RenaissanceRe Ventures, a subsidiary of RenaissanceRe, has agreed to acquire a minority shareholding in Catalina.

The agreement is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close concurrently with the majority acquisition of Catalina by affiliates of Apollo Global Management (Apollo).

The transaction will see RenaissanceRe become a minority shareholder in Catalina, joining Apollo and its affiliates who signed a definitive agreement to acquire a majority shareholding in October 2017. Aditya Dutt, President of Renaissance Underwriting Managers, will join the Catalina board of directors.

RenaissanceRe’s investment will provide strategic benefits to Catalina and help the business to explore a wider range of transaction structures as it continues to execute its growth strategy that has seen the business grow steadily and consistently over many years.

Catalina chairman and CEO Chris Fagan said: “We’re delighted to welcome RenaissanceRe as shareholders in Catalina. They join us at time of significant opportunity to help us capitalize on the continued growth of the non-life legacy sector.

“Together with Apollo, our new shareholders provide us with access to additional expertise and substantial financial resources that will help us to take advantage of the vast array of legacy market opportunities we continue to see, driving our business through the next phase of its growth, and strengthening our position as one of the legacy market’s leading consolidators.”

RenaissanceRe president and CEO Kevin O'Donnell said: “We are pleased to partner with Catalina as they have demonstrated a strong, consistent track record in managing legacy businesses. This transaction is consistent with our strategy to expand the suite of capabilities at our disposal to bring to our clients, through partnership with a proven industry leader. We look forward to working with the Catalina team on new opportunities.”

Since being founded in 2005, Catalina has completed 24 transactions acquiring $5.6 billion of non-life insurance and reinsurance liabilities, and as at 30 September 2017 had total assets of $3.6 billion and shareholders’ equity of $719 million.