REINSTATEMENT PREMIUM PROTECTION REINSURANCE CONTRACT

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REINSTATEMENT PREMIUM PROTECTION REINSURANCE CONTRACT

EFFECTIVE: JUNE 1, 2012

ISSUED TO

HOMEOWNERS CHOICE PROPERTY & CASUALTY INSURANCE COMPANY, INC.

TAMPA, FLORIDA

Including any and all companies that are or may hereafter become affiliated therewith

 

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REINSTATEMENT PREMIUM PROTECTION REINSURANCE CONTRACT

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

ARTICLE 1

  

BUSINESS COVERED

     1   

ARTICLE 2

  

TERM

     1   

ARTICLE 3

  

CONCURRENCY OF CONDITIONS

     2   

ARTICLE 4

  

RATE AND PREMIUM

     2   

ARTICLE 5

  

LOSS NOTICES AND SETTLEMENTS

     3   

ARTICLE 6

  

ACCESS TO RECORDS

     4   

ARTICLE 7

  

AGENCY

     4   

ARTICLE 8

  

ARBITRATION

     5   

ARTICLE 9

  

COLLATERAL

     6   

ARTICLE 10

  

COLLATERAL RELEASE

     7   

ARTICLE 11

  

CONFIDENTIALITY

     7   

ARTICLE 12

  

CURRENCY

     8   

ARTICLE 13

  

ENTIRE AGREEMENT

     9   

ARTICLE 14

  

ERRORS AND OMISSIONS

     9   

ARTICLE 15

  

FEDERAL EXCISE TAX

     9   

ARTICLE 16

  

GOVERNING LAW

     9   

ARTICLE 17

  

INSOLVENCY

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ARTICLE 18

  

LATE PAYMENTS

     11   

ARTICLE 19

  

LIMITED RECOURSE AND BERMUDA REGULATIONS

     12   

ARTICLE 20

  

NON-WAIVER

     13   

ARTICLE 21

  

NOTICES AND AGREEMENT EXECUTION

     14   

ARTICLE 22

  

OFFSET

     14   

ARTICLE 23

  

SERVICE OF SUIT

     15   

ARTICLE 24

  

SEVERABILITY

     16   

ARTICLE 25

  

TAXES

     16   

ARTICLE 26

  

INTERMEDIARY

     16   

ATTACHMENTS

Trust Agreement

 

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REINSTATEMENT PREMIUM PROTECTION REINSURANCE CONTRACT

(hereinafter called the “Contract”)

EFFECTIVE: JUNE 1, 2012

issued to

HOMEOWNERS CHOICE PROPERTY & CASUALTY INSURANCE COMPANY, INC.

TAMPA, FLORIDA

Including any and/or all companies that are or may hereafter become affiliated therewith

(hereinafter called the “Reinsured”)

by

THE SUBSCRIBING REINSURER(S) SPECIFIED IN THE INTERESTS AND LIABLITIES AGREEMENT ATTACHED TO THIS CONTRACT

(hereinafter called, with other participants, the “Reinsurer(s)”)

ARTICLE 1

BUSINESS COVERED

By this Contract the Reinsurer agrees to indemnity the Reinsured for 100% of any net reinstatement premium which the Reinsured pays or becomes liable to pay under the provisions of the second excess layer of the Reinsured’s Catastrophe Excess of Loss Reinsurance Contract, effective June 1, 2012 (hereinafter referred to as the “Original Contract”), subject to the terms, conditions and limitations hereinafter set forth.

ARTICLE 2

TERM

 

1. This Contract shall become effective at 12:01 a.m., Local Standard Time, June 1, 2012, with respect to reinstatement premium payable by the Reinsured under the provisions of the Original Contract, and shall remain in force until 12:01 a.m., Local Standard Time, June 1, 2013. “Local Standard Time” as used herein shall mean local standard time at the location where the Loss Occurrence commences.

 

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2. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (1) above, the Reinsured may reduce or terminate a Reinsurer’s percentage share in this Contract at any time by giving written notice to the Reinsurer in the event any of the following circumstances occur. The effective date of reduction or termination shall be the date selected by the Reinsured, which may be a date that is retroactively applied to the date of public announcement for subparagraph (a) below or upon discovery for subparagraph (b) below, subject to the condition that such selected date must be the last day of a calendar month.

