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Lloyd’s syndicate Ki binds first risk with AmWINS’ THB

30th November 2020 - Author: Luke Gallin

Ki, the fully digital and algorithmically-driven Lloyd’s of London syndicate, has revealed that it has now bound its first risk with THB, the international broking arm of AmWINS Group, Inc.

lloyd'sThe risk was bound by the Brit and Google Cloud backed Ki on its fully-aligned Lloyd’s Syndicate 1618, with Ki’s line having been generated by its proprietary algorithm.

This is a first for the specialist Lloyd’s of London insurance and reinsurance marketplace, with Ki breaking new ground as the first algorithmically-driven syndicate at the market.

According to an announcement, the first risk signals the beginning of an exciting partnership between Ki and THB, with both companies sharing the ambition to transform the placement of follow business in Lloyd’s and to ensure a sustainable future for the market.

Launched in May, Ki aims to redefine the commercial insurance market as a ‘follow-only’ syndicate, seeking to significantly reduce the amount of time taken for brokers to place their follow capacity.

In September, Ki successfully raised USD 500 million of committed capital from two backers, before entering a long-term capacity partnership with Howden later in the year.

Most recently, Ki revealed that it has onboarded its initial broker trading partners, providing access to its algorithmic underwriting ahead of the upcoming January 1 renewals.

Mark Allan, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ki, commented: “Being able to announce the first risk bound through Ki is a significant moment, completing our journey from concept to reality. We’re pleased to be partnering with THB/AmWINS and their commitment to the Platform is a strong statement of the value we are bringing to brokers and their clients.”

Mark Cody, CEO of THB Worldwide Specialty Division, added: “We are delighted to be the first to bind a risk with Ki, and are excited about the start of a significant partnership. The value of Lloyd’s can be dramatically enhanced through the use of technology and Ki embodies the entrepreneurial spirit of the market. Our clients and trading partners will see tangible value from THB securing Ki’s capacity on their placements for 2021 and beyond.”

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