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UK’s IUA Publishes Good Practice Guide for Delegated Authorities

A guide to good practice for delegated authority arrangements in the London company market has been published by the International Underwriting Association, the group that represents non-Lloyd’s international and wholesale insurance and reinsurance companies in the London Market. The guide …

MGA Chord Re Launches as Specialty Reinsurer, Writing on Behalf of Neon

Chord Re, a new underwriting vehicle established by Stefan Long, formerly head of Aspen Re London, has launched operations on Nov. 6. Chord Re expects to both structure and lead programs in specialist classes and will initially underwrite on behalf …

Asta’s Agora Syndicate 3268 Gets Nod from Lloyd’s to Underwrite in January 2018

Asta, the third-party managing agent at Lloyd’s, announced that Agora Syndicate 3268 has received approval from Lloyd’s to commence underwriting business attaching on or after Jan. 1, 2018. Agora Syndicate 3268 will be managed by Asta and is privately capitalized …

MGA Newbridge Offers Political Violence, Terror Cover; Chaucer, Markel Provide Capacity

Newbridge Risk Partners, an underwriting cell on the Castel Underwriting MGA formation platform, has secured a new binder with Lloyd’s and London company market capacity to support the continuing growth of its political violence and terrorism insurance and reinsurance business. …

Fidelis Launches Treaty Excess-of-Loss MGA, via New MGA Platform Pine Walk

Bermuda-based Fidelis Insurance announced it has launched its first managing general agent (MGA), called Radius. The MGA will be run by Rob Ashton and will focus on niche specialty treaty excess of loss business, such as cyber, nuclear and personal …

MGA Burns & Wilcox Canada Opens Vancouver Office; Key Leaders Named

Burns & Wilcox Canada, a managing general agent in North America, has expanded into British Columbia with the opening of a Vancouver office. The new office is located in Vancouver’s business district at the Oceanic Plaza Centre. The office will …

UK-Based MGA Nexus Group Buys Trade Credit Broker, Credit Risk Solutions

Independent specialty managing general agent Nexus Group announced it has acquired Credit Risk Solutions Ltd. (CRS). Established in 2003, CRS is an independent specialist trade credit broker operating with headquarters in Halifax and offices in Manchester and Birmingham, England. Details …

Sciemus Partners with HSCM Bermuda and Is Renamed Argon Underwriting

Sciemus, a specialty Lloyd’s MGA, is forming an investing partnership with HSCM Bermuda, a firm that invests in reinsurance and insurance-linked assets across all lines of business. The deal also calls for Sciemus to change its name as it evolves …

Ascot Launches Specialty MGA, Vertical Underwriting Managers

Ascot Group Ltd. (AGL) announced the creation of Vertical Underwriting Managers, its first specialty managing general agency (MGA) cell under Ethos Specialty Insurance Services, AGL’s standalone MGA Vertical will underwrite both standard and specialty P/C business as well as target …

Fidelis Names Novae’s Burford as Chairman of Specialised Risks in London

Fidelis Insurance announced that Ian Burford will join the London underwriting team as chairman of Specialised Risks, effective Sept. 4, 2017. Bringing over 30 years of experience in the London insurance market, Burford will focus on identifying opportunities to expand …