North America: Bermuda

Chaucer's Bermuda office is our new underwriting hub, providing clients lead capacity for a broad range of North American Property, Casualty and Specialty reinsurance risks.

We are a Class 4 (re)insurer in Bermuda, looking to further develop a book of US property, casualty and specialty reinsurance business for our insurance company which is domiciled in Ireland.

Chaucer Insurance Company has a financial strength rating of A (Excellent) from AM Best and benefits from the outstanding financial strengths of our parent company, China Re. 

James Holliss

James Holliss

Head of Bermuda

James leads Chaucer's new Bermuda office as well as being Head of the North American Property Treaty Team. He began his career at CNA Re in 1999 and joined Chaucer in 2001. James underwrites catastrophe and risk XL, proportional and retrocession business.

Our Products

Reinsurance: North American Property

We write property business on a primary, quota share and excess of loss basis for North American Property Cat XL.  Our maximum line size is $25m (which gives us a total capacity across Bermuda and Lloyd’s of $85m), which we will typically reserve for high attaching single peril/single region covers.

Our average line size is $5m for any one programme for North American Property pro-rata business and our maximum line size is $5m per occurrence.  Our target business seeks severity cover with no real attrition or attritional / frequency covers with no real peak peril cat exposure.

Reinsurance: US Casualty

We are an outstanding lead market for North American Casualty Reinsurance 

Our business lines include:

  • Workers’ Compensation
    This portfolio balances per risk and catastrophic exposures. Our per risk account primarily comprises small to medium sized specialist insurance companies. Typically these are mono-state or regional carriers that target a specific class of business. We also reinsure large multistate writers on a catastrophic/clash basis.
  • General Liability
    This line has developed with the returning growth of the auto and construction markets. We support a select number of best-in-class operations, which have deep industry experience and a clear strategy to navigate these challenging sectors. We also offer clash protection to larger multi-state carriers to reduce volatility across their portfolio.
  • Medical Malpractice
    We support mono-line specialists, typically single state or those engaged in particular specialist medical areas. Many of these carriers are risk retention groups, captives and small to medium sized insurance companies.
  • Professional Liability
    Our account targets small, mono-state lawyers mutuals, often referred to as NABRICOs (National Association of Bar Related Insurance Companies). We also support other professional lines business, including accountants, architects and engineers and other E&O writings.

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3 Bermudiana Road

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