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Pioneer agrees terms for Russell Coward acquisition

23rd October 2020 - Author: Charlie Wood

Pioneer Underwriting Holdings has signed terms for a deal that will see Pioneer and its subsidiaries acquired by Russell Coward, currently Pioneer’s Head of Risk & Compliance and Company Secretary.

Pioneer-Underwriters_logo_on-the-moveThis transaction follows an agreement with K2 to transfer the 4 ongoing underwriting units and the separate transaction to divest the group’s Guernsey insurance cell that historically provided underwriting support to syndicate 1980.

This final transaction is seen as a significant step in providing future finality to the existing shareholders of Pioneer Underwriting Holdings.

The business being acquired will be rebranded at completion, providing London and International clients with practitioner led advisory and outsourcing solutions including risk, compliance, governance, actuarial and administration services.

It will also assume all of the existing company obligations, including the run off of the Pioneer underwriting units that did not transfer over to K2 International.

Russell Coward will lead the business as chief executive officer and Andrew McMellin, current Chief Executive Officer of Pioneer, will step down to pursue new opportunities within the industry.

“We are very pleased to have signed terms with Russell. The deal ensures continuity for Pioneer’s clients and broker partners through the continuation of the run-off obligations, as well as providing future opportunities for employees,” said McMellin.

“Russell and the team have much experience that will serve the business well and we wish them every success in the future.”

Coward added, “We have great client relationships and an experienced team that can continue to build the business into a leading provider of expert advisory and insurance services. The opportunities are significant, and I am excited by the future.”

Dane Douetil, chairman of PUHL, noted, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Andrew McMellin for so ably steering Pioneer over the last couple of years through its change of ownership, and ultimately with the three recent transactions – the successful sale of the Group’s businesses.

“On completion of the final sale Andrew will be leaving and we wish him the very best for the future.”

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