“Financial lines insurance – particularly directors & officers insurance – is a technical and specialized insurance class with an outsized profile, given the vested interests of those being protected. Little corporate risk-taking would take place in the absence of D&O insurance.
For a decade or more, an oversupply of capacity and an apparent willingness by certain insurers to incur rolling years of losses has resulted in a multi-year soft market.
Right now there is a real opportunity for brokers with strong financial lines teams who can advocate effectively on behalf on their clients to differentiate themselves from those who don’t.”
“The evolution of specialization is happening at such an unprecedented pace that the term ‘specialty’ is no longer sufficient to describe what has become ‘hyper’ and/or ‘micro’ specialization. Today, the true E&S specialist is a dedicated expert in a specific industry segment or area of coverage, and must constantly adapt to changing circumstances, which vary by specialty.
Cyber continues to evolve with new products and potential new exposures almost daily. Construction has also become an important micro-specialization. Placement needs can change radically, depending on geography, project type, scale, availability of capacity, legal environment and countless other variables.”
“The specialty sector, by definition, is a class that’s difficult to evaluate and offer terms on. We think offering solutions for the entire sector is imperative to brokers.
Within the specialty sector, we believe solutions for some of the casualty issues surrounding real estate – be it construction-related or lessors risk – are a growing challenge. We have tackled these two classes head-on by developing a differentiated approach to underwriting these risks profitably through the development of cutting-edge proprietary technology, data analytics and a unique claims handling model. We are very excited about this holistic model, as is the brokerage community.”