Westfield | September 09, 2022
Successfully executing on its Specialty Insurance expansion strategy, Westfield today announced its entrance into the international specialty market via the purchase of Lloyd’s of London Syndicate 1200 from Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. As a leading property and casualty (P&C) insurance company in the United States, this acquisition accelerates Westfield Specialty’sSM rapid growth after a strong first year in the U.S. market.
Subject to regulatory approval, the acquisition is expected to close in the first half of 2023 for a purchase price of approximately $125 million.
“This acquisition is our first step in establishing a global franchise for Westfield, The international specialty market fits well with our growth ambitions and the opportunity with Lloyd’s Syndicate 1200 jump-starts our entry into this market.”
-Ed Largent, Westfield President, CEO and Board Chair
Syndicate 1200 has an estimated $650 million book of business, which is focused on various lines of specialty insurance. Lloyd’s holds licenses around the globe to underwrite property and casualty business with an “A+” S&P financial strength rating.
Westfield brings deep expertise and experience to the international specialty market. Westfield Specialty President and industry veteran Jack Kuhn has a proven track record of success leading global, multi-billion-dollar specialty businesses and emphasized Westfield’s commitment to international expansion.
We’ve had our sights set on the international specialty market since launching our specialty business a year ago, so this is Westfield executing on our original strategy, We considered multiple pathways but acquiring Syndicate 1200 emerged as a unique opportunity because it gets us into the international specialty market quickly with an established platform while capitalizing on current market dynamics,said Kuhn.
Kuhn recently announced Graham Evans to the Westfield Specialty executive management team as Executive Vice President, Head of International Insurance. Like Kuhn, Evans has deep international specialty expertise from leadership roles at Chubb, CNA, AXIS and his most recent role leading Endurance/Sompo’s European operations. Evans will develop Westfield Specialty’s international strategy and will lead the integration of Lloyd’s Syndicate 1200.
Jack and Graham have enjoyed a long professional relationship spanning more than 20 years in the international specialty market, Together, they will shape the business and build an even stronger portfolio of international business,continued Largent.
The international operation will reside within Westfield Specialty, which currently writes specialty business in the U.S. Under Kuhn’s leadership, the team is targeted to write $250 million of premium in 2022 during its first full year of operation.
Largent echoes the long-term international commitment adding, This is Westfield acting on a timely, strategic opportunity; investing in our business and deploying capital to create value for our customers. Like Lloyd’s, Westfield has a long history approaching 175 years in business and we couldn’t be more excited about this new chapter and working with the Syndicate 1200 team.
Sidley Austin LLP served as legal counsel and Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, A Stifel Company, served as financial advisor to Westfield on this transaction.
Westfield is an $8.8 billion (GAAP assets) property-casualty insurance company underwriting commercial, personal, surety and specialty lines of insurance in the U.S.
Westfield was founded in 1848 by a small group of hard-working farmers who believed in the promise of the future and the power of the individual. Today, as a leading property and casualty (P&C) insurance company in the United States, we remain true to their vision and are dedicated to making a positive difference in our customers’ lives.
Vertafore | September 12, 2022
Vertafore®, the leader in modern insurance technology, today announced Acuity Insurance, Westfield Insurance and CNA Insurance are the latest carriers to go live on its award-winning Commercial Submissions™ platform. These additions reflect the platform's growing momentum and bring even more choice to the solution and mark a new milestone in Vertafore's vision to modernize commercial insurance for the independent agency channel.
Vertafore introduced general availability for Commercial Submissions in March 2022. Nearly 800 independent agencies have since signed up to use the platform to quickly quote BOP, workers' compensation and general liability insurance from some of the nation's top carriers.
Technology built for insurance professionals by insurance experts
Vertafore has long been the leader in market connectivity solutions that enable agencies and carriers to speed up binding and quoting. In 2021, Vertafore facilitated more than $13 billion in real-time carrier/agency premium submissions and handled 150 million real-time transactions through its rating and connectivity solutions.
The company built on this connectivity success when it set out to solve challenges of commercial insurance quoting. And since the product's launch, agencies have generated thousands of quotes across three lines of business in 40 states.
The success of Commercial Submissions is the result of a dedicated, experienced Vertafore product and development teams, led by Wendy Haney and David Acker. Haney and Acker have nearly five decades of combined experience developing tools that simplify the day-to-day work of insurance professionals, with a particular focus on solutions that improve connectivity across the insurance distribution channel.
