Ironshore Australia has entered the fine art, specie and cargo insurance sectors in Australia through the creation of a new unit.
The team will underwrite a range of static and transit fine art risks for Australian-based companies and high net worth individuals, providing coverage for fine art and valuables collections.
The unit will also underwrite specie business in the mining, energy and infrastructure sectors, including precious metals transit.
Coverages can be underwritten for limits of up to $40 million (AUD/USD) and will complement the services that Ironshore already offers the Australian market via its London-based operations.
The unit will be led by Ian Rouse, who will also maintain regional responsibility for the political risk and structured credit portfolio. Caroline Jones has joined the firm as underwriter for the classes. She joins Ironshore Australia from Pembroke Managing Agency in London, where she was an underwriter for Fine Art and Specie risks.
“Fine Art, mining-related Specie and Project Cargo insurance have emerged as growth opportunities within the region with companies and their brokers increasingly seeking highly tailored coverage solutions from the Australian marketplace” said Rouse.
“Caroline’s Lloyd’s of London experience further bolsters Ironshore Australia’s depth of expertise in these highly technical lines of business.”