 

  a. A State Insurance Department or other legal authority has ordered the Reinsurer to cease writing business; or

 

  b. The Reinsurer has reinsured its entire liability under this Contract without the Reinsured’s prior written consent, except that this provision shall not apply to any intercompany reinsurance or intercompany pooling arrangements entered into by the Reinsurer.

ARTICLE 3

CONCURRENCY OF CONDITIONS

 

1. It is agreed that this Contract will follow those terms, conditions, exclusions, definitions, warranties and settlements of the Reinsured under the Original Contract, including any addenda thereto, which are not inconsistent with the provisions of this Contract.

 

2. The Reinsured shall advise the Reinsurer of any material changes in the Original Contract which may affect the liability of the Reinsurer under this Contract.

ARTICLE 4

RATE AND PREMIUM

 

1. As premium for the reinsurance coverage provided by this Contract, the Reinsured shall pay the Reinsurer the greater of the following:

 

  a. ***% of $******* (minimum premium); or

 

  b. The product of the following:

 

  i. *******; times

 

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  ii. The Final Adjusted Rate on Line for the second excess layer under the Original Contract; times

 

  iii. ****% of an amount equal to the final adjusted premium paid by the Reinsured for the second excess layer under the Original Contract.

“Final Adjusted Rate on Line” as used herein shall mean an amount equal to the final adjusted premium paid by the Reinsured for the second excess layer under the Original Contract divided by the “Reinsurer’s Per Occurrence Limit” for the second excess layer.

 

2. The Reinsured shall pay the Reinsurer a deposit premium of $******** on June 1, 2012 and the Adjusted Deposit Installment, defined in paragraph (3) below, on January 1, 2013. No deposit premium shall be due to a Reinsurer hereunder until that Reinsurer has executed its Interests and Liabilities Agreement attached to and forming part of this Contract. Further, if this Contract is terminated, no deposit premium installments shall be due after the effective date of termination.

 

3. “Adjusted Deposit Installment” as used herein shall mean:

 

  a. The premium due hereunder, computed in accordance with paragraph (1) above; less

 

  b. $*********.

 

4. On or before January 1, 2013, the Reinsured shall provide a report to the Reinsurer setting forth the premium due hereunder, computed in accordance with paragraph (1) above, and any amount due either party shall be remitted promptly.

 

5. “Contract Quarter” as used herein shall mean the period from June 1, 2012 through August 31, 2012, both days inclusive, and each respective three-month period (or portion thereof) thereafter during the term of this Contract.

ARTICLE 5

LOSS NOTICES AND SETTLEMENTS

 

1. Whenever reinstatement premium settlements are made by the Reinsured under the second excess layer of the Original Contract, the Reinsured shall notify the Reinsurer.

 

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2. All reinstatement premium settlements made by the Reinsured under the Original Contract, provided they are within the terms of the Original Contract and within the terms of this Contract, shall be binding upon the Reinsurer, and the Reinsurer agrees to pay all amounts for which it may be liable upon receipt of reasonable evidence of the amount paid (or schedules to be paid within 14 days) by the Reinsured.

 

3. As promptly as possible after the end of each Contract Quarter, the Reinsured shall report to the Reinsurer its reinstatement premiums paid during the Contract Quarter and its outstanding loss reserves (being the sum of all reinstatement premiums paid by the Reinsured under the Original Contract but not yet recovered from the Reinsurer, plus the Reinsured’s reserves for reinstatement premiums due under the Original Contract, if any) as of the end of the Contract Quarter on any reinstatement premiums reported to the Reinsurer in accordance with paragraph (1) above. This paragraph shall not apply to any Contract Quarter in which there were no loss payments subject to this Contract.

ARTICLE 6

ACCESS TO RECORDS

The Reinsurer or its designated representatives shall have access to the books and records of the Reinsured on matters relating to this reinsurance at all reasonable times, and at the location where such books and records are maintained in the ordinary course of business, for the purpose of obtaining information concerning this Contract or the subject matter thereof. Notification of a request for inspection of records shall be sent to the Reinsured by the Reinsurer in written form, and shall normally be given four weeks in advance. Notwithstanding the above, the Reinsurer shall not have any right of access to the records of the Reinsured if it is not current in all undisputed payments due the Reinsured.

