Management Agreement

Management Agreement Between Cedar Management Limited and Amerinst Insurance Company, Ltd.

Exhibit 10.19

 

MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT

 

BETWEEN

 

CEDAR MANAGEMENT LIMITED

 

AND

 

AMERINST INSURANCE COMPANY, LTD.

 

THIS AGREEMENT is made and entered into this 1st day of July, 2008, between CEDAR MANAGEMENT LIMITED, a Bermuda corporation with its principal office in Hamilton, Bermuda (hereinafter referred to as “MANAGER”), and AMERINST INSURANCE COMPANY, LTD. (on behalf of itself and related companies, AmerInst Mezco, Ltd., AmerInst Insurance Group, Ltd. and AmerInst Investment Company, Ltd.), a Bermuda corporation with its principal office in Hamilton, Bermuda (hereinafter referred to as “COMPANY”).

 

W I T N E S S E T H

 

WHEREAS, MANAGER is a company engaged in managing and administering insurance companies pursuant to section 10 of the Bermuda Insurance Act of 1978; and

 

WHEREAS, COMPANY desires to employ MANAGER to serve as its Principal Representative and to perform management and administration services in connection with the operation of COMPANY, which is a Bermuda corporation established pursuant to the Bermuda Insurance Act of 1978, and MANAGER is willing to perform such services subject to the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth; and

 

WHEREAS, MANAGER represents and COMPANY believes that MANAGER has the facilities and personnel in Bermuda to render the necessary management services to COMPANY.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual agreements herein contained, the sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, and in consideration of the performance by each of the parties hereto of the terms and agreements hereof, it is agreed that:

 

ARTICLE I

 

Appointment and Authority

 

1.1 The COMPANY hereby appoints MANAGER as its Principal Representative (for the purposes described in this AGREEMENT) and hereby authorizes and directs MANAGER to provide COMPANY management services hereof; MANAGER accepts such appointment and undertakes and agrees to provide COMPANY with the services and assistance herein provided upon the terms and conditions and for the compensation herein specified.

 

1.2 COMPANY retains all authority to perform on its own behalf such actions as it deems necessary to carry out the business of insurance.


ARTICLE II

 

Service of Manager

 

2.1 COMPANY, upon consultation with MANAGER, shall establish broad principles to be applied by MANAGER in the performance of its duties under this AGREEMENT.

 

2.2 MANAGER, in the performance of its duties, agrees to do and perform all acts reasonably a part of such management as customarily understood in the insurance industry.

 

2.3 Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, MANAGER specifically agrees to perform the following services:

 

(a) Maintain a home office and principal place of business in Bermuda for COMPANY during the term of this AGREEMENT and, if desired, recommend a person(s) who is a resident of Bermuda to serve as a director and/or officer.

 

(b) Establish and maintain an accounting system appropriate to COMPANY’S operations and provide all accounting services required for purposes of management and compliance with all requirements of Bermuda regulatory authorities (exclusive of audit and reserve certification services). In addition, MANAGER will duly perform all the duties and discharge all the responsibilities required of it as the COMPANY’s Principal Representative by the Insurance Act 1978 and its Related Regulations and use its best endeavors to ensure that the Company is at all times in compliance with all statutes (including subordinate legislation and governmental or ministerial orders and decrees) in force from time to time regulating the activities of, or otherwise applicable to , insurers carrying on business in or from Bermuda.

 

(c) Prepare financial statements at specified intervals and in the form requested by COMPANY as detailed in the attached Recordkeeping Addendum.

 

(d) Submit on a timely basis to regulatory authorities such reports and other information as may be required by law, including statutory quarterly and annual statements and all returns for premium and other taxes required by the Bermuda tax authorities.

 

(e) Render periodic advice, at such intervals and with such frequency as COMPANY may reasonably specify, as to the amount of reserves and other funds available for investment from time to time by COMPANY.

 

(f) Perform certain insurance functions on behalf of COMPANY as outlined in the attached Insurance Addendum.

 

(g) Perform certain shareholder relations functions on behalf of COMPANY as outlined in the attached Shareholder Relations Addendum.


