RISK MANAGEMENT, INSURANCE TECHNOLOGY
Cybercube | January 24, 2023
Accretive Insurance Solutions, a consortium of top-tier, nationally-recognized independent specialty and wholesale insurance carriers and administrators, announced on January 23, 2023, that it has partnered with top-tier cyber analytics firm CyberCube to provide better risk transfer counseling.
Accretive is licensing CyberCube's Broking Manager to assist retail agents and their clients in making better risk transfer decisions. CyberCube's Broking Manager is the company's first software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution designed exclusively for the insurance brokerage sector. It provides a streamlined approach to evaluate potential financial exposure implications from cyber catastrophes, allowing clients to make informed coverage and limit decisions.
CyberCube Sales Manager Nate Brink remarked, “Today, CyberCube's market-leading analytics are helping thousands of insurance buyers quantify their cyber risk exposure. This partnership with Accretive will drive better-informed risk transfer decisions when clients are considering buying cyber insurance."
(Source – Business Wire)
Meanwhile, Rob Roth, Executive Vice President of Wholesale at Accretive, stated, "Accretive is focused on propelling growth for our agencies by providing the best resources and expertise in the industry. CyberCube's analytics will enable us to support our retailers and their insureds in making data-driven decisions and help grow our cyber business."
(Source – Business Wire)
CyberCube provides the insurance industry's best cyber risk analytics. The company's cloud-based technology helps insurance companies place insurance, underwrite cyber risk, and manage cyber risk aggregation by providing best-in-class data access and advanced multi-disciplinary analytics. CyberCube's enterprise intelligence layer gives information on millions of enterprises worldwide and models thousands of technology failure spots. In 2015, Symantec launched the CyberCube platform, which now functions as a standalone insurance firm with an unprecedented data partner ecosystem with support from ForgePoint Capital, HSCM Bermuda, MTech Capital, and Stone Point Capital individuals.
CORE INSURANCE, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
PRnewswire | March 21, 2023
NSM Insurance Group, the nation's leading specialty insurance provider with more than $1.5B in premium across 25+ niche insurance programs in the U.S. and U.K., today announced the completion of its acquisition of Sequoia Reinsurance Services, LLC, IOA Re, LLC and its divisions Rockport Benefits and Insurance Resources and Auditing Services, LLC, subsidiaries of ELMC Risk Solutions, LLC ("ELMC"), a portfolio company of J.C. Flowers & Co. ("J.C. Flowers"). J.C. Flowers is a leading private investment firm dedicated to investing globally in the financial services industry.
"We're entrepreneurs at heart and we seize compelling opportunities to partner with high-performing companies with a proven track record of profitability," said Bill McKernan, President of NSM Insurance Group. "We're excited about the synergies we have with the individual teams and the significant growth potential for each business. Our team is committed, motivated and laser focused on driving the continued growth and innovation of these three businesses."
"J.C. Flowers is proud to have supported ELMC's growth over the years to include some of the most well-respected managing general underwriters in the industry," said Eric Rahe, Managing Director and Co-President of J.C. Flowers. "This is a positive outcome, and we believe these companies will continue to thrive as part of NSM."
Richard Fleder, CEO of ELMC added, "Sequoia Re, IOA Re and Rockport are remarkable MGUs with terrific management teams. We are very happy to have found a great home for them!"
The acquired businesses are industry leaders in the field of medical stop loss insurance and managed care insurance — delivering robust and innovative insurance solutions to their clients and broking partners.
"We're thrilled to join the NSM family of best-in-class insurance offerings that truly lead the way in delivering comprehensive products to our distribution partners," said John Parker, President and CEO of IOA Re. "NSM is well respected throughout the industry for building successful businesses and their unparalleled expertise, resources and capacity will help take our collective businesses to new heights."
Dan Bolgar, President and CEO of Sequoia Reinsurance Services added, "The Sequoia team is delighted to join forces with NSM. Not only is this validation of what the team has built over our short history, but we are joining a firm whose very foundation is delivery of product and consistent value to its risk partners. We know NSM can help us navigate marketplace change while we continue to enhance and innovate our product offerings."