ARTICLE 7

AGENCY

If more than one reinsured company is named as a party to this Contract, the first named company shall be deemed the agent of the other reinsured companies for purposes of sending or receiving notices required by the terms and conditions of this Contract, and for purposes of remitting or receiving any monies due any party.

 

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ARTICLE 8

ARBITRATION

 

1. As a condition precedent to any right of action hereunder, in the event of any dispute or difference of opinion hereafter arising with respect to this Contract, it is hereby mutually agreed that such dispute or difference of opinion shall be submitted to arbitration. One Arbiter shall be chosen by the Reinsured, the other by the Reinsurer, and an Umpire shall be chosen by the two Arbiters before they enter upon arbitration, all of whom shall be active or retired disinterested executive officers of insurance or reinsurance companies or Underwriters at Lloyd’s. In the event that either party should fail to choose an Arbiter within 30 days following a written request by the other party to do so, the requesting party may choose two Arbiters who shall in turn choose an Umpire before entering upon arbitration. If the two Arbiters fail to agree upon the selection of an Umpire within 30 days following their appointment, the two Arbiters shall request the American Arbitration Association to appoint the Umpire. If the American Arbitration Association fails to appoint the Umpire within 30 days after it has been requested to do so, either party may request a justice of a Court of general jurisdiction of the state in which the arbitration is to be held to appoint the Umpire.

 

2. Each party shall present its case to the Arbiters within 30 days following the date of appointment of the Umpire. The Arbiters shall consider this Contract as an honorable engagement rather than merely as a legal obligation and they are relieved of all judicial formalities and may abstain from following the strict rules of law. The decision of the Arbiters shall be final and binding on both parties; but failing to agree, they shall call in the Umpire and the decision of the majority shall be final and binding upon both parties. Judgment upon the final decision of the Arbiters may be entered in any court of competent jurisdiction.

 

3. If more than one reinsurer is involved in the same dispute, all such reinsurers shall constitute and act as one party for purposes of this Article and communications shall be made by the Reinsured to each of the reinsurers constituting one party, provided, however, that nothing herein shall impair the rights of such reinsurers to assert several, rather than joint, defenses or claims, nor be construed as changing the liability of the reinsurers participating under the terms of this Contract from several to joint.

 

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4. Each party shall bear the expense of its own Arbiter, and shall jointly and equally bear with the other the expense of the Umpire and of the arbitration. In the event that the two Arbiters are chosen by one party, as above provided, the expense of the Arbiters, the Umpire and the arbitration shall be equally divided between the two parties.

 

5. Any arbitration proceedings shall take place in Tampa, Florida; however, the location may be changed if mutually agreed upon by the parties of this Contract. Notwithstanding the location of arbitration, all proceedings pursuant hereto shall be governed by the law of the State of Florida.

ARTICLE 9

COLLATERAL

 

1. As promptly as possible following execution of this Contract, the Reinsurer (as Grantor) shall enter into a Trust Agreement (the “Trust Agreement”) with the Reinsured (as Beneficiary) and the trustee, pursuant to which the Reinsurer shall provide collateral in the form of eligible Assets deposited and held in a Trust Account, with such Assets having a market value greater than or equal to $8,613,000 (the “Collateral”) less earned premium (net of brokerage and applicable Federal Excise Tax). It is understood that deposit premium paid in accordance with the Rate and Premium Article shall be deposited into the Trust Account.

 

2. The Reinsured agrees that if the Reinsurer makes payment(s) to the Reinsured under this Contract, the Reinsurer may withdraw Assets from the Trust Account, reducing the market value of Assets in the Trust Account to an amount at least equal to the unused Reinsurance Limit, in accordance with the provisions of the Trust Agreement.

 

3. The Trust Fund may be drawn upon by the Reinsured at any time and the Assets may be used at the Reinsured’s option in accordance with the provisions of Section 5 of the Trust Agreement.

 

4. At any time prior to expiration or termination of this Contract, if the value of the Assets in the Trust Account are less than the Reinsurer’s Obligations hereunder, the Reinsurer shall promptly deposit the difference into the Trust Account.

