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Labuan IBFC: The Fastest Growing Captive Insurance Centre in Asia and MENA

Licenses a quarter of all captives in both regions according to global trade publication Captive Review

Kuala Lumpur, 6 April 2021 – Leading global trade publication, Captive Review recently released their World Domicile Update 2020 which revealed Labuan International Business and Financial Centre (Labuan IBFC) charted a strong captive growth in 2020, with its total number of captives increasing by 15.4%. The report, which canvassed all global jurisdictions offering this form of self-insurance vehicle confirmed that Labuan IBFC licensed a quarter of all captives in Asia and MENA, thereby reinforcing its position as the fastest growing captive centre in Asia.

Captives are self-insurance vehicles licensed as reinsurance companies set up as a strategic risk management facilitator, as these licensed entities have direct access to the reinsurance market, providing it the ability to reduce the cost of risk coverage whilst simultaneously facilitating a holistic risk management strategy for the entire organisation.

The report also indicated that although global captive numbers fell slightly in 2020, there was a surge in captive cell formations, which provides an efficient and convenient alternative to single parent captive structures.

Labuan IBFC is the only jurisdiction in Asia which provides for the formation of protected cell companies and this has been the largest growth vertical within the self-insurance industry in 2020.

Farah Jaafar-Crossby, CEO of Labuan IBFC Inc, the market development arm of the jurisdiction said “Indeed 2020 was a boon year for Labuan captive business. We had 8 new captives formed, totaling 55 captives now licensed by the jurisdiction. This was the highest number of captives formed in both Asia and MENA in 2020,”.

Farah added “We are also extremely proud to be listed as 16th out of 71 global domiciles with the greatest number of captive formations in 2020, leading the captive industry in Asia and MENA. It is worth noting that the report also indicated that Asia was the fastest growing captive region in the world with a year-on-year growth of 6.3%.”

Looking ahead, bolstered by renewed growth of Asian economies, a hardening reinsurance market, the need to cover more esoteric risk like cyber, greater awareness of self-insurance vehicles and recognition of Labuan IBFC as a key jurisdiction for these vehicles, Farah added that she is expecting 2021’s growth momentum will exceed that enjoyed in 2020.

“In terms of gross written premiums, Labuan’s captive insurance business already accounts for 31.2% of the total gross premiums underwritten in Labuan IBFC amounting to USD497.5 mil, with 65.4% of the total premiums originating from international markets. These numbers clearly indicate a coming of age and maturity of the market, making Labuan IBFC a truly global domicile of choice,” she went on to add.

Roy Sharma, Chairman of Labuan International Insurance Association (LIIA), the industry body representing all insurance related licensed entities said “The growth of captives has been in tandem with the increase in our association members as well as ancillary service providers in Labuan. We now have more than 220 insurance and risk management licensee and LIIA plays a pivotal role in Labuan IBFC”. He added that LIIA will be setting up a captives sub-committee within the association to further develop the captives’ space and for it to have an even stronger voice in the jurisdiction”.

Labuan IBFC celebrated its 30th year of establishment in 2020, with more than 800 licenced financial intermediating entities including banks, insurance and insurance related entities, corporate service providers, wealth management vehicles, digital financial service providers and many other business sectors. The jurisdiction is expected to announce its full 2020 performance numbers later this month with indications pointing to a respectable double-digit growth in reinsurance, banking, digital financial services and corporate service providers.

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Labuan International Business and Financial Centre (Labuan IBFC), Malaysia, through its internationally recognised yet business-friendly legal framework, is the preferred international business and financial centre in the Asia Pacific region.

It offers global investors and businesses the benefits of being in a well-regulated jurisdiction, while providing for fiscal neutrality and certainty, in addition to being an ideal location for substance creation.

Labuan IBFC boasts a wide range of business structures and investment solutions catered to cross-border transactions and international business dealings. It offers services and solutions in niches such as asset leasing, risk management, commodity trading, wealth management, international business companies and Islamic financial services to global businesses looking at penetrating Asia and Asian entities aiming to go global.

Labuan IBFC operates within clear and comprehensive legal provisions, guidelines and practice notes, enforced by a single regulator, Labuan Financial Services Authority.

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