Lloyd’s to open EU insurance company in Brussels

Lloyd’s, the specialist insurance and reinsurance market in London, has announced it will be setting up a new European insurance company to be located in Brussels. Lloyd’s Chief Executive, Inga Beale, said that the intention is for the company to be ready to write business for the 1st January 2019 renewal season, subject to regulatory approval.
The company will be able to write risks from all 27 European Union and three European Economic Area states after the United Kingdom has left the EU, providing our customers and partners continued access to the innovative solutions of the Lloyd’s market.
Lloyd’s Chief Executive Inga Beale said: “It is important that we are able to provide the market and customers with an effective solution that means business can carry on without interruption when the UK leaves the EU. Brussels met the critical elements of providing a robust regulatory framework in a central European location, and will enable Lloyd’s to continue to provide specialist underwriting expertise to our customers. I am excited about the opportunities this venture will offer the market by providing that important European access efficiently.”
Whilst the UK Government has triggered Article 50, it remains a full member of the European Union for at least two more years and therefore, there is no immediate impact on existing policies, renewals or new policies, including multi-year policies, written during this period of time.
Inga Beale said: “It is now crucial that the UK Government and the European Union proceed to negotiate an agreement that allows business to continue to flow under the best possible conditions once the UK formally leaves the EU. I believe it is important not just for the City but also for Europe that we reach a mutually beneficial agreement. We stand ready to help and support the Government as best we can.”
Information on Lloyd’s plans for Europe can be found here www.lloyds.com/lloydseurope