2020 California Code
Insurance Code - INS
DIVISION 1 - GENERAL RULES GOVERNING INSURANCE
PART 2 - THE BUSINESS OF INSURANCE
CHAPTER 6.5 - Reinsurance Intermediaries
Section 1781.7.

Universal Citation: CA Ins Code § 1781.7 (2020)
1781.7.  

Transactions between a reinsurance intermediary-manager and the reinsurer it represents in that capacity shall only be entered into pursuant to a written contract specifying the responsibilities of each party, which shall be approved by the reinsurers’s board of directors. Before a reinsurer assumes or cedes business through such a producer, a true copy of the approved contract shall be filed with the commissioner. The contract shall, at a minimum, contain provisions setting forth the following terms and conditions:

(a) The reinsurer may terminate the contract for cause upon written notice to the reinsurance intermediary-manager. The reinsurer may suspend the authority of the reinsurance intermediary-manager to assume or cede business during the pendency of any dispute regarding the cause for termination.

(b) The reinsurance intermediary-manager shall, not less than quarterly, render calendar-year-basis and underwriting-year-basis accounts to the reinsurer accurately detailing all material transactions, including information necessary to support all commissions, charges, and other fees received by, or owing to, the reinsurance intermediary-manager, and shall remit all funds due under the contract to the reinsurer on not less than a quarterly basis.

(c) All funds collected for the reinsurer’s account shall be held by the reinsurance intermediary-manager in a fiduciary capacity in a bank the accounts of which are insured by an agency or instrumentality of the United States. The reinsurance intermediary-manager may retain no more than three months’ estimated claims payment and allocated loss adjustment expenses. Unless the funds held for each reinsurer by the reinsurance intermediary-manager in the fiduciary account are reasonably and readily ascertainable from its books of account and records, and the bank’s books of account and records, the reinsurance intermediary-manager shall maintain a separate bank account for each reinsurer that it represents. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the reinsurance intermediary-manager shall maintain a separate bank account for each reinsurer that it represents that is in receivership or liquidation or that the commissioner determines to be in an impaired financial condition.

(d) For at least 10 years after expiration of each contract of reinsurance transacted by the reinsurance intermediary-manager, the reinsurance intermediary-manager shall keep a complete record for each transaction showing all of the following:

(1) The type of contract, limits, underwriting restrictions, classes or risks, and territory.

(2) The period of coverage, including effective and expiration dates, cancellation provisions and notice required for cancellation, and disposition of outstanding reserves on covered risks.

(3) The reporting and settlement requirements with respect to balances.

(4) The rate used to compute the reinsurance premium.

(5) The names and addresses of reinsurers.

(6) The rates of all reinsurance commissions, including the commissions on any retrocessions handled by the reinsurance intermediary-manager.

(7) Related correspondence and memoranda.

(8) Proof of placement.

(9) Details regarding retrocessions handled by the reinsurance intermediary-manager, as permitted by subdivision (d) of Section 1781.9, including the identity of retrocessionaires and the percentage of each contract assumed or ceded.

(10) Financial records, including, but not limited to, premium and loss accounts.

(11) If the reinsurance intermediary-manager places a reinsurance contract on behalf of a ceding insurer directly from the assuming reinsurer, written evidence that the assuming reinsurer has agreed to assume the risk. If the reinsurance intermediary-manager procures a reinsurance contract on behalf of an admitted ceding insurer that is placed through a representative of the assuming insurer, other than an employee thereof, written evidence that the reinsurer has delegated binding authority to the representative.

(e) The reinsurer shall have access and the right to copy all accounts and records maintained by the reinsurance intermediary-manager related to its business in a form usable by the reinsurer.

(f) The contract cannot be assigned in whole or in part by the reinsurance intermediary-manager.

(g) The reinsurance intermediary-manager shall comply with the written underwriting and rating standards established by the insurer for the acceptance, rejection, or cession of all risks.

(h) The contract shall set forth the rates, terms, and purposes of commissions, charges, and other fees that the reinsurance intermediary-manager may levy against the reinsurer.

(i) If the contract permits the reinsurance intermediary-manager to settle claims on behalf of the reinsurer, it shall contain all of the following provisions:

(1) All claims shall be reported to the reinsurer in a timely manner.

(2) A copy of the claim file shall be sent to the reinsurer at its request or as soon as it becomes known that any of the following applies to the claim:

(A) The claim has the potential to exceed the lesser of an amount determined by the commissioner or the limit set by the reinsurer.

(B) The claim involves a coverage dispute.

(C) The claim may exceed the reinsurance intermediary-manager’s claims settlement authority.

(D) The claim is open for more than six months, unless the reinsurer agrees in writing to waive this requirement, in which event the reinsurance intermediary-manager shall annually provide the reinsurer with an exhibit identifying and describing each open claim.

(3) All claim files shall be joint property of the reinsurer and the reinsurer intermediary-manager. However, upon an order of liquidation of the reinsurer, these files shall become the sole property of the reinsurer or its estate, except when the reinsurance intermediary-manager is also managing the claim files for other reinsurers. In that event, the reinsurance intermediary-manager shall simultaneously and immediately provide the liquidator with copies of all the claim files. With respect to claim files pertaining solely to a reinsurer in liquidation, the reinsurance intermediary-manager shall have reasonable access to and the right to copy the files on a timely basis.

(4) Any settlement authority granted to the reinsurance intermediary-manager may be terminated for cause upon the reinsurer’s written notice to the reinsurance intermediary-manager or upon the termination of the contract. The reinsurer may suspend the settlement authority during the pendency of the dispute regarding the cause of termination.

(j) If the contract provides for a sharing of interim profits by the reinsurance intermediary-manager, interim profits shall not be paid until one year after the end of each underwriting period for property business and five years after the end of each underwriting period for casualty business, or a later period set by the commissioner for specified lines of insurance, and not until the adequacy of reserves on remaining claims has been verified pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 1781.9.

(k) The reinsurance intermediary-manager shall annually provide the reinsurer with a statement of its financial condition prepared by an independent certified accountant and annually shall provide the reinsurer with a certification from an independent certified public accountant that the reinsurance intermediary-manager’s allocations of premiums and losses to the reinsurer have been made on a timely and proper basis.

(l) The reinsurer shall periodically and at least semiannually conduct an onsite review of the underwriting and claims processing operations of the reinsurance intermediary-manager.

(m) The reinsurance intermediary-manager shall disclose to the reinsurer any relationship it has with any insurer prior to ceding or assuming any business with the insurer pursuant to the contract.

(n) Within the scope of its actual or apparent authority, the acts of the reinsurance intermediary-manager shall be deemed to be the acts of the reinsurer on whose behalf it is acting.

(Amended by Stats. 2006, Ch. 538, Sec. 458. Effective January 1, 2007.)

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