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BMS reorganises US reinsurance management team as expansion continues

BMS Group (“BMS”), the independent specialist (re)insurance broker, today announced a series of management changes within its US reinsurance team as the intermediary continues its significant US expansion. This follows the completion in October of a large-scale investment into BMS by British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (“BCI”) and Preservation Capital Partners (“PCP”).

The following appointments have been made:

  • Pete Chandler has been appointed as CEO of BMS Re US, effective on December 9 and reporting to BMS Group CEO Nick Cook. He will oversee the overall operations of BMS Re US and focus on its strategic development. Chandler joined the team as President in May this year and is based in San Francisco.
  • Steve Korducki, currently CEO of BMS Re US, will transition to the role of CFO, based in Minneapolis. Korducki’s experience has been invaluable to BMS over the past year and, as a former CEO of P&C insurance companies, he will have a crucial role in managing the enlarged BMS reinsurance platform.
  • Andrew Bustillo, currently executive managing director of origination for BMS Re US, is also taking on the role of vice chairman, having previously held the CEO position. He will continue to drive production efforts and will be based in New York.

Nick Cook, CEO of BMS Group, said: “BMS Re US is primed for growth. With the backing of BCI and PCP, we are ready to fulfil our role as the independent reinsurance alternative to the big three. We have already made a number of significant appointments in the US and London, with many more hires of the industry’s top-tier talent planned.”

Chandler added: “BMS Re US has the best talent in the business, financial backing that is the envy of the industry and a client-centric, independent ethos that has consistently demonstrated it adds value to our clients, as they define it. With Steve and the executive team, I am very excited to take on the reins as we build out this business and create the best and largest independent reinsurance broker in the US.”

BMS launches Private Equity, M&A and Tax Insurance division with senior appointment

BMS Group (“BMS”), the independent specialist (re)insurance broker, today announced the launch of a Private Equity, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) and Tax Insurance division, which will begin operating in the new year. Tan Pawar has been appointed Managing Director of the new team and will report to Ian Gormley, Managing Director of BMS Global Risks. Pawar will join BMS upon completion of contractual obligations.

Pawar’s appointment is the latest in a series of senior hires as BMS continues its expansion drive following the completion of substantial investment by British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (“BCI”) and Preservation Capital Partners (“PCP”).

Pawar most recently served as Senior Vice President at Paragon International Insurance Brokers Ltd, where he co-formed the M&A Insurance division in 2014. Prior to that, he was Divisional Director, International M&A & Transaction Services at Willis since 2011. A qualified corporate and M&A solicitor, Pawar has extensive experience in the space and will be tasked with developing BMS’s presence in the M&A insurance sector.

Gormley said: “BMS is growing at pace: we have the capital backing, global platform and broking talent to be the world’s leading independent insurance and reinsurance broker. We have identified a significant gap in the market to provide tailored products for corporate M&A transactions and will be expanding significantly in this space.”

Pawar added: “I am delighted to be joining BMS, a leading independent global broker backed by long term capital, at this exciting time in the Company’s development. There is significant need in the M&A insurance space for more bespoke and innovative solutions and BMS has the scale and firepower to deliver this to the M&A and Private Equity community.”

BMS announces completion of BCI and PCP investment

BMS Group, (“BMS”), the independent specialist (re)insurance broker, today announced the completion of the significant equity investment by affiliates of British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (“BCI”) and Preservation Capital Partners (“PCP”) first announced in June. All required regulatory approvals have been secured.

Management and staff of BMS maintain a significant shareholding in the company and CEO Nick Cook and the executive management team remain unchanged. Representatives from BCI and PCP have now joined the BMS board.

BMS has continued to expand its capabilities, with over 140  significant broking, analytical and actuarial hires in the past 18 months including: Nick Moss (Global FD, JLT Re); Pete Chandler (Deputy CEO US reinsurance, JLT Re); James Chicken (director, Price Forbes & Partners); Gregg Holtmeier (managing director North American casualty, Guy Carpenter); Neil Prior (Chief Executive, Priority Underwriting); and Clare Whitlam (senior vice president, actuary, JLT Re). This expansion is set to gather pace following completion.

Nick Cook commented: “With BMS’s long-term future as an independent broker secured, BMS is poised for strong profitable growth. With the capital strength of BCI and PCP behind us, we are expanding in the North American reinsurance market and other high growth specialty and emerging risk lines that consistently generate strong performance. BMS has become the alternative broker of choice, with a full suite of analytical and actuarial capabilities to rival and, in some areas, exceed those of the world’s biggest broking firms, making it an attractive home for the industry’s leading talent.

