
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1        a domestic insurer that has ceded reinsurance to that
2        certified reinsurer may not be denied credit for
3        reinsurance for a period of 3 months for all
4        reinsurance ceded to that certified reinsurer, unless
5        the reinsurance is found by the Director to be at high
6        risk of uncollectibility.
7            (10) A certified reinsurer that ceases to assume
8        new business in this State may request to maintain its
9        certification in inactive status in order to continue
10        to qualify for a reduction in security for its in-force
11        business. An inactive certified reinsurer shall
12        continue to comply with all applicable requirements of
13        this subsection (1), and the Director shall assign a
14        rating that takes into account, if relevant, the
15        reasons why the reinsurer is not assuming new business.
16            (11) Credit for reinsurance under this paragraph
17        (C-5) shall apply only to reinsurance contracts
18        entered into or renewed on or after the effective date
19        of the certification of the assuming insurer.
20            (12) The Director shall comply with all reporting
21        and notification requirements that may be established
22        by the NAIC with respect to certified reinsurers and
23        qualified jurisdictions.
24        (D) Credit shall be allowed when the reinsurance is
25    ceded to an assuming insurer not meeting the requirements
26    of paragraph subsection (1) (A), (B), or (C) of this



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1    subsection (1) but only with respect to the insurance of
2    risks located in jurisdictions where that reinsurance is
3    required by applicable law or regulation of that
4    jurisdiction.
5        (E) If the assuming insurer is not licensed to transact
6    insurance in this State or an accredited or certified
7    reinsurer in this State, the credit permitted by paragraphs
8    (B-5) and subsection (1) (C) of this subsection (1) shall
9    not be allowed unless the assuming insurer agrees in the
10    reinsurance agreements:
11            (1) that in the event of the failure of the
12        assuming insurer to perform its obligations under the
13        terms of the reinsurance agreement, the assuming
14        insurer, at the request of the ceding insurer, shall
15        submit to the jurisdiction of any court of competent
16        jurisdiction in any state of the United States, will
17        comply with all requirements necessary to give the
18        court jurisdiction, and will abide by the final
19        decision of the court or of any appellate court in the
20        event of an appeal; and
21            (2) to designate the Director or a designated
22        attorney as its true and lawful attorney upon whom may
23        be served any lawful process in any action, suit, or
24        proceeding instituted by or on behalf of the ceding
25        company.
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1    override the obligation of the parties to a reinsurance
2    agreement to arbitrate their disputes, if an obligation to
3    arbitrate is created in the agreement.
4        (F) If the assuming insurer does not meet the
5    requirements of paragraph (A) or (B) of this subsection (1)
6    (1)(A) or (B), the credit permitted by paragraph (C) of
7    this subsection (1) (1)(C) shall not be allowed unless the
8    assuming insurer agrees in the trust agreements to the
9    following conditions:
10            (1) Notwithstanding any other provisions in the
11        trust instrument, if the trust fund is inadequate
12        because it contains an amount less than the amount
13        required by subparagraph (3) of paragraph (C)
14        subsection (C)(3) of this subsection (1) Section or if
15        the grantor of the trust has been declared insolvent or
16        placed into receivership, rehabilitation, liquidation,
17        or similar proceedings under the laws of its state or
18        country of domicile, the trustee shall comply with an
19        order of the state official with regulatory oversight
20        over the trust or with an order of a court of competent
21        jurisdiction directing the trustee to transfer to the
22        state official with regulatory oversight all of the
23        assets of the trust fund.
24            (2) The assets shall be distributed by and claims
25        shall be filed with and valued by the state official
26        with regulatory oversight in accordance with the laws



