Pioneer CAT is based in London and provides property catastrophe reinsurance underwriting, distribution and portfolio management expertise to its capacity providers utilising a global network of brokers. The team was formed in September 2013 and is led by David Carson who has over 30 years experience in the Lloyd’s and London Market. Pioneer CAT has demonstrated the ability to originate substantial quantities of attractive reinsurance proposals since its inception.

Two-Fold Focus:

(i) traditional reinsurance – Pioneer CAT offers underwriting and portfolio management services for six separate delegated facilities backed by first class security; writing property treaty business on a traditional basis using rated paper. Deliberately, our underwriting focuses on the US and Japan. One of our US facilities also includes business from the Caribbean and Canada. Approximate EPI (2017) $45m. Products offered: Pro Rata; Cat XL; Aggregate XL; Risk XL and ILW.

(ii) collateralised reinsurance – marrying underwriting experience of many years with access to significant capital. Focus on the US. Minimum transaction size of $10m per contract. Products offered: Cat XL; Aggregate XL; ILW and Retro. Single peril. Short duration.


  • Property treaty either traditional or collateralised
  • US, Canada, Caribbean and Japan
  • Offering capacity that is meaningful and provides geographic diversity of reinsurer.
  • Comprehensive research and analysis


  • Providing underwriting, distribution & portfolio management expertise to capacity providers
  • Capitalising on long-standing business relationships with a deliberately targeted client base
  • Focus on broker & client dialogue, both in London and globally
  • Access to both traditional and alternative capital

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  • A disciplined, experienced approach to underwriting
  • Proactive, efficient service
  • Intent on providing long-term value through robust partnerships
  • Transparent, collaborative relationships with capacity providers