“This major investment is a ringing endorsement of the London market and its continued leading role in the world’s insurance markets. I am convinced that our strategic partnership with BCI and PCP will be the gold standard for long-term investment in global wholesale and reinsurance broking for years to come.”

BMS were advised by Canaccord Genuity.

About BMS

BMS Group is a leading independent specialist insurance broker with teams of experts in the fields of reinsurance, wholesale and direct insurance. For 38 years, BMS has provided comprehensive, customised solutions in the fields of wholesale, reinsurance and direct insurance, and capital advisory. Today, this experience and expertise, served with a spirit of creativity, allows BMS to offer a full range of integrated services. Designing individual, tailored solutions makes BMS the risk and capital management advisor clients want to work with time and again.

For more information about BMS please visit www.bmsgroup.com

About BCI

With C$153.4 billion of managed assets, British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI) is a leading provider of investment management services to British Columbia’s public sector and one of Canada’s largest asset managers. We generate the investment returns that help our institutional clients build a financially secure future. With our global outlook, we seek investment opportunities that convert savings into productive capital that will meet our clients’ risk/return requirements over time. We invest across a range of asset classes: fixed income; mortgages; public and private equity; real estate; infrastructure; and renewable resources.

For more information about BCI, please visit www.bci.ca

About PCP

Preservation Capital Partners (PCP) is a private equity firm specialising in the financial services sector. It focuses on partnering with market-leading companies with proven and resilient business models that have demonstrated strong growth. PCP has been one of the most active investors in the specialty insurance distribution market over the last few years having made investments in Ascent Underwriting, Cove Program and Bay Risk Services.

For more information about PCP, please visit www.preservationcp.com

BMS reorganises US analytics and actuarial management team as investment continues

BMS Group (“BMS”), the independent specialist (re)insurance broker, today announced a series of management changes within its US reinsurance actuarial and analytics team.

  • Kirk Conrad has been promoted to the newly created role of Chief Analytics Officer at BMS and will oversee BMS’s US reinsurance catastrophe analytics and actuarial divisions. He joined the Group as Chief Strategy Officer in 2016 through BMS’s acquisition of Advocate Re.
  • Dave Spiegler, Chief Actuary, is retiring after a long and distinguished career at the end of the year. He will remain with BMS in a consultative role after his retirement.
  • BMS’s actuarial team will now report to Kurt Johnson, Executive Vice President. Johnson is currently based in the Group’s Minneapolis office.

Steve Korducki, BMS US CEO, said: “At BMS, analytical and actuarial capabilities are core to our strategy. We invest in the tools, talent and technology necessary to provide bespoke analysis and solutions that provide real value to clients, as our Catastrophe Analytics division did during the recent cat events. I am looking forward to continuing building out BMS’s analytics platform with Kirk, Kurt and Julie Serakos, who leads our Catastrophe Analytics team.”

“I would also like to thank Dave Spiegler for his dedicated service. Our actuarial team has grown to what it is today under his leadership and I am pleased he will be working with us in a consulting capacity for some time to come.”

BMS appoints Neil Prior as Director in the Global Risks division

BMS Group (“BMS”), the independent specialist (re)insurance broker, today announced the appointment of Neil Prior as Director in BMS’s Global Risks division, reporting to Ian Gormley, Managing Director at BMS. The appointment is effective on September 16.

Prior will support the Global Risks division by developing market relationships and exploring new distribution channels.

Prior joins BMS with over 33 years’ broking, underwriting and MGA experience in the London insurance market. Most recently, he served as Chief Executive at Priority Underwriting, which he co-founded. Prior has also held senior roles at Sciemus Power, Ace Global Markets (now Chubb), JLT Group and Marsh Global Broking.

Gormley said: “Neil is a recognised leader in both underwriting and broking, with a deep understanding of the needs of clients and markets alike. I am excited that BMS continues to attract talent like Neil and welcome him to BMS.

Prior added: “BMS’s Global Risks division is a fast-growing team within the Group and the industry. Its employee-owned structure and notable track record of consistently bringing new risks to the market has attracted great broking talent. I look forward to joining the team and helping grow the business.”

BMS appoints Gregg Holtmeier as chief strategy officer

BMS Group (“BMS”), the independent specialist (re)insurance broker, today announced the appointment of Gregg Holtmeier as chief strategy officer of BMS’s US reinsurance operations, reporting to Steve Korducki, US reinsurance CEO. The appointment is effective immediately. Holtmeier will join the BMS US Management Committee and will be based in San Francisco.

The appointment is the latest in a series of high-profile hires at BMS and follows the announcement of a substantial investment in the business by British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (“BCI”) and Preservation Capital Partners (“PCP”) in June.

With over 20 years’ experience in the reinsurance markets, Holtmeier joins from Guy Carpenter, where he was most recently managing director for North American casualty. He served as head of casualty for North America at JLT Re prior to the acquisition of JLT by Marsh & McLennan Companies. In the course of his distinguished career, he has held a number of senior roles, including SVP at Aon Benfield.

Korducki said: “BMS’s resolute independence and relentlessly client-centric approach has driven its success over the past years. With the long-term investment from BCI and PCP, we are well-placed to continue as the leading independent broker with global reach in the market and to attract the very finest talent.

”Entrepreneurial, experienced individuals like Gregg will contribute to our strategic expansion in North America and I am excited to welcome him to BMS.”

Holtmeier said: “BMS is uniquely positioned to differentiate itself through its culture and robust analytic platforms. I am very pleased to be joining BMS as they are clearly positioned as the independent reinsurance broker of choice.”

BMS partners with BitSight to provide cyber risk analysis services

BMS Group (“BMS”), the independent specialist (re)insurance broker, today announces a partnership with BitSight, the Standard in Security Ratings, to provide cyber risk analysis services to BMS clients across all lines of business as part of BMS’s consultancy offering.

BitSight’s market-leading security ratings platform provides the most comprehensive and trustworthy security performance information in the marketplace today. Approximately half of all global cyber premium is underwritten by carriers/markets who utilise BitSight. This is the first partnership for BitSight with a London market broker.

Ryan Jones, Head of Innovation at BMS, said: “As an independent, employee-owned broker, our focus has always been to add value to our insureds by developing a tailored and comprehensive offering. With that in mind, we tasked our teams and our internal Innovation Lab with developing initiatives to improve our clients’ understanding of risk and therefore provide better coverage for their needs. The expansion of our analytical capabilities was a key takeaway from our innovation programme, so I am very pleased to announce this partnership today.

Cyber risk, particularly the silent cyber exposures, affects all businesses and is a growing threat. Through this service, our clients will now be able to, regardless of what they are insuring, accurately assess the cyber exposure of their assets and choose insurance providers accordingly.”

Samit Shah, BitSight’s manager of insurance strategy and operations, said: “We are excited to partner with BMS to provide valuable cyber risk insights to their clients. Working with carriers around the world, including several in London for a number of years now, we believe providing transparency into security posture along all parts of the insurance value chain – carrier, broker, and client – is critical to accurate risk transfer decision-making.”

About BitSight
Founded in 2011, BitSight transforms how organizations manage cyber risk. The BitSight Security Ratings Platform applies sophisticated algorithms, producing daily security ratings that range from 250 to 900, to help manage their own security performance; mitigate third party risk; underwrite cyber insurance policies; conduct M&A due diligence and assess aggregate risk. With over 1,500 global customers and the largest ecosystem of users and information, BitSight is the most widely used Security Ratings Service. For more information, please visit www.bitsight.com, read our blog or follow @BitSight on Twitter.

BMS secures long-term investment from BCI and PCP

BMS today announces an agreement for a significant investment by affiliates of British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (“BCI”) and Preservation Capital Partners (“PCP”). The investment, which values BMS at £500m, is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the third quarter.

The BMS management team, led by chief executive officer Nick Cook, will all remain in their current roles following completion, and management and staff of BMS will remain significant shareholders in the company.

Following the transaction’s completion, Pioneer Underwriters will be owned directly by the current shareholders of Minova Insurance, the holding company that had previously owned BMS.

Nick Cook commented: “The long-term investment by BCI and PCP secures our future as an independent broker and maintains significant employee ownership. We have grown consistently over the past 5 years generating revenues in excess of £100m for the first time in 2018. We look forward to partnering with BCI and PCP as we continue to invest in our business and attract market leading talent to the benefit of our clients. My thanks go to all of our colleagues who have been at the root of our success.”

Dane Douetil, CEO of Minova added: “This investment is excellent news for BMS’s dedicated staff, who will remain important shareholders, and particularly for BMS clients who will continue to benefit from the very best independent advice in the market. It is also a ringing endorsement of the London market and, following considerable consolidation in the broking sector, ensures that an independent voice will continue to be heard.”

Gordon J. Fyfe, CEO/CIO of BCI said: “As an investor of patient capital, we seek companies with a sustainable competitive advantage that offer value-add services and are led by talented management teams. BCI’s long-term investment in BMS allows them to grow the business and generate the returns that our pension plan and accident fund clients require. Our investment also provides regional and sector diversity to our clients’ private equity portfolio.”

Jatender Aujla, a Partner of Preservation Capital commented: “We have been impressed by the growth BMS has experienced since Nick and his management team took over the business. Today, BMS is one of the largest independent specialty lines focused insurance brokers in the London market. We look forward to working with the team as long term partners and helping them seize the significant opportunities available in the market.”

About BCI

With C$145.6 billion of managed assets, British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI) is a leading provider of investment management services to British Columbia’s public sector and one of Canada’s largest asset managers. We generate the investment returns that help our institutional clients build a financially secure future. With our global outlook, we seek investment opportunities that convert savings into productive capital that will meet our clients’ risk/return requirements over time. We invest across a range of asset classes: fixed income; mortgages; public and private equity; real estate; infrastructure; and renewable resources.

For more information about BCI, please visit www.bci.ca

About PCP

Preservation Capital Partners is a mid-market private equity firm specialising in the financial services sector. It focuses on partnering with market-leading companies with proven and resilient business models that have demonstrated strong growth.

BMS appoints Pete Chandler as President of US reinsurance

BMS Group (“BMS”), the independent specialist (re)insurance broker, today announces the appointment of Pete Chandler as President of BMS’s US reinsurance operations, reporting to Steve Korducki, US reinsurance CEO. The appointment is effective 27th May and Chandler will join the BMS US Board subject to regulatory approval.

This is the latest in a series of recent high-profile hires by BMS, following the achievement of the £100mn annual revenue landmark and substantial global growth.

Chandler joins from JLT Re, where he was Deputy CEO of the US reinsurance broking arm of the Group. He joined JLT Re in 2016 prior to which he was Marsh’s Managing Director for the Western Region. Previously North American COO for Guy Carpenter and an Executive Vice President at Benfield, Chandler has been at the highest levels of US reinsurance broking for two decades.

Nick Cook, CEO of BMS Group, said:

“BMS’s independence and resolute commitment to the US reinsurance market continues to attract some of the industry’s leading talent. There is great opportunity for growth in our US operations as clients increasingly look for independence married to technical and analytical scale and expertise.

Pete is one of the most experienced reinsurance brokers in the market and will be a huge asset to the BMS US team. I am pleased to announce his appointment today and look forward to working with him and Steve Korducki to grow our US reinsurance arm.”

Chandler added:

“There is a huge opportunity in the US for an independent broker of BMS’s ambition, analytical and actuarial capability and entrepreneurial culture. The investment BMS has made in talent, innovation and analytics has made it the most significant independent broker in the market and I’m delighted to join such a formidable team.”

BMS appoints Nick Moss as Chief Financial Officer

BMS Group (“BMS”), the independent specialist (re)insurance broker, today announces the appointment of Nick Moss as CFO of the Group, reporting to CEO Nick Cook. Moss will formally join the BMS Board following regulatory approval.

The appointment follows the independent broker’s recent achievement of reaching the £100mn annual revenue landmark and substantial expansion in the London, US and international divisions.

Moss has more than thirty years’ experience in finance and joins from JLT Re, where he served as Global and UK FD. He has previously held senior finance roles at Novae, RFIB, where he was CFO from 2013-16, and Benfield (now Aon Benfield) between 2003 and 2009 where he was group head of finance. He began his career in audit and business advisory services at PwC from 1988 to 2002.

Nick Cook said:

“BMS is at an exciting stage in its growth, as the leading independent (re)insurance broker in the market, with revenue and profits increasing, our headcount growing and our operations expanding into new territories.

Nick’s experience will be invaluable as we begin the next phase of our strategic expansion. As an entrepreneurial, independent and employee-owned business, BMS continues to attract the finest talent in the market and I am pleased to welcome him to the leadership team.”

Moss added:

“BMS is a dynamic, independent and entrepreneurial business that has a robust strategic expansion plan, a clear vision and culture that is attracting many of the best brokers in the market. I am very much looking forward to working with Nick and the BMS team.”