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Wakam’s Syndicate 1347 receives Lloyd’s approval

20th December 2022 - Author: Kassandra Jimenez-Sanchez

European B2B2C insurer Wakam, has announced that Wakam’s Syndicate 1347 has received Lloyd’s approval to start underwriting for the 2023 year of account.

Lloyd'sThe syndicate was launched under Lloyd’s Syndicate in a Box (SIAB) initiative and will operate on the Lloyd’s platform. It will be managed by Polo Managing Agency (PMA), a third-party Managing Agent at Lloyd’s; Polo Commercial Insurance Services (PCIS) will provide operational support.

Wakam’s new UK-based VP Chief Underwriting Officer, Karl Gray, will be the syndicate’s Active Underwriter.

According to the insurer, Wakam’s Syndicate 1347 will play a diversifying role in the firm’s reinsurance & capital strategy, and noted that the European insurer’s partnership with Lloyd’s paves the way for their future growth ambitions.

Wakam’s CEO & CPO, Olivier Jaillon, commented: “The Lloyd’s market offers significant opportunities for the Wakam brand, and we are delighted to be partnering with PMA to bring our new Syndicate to market. Wakam’s DNA and ambitions are a strong fit with Lloyd’s global footprint of licenses and ambition to bring innovation to insurance.”

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Polo Works Chief Executive Officer, Simon Sykes, said: “PMA is proud to be working with such a visionary, innovative company and thrilled to have been chosen as Wakam’s strategic partner for their Lloyd’s platform, underlining Polo as the partner of choice for underwriting innovation.”

Wakam creates white-label bespoke insurance solutions for more than 150 distribution partners and over 8 million policyholders, via its Play&Plug technology platform.

With a foothold in 32 countries, Wakam is a profitable insurance company, reporting a 24% average annual growth rate since 2017, and 2021 turnover of €455m expected to exceed €600m in 2022.

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