Fortegra, LifeSpring partner to offer infertility insurance

insurancebusinessmag | June 06, 2019

Specialty insurer Fortegra Financial Corporation has announced a new partnership with LifeSpring, an organization focused on making fertility treatment affordable, to offer an infertility insurance product. Fortegra will underwrite the product, which is currently available to Texas residents. An expansion to other states is planned for later this year.

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A look at the current state of earthquake insurance in the United States, the infographic provides general information on the cost and availability of earthquake insurance while also depicting what it will usually cover.

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A look at the current state of earthquake insurance in the United States, the infographic provides general information on the cost and availability of earthquake insurance while also depicting what it will usually cover.

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Westfield Expands Into International Specialty Insurance Business With Purchase of Lloyd’s of London Syndicate 1200 From Argo Group

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. About Westfield 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.

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Vouch Launches New Business Insurance Coverages for Life Science Startups

Vouch Insurance | October 13, 2022

Vouch, a commercial insurance business focused on tech companies, announced its expansion into the life science category with the introduction of new proprietary insurance solutions. For decades, life science startups have struggled to acquire business insurance. Large insurance carriers typically do not insure early stage life science companies, especially those that are pre-revenue. When they do, minimum premiums are prohibitively expensive. George Aliaga, Vouch's Health & Life Sciences Vertical Lead, sees tremendous opportunity to support this category during a technological inflection point, as life science startups digitize their business models and increase investment in artificial intelligence to accelerate R&D cycles. "We believe the most innovative medical advancements are happening right now in incubators around the country, and these startups need help protecting their business in a constantly evolving risk environment, For example, artificial intelligence techniques are being used for drug discovery, disease diagnosis and patient risk identification. AI use in life sciences is rapidly maturing, and groundbreaking startups are emerging with innovative tech as a result." -Aliaga Vouch is the insurance of the technology industry. Since 2018, Vouch has revolutionized the buying experience and quality of coverage available to tech companies with the introduction of 10 proprietary coverages and a specialty brokerage. Now, the company is offering the same expertise and proprietary capabilities to the underserved life science startup ecosystem. Life science startups face unique risks. Vouch offers a suite of exposure-driven coverages to ensure comprehensive protection from R&D through product commercialization: Change in Controlled Environment Coverage - For perishable property prone to spoilage Vivarium Coverage - For animals used in R&D, breeding or biological product harvesting Clinical Trials Coverage - When sponsoring or operating human clinical trials Medical Malpractice Coverage - When offering medical treatment or advice that may create medical malpractice exposure Specialized Contamination Coverage - For products susceptible to contamination by radiation, bacteria, mildew, mold, microorganisms, viruses or pathogens Condemnation of Undamaged Stock Insurance - For situations where product is not damaged but is deemed compromised and condemned by the FDA In addition to the new proprietary coverages launched today, Vouch also offers life science startups access to its specialty brokerage, which can procure additional policies from the broader insurance market to provide comprehensive and holistic insurance solutions. While insurance provides necessary protection, coupling an insurance program with expert advisory best positions a startup to withstand future risk. Since they operate in a fast-paced environment with complex and unique risk profiles, life science startups not only require specialized coverage, but an advisor who understands their needs, Our life science Insurance advisors are trained to provide expert guidance for startups through each of their stages and milestones,said Aliaga. About Vouch Insurance Vouch is a provider of business insurance to thousands of high-growth companies. Since its inception in 2018, the company has empowered its clients to get risk management right through niche expertise, a proprietary approach to pricing and underwriting, fast, digital-first procurement and coverages that scale as the company grows.

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Simply Business Partners with biBERK to Offer Workers' Compensation Coverage to Small Business Customers

Simply Business and biBERK | September 27, 2022

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