BMS opens Ottawa office

BMS Group announced today that is continuing its expansion with the opening of its second Canadian office. The office, which will be located in Ottawa, will be the headquarters of its newly formed Healthcare Professionals Insurance Alliance and Group Program portfolio business. The Canadian operation will be lead by industry expert Brian Gomes.

Gomes, formerly a Vice President within Aon Canada’s affinity practice and more recently the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Chief Operating Officer, is an expert in the area of health care professional liability and group risk structures, frequently consulted by stakeholders across the country to discuss and present on the topic.

The Speciality group, headquartered in Ottawa, will provide unparalleled risk management and brokerage services offering a range of products and resources to clients. It will focus on specialized segment expertise providing group and commercial risk solutions to organizations, professionals, groups and associations.

Brian commented:

I am thrilled to join BMS and lead this unique operation in Canada. With executive risk, health care and other regulated professionals requiring expanding liability and practice risk needs, we see a tremendous opportunity to partner with many of Canada’s leading associations in designing programs for members, by members. Our suite of services will focus on delivering insurance and risk management resources, along with tailored structures and products designed to be most advantageous for our clients. We continue to assemble a tremendous team of specialists in this segment and are excited to share how our model and commitment to this sector will be unlike any other in the industry.”

Paul Daly, Managing Director BMS Specialty Risk, commented:

Brian brings tremendous experience to BMS. Over the past few years, Brian has worked with many of Canada’s largest member association insurance programs, making him the perfect candidate to lead this new alliance. He has over a decade of understanding of the industry and first-hand experience designing and managing successful retention and insurance program models. We are delighted to have him on board.”

 

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BMS launches new Lloyd’s Market Global Miscellaneous Professional Liability Lineslip

BMS Group, the independent global broker, today announces it is launching a Lloyd’s Market Global Miscellaneous Professional Liability Lineslip, the largest the London Market has seen to date. The lineslip will assist Lloyd’s brokers marketing initiatives in providing a framework to access London-based and subscription market-focused insurer capacity. The security behind the facility is 100% Lloyd’s capacity.

The lineslip targets mid and large-sized professional firms with a predominantly US-based exposure profile and offers brokers fixed pre-determined markets for specific classes of business. It offers limits up to the following:

• USA: Up to US$25mn any one claim including costs and expenses / up to US$50mn in the aggregate including costs and expenses

• UK: Up to £15mn any one claim including costs and expenses / up to £30mn in the aggregate including costs and expenses

• Rest of the World: Up to £15mn any one claim and including costs and expenses (or currency equivalent) / up to £30mn in the aggregate including costs and expenses (or currency equivalent)

The jurisdiction is worldwide and can accept up to 100% exposure in the United States.

Alasdair Ritchie, Managing Director at BMS, commented:

BMS Wholesale is dedicated to providing the best access to the Lloyd’s market for our partners globally. This new lineslip is another tool to make that access easier reiterating our position as broker of choice for our clients.”

Intelligent Insurer – Nick Cook, Opportunities in Asia Pacific

BMS Wholesale CEO, Nick Cook featured in Intelligent Insurer discussing the opportunities in the Asia Pacific market and why BMS has opened a Sydney office to offer something different to that market.

Click here to read the full article.

BMS Opens Sydney Office

BMS Group, the leading independent global broker, today announced the opening of its Sydney office. This marks another significant strategic goal for the group, with its first office in the Asia-Pacific region.

The office will be led by respected Australia-based facultative broker, Glenn Kerr. Kerr, formerly of Aon Benfield, joins the BMS Wholesale team led by Chief Executive Nick Cook. He is tasked with leading the continued growth of BMS’ wholesale and facultative business in the Asia-Pacific region.

Chief Executive Nick Cook said:

The opening of our Sydney office demonstrates BMS’ commitment to expanding the global wholesale division and further enhances our product offering to our clients. Strategically Asia Pacific is fundamental to our growth plan and under Glenn’s leadership we look forward to building our platform in the region.”

BMS hires Glenn Kerr to spearhead its push into Australia and the Asia-Pacific region

BMS Group, the leading independent global broker, today announces that it has achieved another major strategic goal with the appointment of respected Australia-based facultative broker, Glenn Kerr.

Kerr, formerly of Aon Benfield, will join the BMS wholesale team, led by Nick Cook, upon completion of his contractual notice period. He will be based in Sydney and his role will be to lead the continued growth of BMS’s wholesale and facultative business in the Asia-Pacific region.

BMS Wholesale CEO, Nick Cook said:

As we continue the expansion of our wholesale and facultative platform, I am delighted that we have secured an individual of such high calibre. Glenn is a highly respected broker and producer and will be key to the growth of our business in the region.

Glenn Kerr said:

Having initially been attracted by its independence, I am thrilled to be joining BMS at such an exciting time. The Asia-Pacific region is a growing area and has enormous potential for both facultative and wholesale business. I am pleased to be leading the charge on behalf of such an innovative and entrepreneurial company.”

Data Protection – the growing risk for the Healthcare industry

BMS Professional & Financial Services Director, Phil Murphy, discusses how significant data protection is to the healthcare industry:

Healthcare providers face rising costs and pressures from politicians to cut budgets, while at the same time they are waking up to the significant cost a data breach can have on their business and reputation.

