Prior to the Dodd-Frank Act, California Insurance Code § 1011(c) required all California-admitted insurers to obtain prior approval from the California Department of Insurance for any reinsurance transaction that exceeded a 50% or 75% threshold.
In other words, even if each insurer that was a party to the reinsurance agreement was only licensed in California and was domiciled elsewhere, § 1011(c) approval was nonetheless required.
On its face, the Dodd-Frank Act appears to preempt those California approval requirements as they pertain to reinsurance transactions involving only foreign insurers.
The CDI appeared to acknowledge this preemptive effect in CDI Bulletin No. 2011-2 when the CDI stated that it...
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