The new products spread risk across a number of carriers

Bowring Marsh has created five bespoke risk transfer products covering property, casualty and terrorism risks.

The specialist broker said the products had been developed to spread risk across a broader number of carriers, which was in response to client demand.

Bowring Marsh’s new North America Property Facility provides $25m of primary capacity for all property business. Participating syndicates have agreed to be bound to the two leaders, which are Ace Global Markets and Catlin.

The new Worldwide Terrorism Facility is underwritten by 13 Lloyd’s syndicates. More detail of each product is given below.

The majority of the products are underwritten at Lloyd’s.

Mark Gregory, chief executive of Bowring Marsh, said: ‘Our clients increasingly want to have their risks spread across a broader base of carriers.’

He added: ‘These products offer unique features. The Casualty facility, for example, provides a new option for lead capacity excess of underlying retentions, whilst under the Property and Terrorism facilities, certain underwriter experts in their field have agreed to authorise the leading underwriters to quote and bind participations on their behalf. This is highly unusual on programmes of the size and complexity that these facilities address.’

Andrew Chester, head of Bowring Marsh, London said: ‘These products have been designed to mitigate during extreme market volatility. They draw upon the strengths inherent in syndication, whilst providing our clients with an efficient and prompt underwriting decision.‘

The products and their particular features comprise:

North American Property Facility

This facility provides $25 million primary capacity and is broadly based – only mining and processing of natural resources are excluded. The placement is 100% Lloyd’s security with participating syndicates agreeing to be bound by the two leaders, Ace Global Markets and Catlin. Furthermore, there is an additional $25 million of open market capacity available which can dovetail with our North American Excess Property Facility, below, providing an overall $500 million limit per risk.

North American Excess Property Facility

This facility makes available, quickly and efficiently, a large amount of capacity. Its scope and the speed of underwriting make this an effective and attractive option for our clients. The facility responds within 48 hours and the majority of markets agree to be bound on a non-catastrophic basis by the leaders, Catlin Syndicate 2003 and Reith Syndicate 1414.

Worldwide Power Facility

This facility can provide up to $135 million capacity as part of a $500 million limit. Designed specifically to accept power and utility business worldwide on All Risks of physical loss or damage, including boiler and machinery, it is intended for primary and quota share placements. The placement uses 100% Lloyd’s security and can respond within 48 hours of receiving a completed submission.

Worldwide Terrorism Facility

This facility provides up to $250 million of property damage and business interruption coverage following an act of terrorism and/or sabotage for assets located anywhere in the world. It is flexible, competitively priced, can be quickly activated and is underwritten by 13 Lloyd’s syndicates. It can be used to provide primary, excess or captive retention terrorism coverage for periods up to 18 months.

Worldwide Casualty Facility

This facility, a unique syndication of three markets, provides a new option for lead capacity excess of underlying amounts. With a limit up to $50 million, it is extremely flexible; although designed to be a lead layer facility, it will also act as an excess layer vehicle, thus providing a $50 million option anywhere in a client’s programme. All market forms are considered and the three markets will sign the same policy form and agree on a ‘contract certain’ basis at inception.