"When Vertafore identifies a technology need in our marketplace, we first consider whether our customers are best served through a partnership, an acquisition, or with a Vertafore-built product, The depth of our in-house talent, our proven success with personal lines connectivity and our relationships across the distribution channel made it clear that we were in the best position to deliver a high-quality solution to streamline business insurance quoting. And our agency and carrier partners continue to validate that decision."
-Amy Zupon, Vertafore CEO
Industry-leading solution for commercial lines quoting
Commercial Submissions delivers a game-changing experience for independent agents and the business clients they serve. The platform simplifies and automates commercial insurance by:
Prefilling information from Vertafore agency management systems and third-party sources to reduce redundant, manual data entry.
Connecting agencies and carriers in real-time, allowing the exchange of structured data and real-time quoting.
Enabling real-time digital collaboration with clients to complete applications quickly and accurately.
The solution also reflects Vertafore's ongoing, multimillion dollar investment to deliver products with a modern user experience. By building Commercial Submissions from the ground up, Vertafore has placed integration, connectivity, and design thinking at the core of the product. As a result, the solution creates a seamless experience and incorporates inclusive design principles that eliminate barriers, improve accessibility and overcome situational challenges that impede user productivity.
Commercial Submissions has been recognized by the Golden Bridge Awards®, achieving Gold in the Business-to-Business Product category. The solution also landed on the SaaS Awards' shortlist for Best SaaS Newcomer and received a Silver award for the 2021 Best New Insurance Solution from the American Business Awards.
As North America's InsurTech leader for more than 50 years, Vertafore is modernizing and simplifying the insurance life cycle so that our customers can focus on what matters most. Vertafore's solutions provide end-to-end connectivity across the distribution channel, improve the client and agent experience, unlock the power of data, and streamline essential workflows to drive efficiency, productivity, and profitability for independent agencies, MGAs and carriers.
Insurity and Utah Business Insurance Company | November 10, 2022
Insurity, a leading provider of cloud-based software for insurance carriers, brokers, and MGAs, today announced that Utah Business Insurance Company (UBIC) is the recipient of the “Data and Analytics Innovator of the Year” award at Excellence in Insurance Innovation. The Excellence in Insurance Innovation awards ceremony took place in Las Vegas. It recognized the outstanding performances of P&C organizations in categories including exceptional policyholder service, digital transformation, and excellence in data and analytics.
UBIC is a monoline workers’ compensation carrier that serves roofers, framers, and excavators, and it needed to be strategic in how it deployed resources in a traditionally high-risk sector. They effectively navigated these complexities using Insurity Predict’s real-time predictive insights and data consortium to process a significantly higher volume of submissions.
“UBIC is a data-driven company, and we have fostered a culture around predictive modeling thanks to the ease of using Insurity Predict, We brought the Insurity Predict model into play just a few years ago, transforming how we do business. We went from running loss control on every risk to deploying our resources across submissions more intelligently. Instead of spending time servicing every account the same way, we now tailor these experiences for our policyholders based on the predictive risk scores.”
-Tyler Nielsen, Chief Operating Officer at UBIC
One of the ways UBIC innovated with this model was by extracting the data from the Insurity Predict system and integrating it with their business intelligence platforms. This way, everyone from the underwriters to loss control to customer service has access to this data in their reports.
The sheer volume of data that insurance organizations have can overwhelm and make it difficult to write new business and quickly make the right underwriting decisions, Using the Insurity Predict Model, UBIC has made strides in leveraging predictive data and analytics to manage their risk portfolio better, giving them the ability to assess risk much more quickly and accurately over the long term,said Sylvester Mathis, Chief Insurance Officer at Insurity.
Insurity is a leading provider of cloud-based software for insurance carriers, brokers, and MGAs. Insurity is trusted by 15 of the top 25 P&C carriers and 7 of the top 10 MGAs in the US and has over 400 cloud-based deployments. Through its best-in-class digital platform and with unrivaled industry experience and the industry’s most robust analytics offerings, Insurity is uniquely positioned to deliver exceptional value, empowering customers to focus on their core businesses, optimize their operations, and provide superior policyholder experiences. Insurity is a portfolio company of GI Partners and TA Associates.
About Utah Business Insurance Company
Based in South Jordan, Utah, UBIC has become an insurance industry leader in workers' compensation. UBIC is dedicated to meeting the needs of its agents and policyholders with a strong emphasis on providing outstanding customer service and results-oriented risk management programs.