About Nexus EBA in Europe

Nexus EBA is within Lloyd’s and possesses coverholding authority (MGA), on a variety of lines of business. EBA offers real products and territorial expertise; one of its main advantages is the fact that it is operated by native language speakers at Nexus EBA, thus allowing multinational co-operation.

Why is Nexus EBA different?

Traditionally, Lloyd’s Underwriters could not get access to ‘small ticket’ business, so they granted delegated authorities to local brokers. Lloyd’s Brokers functions were to supervise and manage the placement and administration of these delegated authorities.

However, there are several problems with this model:

  • Regulation problems locally e.g. in Italy, France, Spain, Poland. Brokers could not be underwriting agents at the same time. The agent owes a ‘duty of care’ to his principal, the Insurer and simultaneously the Broker to his Principal, the Policyholder.
  • Compliance from London is increasing, which means higher costs; more audits from London etc.
  • It is often difficult to ‘kick start’ smaller schemes, as syndicates’ costs are high, which means that Insurers look to a minimum of EUR 500,000 for a scheme.

Nexus EBA Solution

  • Work with a local partner that is as good as a coverholder, or is ‘aspiring’ to be a coverholder.
  • In reality a coverholder is no more than an agent who can issue a policy.
  • This allows local knowledge of the broker to be fully used, but he is not burdened by the compliance and administration.

Qualities sought by Nexus EBA

  • Real technical, legal and commercial expertise
  • Desire to be associated with the Lloyd’s Market
  • Differentiation from local market
  • Privileged partner of Nexus EBA

Nexus EBA specialises in resolving difficult tasks and unpopular demands. Consider the following: a German family insurance company wants to find insurance for companies exporting products inside the EU. Since many German insurers are reluctant to cover the risks of claims outside Germany, Nexus EBA would be able to create a product and find an insurer in the Lloyd’s market. The German broker could expand and apply the model in other European countries.

A good example of the type of co-operation Nexus EBA is involved in is the work carried out in France. A French broker was asked by a bank to offer obligatory insurance to its mortgage clients. The insurance covers the cost of repairing defects in new properties for the first ten years of its existence. Despite the insurance being known as a loss-making class, Nexus EBA managed to find cover for it in London, by applying well-managed underwriting rules.

The main advantages offered to our partners can be summed up as:

  • extranet delivery
  • native speakers in London
  • complete policy service – design of product
  • speed of response
  • accurate documents
  • claims handling

They keep broker status, but with Nexus EBA they have many of the benefits that the coverholder ethos has traditionally offered.

We hope that we will be able to establish similar partnerships in Europe and offer professional services and products to European clients, who can share with us the qualities of partnership.


Alexi de Turckheim

Alexi de Turckheim

Associate Director Nexus EBA & French country manager

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Roberto Calabretti

Roberto Calabretti

Senior Underwriter, Nexus EBA and EBA Italia Manager

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