Domicile Selection

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In the world of captive insurance, one crucial decision that company owners and risk managers must make is choosing the right domicile for their captive insurance company. The domicile, or the jurisdiction where the captive insurance company is incorporated and regulated, plays a significant role in determining the success and effectiveness of the captive insurance program. It is important to thoroughly analyze and compare different domiciles before making a decision.

Importance of Choosing the Right Domicile

Choosing the right domicile for your captive insurance company can have a significant impact on the success and efficiency of your insurance program. The domicile determines the regulatory framework, legal environment, and tax laws that will govern your captive insurance company. It also affects the ease of doing business, level of regulatory oversight, and access to specialized services and expertise in captive insurance.

Here are some key factors to consider when selecting the right domicile for your captive insurance company:

  1. Regulatory Environment: The regulatory environment of a domicile is crucial, as it determines the level of oversight and compliance requirements for your captive insurance company. It is important to choose a domicile with a well-established regulatory framework and a favorable reputation for captive insurance. Taxation: The taxation system of a domicile can significantly impact the financial viability of your captive insurance program. It is important to consider the tax laws and incentives offered by the domicile, such as favorable premium tax rates, etc.
  2. Legal System: The legal system of the domicile should provide a robust and predictable framework for resolving disputes and enforcing contracts. It is important to choose a domicile with a well-developed legal system that upholds strong contracts and property rights.
  3. Infrastructure and Services: Consider the availability of specialized services and infrastructure in the domicile, such as experienced captive insurance management firms, legal counsel, and other professional services. Access to a strong network of service providers can help streamline the setup and ongoing operations of your captive insurance company. It’s worth noting that there are more than 35 domestic states with captive insurance-enabling legislation. Many states are well-staffed with seasoned regulators and a deep bench of service providers familiar with the rules. Forming a captive insurance company in a jurisdiction that has not invested in this regulatory regime could negatively impact the captive insurance company at some point.
  4. Reputation: The reputation of the domicile within the captive insurance industry is an important consideration. Choose a domicile with a good reputation for captive insurance, as it can enhance the credibility and acceptance of your captive insurance company with reinsurers and other stakeholders.

By carefully considering these factors and conducting thorough due diligence, you can select the right domicile for your captive insurance company and maximize the benefits of your captive insurance program.

Comparison of Domiciles

When choosing a domicile for your captive insurance company, there are several factors to consider. Here is a comparison of three key aspects to help you make an informed decision:

  1. Regulatory requirements and solvency standards
    Regulatory requirements: Different domiciles have varying regulations and standards for captive insurance companies. Some domiciles may have stricter requirements, while others may offer more flexibility.

    Solvency standards: It is crucial to assess a domicile's solvency standards. A domicile with robust solvency regulations can provide greater security and stability for your captive insurance company.
  2. Tax implications
    Look into the tax implications of each domicile. Some domiciles offer favorable tax rates or exemptions for captive insurance companies, which can help maximize your company's profitability.
  3. Ease of doing business
    Compliance: Consider the ease of complying with local regulations. Some domiciles may have streamlined processes and a supportive regulatory environment, making it easier to establish and operate your captive insurance company.
    Reputation: Research the reputation of each domicile in the insurance industry. A domicile with a strong reputation for supporting captive insurance companies can provide additional credibility and networking opportunities.

Selecting the Right Domicile

When it comes to choosing the right domicile for your captive insurance company, there are several important factors to consider. This decision will have a significant impact on the success and profitability of your captive insurance company, so it's crucial to take the time to make an informed choice. Here are some key steps to help you through the selection process:

Assessing your company's needs and objectives

First and foremost, you need to assess your company's needs and objectives. Consider factors such as regulatory requirements, tax implications, and the level of support and expertise available in different domiciles. Determine what you want to achieve with your captive insurance company and ensure that the chosen domicile aligns with those goals.

