Excess/Surplus News

Penniall’s Integrity and Creativity Highlighted in Monarch’s Knightly Ads

Don Penniall beat “dilly-dilly” to the punch a long time ago. Penniall was a creative, well-liked insurance professional who had the fortitude to launch his own firm later in life, those who remember him say. Penniall died on Sept. 23, …

California Surplus Lines Are Now A Bigger Chunk of the Commercial Market

The phrase “new normal” might be a cliché, but it was too hard for Ben McKay, executive director of the Surplus Lines Association of California, to avoid using when describing the state’s excess and surplus market in 2016 and going …

Lloyd’s America Chief Says E&S Sector ‘Best Kept Secret’

If insurance is the best kept secret in the business world, then the E&S sector is the best kept secret in the insurance industry. That’s according to Hank Watkins, president of Lloyd’s America, who talked fondly on Thursday about excess …

The Changing Surplus Lines Landscape in California and Beyond

The changing excess and surplus insurance landscape was an oft discussed topic on Monday, with experts describing the challenges and opportunities going forward. “The business that we have and the risk we see is going to be changing. No question.” …

NAPSLO Panel: Tech Disruption May be Good for E&S Market

“There are no rules. If you can figure out how to quantify a risk and define it, then you can insure it.” Hank Haldeman, president of the board of directors for the National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices, sounded …

Aon Revises London Short Excess Liability Follow Form for Global Clients

Aon Risk Solutions, the global risk management business of Aon plc, has released its latest London Short Excess Liability Follow form policy (London Short #2) to provide clients with more contract certainty, clarity and consistency of coverage. The previous version …

Westrope Named President of Surplus Lines Group, NAPSLO

Kevin T. Westrope, president of Westrope, an independent wholesale brokerage based in Kansas City, Mo., has been elected to serve as the new president of the National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices (NAPSLO) for the 2013-2014 term. Westrope has …

Surplus Lines Took Hit from Sandy in 2012 But Appears Back on Track in 2013

Surplus lines insurers in 2012 posted one of their worst years overall as their underwriting performance fell below that of the total property/casualty (P/C) industry for the first time in more than a decade. Much of the blame for these …

MarketScout Plans Expansion of Commercial Program Underwriting Practice

MarketScout, the national electronic insurance exchange and specialty MGA headquartered in Dallas, Texas, has expanded its commercial specialty program underwriting practice with the addition of Jackie Bourret as vice president, program development. Bourret was formerly vice president at Argo Group …

Ironshore Specialty Launches Simplified Excess Liability Policy Form

Ironshore Inc.’s Specialty Casualty unit has introduced a new policy form for excess liability risks to provide a more concise coverage option for insurance brokers and insureds. Ironshore’s “ExcessProtect Plus” policy form has been reduced to two pages with no …