 

5. Except as provided in the Collateral Release Article, the Reinsured agrees to release the Assets in the Trust Account required under this Article as promptly as provided in the Trust Agreement.

 

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ARTICLE 10

COLLATERAL RELEASE

 

1. At the expiration or termination of this Contract, if the Trust has not yet been terminated, the Reinsured shall calculate on a monthly basis, how much, if any, of the collateral shall be released from the Trust.

 

2. Notwithstanding the aforementioned, at December 31, 2012, the parties agree to consider the release of collateral. The intention is to release collateral for all limits for which there is essentially no possibility of reinstatement premium protection from past or future events before the expiration of this Contract. All collateral securing what the parties agree are unreachable limits will be released within three business days.

ARTICLE 11

CONFIDENTIALITY

 

1. The Reinsurer hereby acknowledges that the terms and conditions of this Contract, any materials provided in the course of audit or inspection and any documents, information and data provided to it by the Reinsured, whether directly or through an authorized agent, in connection with the placement and execution of this Contract (hereinafter referred to as “confidential information”) are proprietary and confidential to the Reinsured. Confidential information shall not include documents, information or data that the Reinsurer can show:

 

  a. Are publicly available or have become publicly available through no unauthorized act of the Reinsurer;

 

  b. Have been rightfully received from a third person without obligation of confidentiality; or

 

  c. Were known by the Reinsurer prior to the placement of this Contract without an obligation of confidentiality.

 

2. Absent the written consent of the Reinsured, the Reinsurer shall not disclose any confidential information to any third parties, including any affiliated companies, except:

 

  a. When required by retrocessionaires subject to the business ceded to this Contract;

 

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  b. When required by regulators performing an audit of the Reinsurer’s records and/or financial condition;

 

  c. When required by external auditors performing an audit of the Reinsurer’s records in the normal course of business; or

 

  d. When required by attorneys or arbitrators in connection with an actual or potential dispute hereunder.

Further, the Reinsurer agrees not to use any confidential information for any purpose not related to the performance of its obligations or enforcement of its rights under this Contract.

 

3. Notwithstanding the above, in the event the Reinsurer is required by court order, other legal process or any regulatory authority to release or disclose any or all of the confidential information, the Reinsurer agrees to provide the Reinsured with written notice of same at least 10 days prior to such release or disclosure and to use its best efforts to assist the Reinsured in maintaining the confidentiality provided for in this Article.

 

4. The provisions of this Article shall extend to the officers, directors and employees of the Reinsurer and its affiliates, and shall be binding upon their successors and assigns.

ARTICLE 12

CURRENCY

 

1. Whenever the word “Dollars” or the “$” sign appears in this Contract, they shall be construed to mean United States Dollars and all transactions under this Contract shall be in United States Dollars.

 

2. Amounts paid or received by the Reinsured in any other currency shall be converted to United States Dollars at the rate of exchange at the date such transaction is entered on the books of the Reinsured.

 

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ARTICLE 13

ENTIRE AGREEMENT

 

1. This Contract and any related trust agreement, Letter of Credit and/or special acceptance, shall constitute the entire agreement between the parties hereto with respect to the business being reinsured hereunder, and there are no understandings between the parties hereto other than as expressed in this Contract.

 

2. Any change or modification to this Contract shall be null and void unless made by an addendum and signed by the parties hereto.

ARTICLE 14

ERRORS AND OMISSIONS

Inadvertent delays, errors or omissions made in connection with this Contract or any transaction hereunder shall not relieve either party from any liability which would have attached had such delay, error or omission not occurred, provided always that such error or omission is rectified as soon as possible after discovery.

ARTICLE 15

FEDERAL EXCISE TAX

 

1. The Reinsurer has agreed to allow for the purpose of paying the Federal Excise Tax the applicable percentage of the premium payable hereon (as imposed under Section 4371 of the Internal Revenue Code) to the extent such premium is subject to the Federal Excise Tax.

 

2. In the event of any return of premium becoming due hereunder, the Reinsurer will deduct the applicable percentage from the return premium payable hereon and the Reinsured or its agent should take steps to recover the tax from the United States Government.

ARTICLE 16

GOVERNING LAW

This Contract shall be governed as to performance, administration and interpretation in accordance with the laws of the State of Florida, exclusive of the rules with respect to conflicts of law; however, with respect to credit for reinsurance, the applicable rules of all states shall apply.

