QBE has announced the introduction of Warranty and Indemnity (W&I) insurance in Europe for the first time to further support customers.
The new product reflects an increased need for capacity and technical expertise to respond to the demands of customers and increased levels of M&A activity in the region.
The product will offer protection for unknown breaches of target and seller representations and warranties in a purchase agreement.
Toria Lessman will be responsible for the build out of a dedicated W&I team. She has been Senior Vice President for TLI (Transactional Liability Insurance) in QBE’s North American division, responsible for building up the product in the US. The new team will report to Jamie Thompson, Director of Financial Lines.
Jamie Thompson, Director of Financial Lines, QBE Europe, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to support our customers in the M&A market. We are delighted that Toria will be joining QBE Europe’s financial lines team to spearhead the roll out of our new W&I product. She brings considerable specialist expertise to the role, having successfully grown the TLI business for QBE North America.”
QBE is looking to combine its strong global expertise with locally empowered experts and is planning to initially hire three local experts. Initially led out of London, the longer-term plan for W&I is to establish an underwriting team across the existing European footprint utilising QBE’s strength in coverage, execution and claims experience.
For further information contact:
Sandra Villanueva, Corporate Communications, QBE, 020 7105 5284, Sandra.Villanueva@uk.qbe.com
Alexis Burris, Corporate Communications, QBE, 020 3465 3921, Alexis.Burris@uk.qbe.com
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QBE European Operations is part of QBE Insurance Group, one of the world’s leading international insurers and reinsurers and Standard & Poor’s A+ rated. Listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, QBE’s gross written premium for the year ended 31 December 2021 was US$18.5 billion.
As a business insurance specialist, QBE European Operations offers a range of insurance products from the standard suite of property, casualty and motor to the specialist financial lines, marine and energy. All are tailored to the individual needs of our small, medium and large customer base.
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