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Richard Brindle’s new insurance company, Fidelis, has started writing business in Bermuda with capital backing from private equity firms Crestview, Oaktree and Pine Brook, having raised $1.5 billion. Fidelis aims to combine the best elements of traditional underwriting and hedge fund investments. Fidelis aims to deliver returns across the insurance cycle by deploying capital to underwriting when rates are attractive and to investments when underwriting conditions are difficult. Brindle said Fidelis will be looking for a high single digit return on the investment portfolio, while the underwriting portfolio will focus on specialty insurance and reinsurance. One of the key elements to this strategy is that the investments can be liquidated quickly so that full advantage can be taken of a sudden improvement in underwriting classes. Reinsurance classes will be written from Bermuda and direct classes from London. Two former Lancashire executives, Neil McConachie and Charles Mathias, will serve as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Risk Officer respectively (Charles Mathias is due to leave Lancashire in November 2015). Richard Brindle will be Chief Executive Officer. Reinsurance underwriters already employed by Fidelis include Philip Vandoninck from Hiscox Bermuda and Ben Savill and Rich Holden from Amlin.