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Berkshire Hathaway enters casualty & construction markets in France

28th October 2019 - Author: Matt Sheehan

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI), the insurance arm of Warren Buffett’s global insurance and reinsurance company, has commenced underwriting casualty and construction insurance in France.

BHSIAs part of this move, the company also announced the appointments of Olivier Antiphon as Head of Construction and Anne-Sophie Bonifay as Head of Casualty for the country.

“We are pleased to continue to round out our capabilities in France as we welcome Olivier and Anne-Sophie to lead our entry into the local construction and casualty markets,” said François-Xavier d’Huart, Country Manager for France at BHSI.

“Their expertise, coupled with BHSI’s financial strength and commitment to claims handling excellence, will serve our customers and brokers well for years to come,” d’Huart added.

Antiphon has worked for the past 12 years as Construction & Engineering Underwriting Manager at XL Insurance Company SE in Paris.

He has three decades of experience in construction underwriting and engineering, with previous roles including Engineering Underwriting Manager at Gerling in Pari, and Head of the Firefighting Engineering Team at Alstom Power.

Bonifay, meanwhile, joins BHSI from AXA XL, where she most recently served as Casualty Underwriting Manager, Middle Market in Paris.

She has 25 years’ experience spanning both middle market and large account casualty underwriting, with previous roles including several senior casualty positions at Chubb Insurance Company of Europe, as well as Casualty Underwriting Manager, Large Corporate Accounts, at Zurich Global Corporate France.

Going forward, both Antiphon and Bonifay will be based in BHSI’s office in Paris.

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