Wholesale Brokers News

E&S Insurer Ategrity Raises $75M, Plans Further Expansion

Ategrity Specialty Insurance Co. sad it has completed a $75 million capital raise led by Sequentis Financial LLC to support its continued growth. Ategrity is a Scottsdale, Arizona-based specialty property/casualty insurance company focused on the excess and surplus lines market …

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. …

UK Probe of Wholesale Brokers Finds No Evidence of Anti-Competitive Behavior

Britain’s wholesale insurance brokers got a clean bill of health from the markets watchdog on Wednesday, providing some relief for an industry already spending millions of pounds on Brexit. London’s insurance market, which spans the Lloyd’s of London market and …

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, …

How New Business Is Creating a New Wholesaler-Retailer Relationship

An influx of new business is presenting surplus lines wholesalers and their retail partners with new opportunities to work together even as other forces are changing how they work together. The surplus lines insurance market continues to grow, not because …

Texas Insurance Wholesalers Find Strength in Independence, Relationships

There’s no denying the robust mergers and acquisition trend among wholesale brokers in the property/casualty insurance industry nationwide, and Texas is no exception. But some Texas wholesale brokers and managing general agents (MGAs) with fiercely independent streaks say that while …

Why Wholesale Insurance Brokers Are Under Continuing Pressure to Sell

Wholesale insurance brokers have been selling off their businesses and it’s not because they are all ready to retire. As in the retail agency segment, consolidation among wholesale brokerages is being driven by buyers with plenty of money to spend, …

UK Regulator’s Broker Probe May Make London Market More Competitive: Fitch

The UK Financial Conduct Authority’s review of the wholesale insurance broker market could help counter the trend of rising expenses for London market insurers, according to a Fitch Ratings briefing. This could make London more competitive with smaller hubs in …