WTW has collaborated with Liberty Specialty Markets (LSM) and Markel to launch the pilot phase of a new digital commercial insurance platform.
The venture between the three companies will aim to help improve connectivity, giving brokers flexible trading options and insurers speed and scale.
Using globally-recognised data standards, WTW noted that the platform has been designed to enable multiple insurers and brokers to trade complex specialty risks in real time. Covering both renewals and new business, the pilot phase of this market-led solution is supported by various insurers, including LSM and Markel, across short-tail and long-tail product lines.
Richard Clarkson, Head of London Market Consulting at WTW, said: “One of the market’s greatest challenges is to make doing business easier from beginning to end – not just one part of the transaction. Developed in collaboration with LSM and Markel, this new platform signals a step-change in digital trading, especially in a market as complex as London. Underpinned by cutting-edge technology that will transform how brokers and underwriters connect and trade, users will benefit from significant operational efficiencies by improving the speed and cost of doing business through digitisation, automation and better use of data.”
Carol Baker, Head of Digital Strategy, London and Global Products at LSM, commented: “We are committed to embracing technology to transform the way we do business with our brokers and partners. Our digital team is delighted to be working with WTW, who are at the forefront of distribution with this innovative digital solution. This platform will enable efficient trading with transparent processing in real time that will deliver exceptional customer value and power profitable performance.”
Andrew McMellin, Managing Director, Wholesale at Markel International, added: “As part of Markel’s ambitions to become the leading specialty insurer in its chosen products, we are making important advances in sourcing innovative and more efficient ways of conducting business. We are pleased to collaborate with WTW to pilot a technology platform like this, offering our broking partners quicker access and greater flexibility and establishing Markel as a go-to insurer for digital trading opportunities.”
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