European focus for new Sompo operation


Bermuda-based Sompo International is to create a new European specialty insurance underwriting operation, which will initially be focused on management liability, professional indemnity and financial institutions lines of business.

According to Sompo executive vice president Thomas Mannsdorfer will lead the new team, which will partner with brokers across Continental Europe. Also on the team is Mathieu Borneuf, senior vice president. Both have extensive professional lines underwriting experience and first-hand knowledge gained from working in several European markets. Mannsdorfer and Borneuf will be located in Barcelona.

“We are excited to build out our underwriting capabilities in Continental Europe under Thomas and Mathieu and plan to introduce several additional professional lines products and underwriters to the new operation over the next few months,” said Graham Evans, chief executive officer of London market insurance. “The new team will work closely with our established London Market Insurance operation to offer a full suite of products to our international clients underwritten through both our company platform and Lloyd’s syndicate.”

“Europe is a key area of growth for Sompo International and we continue to build a strategic presence on the continent,” commented Jack Kuhn, chief executive officer of global insurance. “As we add specialty underwriting talent, we will be able to more effectively deliver a broader range of products to clients in these markets. Local presence and a distributed producer network will be critical to successful growth, especially as we plan for the post-Brexit environment.”

Mannsdorfer joined Sompo International from ANV Global Services, a specialty lines provider in London and Barcelona, for which he served six years as director, M&A Insurance and more recently also as chief underwriting officer international. His prior European underwriting experience focused on professional and financial lines products and product development. He held various roles at HCC Global, AIG, and Allianz in Spain, France and Switzerland.

Borneuf joined Sompo International in January 2018 from Navigators where he established and was head of management and professional liability for Continental Europe as well as Paris branch manager since 2014. Prior to that, he held a similar role at Torus Insurance, after joining that company in 2010 as head of management liability.

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