Africa Specialty Risks gains Lloyd’s Council “approval in principle” to launch Syndicate in 2024 with Managing Agent Apollo

London, 08 December 2023 – Africa Specialty Risks (ASR), the pan-African focused (re)insurance group, has received Lloyd’s Council ‘in-principle’ approval to launch a Lloyd’s syndicate in 2024, with Apollo Syndicate Management, the market leading innovative integrated insurance group.

The ‘in-principle’ approval from Lloyd’s Council is subject to further financial and operational work undertaken by all new entrants to Lloyd’s market, which is required in order to obtain Final Approval and Permission to Underwrite.

ASR Syndicate 2454 aims to begin underwriting in March 2024, and will focus on underwriting business across Africa, which represents around 2% of Lloyd’s business globally. This presents a unique opportunity for specialty risk insurance opportunities for ASR and the broader Lloyd’s market.

The syndicate will focus on underwriting ASR’s existing lines of business, which include Political Risk & Trade Credit, Political Violence and Terrorism, Parametric, Energy, Property, Construction, Liability and Treaty. There are plans to launch new lines of business in 2024.

Apollo offers third party managing agency services to its long-term strategic partner syndicates, alongside its existing managed Syndicates 1969 and 1971.

ASR is already seen as a lead quoting market for African business and will bring locally sourced business via its distribution network, which will complement existing London market business.  ASR will also leverage the Lloyd’s global brand and licenses to close the large corporate and specialty capacity gap for clients across Africa.

ASR began underwriting in February 2021, with the specific aim of increasing insurance penetration into Africa, encouraging much needed investment to the Continent. Since launching, it has been involved in de-risking $16.9 billion of projects and assets across Africa in 49 countries.

Mikir Shah, CEO of ASR commented: “We are thrilled to be launching a syndicate at Lloyd’s.”

“In three years, we have already become one of the established (re)insurers across Africa, and we are looking forward to bringing some of this business to Lloyd’s. Utilising the globally recognised Lloyd’s name will enable us to improve insurance penetration across Africa, which in part will be possible by expanding ASR’s on the ground footprint in Africa to territories where Lloyd’s has existing licenses.”

“We look forward to working with Apollo and Lloyd’s as we bring this new, African focused capacity to the London market.”

Andrew Gray, Apollo’s Director of Strategic Partner Syndicates commented: “We are incredibly excited to be partnering with ASR to support the delivery of their strategic ambitions at Lloyd’s, which are fully aligned with our purpose of “enabling a resilient and sustainable world”.

Apollo’s track record of building successful and innovative businesses at Lloyd’s makes us the perfect long-term partner for organisations like ASR who are looking to leverage the strengths of the Lloyd’s market.




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About ASR

Africa Specialty Risks (ASR) provides comprehensive risk mitigating solutions through high quality underwriting to local and global customers across the African continent, giving them the confidence to grow their businesses sustainably.

ASR works proactively with local regulators to develop skills and provide training to local underwriters. Environmental, social, and governance considerations are central to ASR’s values, particularly in relation to local capacity building.

ASR is backed by Helios Investment Partners’ Fund IV and benefits from their extensive reach across Africa, as well as their knowledge and experience in our key markets.


About Apollo

Apollo is an independent specialist (re)insurer and service company dedicated to providing high quality products and services to clients, brokers, and capital partners at Lloyd’s.

We offer insurance products across Property, Casualty, Marine, Energy & Transportation, Specialty, Reinsurance and Smart Follow divisions through Syndicate 1969. Through Syndicate 1971 we offer digital & embedded risk programmes.

Our Strategic Partner Syndicates business supports new Lloyd’s entrants from initial concept to full managing agency services.