Global Special Risks Announces Energy Insurance Underwriting Alliance with Chaucer Syndicate 1084
Houston, TX. August 24, 2009 — Global Special Risks, LLC (GSR), a leading US excess and surplus
lines broker serving the Energy industry and a unit of Faber & Dumas, the third-party wholesale
insurance broker, today announced the formation of a strategic alliance with Lloyd’s insurer Chaucer Syndicate 1084.
The two firms have joined forces to provide a more efficient underwriting platform for the primarily
land-based oil and gas operators throughout North America.
The product distribution network and high quality front-end services offered by GSR, which has offices in New
Orleans, Dallas and Houston, will combine with the proven underwriting expertise of Chaucer Syndicate 1084. This
new initiative will enhance the services of both firms to clients by streamlining quoting and policy
Helen Tarr, located in the GSR Houston office, will represent Chaucer Syndicate 1084. Tarr, formerly of GSR,
brings a wealth of experience to the Chaucer underwriting team. She is a graduate of the
University of Bath, U.K. and has obtained her Associateship of the Chartered Insurance Institute. She has
nine years of insurance experience, and commenced her career at Willis in London, where she spent
two years in the Aerospace and Aerospace Reinsurance divisions broking to both underwriters at Lloyd’s and
to international markets.
Tarr then joined GSR in 2002, first based in London then relocating to the Houston office shortly
thereafter, where she was responsible for placing Operator's Extra Expense coverage for GSR’s exclusive Upstream Energy
insurance product, Wellsureï¿½ for numerous North American clients, while developing GSR's book of Canadian business.
Rick Burns, President of GSR, said, “As our industry continues to evolve, this strategic alliance gives GSR
the ability to offer the top notch products and services that our clients demand. Helen has
a deep knowledge of our business and our clients and is ideally positioned to ensure seamless
delivery of services.”
Chris White, Head of Energy, Chaucer Syndicate 1084, said, “Our alliance with Global Special Risks significantly increases
our US presence. It will enable us to service our existing clients directly from the US
and to generate new business opportunities.”
About Faber & Dumas
Faber & Dumas provides specialist wholesale services in a number of areas including property, accident & health;
fine art, jewellery and specie; kidnap and ransom, bloodstock; energy; construction; cargo and casualty lines. For
more information on GSR, please visit: www.globalspecialrisks.com.
About Chaucer Syndicates Limited
Chaucer Syndicates Limited is the Managing Agency of Chaucer Holdings PLC, a specialist insurance and reinsurance group
listed on the London Stock Exchange. Chaucer provides the capital and expertise required to underwrite business
at Lloyd’s, the world’s leading insurance and reinsurance market.
At the core of the business are Syndicate 1084, which underwrites marine, aviation, energy, property, specialist lines
and motor insurance, and Nuclear Syndicate 1176. Syndicate 1084 is rated ï¿½A' (Excellent) by A.M. Best.
For more information on Chaucer, please visit www.chaucerplc.com.