PEMBROKE, Bermuda--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Athene Holding Ltd. (NYSE: ATH) (“Athene”) announced today that Athene Life Insurance Company of New York (ALICNY) and First Allmerica Financial Life Insurance Company (FAFLIC), a subsidiary of Global Atlantic Financial Group, have agreed to a consent order with the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYSDFS). The agreement resolves a previously disclosed examination of ALICNY by the NYSDFS relating to a group of life policies reinsured to and administered by FAFLIC and its sub-contractor, DXC Technology (DXC).
In connection with the acquisition of Aviva USA in 2013, Athene reinsured a block of life policies to FAFLIC and its affiliates. The administration issues identified by the NYSDFS in the consent order resulted from the conversion by FAFLIC and DXC of these policies from legacy Aviva systems to DXC’s systems. Under the terms of the agreements, FAFLIC has financial responsibility for the block and is subject to administrative service requirements required by applicable law. The agreements also provide for indemnification to Athene, including for administration issues.
As part of the resolution of the matter, the parties agreed to a remediation plan with a value of up to $40 million to resolve issues experienced by affected policyholders. The consent order also provides for a $15 million civil penalty. Under the terms of the agreements between FAFLIC and Athene, FAFLIC bears financial responsibility for the settlement.
The activity in the consent order does not involve Athene’s new business, which is issued and administered by a separate New York entity, administration system and procedures.
Athene has a strong commitment and track record of providing high quality service to its policyholders and will continue to work with FAFLIC as the remediation matters are implemented.
About Athene Holding Ltd.
Athene, through its subsidiaries, is a leading retirement services company that issues, reinsures and acquires retirement savings products designed for the increasing number of individuals and institutions seeking to fund retirement needs. The products offered by Athene include:
- Retail fixed and fixed indexed annuity products;
- Reinsurance arrangements with third-party annuity providers; and
- Institutional products, such as funding agreements and group annuity contracts related to pension risk transfers.
Proforma for the Voya transaction, as of March 31, 2018, Athene had total assets of approximately $113 billion. Athene's principal subsidiaries include Athene Annuity & Life Assurance Company, a Delaware-domiciled insurance company, Athene Annuity and Life Company, an Iowa-domiciled insurance company, Athene Annuity & Life Assurance Company of New York, a New York-domiciled insurance company and Athene Life Re Ltd., a Bermuda-domiciled reinsurer.
Further information about our companies can be found at www.athene.com.
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