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1        of the state in which the trust is domiciled that are
2        applicable to the liquidation of domestic insurance
3        companies.
4            (3) If the state official with regulatory
5        oversight determines that the assets of the trust fund
6        or any part thereof are not necessary to satisfy the
7        claims of the U.S. ceding insurers of the grantor of
8        the trust, the assets or part thereof shall be returned
9        by the state official with regulatory oversight to the
10        trustee for distribution in accordance with the trust
11        agreement.
12            (4) The grantor shall waive any rights otherwise
13        available to it under U.S. law that are inconsistent
14        with the provision.
15        (G) If an accredited or certified reinsurer ceases to
16    meet the requirements for accreditation or certification,
17    then the Director may suspend or revoke the reinsurer's
18    accreditation or certification.
19            (1) The Director must give the reinsurer notice and
20        opportunity for hearing. The suspension or revocation
21        may not take effect until after the Director's order on
22        hearing, unless:
23                (a) the reinsurer waives its right to hearing;
24                (b) the Director's order is based on
25            regulatory action by the reinsurer's domiciliary
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1            termination of the reinsurer's eligibility to
2            transact insurance or reinsurance business in its
3            domiciliary jurisdiction or in the primary
4            certifying state of the reinsurer under
5            subparagraph (4) of paragraph (C-5) of this
6            subsection (1); or
7                (c) the Director finds that an emergency
8            requires immediate action and a court of competent
9            jurisdiction has not stayed the Director's action.
10            (2) While a reinsurer's accreditation or
11        certification is suspended, no reinsurance contract
12        issued or renewed after the effective date of the
13        suspension qualifies for credit except to the extent
14        that the reinsurer's obligations under the contract
15        are secured in accordance with subsection (2) of this
16        Section. If a reinsurer's accreditation or
17        certification is revoked, no credit for reinsurance
18        may be granted after the effective date of the
19        revocation, except to the extent that the reinsurer's
20        obligations under the contract are secured in
21        accordance with subsection (2) of this Section.
22        (H) The following provisions shall apply concerning
23    concentration of risk:
24            (1) A ceding insurer shall take steps to manage its
25        reinsurance recoverable proportionate to its own book
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1        Director within 30 days after reinsurance recoverables
2        from any single assuming insurer, or group of
3        affiliated assuming insurers, exceeds 50% of the
4        domestic ceding insurer's last reported surplus to
5        policyholders, or after it is determined that
6        reinsurance recoverables from any single assuming
7        insurer, or group of affiliated assuming insurers, is
8        likely to exceed this limit. The notification shall
9        demonstrate that the exposure is safely managed by the
10        domestic ceding insurer.
11            (2) A ceding insurer shall take steps to diversify
12        its reinsurance program. A domestic ceding insurer
13        shall notify the Director within 30 days after ceding
14        to any single assuming insurer, or group of affiliated
15        assuming insurers, more than 20% of the ceding
16        insurer's gross written premium in the prior calendar
17        year, or after it has determined that the reinsurance
18        ceded to any single assuming insurer, or group of
19        affiliated assuming insurers, is likely to exceed this
20        limit. The notification shall demonstrate that the
21        exposure is safely managed by the domestic ceding
22        insurer.
23    (2) Credit for the reinsurance ceded by a domestic insurer
24to an assuming insurer not meeting the requirements of
25subsection (1) of this Section shall be allowed in an amount
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1insurer. The credit shall not exceed the amount of funds held
2by or held in trust for the ceding insurer under a reinsurance
3contract with the assuming insurer as security for the payment
4of obligations thereunder, if the security is held in the
5United States subject to withdrawal solely by, and under the
6exclusive control of, the ceding insurer; or, in the case of a
7trust, held in a qualified United States financial institution,
8as defined in paragraph (B) of subsection (3) of this Section
9(3)(B). This security may be in the form of:
10        (A) Cash.
11        (B) Securities listed by the Securities Valuation
12    Office of the National Association of Insurance
13    Commissioners, including those deemed exempt from filing
14    as defined by the Purposes and Procedures Manual of the
15    Securities Valuation Office that conform to the
16    requirements of Article VIII of this Code that are not
17    issued by an affiliate of either the assuming or ceding
18    company.
19        (C) Clean, irrevocable, unconditional, letters of
20    credit issued or confirmed by a qualified United States
21    financial institution, as defined in paragraph (A) of
22    subsection (3) of this Section (3)(A). The letters of
23    credit shall be effective no later than December 31 of the
24    year for which filing is being made, and in the possession
25    of, or in trust for, the ceding company on or before the
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1    meeting applicable standards of issuer acceptability as of
2    the dates of their issuance (or confirmation) shall,
3    notwithstanding the issuing (or confirming) institution's
4    subsequent failure to meet applicable standards of issuer
5    acceptability, continue to be acceptable as security until
6    their expiration, extension, renewal, modification, or
7    amendment, whichever first occurs.
8        (D) Any other form of security acceptable to the
9    Director.
10    (3)(A) For purposes of paragraph (C) of subsection (2) of
11this Section subsection 2(C), a "qualified United States
12financial institution" means an institution that:
13        (1) is organized or, in the case of a U.S. office of a
14    foreign banking organization, licensed under the laws of
15    the United States or any state thereof;
16        (2) is regulated, supervised, and examined by U.S.
17    federal or state authorities having regulatory authority
18    over banks and trust companies;
19        (3) has been designated by either the Director or the
20    Securities Valuation Office of the National Association of
21    Insurance Commissioners as meeting such standards of
22    financial condition and standing as are considered
23    necessary and appropriate to regulate the quality of
24    financial institutions whose letters of credit will be
25    acceptable to the Director; and
26        (4) is not affiliated with the assuming company.



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1    (B) A "qualified United States financial institution"
2means, for purposes of those provisions of this law specifying
3those institutions that are eligible to act as a fiduciary of a
4trust, an institution that:
5        (1) is organized or, in the case of the U.S. branch or
6    agency office of a foreign banking organization, licensed
7    under the laws of the United States or any state thereof
8    and has been granted authority to operate with fiduciary
9    powers;
10        (2) is regulated, supervised, and examined by federal
11    or state authorities having regulatory authority over
12    banks and trust companies; and
13        (3) is not affiliated with the assuming company,
14    however, if the subject of the reinsurance contract is
15    insurance written pursuant to Section 155.51 of this Code,
16    the financial institution may be affiliated with the
17    assuming company with the prior approval of the Director.
18    (C) Except as set forth in subparagraph (11) of paragraph
19(C-5) of subsection (1) of this Section as to cessions by
20certified reinsurers, this amendatory Act of the 100th General
21Assembly shall apply to all cessions after the effective date
22of this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly under
23reinsurance agreements that have an inception, anniversary, or
24renewal date not less than 6 months after the effective date of
25this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly.
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1provisions of this Article.
2(Source: P.A. 90-381, eff. 8-14-97.)