Munich Re sponsors first Syndicate-in-a-Box at Lloyd’s

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Insurance and reinsurance marketplace Lloyd’s of London has announced that Munich Re will launch the first new ‘Syndicate-in-a-Box’ through its established Lloyd’s vehicle Munich Re Syndicate Limited.

The announcement was made as part of the release of Blueprint One yesterday, which outlines how the first phase of Lloyd’s strategy for change will be delivered.

The new Munich Re Innovation Syndicate will begin underwriting on 1 January 2020 with no physical presence in Lloyd’s.

It will underwrite a range of business, including renewable energy and parametric insurance for weather risks.

The reinsurer said that the new vehicle is dedicated to the design, launch and incubation of innovative insurance products within Lloyd’s and that working with Munich Re’s specialist underwriters the new syndicate in a box will write emerging risks, green energy solutions, autonomous vehicle development and covers that mitigate the financial risks of extreme weather events, including through the use of parametric products.

Lloyd’s describes the syndicate-in-a-box initiative as a new way to bring innovative and profitable business into the market for a set period, without the need for a physical presence at Lloyd’s but still subject to the same performance and regulatory controls as all new entrants.

It is also expected to provide a testing ground for improvements, including the way Lloyd’s attracts and onboards new business.