History of Brit


  • Martin Thompson appoint as Group CEO and Executive Chairman of Ki
  • Kanika Chaganty appointed as Brit Chief Data Officer
  • Bilge Mert appointed as Brit Chief Technology Officer
  • Tim Hodgkins appointed as Brit Cyber Underwriting Consultant
  • Keel, Brit’s Marine War Consortium awarded Underwriting Initiative of the Year at the 2022 Insurance Insider Honours awards
  • Launched Direct Pay in the US
  • Brit Private Client ranked first in the Highpoint High Net Worth report
  • Partnered with GT Scholars an on outreach project helping young people access career opportunities in insurance


  • Named ‘Claims Team of the Year’ at the 2021 National Insurance Awards
  • Launched a Machine Learning Algorithm to enable faster claims response
  • Launched Keel, Brit’s Marine War consortium
  • First continuous contracts piloted, in partnership with Lloyd’s
  • Partnered with VERCIDA in our commitment to Inclusion & Diversity
  • Ki wins Digital insurance award at the 2021 National Insurance awards


  • Appointed Michael Wade OBE as an Independent Consultant
  • Launched Ki, the first algorithmically driven Lloyd's of London Syndicate
  • Entered HNW market with Brit Private Client
  • Appointed Mark Allan as Ki CEO
  • Blackstone invested alongside Fairfax in $500m Ki launch
  • Completed launch of debut cat bond - Sussex


  • Brit Re rated A 'excellent' by A.M Best
  • Launched online platform for cyber risks
  • Began new partnership with Geospatial Intelligence Centre (GIC)
  • Announced the completion of Versutus 2019 Series
  • Announced strategic investment in Sutton Special Risk Inc


  • Completed and expanded the Versutus 2018 Series Notes
  • Announced three new board members - Andrea Welsch, Pinar Yetgin and Graham Pewter


  • Launch of Bermuda-domiciled reinsurance platform - Sussex Capital
  • Relocated Gibraltar-based reinsurer to Bermuda – Brit Re
  • Launched US Excess Casualty team
  • Launched US Professional Lines team
  • Launched US Cyber team
  • Began three year partnership with Team BRIT – a motor racing team of injured ex troops
  • Renewed and expanded special purpose reinsurance vehicle, Versutus


  • Renewed special purpose reinsurance vehicle, Versutus
  • Moved to new London headquarters in The Leadenhall Building
  • Unveiled new Lloyd’s ‘Box’ in London
  • Significant investment in Camargue Underwriting Managers, South Africa
  • Launched Syndicate 2988 backed by Lloyd’s names
  • Matthew Wilson appointed as Group CEO


  • Brit aquired by Fairfax Financial Holdings
  • Senior Underwriter appointed to launch General Liability for BGSU
  • Dedicated Healthcare team joined Brit
  • Matthew Wilson appointed Deputy CEO


  • Brit Plc lists on the London Stock Exchange following Initial Public Offering


  • Opened distribution capability in Bermuda
  • Acquired renewal rights and underwriting platform of Maiden Holdings’ E&S Property business


  • Sale of non-core regional UK business to QBE
  • Creation of the Brit Global Specialty underwriting franchise led by Matthew Wilson, CEO Brit Global Specialty
  • Brian Randall joins Brit Global Specialty as Divisional Director - Energy and Power
  • Jon Sullivan joins Brit Global Specialty as Portfolio Director – Short Tail Reinsurance
  • Sale of BIL to RiverStone Insurance Ltd


  • Cash purchase by Achilles Netherlands Holdings B.V. for Brit Insurance completes


  • Recommended cash offer for the Group by Achilles Netherlands Holdings N.V.


  • Established Brit Insurance Services USA in Chicago, to underwrite on behalf of the Group’s Lloyd's Syndicate 2987.
  • Brit Insurance Holdings N.V. (the Company) became the new holding company of the Group. The company is incorporated in the Netherlands, and listed in the UK.


  • A £7m investment is made in Xbridge – the leading online insurance and finance technology platform


  • Entered into a three year $200m catastrophe swap contract with Fremantle Limited. The transaction won the Credit Magazine’s 'Structured Cell' award.
  • Following the success of Norton Re, Norton Re II is launched, a larger investment vehicle.
  • £50m share buy-back successfully completed.


  • Lead investor of Norton Re, a Bermuda-based catastrophe retrocession underwriter.
  • Awarded ‘Company of the Year’ at the Insurance Day London Market Awards and the ‘Major Loss Award’ (British Insurance Awards) for our swift and effective response to the 2005 US windstorms.


  • Raised £150m capital through subordinated bond issue to consolidate other debt and to increase underwriting capacity in 2006.