 

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ARTICLE 17

INSOLVENCY

 

1. If more than one reinsured company is included within the definition of “Reinsured” hereunder, this Article shall apply individually to each such company.

 

2. In the event of the insolvency of one or more of the reinsured companies, this reinsurance shall be payable directly to the Reinsured or to its liquidator, receiver, conservator or statutory successor, with reasonable provision for verification, on the basis of the liability of the Reinsured or on the basis of claims files and allowed in the liquidation proceeding, whichever may be required by applicable stature, without diminution because of the insolvency of the Reinsured or because the liquidator, receiver, conservator or statutory successor of the Reinsured has failed to pay all or a portion of any claim. It is agreed, however, that the liquidator, receiver, conservator or statutory successor of the Reinsured shall give written notice to the Reinsurer of the pendency of a claim against the Reinsured indicating the policy or bond reinsured which claim would involve a possible liability on the part of the Reinsurer within a reasonable time after such claim is filed in the conservation or liquidation proceeding or in the receivership, and that during the pendency of such claim, the Reinsurer may investigate such claim and interpose, at its own expense, in the proceeding where such claim is to be adjudicated, any defense or defenses that it may deem available to the Reinsured or its liquidator, receiver, conservator or statutory successor. The expense thus incurred by the Reinsurer shall be chargeable, subject to the approval of the court, against the Reinsured as part of the expense of conservation or liquidation to the extent of a pro rata share of the benefit which may accrue to the Reinsured solely as a result of the defense undertaken by the Reinsurer.

 

3. Where two or more Reinsurers are involved in the same claim and a majority in interest elect to interpose defense to such claim, the expense shall be apportioned in accordance with the terms of this Contract as though such expense had been incurred by the Reinsured.

 

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4. It is further understood and agreed that, in the event of the insolvency of one or more of the reinsured companies, the reinsurance under this Contract shall be payable directly by the Reinsurer to the Reinsured or to its liquidator, receiver or statutory successor, except as provided by Section 4118(a) of the New York Insurance Law or except (1) where this Contract specifically provides another payee or other party as more specifically limited by any statute or regulation applicable hereto, of such reinsurance in the event of the insolvency of the Reinsured or (2) where the Reinsurer with the consent of the direct insured or insureds has assumed such Policy obligations of the Reinsured as direct obligations of the Reinsurer to the payees under such Policies and in substitution for the obligations of the Reinsured to such payees. However, the exceptions provided in (1) and (2) above shall apply only to the extent that applicable statutes or regulations specifically permit such exceptions.

ARTICLE 18

LATE PAYMENTS

 

1. The interest penalties provided for in this Article shall apply to the Reinsurer or to the Reinsured in the following circumstances:

 

  a. Payments due from the Reinsurer to the Reinsured shall have as a due date the date on which the agreed proof of loss is received by the Reinsurer, and shall be overdue 30 days thereafter. Payment to the Intermediary is deemed to be payment to the Reinsured for purposes of this Article.

 

  b. Payments due from the Reinsured to the Reinsurer shall have as a due date the date specified in this Contract. Payments shall be overdue 30 days thereafter. Premium adjustments shall be overdue 30 days following the due date set forth under the terms of this Contract.

 

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  c. The Reinsured shall provide a copy of the original insured’s proof of loss, and a copy of the claim adjuster’s report(s) or other evidence of indemnification for losses exceeding the excess limit on an incurred basis. If, subsequent to receipt of this evidence, the information contained therein is insufficient or not in accordance with the contractual conditions, then the payment due date as defined in subparagraph (a) shall be deemed to be the date upon which the Reinsurer received additional information necessary to approve payment of the claim or the claim is presented in an acceptable manner. Interest as stipulated in subparagraph (d) shall be payable should a disputed claim be ultimately settled and if the period set out in subparagraph (a) is exceeded, but only to the extent that the final loss payment exactly tracks with the original proof of loss.

 

  d. Overdue amounts shall bear simple interest from the overdue date at the 90-day United States Treasury Bill rate set forth by the Federal Reserve Board for the first Monday of the calendar month in which the amount becomes overdue, as published in the Federal Reserve Statistical Release. If the interest generated for 100% in respect of any overdue payment as outlined in subparagraph (a) or (b) is $500 or less, then the interest penalty shall be waived.

