2017 ORS 735.415¹
Qualifications for placement of coverage with nonadmitted insurer

(1) A surplus lines licensee may not place any coverage with a nonadmitted insurer unless at the time of placement the nonadmitted insurer has done all of the following:

(a) Obtained authorization to write the kind of insurance to be placed by the surplus lines licensee by the insurance supervisory official in the insurer’s domiciliary jurisdiction.

(b) Qualified under one of the following subparagraphs:

(A) Has capital and surplus or its equivalent under the laws of its domiciliary jurisdiction that equals the greater of either the minimum capital and surplus requirements of its domiciliary jurisdiction or $15 million, except that the requirements of this subparagraph may be satisfied by an insurer possessing less than the minimum capital and surplus upon an affirmative finding of acceptability by the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services. The finding shall be based upon such factors as quality of management, capital and surplus of any parent company, company underwriting profit and investment income trends, market availability and company record and reputation within the industry. In no event shall the director make an affirmative finding of acceptability when the nonadmitted insurer’s capital and surplus is less than $4.5 million.

(B) In the case of an alien insurer, in addition to the requirements in subparagraph (A) of this paragraph, maintains in the United States an irrevocable trust fund in either a national bank or a member of the Federal Reserve System, in an amount not less than $5.4 million for the protection of all its policyholders in the United States and such trust fund consists of cash, securities, irrevocable letters of credit, or of investments of substantially the same character and quality as those which are eligible investments for the capital and statutory reserves of admitted insurers authorized to write like kinds of insurance in this state. Such trust fund, which shall be included in any calculation of capital and surplus or its equivalent, shall have an expiration date which at no time shall be less than five years.

(C) In the case of a group of insurers that includes incorporated and individual unincorporated underwriters that are not listed in accordance with subparagraph (E) of this paragraph, maintains a trust fund of not less than $100 million as security to the full amount thereof for all policyholders and creditors in the United States of each member of the group, and such trust shall likewise comply with the terms and conditions established in subparagraph (B) of this paragraph for alien insurers, except that the incorporated members of the group may not be engaged in any business other than underwriting as a member of the group and shall be subject to the same level of solvency regulation and control by the group’s domiciliary regulators as are the unincorporated members.

(D) In the case of an insurance exchange created by the laws of individual states, maintains capital and surplus, or the substantial equivalent thereof, of not less than $75 million in the aggregate. For insurance exchanges that maintain funds for the protection of all insurance exchange policyholders, each individual syndicate shall maintain minimum capital and surplus, or the substantial equivalent thereof, of not less than $5 million. In the event the insurance exchange does not maintain funds for the protection of all insurance exchange policyholders, each individual syndicate shall meet the minimum capital and surplus requirements of subparagraph (A) of this paragraph.

(E) Is listed on the NAIC Quarterly Listing of Alien Insurers maintained by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and meets additional requirements regarding the use of the list established by rule of the director.

(c) Unless qualified under paragraph (b)(E) of this subsection, provided to the director no more than six months after the close of the period reported upon a certified copy of its current annual statement that is:

(A) Filed with and approved by the regulatory authority in the domicile of the nonadmitted insurer;

(B) Certified by an accounting or auditing firm licensed in the jurisdiction of the insurer’s domicile; or

(C) In the case of an insurance exchange, an aggregate combined statement of all underwriting syndicates operating during the period reported.

(2) When a nonresident surplus lines licensee places surplus lines insurance outside this state that covers an Oregon home state risk, the licensee or insurance producer is subject to the requirements of subsection (1) of this section. [1987 c.774 §120; 1995 c.99 §2; 2001 c.191 §44c; 2005 c.185 §11; 2011 c.660 §10]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 735—Alternative Insurance, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors735.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.