SPG promotes PPIB’s Preston to new development role


Specialty Program Group (SPG) has promoted Susan Preston to director of program development.

Paragon and Nationwide E&S property

Nationwide-Paragon will look to broaden partnership after property E&S agreement


US insurance giant Nationwide and expansive MGA platform Paragon Insurance Holdings are committed to forging a long-term relationship that could broaden into other areas of business following the exclusive underwriting agreement for shared and layered E&S property unveiled last week.


CRC adds Aspen’s Bonds to lead exclusive property products


US wholesaler CRC Group has hired Alex Bonds from Aspen as chief programs officer for property programs in a role that will see the executive lead the development of the firm’s exclusive Insurisk brand’s property facility, The Insurer can reveal.


New programs push Accredited 2020 contracted premium to $1.28bn


Five new programs in Q4 helped push contracted premium at R&Q’s Accredited program management platform to $1.28bn last year, with strong 2021 momentum in its established European and US admitted subsidiaries, and a pipeline of deals to be unveiled once its E&S platform completes its licensing process.


Axa replaces Swiss Re as main capacity provider for MGA Ensurance


London specialty lines MGA Ensurance has penned a capacity deal with Axa Insurance UK for its core construction and engineering products.

Mark Rattner – Fortegra and Rockwood

Fortegra adds to E&S build-out with Rockwood professional liability program


Fortegra P&C Group is seeing a strong pipeline of deals for its recently launched E&S platform after adding a second program with a new professional liability offering aimed at off-duty police officers in partnership with Rockwood Programs.

Brian Reid – AmRisk

AmRisc targets further growth with Transverse and GeoVera capacity


Cat-focused MGA AmRisc grew E&S gross written premium by 20 percent to $1.2bn last year and is looking to further expand in 2021 supported by new capacity from Transverse and GeoVera, The Insurer can reveal.


Paragon in shared and layered E&S property tie-up with Nationwide


Expansive MGA Paragon Insurance Holdings is taking on the shared and layered E&S property team from Nationwide in a deal that will see the US insurance giant continue to provide its paper for the book of business.


Applied UW adds admitted carrier and positions TIC for E&S push


Applied Underwriters has added south central US admitted capabilities with the acquisition of Oklahoma Property and Casualty Insurance Company (OP&C), and repurposed its Texas Insurance Company (TIC) subsidiary as its national E&S platform.

Coalition and Arch Insurance

Arch Insurance backs cyber MGA Coalition


Arch Insurance North America has become the latest carrier to provide capacity to Coalition’s cyber insurance programs.

Obsidian, Platinum, Safeherb and SPG

Obsidian gains early traction with aggregators


Early 2021 programs added by Obsidian Insurance Group highlight the hybrid fronting start-up’s two-pillared strategy focused on retail and wholesale aggregators as well as more traditional MGAs, as it concluded deals with Hub International’s SafeHerb and Platinum Specialty’s WestPro.

John Conway

Conway takes MGA program role at Acrisure Re


Acrisure has announced John Conway has joined the team at Acrisure Re, which was formerly known as Beach & Associates, to focus on US-based property casualty program business.

Trisura Group

Trisura reveals strong growth in US hybrid program fronting platform


Trisura Group’s hybrid fronting carrier platform was a significant generator of top line growth for its Canadian financial services parent in Q4 2020, contributing gross written premiums of $210.7mn and fee income of $8.4mn.

Wyatt Blackburn and Steve Dresner – Everspan

Ambac officially launches $100mn+ program carrier Everspan with A- rating


Ambac has confirmed the launch of its Wyatt Blackburn-led specialty, participatory fronting program insurance business Everspan Group after securing A- AM Best ratings for its E&S and admitted carrier subsidiaries, in a move first revealed by The Insurer last July.

Mike Shannon and Kevin McGowan – Resilience

Cyber specialist Resilience adds Beazley and Axa XL underwriters


Cyber program manager Resilience has hired Kevin McGowan from Beazley and Mike Shannon from Axa XL as it builds out its underwriting team and geographical footprint.

AmRisc and Transverse

AmRisc secures Transverse-fronted reinsurance capacity for ~$1bn E&S portfolio


Cat-focused property MGA heavyweight AmRisc has added new capacity for its national E&S commercial insurance program from hybrid fronting carrier Transverse backed by a panel of reinsurers, The Insurer can reveal.

Matt Power One80

One80 continues M&A drive with van Wagenen deal


Wholesale consolidator platform One80 Intermediaries has continued its recent run of M&A deals with the acquisition of Minnesota-based van Wagenen Financial Services.

SafeHerb SPG Obsidian

SPG’s SafeHerb targets cannabis industry with Obsidian-backed program


Hub International’s Specialty Program Group (SPG) unit has launched a new commercial insurance product serving the cannabis and hemp industry written on Obsidian Insurance Group’s A- rated paper.

Charles Rowley DA Strategy

How MGAs demonstrate value amid recent shocking under-investment in data


DA Strategy director Charles Rowley provides recommendations for managing the disequilibrium in the delegated authority sector as hard market conditions take hold globally and insurers press for demonstrations of true value in their MGA or coverholder partnerships.

Katherine Cody – Orchid

Cat MGA Orchid promotes Cody to president


Kathy Cody has been named president of Orchid Underwriters Agency, a specialty underwriter of catastrophe-exposed property insurance.

McNeil & Co and Wilson Gregory

Arch’s McNeil & Co acquires newspaper program specialist WGA


Arch Capital Group’s US program-focused subsidiary McNeil & Company has acquired newspaper industry insurance specialist Wilson Gregory Agency (WGA).