 

  e. For the purposes of this Article, reinsuring Underwriters at Lloyd’s shall be viewed as one entity. The provisions set forth herein shall not be applicable until the creditor party shall have manifested to the debtor party its intent to invoke the terms of this Article.

ARTICLE 19

LIMITED RECOURSE AND BERMUDA REGULATIONS

 

1. The Reinsured understands and accepts that the Segregated Accounts set forth in the Reinsurer’s Interests and Liabilities Agreement attached to this Contract (for purposes of this Article, individually the “Segregated Account” and collectively the “Segregated Accounts”), and that all corporate matters relating to the creation of the Segregated Accounts, including, but not limited to, capacity of each Segregated Account, the segregated nature of the Segregated Accounts and Aeolus Re Ltd., and the operation and liquidation of the Segregated Accounts shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of Bermuda. The Reinsured has had the opportunity to take advice and to obtain all such additional information that it considers necessary to evaluate the terms, conditions and risks of entering into this Contract with Aeolus Re Ltd., on behalf of its Segregated Accounts.

 

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2. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Contract to the contrary, the liability of each Segregated Account for the performance and discharge of all of its obligations, however they may arise, in relation to this Contract (together the “SA Obligations”) shall be limited to and payable solely from the assets linked to the Segregated Account. Accordingly there shall be no recourse to any other assets of Aeolus Re Ltd. (including for the avoidance of doubt, any assets linked to any other segregated account of Aeolus Re Ltd. or to its general account). In the event that the assets linked to the Segregated Accounts are insufficient to meet all SA Obligations, any SA Obligations remaining after the application of such assets linked to the Segregated Accounts shall be extinguished, and the Reinsured undertakes in such circumstances to take no further action against the Segregated Accounts, Aeolus Re Ltd. or any other segregated accounts of Aeolus Re Ltd. in respect of any such Obligations. In particular, neither the Reinsured nor any party acting on its behalf shall petition or take any steps for the winding up or receivership of any of the Segregated Accounts, Aeolus Re Ltd. or any other segregated accounts of Aeolus Re Ltd.

 

3. The Reinsured also understands and accepts that two of the Reinsurers as set forth on the Reinsurer’s Interests and Liabilities Agreement are Aeolus Re J12 SPI Ltd. and Pendulum Re II Ltd. (for purposes of this Article, each referred to as an “SPI Reinsurer”). Notwithstanding any other provision of this Contract to the contrary, the liability of each SPI Reinsurer for the performance and discharge of all of its obligations, however they may arise, in relation to this Contract (together the “SPI Obligation”) shall be limited to and payable solely from the assets of each SPI Reinsurer. In the event that the assets available to each SPI Reinsurer are insufficient to meet all the SPI Obligations, any SPI Obligations remaining after the application of such assets available to each SPI Reinsurer shall be extinguished, and the Reinsured undertakes in such circumstances to take no further action against each SPI Reinsurer in respect of any such SPI Obligations. In particular, neither the Reinsured nor any party acting on its behalf shall petition or take any steps for the winding up or receivership of each SPI Reinsurer.

ARTICLE 20

NON-WAIVER

The failure of the Reinsured or the Reinsurer to insist on compliance with this Contract or to exercise any right or remedy hereunder shall not constitute a waiver of any rights or remedies contained herein nor stop either party from thereafter demanding full and complete compliance nor prevent either party from exercising such rights or remedies in the future.

 

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ARTICLE 21

NOTICES AND AGREEMENT EXECUTION

 

1. Whenever a notice, statement, report or any other written communication is required by this Contract, unless otherwise specified, such notice, statement, report or other written communication may be transmitted by certified or registered mail, nationally or internationally recognized express delivery service, personal delivery, electronic mail, or facsimile. With the exception of notices of termination, first class mail is also acceptable.

 

2. The use of any of the following shall constitute a valid execution of this Contract or any amendments thereto:

 

  a. Paper documents with an original ink signature;

 

  b. Facsimile or electronic copies of paper documents showing an original ink signature; and/or

 

  c. Electronic records with an electronic signature made via an electronic agent. For the purposes of this Contract, the terms “electronic record,” “electronic signature” and “electronic agent” shall have the meanings set forth in the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act of 2000 or any amendments thereto.

