Perspectives on 2017: A catastrophic year

XL Catlin
Wednesday, 23 May 2018
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Young Members' event

In association with XL Catlin Young Professionals

The natural catastrophe events of last year had a significant impact on the Lloyd's and London insurance markets.

This session, chaired by Lawrence Po-Bo, Head of Lloyd's/Specialty, Securis Investment Partners LLP, and with presentations from:

  • Geoff Piggot, CEO, Crawford Global Technical Services
  • David Murphy, Partner, Elborne Mitchell LLP
  • Roy Foster, Head of Property Reinsurance Underwriting for London, XL Catlin

examined the the multiple catastrophe events of 2017 and considered the cumulative impact they had on the market. Our expert panel provided insight from a claims, legal and underwriting perspective into the industry response to this major cat year.

By the end of this event members would have gained an insight into:

  • How loss adjusters operate in extreme conditions
  • Some of the more common policy coverage issues which can arise from major catastrophes affecting wide areas
  • The implications of the 2017 catastrophe events on the re/insurance industry as a whole
  • The underwriting lessons learned and how we have adapted for 2018 and beyond

Kindly hosted by XL Catlin, the presentations were followed by a Q&A sessions and attendees then had the opportunity to meet the speakers and other members at a networking drinks reception.

Speaker Bios

Lawrence Po-Ba, (Panel Chair) Head of Lloyd's / Specialty, Securis Investment Partners LLP

Lawrence joined Securis in August 2014 and is Head of Lloyd’s/Specialty Lines business. Lawrence has 25 years of experience in the Reinsurance Industry, predominantly as an Underwriter (Swiss Re, Hannover Re, & SCOR SE) and 4 years as a Broker (Aon Risk Consultants).

David Murphy, Partner, Elborne Mitchell LLP

David is very experienced in resolving complex claims in many classes of insurance business including property, energy, casualty, political violence and financial lines. Leading legal directories have recognised him as an established expert in his field and as an excellent litigator.

Geoff Piggot, CEO, Crawford Global Technical Services

Having carried out claims leadership roles for over 18 years, Geoff is global head of Crawford’s definitive solution for large or complex losses, leading a global brand with a highly skilled workforce comprising several hundred adjusters, engineers and forensic accountants.

Roy Foster, Head of Property Reinsurance Underwriting for London, XL Catlin

Roy has over 20 years’ experience in property reinsurance underwriting in the Lloyd’s market. Roy is Head of Property Treaty Reinsurance at XL Catlin in London and is a highly regarded lead underwriter in the market offering clients bespoke advice and reinsurance solutions.


Please contact Gemma Warren (020 7397 3912) with any queries regarding this event.

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