Specialist insurer Beazley has expanded its mergers & acquisitions team in an effort to better service key markets and explore new opportunities.
Joining in London are Lorraine Lloyd-Thomas and Cameron McCoy.
Lloyd-Thomas joins from Marsh where she spent 14 years, most recently as a managing director in its UK private equity and M&A practice.
McCoy is an experienced underwriter who will be responsible for the underwriting of UK and international M&A risks. Prior to joining Beazley, McCoy worked as an M&A underwriter at AIG.
In the US, Melanie Walker has joins in Atlanta to increase capacity for US domestic risks.
She was most recently an associate with Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP where she focused on M&A.
In addition, Tim Allen has moved from London to Denver as the team looks to build its offering across the US mid-market.
To increase Beazley’s capacity for the DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) region, for both primary and excess risks, Kirsten Windle-Wehrle has also joined the company.
She is based in Munich where she underwrites M&A transaction liability business on a global basis.
As a sign of further commitment to the Asia Pacific region, during the course of 2020 Beazley M&A underwriter Jordan Schwarz will move to Beazley’s Singapore hub from London to support increased demand there and in Australia and New Zealand.
He will work with Jade Cummings in Singapore who joined Beazley last November from McAfee, LLC, where she served as a legal counsel.
“We have seen increased interest in protecting transactions through insurance and we are expanding the team to meet this rising demand,” said Allen.
“We are especially pleased some of the top professionals in our business have decided to join Beazley.
“Over the course of four years, we have grown from a team of three underwriters to the current level of 14 M&A professionals. With this expansion, we will have greater expertise and capacity for our clients.”