 

3. This Contract may be executed in one or more counterparts, each of which, when duly executed, shall be deemed an original.

ARTICLE 22

OFFSET

The Reinsured and the Reinsurer, each at its option, may offset any balance or balances, whether on account of premiums, claims and losses, Loss Adjustment Expenses or salvages due from one party to the other under this Contract or under any other reinsurance agreement heretofore or hereafter entered into between the Reinsured and the Reinsurer, whether acting as assuming reinsurer or as ceding company; provided, however, that in the event of the insolvency of a party hereto, offsets shall only be allowed in accordance with applicable statutes and regulations.

 

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ARTICLE 23

SERVICE OF SUIT

(Applicable if the Reinsurer is not domiciled in the United States of America, and/or is not authorized in any State, Territory, or District of the United States where authorization is required by insurance regulatory authorities.)

 

1. This Article will not be read to conflict with or override the obligations of the parties to arbitrate their disputes as provided for in the Arbitration Article. This Article is intended as an aid to compelling arbitration or enforcing such arbitration or arbitral award, not as an alternative to the Arbitration Article for resolving disputes arising out of this Contract.

 

2. In the event the Reinsurer fails to pay any amount claimed to be due hereunder or fails to otherwise perform its obligations hereunder, the Reinsurer, at the request of the Reinsured, will submit to the jurisdiction of a court of competent jurisdiction within the United States. Nothing in this Article constitutes or should be understood to constitute a waiver of the Reinsurer’s rights to commence an action in any court of competent jurisdiction in the United States, to remove an action to a United States District Court, or to seek a transfer of a case to another court as permitted by the laws of the United States or of any state in the United States. The Reinsurer, once the appropriate court is accepted by the Reinsurer or is determined by removal, transfer or otherwise, as provided for above, will comply with all requirements necessary to give said court jurisdiction and, in any suit instituted against any of the Reinsurers upon this Contract, will abide by the final decision of such court or of any Appellate Court in the event of an appeal.

 

3. Further, pursuant to any statute of any state, territory or district of the United States which makes provision therefor, the Reinsurer hereby designates the party named in its Interests and Liabilities Agreement, or if no party is named therein, the Superintendent, Commissioner or Director of Insurance or other officer specified for that purpose in the statute, or his or her successor or successors in office, as its true and lawful attorney upon whom may be served any lawful process in any action, suit or proceeding instituted by or on behalf of the Reinsured or any beneficiary hereunder arising out of this Contract.

 

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ARTICLE 24

SEVERABILITY

If any provision of this Contract shall be rendered illegal or unenforceable by the laws, regulations or public policy of any state, such provision shall be considered void in such state, but this shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Contract or the enforceability of such provision in any other jurisdiction.

ARTICLE 25

TAXES

In consideration of the terms under which this Contract is issued, the Reinsured will not claim a deduction in respect of the premium hereon when making tax returns, other than income or profits tax returns, to any state or territory of the United States of America or the District of Columbia.

ARTICLE 26

INTERMEDIARY

Advocate Reinsurance Partners, LLC is hereby recognized as the Intermediary negotiating this Contract for all business hereunder. All communications (including, but not limited to, notices, statements, premium, return premium, commissions, taxes, losses, Loss Adjustment Expense, salvages and loss settlements) relating thereto shall be transmitted to the Reinsured or the Reinsurer through Advocate Reinsurance Partners, LLC, 2501 North Harwood Street, Suite 1250, Dallas, TX 75201. Payments by the Reinsured to the Intermediary shall be deemed to constitute payment to the Reinsurer. Payments by the Reinsurer to the Intermediary shall be deemed to constitute payment to the Reinsured only to the extent that such payments are actually received by the Reinsured.

 

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TRUST AGREEMENT

(a copy to be included)

 

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Basic Info X:

Name: REINSTATEMENT PREMIUM PROTECTION REINSURANCE CONTRACT
Type: Reinstatement Premium Protection Reinsurance Contract
Date: Aug. 14, 2012
Company: HCI Group, Inc.
State: Florida

Other info: