Assurex Global Partners Form Captive Insurer

October 21, 2003

Assurex Global, a privately held risk management and commercial insurance brokerage group, announced the formation of Assurex Global Reinsurance, Ltd., a captive insurance company to provide risk management solutions to corporate customers around the world.

The new entity was announced by Assurex Global Board Chairman Greg Collins, president of Seattle-based Parker, Smith & Feek, an Assurex Global Partner.

“The formation of Assurex Global Re is another example of the entrepreneurial, client-focused nature of our local independent broker Partners around the globe,” said Collins. “They are working side-by-side with their clients – as well as with other Assurex Global Partners -to seek innovative alternatives to risk management and coverage needs.”

Assurex Global Re allows for multiple captives, which are segregated cells for insuring heterogeneous or industry-specific groups, according to Collins. “Assurex Global Re will be client focused -providing group solutions for the corporate clients of our independent broker Partners,” he said. “The initial cell will be focused on heterogeneous corporate clients, who are dedicated to proactive management of their insurance needs. Future cells are expected to address more difficult commercial classes, such as medical malpractice, assisted living, California workers’ compensation, small commercial accounts, and construction.”

Assurex Global Re will be based in Bermuda and managed by HSBC Insurance Solutions (Bermuda) Limited, an Assurex Global Partner. Discover Re Managers, the alternative risk subsidiary of the St. Paul Insurance Group, will underwrite the first program to be reinsured by the company. Innovative Risk Management, based in Irving, Texas, will provide program management services, while claims will be managed by The Frank Gates Service Company, Columbus, Ohio.

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