R&Q unveils corporate restructuring plan


R&Q Investment Holdings has announced a corporate restructuring to create a newly named division, Accredited, which comprises its US and European program management businesses.

Accompanying this initiative is a renaming of R&Q’s Malta domiciled insurance platform, R&Q Insurance (Malta), to Accredited Insurance (Europe). This change is effective immediately.

Accredited will be jointly run by Todd Campbell, as chief executive officer (CEO) of its US business, and Colin Johnson, as CEO of its European division. Both individuals report to Alan Quilter, co-founder of R&Q and group chief financial officer.

Accredited is one of two core businesses of R&Q - the other being legacy acquisitions and the claims management of discontinued business - and its strategic aim is to provide high quality and fully licenced capacity for MGAs and other counter-parties on both sides of the Atlantic.

The name change is designed to reflect the importance of this core business to the Group and also to provide a simplified, single brand that provides the same level of service and client understanding to its customers on both sides of the Atlantic.

Both Accredited Surety and Casualty Company, the Group’s wholly owned US platform, and its European equivalent, Accredited Insurance (Europe) enjoy an A- (Excellent) financial strength rating from AM Best. Accredited Surety & Casualty also had its rating affirmed this year by AM Best while being upgraded to group VII under its classifications, reflecting its larger capital base.

Both platforms are enjoying high demand for their services at a time of significant market turmoil in the sector which includes the partial or complete withdrawal of other program capacity providers in 2017-18 (both in the US and Europe), continuing uncertainty over “Brexit”, the emergence of disruptive fintech initiatives  challenging the status quo and the desire for entrepreneurs to launch new Insurance businesses but require a program partner to provide licenced paper and infrastructure that acts as a conduit between them, their policyholders and their reinsurance capital providers.

A total of 7 new program underwriting partnerships have been entered into this year by the Group. Since R&Q’s program initiative began last year, the Group has entered into partnerships that are the equivalent to circa $200 million in annualised GWPs and it expects this number to at least double by year-end.

Domiciled in Florida, Accredited Surety & Casualty is licenced in all fifty states to write admitted business for all P&C classes.

After Brexit takes place - as it is currently scheduled to do in March 2019 - Accredited Insurance (Europe) will remain fully licenced to write every P&C class across all remaining 27 EU member states. In addition, a UK branch office will enable it to write business on behalf of UK MGAs, ensuring R&Q has a “gold-plated” Brexit solution for all its program partners.

Colin Johnson, CEO of UK and European Program Management, commented: “R&Q is, of course, well known for legacy acquisitions and for providing first class innovative exit solutions to owners of discontinued business.

“Since 2017, we have brought this same level of professional, client-focussed attention to MGAs in the US and in Europe who require a program underwriting partner who can act as the conduit between them and their reinsurers”.

Todd Campbell, president and CEO of Accredited Surety & Casualty, added: “There is a growing demand for program partnerships and Accredited is determined to be the market’s go-to choice on both sides of the Atlantic.”

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