Date: 19/06/2012

Markel hosts Lloyd’s tour for Dutch insurance sailors

Markel International, London, June 19 2012 - The Lloyd's Building was one of the ports of call for this year's AssurMada event, as Markel hosted a tour of the iconic headquarters for over fifty sailing Dutch insurers.

AssurMada is a popular sailing fixture for the Dutch insurance industry. It was founded in the 1990s by claims specialist Aad Remkes at Aon Risk Solutions and his former colleague Jean van Oosterhuot, who now works in claims at AGS. The aim of the event is to encourage communication across the European insurance market and specifically to build bridges between Dutch and English insurers.

The boats set sail from Rotterdam early on Wednesday 6th June, crossing the North Sea in convoy and arriving safely in Ipswich marina, Suffolk the following day, despite one of the vessels becoming separated en route due to treacherous weather conditions.

The visitors, including a number of representatives from Markel International Netherlands, travelled to London by train and were met at Lloyd’s by Markel, which hosted a tour of the building followed by a buffet lunch.

Simon Wilson, director of international development at Markel, gave a welcoming
presentation, and said “It’s a pleasure for us to play a part in this year’s AssurMada event,
and we’re proud to host our Dutch colleagues and counterparts here in London. We hope that the trip will provide them with a good understanding of the close relationship we have with Lloyds and the London market.”

This year’s event ran from Wednesday 6th to Monday 11th June when all the Dutch ships
returned home safely.

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For more information:
Markel International
Sean Martin
Tel: 020 7953 6896
Mobile: 07786 564855

Cubitt Consulting
Michael Henman
Tel: 020 7367 5100

Notes to editors
Markel International is a subsidiary of Markel Corporation. Based in London and comprising the international operations of Markel Corporation, Markel International wrote gross premiums of $825 million in 2011. It has seven operating divisions and nine overseas offices writing business either through Markel Syndicate 3000 or Markel International Insurance Company Limited. Markel Corporation is a US listed business, capitalised at around $4.0 billion. In 2011, it wrote gross premiums of $2.3 billion. See