Markus is a dual United States and Swiss citizen with over twenty-five years experience in the insurance, reinsurance & securitization space in Switzerland and New York. While at Rewire, Markus was part of the launch of Merion Square LLC, a specialized asset manager in the insurance space, where he was a Partner & Head of Underwriting. Prior to joining Rewire, Markus was CEO of U.S. broker‐dealer Swiss Re Capital Markets Corporation & 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 publications on reinsurance pricing, & teaching at internal & external seminars on reinsurance underwriting. Markus holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH).