Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) Strengthens Entertainment Team with Key Contingency Appointment in London

Press Release | October 20, 2016 | London

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) has announced its entrance into the Contingency insurance segment with the appointment of Clare Dowling as Senior Underwriter in London. The appointment will enable AGCS to expand its focus on covering event cancellation, non-appearance, prize indemnity, contract bonus, over redemption and adverse weather risk for activities like film-making, an area in which AGCS is already well established. Ms. Dowling will report to London based, Regional Entertainment Head, Ian Mercer.

Ms. Dowling has nearly 10 years insurance experience having worked on a broad range of Contingency Insurance for companies including Markel International.

“The appointment of Clare represents a critical step and investment in the expansion of the Entertainment group in London as well as our product and coverage offerings,” Said Ian Mercer, Head of Entertainment for Regional Unit London, AGCS. “Her deep understanding of the contingency sector, as well as her strong contacts in the industry, will be a fantastic addition to our team.”

“Our global expansion, with recent appointments in the US, Australia, France and Germany, as well as in the UK, means that AGCS now offers a truly global leading Entertainment product suite in Film, Live Entertainment and Contingency - with additional segments on the horizon - allowing us to serve clients worldwide with global expertise and local products and market know-how,” added Lauren Bailey, Global Head of Entertainment, AGCS.

The appointments in London are part of a global expansion of the AGCS Entertainment Team which includes the recent appointments of: New York, USA based Wanda Phillips as Team Leader, Maryanne Aust, Executive Underwriter, Spyros Cuison, Executive Underwriter, Ryan McFadden, Senior Underwriter and Sydney, Australia based Regional Manager Entertainment, Damian Kerin, Cologne, Germany based Christina Mertens, Hamburg, Germany based Florian Sellckau and Paris, France based Entertainment Lead Underwriter, Sylvie Atrux-Tallau.

“Today, the entertainment business constitutes a huge global marketplace. With the wide range of coverage offerings from within AGCS and across the wider Allianz group, we can support the unique, unusual and rapidly changing coverages and locations our clients need,” added Bailey.

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Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) is the Allianz Group's dedicated carrier for corporate and specialty insurance business. AGCS provides insurance and risk consultancy across the whole spectrum of specialty, alternative risk transfer and corporate business: Marine, Aviation (incl. Space), Energy, Engineering, Entertainment, Financial Lines (incl. D&O), Liability, Mid-Corporate and Property insurance (incl. International Insurance Programs).

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