Specialty News

Cannabis Broker Spotlight: Schutz with NIF Group is a ‘Cannabis Ninja’

Editor’s note: This part of a series of profiles on cannabis brokers, in which Insurance Journal explores why and how these folks got into the business, the ups and downs of insuring cannabis, as well as a few tips for …

Digital E&S Broker Pathpoint Offers Multiple Cyber Quotes to Retail Agents

Pathpoint, a digital excess and surplus lines insurance broker, said it is offering a new capability to independent retail agents: access to multiple cyber insurance quotes through a single online application containing only nine underwriting questions. The new product allows …

Obsidian Specialty Insurance Company Receives A- Rating from AM Best

AM Best has assigned the recently-formed excess and surplus (E&S) lines insurer, Obsidian Specialty Insurance Company, a financial strength rating of A- (Excellent). Obsidian Specialty is a program fronting carrier serving managing general agents, managing general underwriters and program managers. …

Hanover Insurance Enhances Specialty Leadership; Mills to Lead E&S

The Hanover Insurance Group has expanded its specialty leadership team to enhance as part of a series of personnel changes the company has made to its specialty business over the last year. The Hanover announced it has appointed Steven M. …

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, …

Beazley Taps HCC Global’s Segovia to Lead Financial Lines on Continent

Specialist insurer Beazley has appointed Lorena Segovia to the newly created role of financial lines regional manager for continental Europe. Based in the company’s new Barcelona office, Segovia will be responsible for the development of Beazley’s specialty lines business across …

Fidelis Sponsors MGA to Expand into Niche Specialty Reinsurance

Fidelis Insurance announced that it is further developing its niche specialty offerings by sponsoring a new managing general agent that focuses on specialty reinsurance. Fidelis said it will be providing investment and cornerstone capacity for the MGA, which is expected …

Hamilton Re Announces Management Team Appointments

Hamilton Re, the Bermuda platform of Hamilton Insurance Group, announced the following appointment and senior role changes in its management team: Minesh Shah has joined Hamilton Re in the newly created role of senior vice president, Actuary. Shah reports to …

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 …