(h) Maintain records of any funds due COMPANY and pay accounts payable owed by COMPANY of which MANAGER could reasonably be expected to have knowledge and which are required by the management duties assumed under this AGREEMENT including fees and charges of accountants, actuaries, lawyers and consultants. MANAGER shall use diligence in the collection of accounts but shall be responsible to COMPANY only for funds which have been collected. MANAGER shall not bear responsibility to pursue the collection of accounts through the use of court or other legal processes.

 

Specifically, MANAGER shall collect, receive and deposit all fund, including money and checks for premium on insurance, endorse “for deposit only” all checks payable to COMPANY, deposit such funds within fifteen (15) days of receipt only in checking and bank accounts in banks that are members of the Federal Reserve System or a Bermuda bank designated by the Board of COMPANY and abide in the respective accounts by the minimum and maximum amounts established by the Board; MANAGER shall hold all funds received by it in connection with this AGREEMENT as a fiduciary of COMPANY and segregated from its other funds and assets in compliance with all applicable laws and shall under no circumstances make any personal use of such funds. Interest or revenue produced from such deposits shall inure to the benefit of COMPANY.

 

(i) Assist COMPANY’S auditors in the audit of COMPANY’S books and records.

 

2.4 COMPANY agrees to comply promptly with any request for instructions or information which MANAGER may make in order to efficiently perform the management duties under this AGREEMENT. MANAGER shall bear no liability for its failure to act or for its reasonable independent actions in connection with COMPANY’S business in the absence of a timely response to any such request.

 

ARTICLE III

 

Manager Compensation

 

3.1 COMPANY hereby agrees to pay MANAGER as full compensation for all services performed under this AGREEMENT the amount set forth in the Management Fee Addendum at the intervals so specified. This amount is based on the activities contemplated and responsibilities designated at the time of the signing of this AGREEMENT. Changes in the operation or requirements of COMPANY which change the services required of the MANAGER will be subject to review as warranted with appropriate adjustment of the management fee, as mutually agreed.

 

3.2 Promptly upon demand, COMPANY agrees to reimburse MANAGER for expenses incurred directly on behalf of COMPANY, which are outside the ordinary course of providing the management services detailed in Article II. These include, but are not limited to, travel costs, COMPANY stationery, filing fees, premium taxes, long distance telephone expenses, express delivery expense and like matters.


ARTICLE IV

 

Term and Termination

 

4.1 The term of this AGREEMENT shall be for the period from July 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008, and shall automatically be renewed annually thereafter for successive one-year periods. However, either party may terminate this AGREEMENT without cause at any time by giving the other party written notice of intention to terminate this Agreement, and such notice shall be given not more than ninety (90) days, but not less than sixty (60) days prior to the effective date of the termination.

 

4.2 Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, either party hereto may terminate this AGREEMENT if the other party fails to perform or observe, or commits a breach of, any provision of this AGREEMENT or is in violation of the laws and regulations of Bermuda, and fails to cure or remedy such failure, breach or violation within thirty (30) days following the delivery to such party of a written notice specifying the alleged failure, breach or violation; such termination to be effective upon the expiration of such thirty (30) day period.

 

4.3 MANAGER agrees to cooperate with and assist COMPANY in the termination of this AGREEMENT in all reasonable respects with regard to any matters arising or occurring during the period this AGREEMENT is in force. COMPANY agrees to reimburse MANAGER for all costs incurred by MANAGER with respect to the cooperation and assistance provided by MANAGER pursuant to this Section 4.3.

 

4.4 All books of account, insurance policies, reinsurance agreements, bank statements and checks, loss information, minutes, correspondence and other documentation maintained and held by MANAGER on behalf of and relating to the affairs of COMPANY shall remain the sole and exclusive property of COMPANY and shall be delivered promptly to COMPANY or its agent designated in writing following any termination of this AGREEMENT by either party.

 

ARTICLE V

 

Manager Responsibility; Limitations Thereon

 

5.1 MANAGER will use its best efforts and judgment to the end that the services covered by this AGREEMENT shall at all times be performed in accordance with such methods and in such manner as will comply with all laws and statutes relating thereto and with all provisions of pertinent contracts and agreements to the extent that COMPANY specifically notifies MANAGER of such provisions. MANAGER does not hereby represent that it can or will render legal advice to COMPANY or (except as otherwise expressly provided herein) that it will bear the responsibility for COMPANY’S compliance with applicable legal requirements. Rather, MANAGER will make reasonable efforts to conform its services to such legal and contractual requirements as are made known to it.