Rockport Benefits is co-led by managing directors Amy Argeros and Heidi Herlihy, industry veterans with extensive experience in the medical stop loss industry. "We are truly energized about partnering with NSM to expand our presence in the marketplace," said Ms. Argeros and Ms. Herlihy. "As a highly-respected and reliable managing general underwriter known for delivering unparalleled service and creative stop loss solutions, we believe the future is very bright with NSM."
Over the past 32 years, NSM has developed a winning formula for building the industry's most successful and sustainable programs, consistently outperforming competitors and driving industry-leading growth and profitability over the last four years. These acquisitions complement NSM's robust portfolio of specialty insurance programs and brands for the commercial P&C industry and consumer insurance — backed by the company's state-of-the-art resources, including IT, operations, marketing, HR and finance.
About NSM Insurance Group
NSM Insurance Group is the nation's leading specialty insurance provider, exclusively focused on building successful insurance programs. For more than 30 years, NSM has been committed to delivering industry-specific insurance programs that help agents meet the unique needs of their customers and fuel market growth through innovative development, underwriting, distribution and claims expertise. The company has built more than $1.5 billion in premium across 25+ specialty insurance programs and brands in the U.S. and U.K. focused on collector cars; pets; social services and behavioral health; addiction treatment; coastal condominiums; towing and garage; trucking; sports and fitness; professional liability for contractors, architects and engineers; habitational; staffing; and workers' compensation. For more information on NSM, visit nsminc.com.
About J.C. Flowers & Co.
J.C. Flowers is a leading private investment firm dedicated to investing globally in the financial services industry. Founded in 1998, the firm has approximately $4 billion of assets under management. J.C. Flowers has offices in New York, London and Palm Beach with a 21-person investment staff who have a combined 300+ years of experience. Over its 25-year history, J.C. Flowers has invested more than $17 billion of capital in 65 portfolio companies in 18 countries across a range of industry subsectors including banking, insurance and reinsurance, securities firms, specialty finance, and services and asset management. For more information, please visit www.jcfco.com.
CORE INSURANCE, INSURANCE TECHNOLOGY
Socotra | February 23, 2023
Socotra, an insurance solutions provider, has recently announced a vast market expansion in Europe, having the primary drive in the United Kingdom, France and DACH. This expansion is supported by API-driven cloud-first technology, accelerating demand generation and insurers’ speed-to-market at a low expanse.
It has achieved strong growth in 2022 with about 75% customer growth, approximately 71% revenue increase and over 117% YoY increase in policies on SaaS managed platform. Its clients, like MS Amlin and AXA, are increasing significantly, and API-driven cloud-first technologies are required. These technologies would enhance product launches and flexibility and decrease IT expenditures.
Its solution, Socotra Connected Core, offers insurers the authority and flexibility to launch any insurance product through any chosen distribution channel. Moreover, these products can efficiently be distributed to even local places around the world, adhering to the rules and the currency of that place with the details of date and address formats. Its other solution, Socotra App MarketPlace, provides instant access to the software and insurance data providers with a click-to-run experience for all its customers without additional cost.
Founder and CEO of Socotra, Dan Woods, said, “Today, many insurers are profoundly impaired by legacy technologies, and it is our mission to make high-quality technology available to all insurers, everywhere.” He added, “We are greatly increasing our investments in Europe and hiring top talent on the ground. Our major push into the UK and European Union continues our commitment to helping insurers thrive around the world. Our first customer in Europe was in 2017, and since then we’ve made steady progress throughout Europe. We are seeing increasing demand for technologies like Socotra that are fast, flexible, cost-effective, and mature.”
(Source – Business Wire)
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, Socotra, a software development company, has provided solutions for the insurance sector since 2014. Working with global insurers, it has modified their technology for innovative products and business growth. It gives insurers an advanced enterprise-grade core system for the rapid development and distribution of insurance products, enhancing their customer services. It accelerates operational speed and flexibility and provides more control to the insurer over their businesses. Its complete insurance solutions improve product development, customer experiences and cost-effectiveness for global insurers and insurtech MGAs.