Consulting with industry professionals and advisors

It's always a good idea to consult with industry professionals and advisors who have experience in the captive insurance landscape. They can provide valuable insights into different domiciles, help you understand their advantages and disadvantages, and guide you toward the best options based on your unique circumstances.

Conducting due diligence on potential domiciles

Once you have narrowed down your choices, conduct thorough due diligence on the potential domiciles. Consider factors such as regulatory stability, the reputation of the insurance regulatory authority, the availability of specialized service providers, and the overall business environment. This step is crucial to ensure that the domicile you choose will support the long-term success and growth of your captive insurance company.

By following these steps and taking the time to carefully assess your company's needs, consult with industry professionals, and conduct due diligence on potential domiciles, you can make a well-informed decision and choose the right domicile for your captive insurance company. Remember, this decision will have a lasting impact on your company's future, so it's worth investing the necessary time and effort to get it right.

Tips for a Smooth Incorporation and Operation Process

To ensure a smooth incorporation and operation process for your captive insurance company, consider the following tips:

  • Engage with professionals: Seek the guidance of experienced professionals such as captive management firms, insurance consultants, and legal advisors who specialize in captive insurance.
  • Conduct thorough due diligence: Research and evaluate potential domiciles extensively. Consider visiting the jurisdiction, meeting with regulators, and networking with other captive insurance company owners to gather insights.
  • Create a business plan: Develop a comprehensive business plan that outlines your captive insurance company's objectives, risk management strategy, and financial projections. This will help you demonstrate credibility and attract the attention of regulators and potential reinsurers.
  • Ensure compliance: Understand and comply with all regulatory requirements and reporting obligations in your chosen domicile. Regularly review and update your captive insurance company's risk management practices to maintain compliance.
  • Build relationships: Network with industry professionals, attend conferences and join industry associations to stay updated on best practices and leverage the experience of others in the captive insurance community.

By carefully considering these key factors and following these tips, you can make an informed decision and lay a strong foundation for your captive insurance company's success. Choosing the right domicile is a critical step in unlocking your captive insurance company's full potential and maximizing its value to your business.

Practice Leaders

Max Jong

Captive Practice Leader, Managing Director

Max Jong

Max Jong

Captive Practice Leader, Managing Director

Max Jong is the Captive Practice Leader and Managing Director at Risk Management Advisors, an alternative risk and captive management firm.  Max began his career at Northwestern Mutual in 1994 after graduating from UCLA.  Over 12 years, he built a successful financial services practice while heading up an office overseeing 50 professionals in Los Angeles and Irvine, California.  The office was perennially one of the top producing organizations in the Northwestern Mutual system.

Max joined his partners at Risk Management Advisors in 2007 as he began to work with more sophisticated mid-market business owners.  RMA specializes in the design, formation and management of captive insurance companies.  There’s also an emphasis on self-funded group benefits as well as other creative alternative risk management strategies.  The firm assists businessowners in better managing their risks without jeopardizing their balance sheet.   In 2019, he headed up a merger with Risk Strategies, a Top 10 private national specialty insurance brokerage and consulting firm.  Since then, he was appointed as the Captive Practice Leader to oversee the growth and development of the organization.

For 5 years, Max served as an Independent Director for Fiat Lux Risk and Insurance Company, one of the largest and most sophisticated captive insurance companies.  Fiat Lux was established by The University of California Regents to better manage the broad risks of the University of California system.

Max has also been a life-long supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles.  He initially volunteered to be a mentor in 1995 and is currently mentoring his second "Little".  Max was asked to join the Board of Directors in 2000 and eventually serving as their Board Chair.  After 20+ years as an active board member, he continues to support the organization by serving as a Trustee.

He is married to Alice and they’re raising two young children, Hunter and Hayden. Max and Alice are happily married despite her irreparable mistake of having gone to USC.  He loves to travel, loves to golf and a hopeful Lakers fan.

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Mike DiMayo

Managing Director- Oxford Risk Management Group

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