Brit launches Lloyd's ILS fund

Lloyd | December 09, 2019

In an industry first, Brit Limited, the global specialty insurer and reinsurer, has today launched an ILS fund designed to give access to Lloyd’s risks. The Sussex Specialty Insurance Fund gives institutional investors “direct access” to Lloyd’s specialty insurance and reinsurance – providing support to Syndicate 2988, the insurer’s third-party capital backed syndicate. Entering its fourth year of operation, it boasts a US$200 million stamp capacity and works alongside Brit’s main syndicate. The idea is that this new fund will grant investors access to a diversified basket of risks from the Lloyd’s platform and has been welcomed by Lloyd’s CEO John Neal.

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AF Group Successfully Acquires AmeriTrust Group

AF Group and AmeriTrust Group | January 10, 2023

AF Group, a widely-acclaimed holding company, recently acquired AmeriTrust Group. The acquisition, which was first announced in April 2022 and now received regulatory approval, brings together two world-class, Michigan-based insurance organizations operating in the property and casualty market. Daniel J. Loepp, President and CEO of AF Group's parent company, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, commented, "Adding a trusted and respected company like AmeriTrust to the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan enterprise is exceptional news for our organization." He further states, "We look forward to the expanded capabilities and talented team AmeriTrust will add to AF Group's industry-leading expertise in the property and casualty space, enabling greater service offerings to agents and customers." (Source: PR Newswire) The acquisition empowers AF Group to provide its customers with a broader range of products and services while solidifying its increasingly powerful position and standing in the market, which has grown tremendously over the last decade. Acknowledged for its financial strength as Ward's 50 company and A.M. Best's ‘A’ (excellent) rating, AF Group is also known for its award-winning people-first culture. "We could not be more pleased to welcome the AmeriTrust team to our organization," expressed Lisa Corless, President and CEO of AF Group. "The work and commitment of AmeriTrust associates has led to a very strong reputation in the industry, and we're excited to add their expertise and capabilities as we broaden our product offerings to the benefit of our partner agents and shared policyholders nationwide," she concluded. (Source: PR Newswire) About AF Group AF Group is a globally-known holding firm headquartered in Lansing (Michigan), whose affiliated insurance brands are premier suppliers of creative, specialist insurance solutions. Owing to the strength of AF Group and its brands, its customers have access to qualified insurance specialists as well as the support needed to keep prices low and workers safe. The dedicated and committed team at AF Group uses industry-leading best practices, analytics, and resources to manage risk and limit loss for its policyholders while growing relationships with its valued independent agent partners. About AmeriTrust Group, Inc. Based in Southfield (Michigan), the company is a highly acclaimed specialty, niche-focused commercial insurance underwriter and provider of insurance administration services in the commercial property and casualty insurance industry. AmeriTrust provides insurance solutions to a variety of trade, industry, professional associations, governmental entities, affinity groups, and independent agents. Carrier activities include six insurance firms that are licensed in all 50 states, both admitted and non-admitted.

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The Hanover Announces the Launch of its Small Business Digital Exchange Gateway

The Hanover | December 13, 2022

The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. (NYSE: THG) today announced it has launched The Hanover Small Business Digital Exchange Gateway, an innovative collection of insurtech platforms that enable agents to access The Hanover directly through existing connections in their commercial lines quoting solutions. The Small Business Gateway supports The Hanover's agent partners in their desire to enhance agent-carrier connectivity and streamline the small business placement process. The new solution supports both standard and specialty lines, and is accessible through seven third-party partnerships – IVANS Distribution Platform, Applied Epic Quotes, Tarmika, Semsee, Vertafore, Insureon and Verisk. Currently, the Small Business Gateway is available for business owner's, workers' compensation and management liability policies in many of the company's commercial lines states, with plans to expand to professional liability lines over the next year. "We recognize the operational challenges our agents face as they work to place business and serve their customers, and we have been very thoughtful about how technology can help them transact business in a more efficient and effective way, This new capability complements our existing TAP Sales system, which provides direct access to The Hanover's small commercial, marine, and professional and management liability products. Agents now have a choice to either access The Hanover directly through TAP Sales, or utilize the new Small Business Gateway, offering great flexibility and ease of use." -Richard W. Lavey, president, Hanover Agency Markets The company plans to expand the Small Business Gateway to include additional product lines, making it even easier for agents to efficiently place more account business. About The Hanover The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. is the holding company for several property and casualty insurance companies, which together constitute one of the largest insurance businesses in the United States. The company provides exceptional insurance solutions through a select group of independent agents and brokers. Together with its agent partners, The Hanover offers standard and specialized insurance protection for small and mid-sized businesses, as well as for homes, automobiles, and other personal items.

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PolicyMe Launches New Critical Illness Insurance Offering the Most Covered Conditions in Canada for Adults

PolicyMe | November 08, 2022

Toronto-based Insurtech PolicyMe announces the launch of a new Critical Illness Insurance product that offers the most complete coverage in Canada. In partnership with and underwritten by Canadian Premier Life Insurance Company (“Canadian Premier”), this new product covers 44 conditions—10-15 more than the average Canadian insurer. This launch follows PolicyMe’s Series A announcement and will complement their existing core Term Life Insurance offering, enabling Canadians to gain accessible, affordable, and comprehensive financial protection across a wider range of health and life events. With 42% of Canadian parents having one month or less of expenses in emergency savings, PolicyMe’s Critical Illness Insurance product provides Canadian families with the financial protection to withstand lost income or unforeseen medical expenses due to a critical illness. “Having personally battled cancer years ago, I know first-hand how stressful a critical illness diagnosis can be, By offering Critical Illness Insurance, we hope that we’re able to remove the financial stress of a diagnosis so our customers can focus on what’s most important: their recovery.” -Jeff McKay, Co-Founder & CTO of PolicyMe How PolicyMe is building a better Critical Illness Insurance product Since launching PolicyMe Term Life Insurance in March 2021, there has been consistent interest from customers about the possibility of bundling Critical Illness coverage into their Life Insurance policies. 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