The healthcare industry currently collects and stores massive amounts of private data, from a wide range of individuals, including credit card numbers and social security numbers. This can include details belonging to government officials, politicians and celebrities. This data is easily lost or stolen by individuals seeking to gain financial advancement through the use of this data. This means the healthcare industry now sees this as an additional exposure that needs to be considered when looking at an insurance programme.

It is very much a growing problem. After a few high-profile incidents of breaches publicised in the media and the resultant cost of those profile breaches to the healthcare industry –  has had a massive impact on bottom line revenues.

Hospitals are places where data is often at risk. The physicians within the hospital systems generally use laptops or handheld data palm readers which store a lot of data. They are very easy to lose, and sadly with the laws in the US, once you have lost something like this, you have to then involve the regulators and everyone else in making sure that the data breaches are communicated to the public and that credit monitoring and various steps are put in place to ensure that the data is protected and that affected individuals are recompensed for it.

With the HITECH law that has just been introduced, there are very severe regulatory sanctions and penalties that can be imposed for loss of data. They can fine you up to $25,000 per patient record, plus an additional $100 per day for every individual affected that it goes unreported.

On top of that, there is the reputational risk and harm that you can do to your own goodwill by the loss of data. The attendant crisis management costs associated with that can be quite staggering.

Overall, the need for the insurance industry to offer protection to the healthcare industry in case of a data breach or loss has never been more prominent and it takes the right kind of broker to provide tailored products that will amply cover all areas of potential loss.

Click here to access the full BMS Intangible Asset Protection site and Phil Murphy’s Video discussing Data Protection & the Healthcare Industry.

BMS launches global construction initiative

BMS announced the launch of its global construction initiative, responding to the needs of its clients around the world.

Gavin Madell, previously Director of Price Forbes’ Power and Construction business, joins the BMS Wholesale, Risk Solutions Team to lead the new initiative.

Click here to view the BMS Wholesale, Risk Solution Team Home Page

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Brand value: The future is Apple

The big news this week is that Apple has joined the highest echelons of corporate life with a market capitalisation in excess of $500 billion. It is now worth (based on this measurement at least) more than Microsoft and Google combined, or about the same as Poland (GDP $530 billion).

Perhaps, slightly surprisingly is that Apple’s market capital is not based solely on brand. It holds $30 billion in cold cash and $67 billion in long-term investments. It also has hard assets of $138 billion. However, that still leaves $265 billion in intangibles and perfectly illustrates the challenge facing risk managers today and in the future.

Historically, insurance has been purchased to cover buildings, contents, stock, equipment and even traditional liabilities such as Employers Liability of Public/Products Liabilities. This reflected the value of those tangible assets. But as we have commented on elsewhere on our site, these days there is so much more value in intangible assets (such as intellectual property rights and goodwill) than in tangible assets. And insurance just hasn’t kept pace with the change in where the majority of the value lies.

Most risk managers can lay their hands on their “All Risks” material damager and business interruption insurance, but how many have an “All Risks” Intangible Asset Protection? The challenge for risk managers and brokers alike is to design insurance programmes to provide this protection. It may require new tools (like Data Breach coverages, Intellectual Property protection and Cyber Insurance) and new understanding, but if risk managers really do want to live up to their name it needs to be tackled right now.

BMS launches new global construction initiative

BMS Group, the independent global broker, announces today that it has launched a new global construction initiative. Gavin Madell, with over twenty years’ experience, will lead the new team. The construction team will provide an enhanced service for BMS’s clients, and demonstrates the company’s on-going commitment to building new product lines across the business.

Gavin joins from Price Forbes, where he was previously Director of its Power and Construction business. He will be supported by David Lazell on the General Liability side, and Paul Hutchinson on the Professional Indemnity side. Steve Ferns, who joined BMS five months ago from Lockton, will head up Construction Claims. All members of the team have extensive experience, with particular focus on the US, Canada, Asia Pacific and Africa.

Nick Cook, CEO BMS Wholesale, today commented:

BMS is committed to continuing our expansion of the global wholesale division with a range of products to best fit our clients’ needs. Gavin Madell is the latest of a number of experienced producers to join BMS Wholesale. He brings with him vast expertise in this sector, and I look forward to working with him to build our Construction practice.”

BMS appoints global expert as Head of Wholesale Claims

Independent global broker BMS today announced that Steve Ferns has agreed to join its Wholesale division as Head of Claims. His responsibilities will include helping BMS to build its client offering with a best-in-class back office platform. His property and construction claims handling experience encompasses North America, Latin America/Caribbean, Africa and Asia Pacific.

Steve Ferns commented: “BMS’ appeal was its independence – which offers an opportunity for innovation without red tape. Joining an organisation that has a clear vision of what it wants to achieve and a commitment to making claims servicing the best in the business is a platform that I look forward to contributing to.”

Nick Cook, CEO Wholesale, added: “We want to offer our clients seamless service and I am delighted that someone of Steve’s calibre, breadth of knowledge and reputation has agreed to become part of our expanding team of experts.”

Prior to joining BMS, Ferns was Property Claims Director at Lockton LLP for over ten years and before that was a Wholesale Claims Manager with PWS Holdings. He will join BMS in September once his contractual obligations have been met and will be based in the London office.