AXIS Insurance launches products on Apollo Exchange

Apollo Insurance and AXIS Insurance have announced a partnership to offer bind insurance products through the Apollo Exchange broker exchange platform.The first AXIS product to be placed on the platform is cyber liability and is available for many industry classes - including accountants, lawyers, architects & engineers, construction, manufacturing, transportation, and real estate. It is currently live and available to the 400 broker users who are registered on Apollo Exchange.

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NAIC | December 06, 2023

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Business Wire | January 12, 2024

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Business Wire | January 29, 2024

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