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Dec 30, 2020

CNA Announces Transfer of Legacy Excess Workers' Comp Portfolio

CNA Financial Announces Transfer of Legacy Excess Workers' Compensation Portfolio to Cavello Bay Reinsurance Limited


CHICAGO, December 30, 2020 --- CNA Financial Corporation (NYSE: CNA) announced today that its principal operating subsidiary, Continental Casualty Company, has entered into an agreement with Cavello Bay Reinsurance Limited (“Cavello”), a subsidiary of Enstar Group Limited, under which Cavello will reinsure a legacy portfolio of excess workers’ compensation policies. Under the terms of the transaction, which will be deemed effective as of January 1, 2020, CNA will cede to Cavello approximately $690 million of net excess workers’ compensation liabilities relating to business written in 2007 and prior under a retroactive reinsurance agreement with an aggregate limit of $1 billion.


The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2021, subject to regulatory approval and other closing conditions, at which time CNA expects to recognize an after-tax loss of approximately $12 million.


Dino Robusto, Chairman and CEO of CNA, commented, “The transfer of legacy reserves supports CNA’s continued commitment to advancing our core business.  We are pleased to be working with an excellent partner in Enstar in pursuit of our goals.”


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CNA is one of the largest U.S. commercial property and casualty insurance companies.  CNA provides a broad range of standard and specialized property and casualty insurance products and services for businesses and professionals in the U.S., Canada and Europe, backed by more than 120 years of experience and approximately $45 billion of invested assets.  For more information, please visit CNA at


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