BMS Re, the independent specialist reinsurance broker, today announces the establishment of BMS Brasil Corretora de Resseguros Ltda (“BMS Re Brazil”), headquartered in Sao Paulo. Confirmation of BMS Re Brazil’s licence was published in the Official Gazette on 27th September.
José Leão, CEO of BMS Re in Brazil, and Judi Newsam, President, will lead the new operations which will report to Aidan Pope, CEO & Executive Chairman of BMS in Latin America & the Caribbean, in Miami. BMS Re Brazil will focus on facultative and treaty reinsurance services, supported by the Group’s hubs in Miami, London and elsewhere.
Newsam has extensive experience in the Latin American reinsurance market, having previously been a managing director and country head for Guy Carpenter’s Brazil operation, where she led the day-to-day running of the firm’s two offices in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Before that, she worked for Benfield in Brazil as an office head. She began her career working in the London market.
Leão has worked in the reinsurance industry for over a decade and joins BMS Re from his most recent role as a vice president at Guy Carpenter Brazil. Prior to this he worked as an underwriter at IRB Re. He specializes in supporting local market development through the use of his global expertise and technical capabilities.
Nick Cook, CEO of BMS, said: “Establishing BMS Re in Brazil is a great step forward for BMS and for BMS Re. It is a key element of our growth strategy for Latin America and the Caribbean, aligning perfectly with BMS’ hub and spoke model for international growth.
Our initiative has already been met with a favourable response from Brazilian carriers, who are keen to see a strong independent alternative to the current players. I have every confidence that our new team in Brazil, supported by colleagues in Miami and London, will continue going from strength to strength. We have a hiring plan that will be progressively rolled out this year and into 2022.”
Leão said, “Judi and I are delighted to be the ones to break new ground for BMS Re in one of Latin America’s largest insurance and reinsurance markets. BMS Re has an outstanding reputation for its analytical and actuarial capabilities and we are excited to bring these vital skills to the Brazilian market. We intend to introduce the qualities that have made BMS Re one of the world’s fastest growing reinsurance brokers, a mix of agility, technical skills and excellent cultural values, to the benefit of our clients in Brazil.”