 

5.2 MANAGER shall indemnify and hold harmless COMPANY from and against any liability, claims and expenses resulting from the conduct of MANAGER. However liability of MANAGER for any loss, injury or damages sustained by COMPANY as a result of any act or omission of MANAGER shall not exceed the amount equal to the annual fee actually received by MANAGER under and by virtue of this AGREEMENT, except in cases where such loss, injury or damages result from the willful misconduct, gross negligence or fraud of MANAGER.

 

5.3 COMPANY shall defend and indemnify MANAGER and hold it harmless from and against any and all liability,


costs and expenses (including attorneys’ fees) arising out of or in any way relating to its management of COMPANY, except liability which is a direct result of MANAGER’S gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct.

 

5.4 MANAGER does not act as an insurer for any insured of COMPANY. This AGREEMENT shall not be construed as an insurance policy or any contract or agreement of indemnity; it being understood that MANAGER is in no event under the terms of this AGREEMENT financially responsible or liable for the payment or satisfaction of claims, lawsuits or any cause of action against COMPANY or any insured of COMPANY. The payment by MANAGER of any funds for the satisfaction of any claim, lawsuit, or cause of action against COMPANY or any insured of COMPANY shall not be considered an undertaking by MANAGER to be responsible financially or liable for any present or future claims.

 

5.5 MANAGER shall have no authority to hold itself out as an agent of COMPANY for any other purpose than specifically prescribed in this AGREEMENT; to waive any forfeiture; or to collect any premium except those for which policies have been issued or valid receipts which have been sent for collection, or to bind COMPANY in any way except as herein expressly stated.

 

5.6 MANAGER agrees that no forms, binders, pamphlets, booklets or any other printed matter using COMPANY’S name shall be used, issued or circulated unless authorized by COMPANY’S Board.

 

5.7 Other than provided by this AGREEMENT, the MANAGER is forbidden to incur any indebtedness on behalf of the COMPANY whatsoever without first obtaining the written consent of the Board of Directors of the COMPANY

 

ARTICLE VI

 

Confidentiality

 

6.1 MANAGER shall not (except in the exercise of duties hereunder or as required by law) disclose an information relating to the affairs of COMPANY to any person not authorized by COMPANY to receive such information and MANAGER will use its best efforts to prevent any such disclosure by its employees and agents.

 

6.2 All books and records of COMPANY shall be open to inspection only by directors, officers and employees of MANAGER and by COMPANY’S officers, directors and designated employees, in person or by agent or attorney, upon written demand, at any reasonable time or times.

 

ARTICLE VII

 

Miscellaneous

 

7.1 The failure of either party at any time to require the other party’s performance of any provision hereof shall not be construed as a waiver of any continuing or succeeding breach of such provision, a waiver or modification of the provision itself, or a waiver or modification of any other right under this AGREEMENT.

 

7.2 This AGREEMENT is governed by the laws of Bermuda.

 

7.3 MANAGER shall at all times act as an independent contractor of COMPANY, and in no event shall employees of MANAGER be considered employees of COMPANY.

 

7.4 This AGREEMENT (with all its addenda) constitutes the entire agreement between the parties hereto concerning the subject matter addressed herein, and supersedes all previous agreements or undertakings, whether oral or written. This AGREEMENT may only be amended or modified in writing.


7.5 Neither this AGREEMENT nor any right created hereunder may be assigned by either party without the express written consent of the other.

 

7.6 This AGREEMENT is binding upon the parties hereto, their successors and assigns.

 

7.7 Headings herein are for convenience of reference only and are not intended for use in the interpretation of this AGREEMENT.

 

7.8 No management personnel or other employees of the COMPANY are to perform management functions and receive any remuneration therefore, through this or any other management or service contract, in addition to compensation by way of salary received directly from the COMPANY for their services.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have caused this AGREEMENT to be executed by their duly authorized representatives the day and year first mentioned above.

 

WITNESS:

    CEDAR MANAGEMENT LIMITED
By:   /S/    MICHAEL LARKIN             By:   /S/    THOMAS MCMAHON  
        Its duly authorized agent

 

WITNESS:

    AMERINST INSURANCE COMPANY, LTD.
By:   /S/    REBECCA J. AITCHISON             By:   /S/    RONALD S. KATCH  
        Its duly authorized agent