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Banyan launches first international arm in Canada

Based in Toronto, it is the company’s first international subsidiary

Banyan, which underwrites directors’ and officers’ insurance risk solutions, has announced it is launching the company’s first international subsidiary, Banyan Risk Services, in Canada.
Michael Densham has been appointed president and has been charged with licensing and building out the Canadian business. Banyan Risk Services Densham will be based in Toronto.

Densham joins Banyan, after a short engagement with Optiom, a specialty MGA. Prior to that, he was SVP of executive and professional lines at Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance where he was tasked with starting up and building out the executive and professional lines business in Canada.

He will report to Banyan Founder and chief executive officer Tim Usher-Jones. Banyan was formed in Bermuda in July 2021 through a partnership with SiriusPoint Ltd.

Usher-Jones said: “Michael brings with him exceptional operational experience and proven abilities to set strategy, build and motivate high performing teams, and drive profitable underwriting results.

“He also has extensive experience and understanding of the Canadian market. We are asking Michael to build and lead a top tier team that will provide solutions for complex risk placements in support of our Canadian distribution partners and clients.”

Sid Sankaran, chief executive officer of SiriusPoint Ltd, added: “It is enormously encouraging to see that in its first six months of operations, Banyan is already in a position to execute on its international growth strategy with the opening of the Canadian operation.

“Banyan is responding to a market need, using technology to streamline the underwriting process for complex risks in innovative and creative ways. We are delighted to support their continued growth.”

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