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Occam acquires Beech Underwriting Agencies

The acquisition is the continuation of Occam’s aim to diversify into additional lines of business as part of its strategy expansion

Occam Underwriting has announced its acquisition of Beech Underwriting Agencies Ltd., subject to Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) approval.

Beech Underwriting is an approved Lloyd’s cover-holder led by Geoff Stillwell, which has been a “market leader” in the placement of terrorism and other specialist related insurance for over 20 years.

The acquisition is the continuation of Occam’s strategy to diversify into additional lines of business with the continued support of Hudson Structured Capital Management Ltd. (HSCM), doing its re/insurance business as HSCM Bermuda, an asset manager specialising in the re/insurance and transportation sectors.

The Beech team will continue to be led by Geoff Stilwell, Andrew Woodhams and Matt Gates from their Maidstone offices.

Mark Fisher, Occam chief executive officer, said: “I am very pleased to welcome Beech Underwriting to the Occam group as we continue with our planned expansion. Beech have built a very successful MGA with agents throughout the UK and I look forward to developing and supporting the business moving forward. 

“There is a good cultural fit between Beech and Occam and we will work closely together. By partnering with Beech’s well-established panel of underwriting partners we will continue to provide all our agents with the right product for the right client.”

Geoff Stilwell, Beech Underwriting Agencies managing director, said: “The whole team here at Beech is really excited about going forward with Occam. This will enable Beech to continue to grow and firmly establish itself as “the” market leader in Terrorism Insurance. 

“On a personal level I am extremely proud of what everyone at Beech has contributed and achieved over the past 20 plus years. Joining the Occam group will enable Beech to continue to provide the products and service all our agents have enjoyed since we started way back in 2001.”

Michael Millette, managing partner at HSCM Bermuda, said: “We are delighted to see Occam expanding its reach in the Lloyd’s market with the acquisition of Beech. We have been supporters of the team at Occam for more than 4 years now and are thrilled with their successful efforts to expand. We look forward to continuing to grow our relationship with Mark and the Occam team.”

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