In 2001, Bank Leu, a Swiss private bank, is considering creating the world's first public fund for catastrophe bonds. Cat bonds are securities whose payments depend on the probability of a catastrophe occurring, such as an earthquake or hurricane. Cat bonds are traditionally issued by large insurance or reinsurance companies. This case outlines the traditional reinsurance market and securitization efforts that have taken place in the past and focuses on Bank Leu's decision as a buy-side participant in the cat bond market.
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