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September 19, 2016:
Markus Schmutz joins Rewire as Partner

Markus Schmutz joins Rewire as Partner

September 5, 2014:
Rewire, New Financial Technology Start-up...

Rewire, New Financial Technology Start-up, to Focus on Originating, Structuring and Placing Insurance-Linked Securities and Catastrophe Reinsurance Using Innovative Technology

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Co-Founder & President

Richard is an Australian national who has worked in reinsurance and capital markets since 2001. In co-founding Rewire, Richard has sought to truly integrate insurance and reinsurance with alternative capital markets capacity.

Richard began his career at Swiss Re in March 2001 and resigned in June 2014. After initially working as a reinsurance treaty underwriter in Australia, he relocated to Zurich, Switzerland with a focus on Product Management. In July 2006, Richard began working within Swiss Re Capital Markets in New York. Richard led the development of the Swiss Re Cat Bond Performance Indices in 2007 – the key performance benchmark used in assessing the market’s total return. Richard also pioneered the European industry’s initiative to establish PERILS, which was incorporated in 2009 and is now an integral part of the today’s ILS market. As a Senior Cat Bond Structurer, Richard has led the origination and structuring of numerous catastrophe bond transactions from new and existing cat bond sponsors over the years.

Richard holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics, Banking and Finance majors) and a Bachelor of International Business from Griffith University. Richard is intensely interested in market dynamics and ways to extract efficiency gains. Richard has co-founded Rewire to finally reward insurance companies and investors with technological efficiency gains already being extracted in other markets.

Richard is married with three children and recently relocated from New York City to Bryn Mawr, PA.

Motto: Think Big. The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

Something Interesting but Totally Irrelevant: Richard enjoys backpacking the world and putting his colleagues through hours of puns.



Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Stefano is an Italian national who has worked in the capital markets and structured products space in Europe, Switzerland and the US for over twenty years. Through the development of Rewire, Stefano is looking to leverage his experience as an issuer, investor and banker to create a technologically efficient and exciting marketplace for all parties.

Prior to co-founding Rewire in June 2014, Stefano most recently served as the Chief Investment Officer, Executive Vice President & Officer/Trustee of JGWPT Holdings Inc. In this capacity, Stefano was responsible for developing, building and restructuring J.G. Wentworth’s financing and funding platform after JG Wentworth filed for bankruptcy in 2009. Under his financial leadership, over a period of four years, JGWPT executed over $5BN of financing activity in the public and private capital markets, acquired the number two company in its sector, Peachtree Financial, and filed an initial public offering on the NYSE..

From 2005 to October 2009, Stefano was a Managing Director at Swiss Re Capital Markets Corp. in New York in the ILS group. He focused his efforts in developing the international capital markets for primary placement and secondary trading for insurance risk products and insurance linked securities. These securities included catastrophe bonds, catastrophe derivatives, catastrophe swaps, industry loss warranties (“ILWs”), side-cars, structured products and hedging techniques.

Prior to that, Stefano spent a number of years between London and New York at global financial institutions (Natixis, Bear Stearns, Bear Stearns Asset Management and Deutsche Bank) in M&A, capital markets and ABS. As a private investor, Stefano is active in evaluating, advising and investing in initial stage companies and currently serves on the Board of Pure Life Renal, a dialysis center roll-up strategy start-up.

Stefano earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance & Management, from the American College in London. He currently lives in Gladwyne, PA with his wife and two children.

Motto: Keep it Simple!

Something Interesting but Totally Irrelevant: Stefano gets a kick from racing cars, riding dirt bikes and deep sea diving, and enjoys Led Zeppelin and the Red Hot Chili Peppers




Sangyeop is a Financial Analyst of Rewire Holdings LLC.

Sangyeop graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 2014 with Bachelor of Arts in Economics; he is the first Financial Analyst to join Rewire.

Prior to joining Rewire, Sangyeop held internship positions in several industries. For summer of 2013, he worked as a research assistant at the Boston Consulting Group, and was involved on a project for the largest insurance company in Korea. He focused on analyzing the value chain of the Korean insurance industry, including reinsurance and the potential for catastrophe bonds. From August 2009 to January 2010, Sangyeop held an internship at STIC Investments Inc, a private equity firm in Korea. As a member of the Strategy and Planning Team, he supported investment teams in conducting due diligence of potential target companies and supported building limited partnership relations.

Sangyeop currently lives in New York, NY.

Motto: Actions speak louder than words

Something Interesting but Totally Irrelevant: Sangyeop enjoys hiking the Inca trails, playing basketball and listening to classical music, but not all at the same time.



Finop for Rewire Securities LLC

Pascal is a Financial Analyst of Rewire Holdings LLC.

Mr. Roche has over eight years of accounting experience, with over four years as FINOP in the securities industry. Mr. Roche earned a Bachelor in Accounting from Baruch University in 2008. Mr. Roche maintains Series 27 and 99 registrations.

Mr. Roche is currently a manager at S.D. Daniels & Co., P.C. (“SDDCO-PC”). Mr. Roche’s responsibilities with SDDCO-PC include serving as a part-time FINOP for various U.S. broker dealers. Mr. Roche’s specific responsibilities where he is registered as FINOP include, but are not limited to, preparation of various regulatory filings (e.g. FOCUS reports); review and preparation of clients’ monthly financial statements and supporting accounting records; and assisting clients with their annual certified audits and regulatory examinations.



Markus is a Partner of Rewire Holdings LLC.

Prior to joining Rewire, Markus was CEO of U.S. broker‐dealer Swiss Re Capital Markets Corporation and derivatives carrier Swiss Re Risk Solutions Corporation as well as Managing Director, Head of Insurance-Linked Securities Structuring at Swiss Re Capital Markets in New York. Since the very formative years of the Insurance‐Linked Securities market, Markus has managed one of the industry’s largest teams in the origination and execution of Insurance‐Linked Securities. Under his leadership the group developed into one of the leading arrangers in the ILS market, placing over $24 billion of catastrophe bonds. During his 17-year tenure at SRCM, Markus spearheaded numerous product innovations which helped enhance structural efficiency for clients. Many of these features are now at the core of the ILS markets, such as e.g. the ILS shelf program allowing for multiple issuances from the same vehicle, as well as various new trigger mechanisms. In addition to Cat Bonds, Markus also transacted in Sidecars, Reinsurance, Collateralized Re, Mortality Bonds, Cat Derivatives, and Industry Loss Warranties ("ILW").

Markus began his career at Swiss Re in Zurich as a property underwriter. In addition to underwriting business for multiple markets around the globe, his responsibilities included developing new pricing methodologies for complex transactions, authoring Swiss Re brochures on reinsurance pricing, and teaching at internal and external seminars on reinsurance underwriting.

Markus holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH). He lives in Mount Kisco, NY with his wife and two children.

Motto: There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.

Something Interesting but Totally Irrelevant: When not working, Markus can sometimes be seen skiing the snowy slopes or brewing craft beer in his basement.

Math & Pencil

Design & Development Team

Math & Pencil is a boutique software consultancy that specializes in sleek design, large scale web and mobile apps (primarily on EC2), machine learning and data science.

We have been developing software & web-based businesses for over 10 years now and still love every minute of it. We have a wide range of engineers, programmers and designers on staff and use our varied fields of expertise and passions to deliver comprehensive, clean and unique software. We like to think when the work is done that we're pretty decent company to have around for a few drinks, too.