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Lloyd’s approves second SIAB start-up

Lloyd’s has granted “in principle” approval for a second syndicate-in-a-box (SIAB) as part of the Future at Lloyd’s strategy. The new start-up, Carbon, will begin underwriting as syndicate 4747 on 1st July 2020, with plans to initially write £15 million of gross written premium (GWP) in 2020.

Syndicate 4747 will be managed by Asta and active underwriter, Nick Tye with a management team consisting of CEO Stephen Card, CUO Jacqui Ferrier and CTO Ben Laidlaw.

The SIAB framework, which is now integrated into business-as-usual processes at Lloyd’s, is designed to create a lower-cost and fast-tracked route into the market for entrepreneurial underwriters.

Syndicate 4747 fits the bill as a specialist underwriter of international binder business. The start-up is supported by Graphene, a proprietary Delegated Data Manager compatible technology platform that provides sophisticated portfolio analytics and helps reduce cost across the distribution chain. The syndicate will act as a class-agnostic incubator for innovative and profitable coverholder business. In turn, these coverholders will benefit from working with a Lloyd’s underwriting team that is exclusively focused on their needs.

Carbon’s CEO, Stephen Card, said:

“We have always had the ambition to set up our own syndicate but the biggest barrier to entry was that of scale. The SIAB framework at Lloyd’s, supported by Asta, has enabled us to avail ourselves of the Lloyd’s franchise, rating and licensing earlier than we expected. With the reduced reporting and capital requirements of SIAB, we were able to build a business model that did not rely on scale to achieve profitability. Asta’s support and expert knowledge of Lloyd’s has been a crucial element in helping us reach where we are today, and we look forward to a long-term partnership.”

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Friday 1 May 2020