The delegation of authority, via a network of ‘Coverholders’, forms a key part of our business distribution network.
By utilising local entities, with local expertise, we are able to access business across the globe that would otherwise never make its way to London.
As a business we pride ourselves on forging strong relationships with Coverholders helping to create and develop lasting partnerships.
In support of this important distribution network we have a dedicated Delegated Authority team in place to provide in-house expertise on the management and oversight of delegated authority business.
The team acts as a point of contact for all delegated authority stakeholders, including underwriters, brokers and their clients, providing advice on Tokio Marine Kiln standards for delegated authority business, guidance on the implications of regulatory changes and assurance to the business through its management of the audit programme.
The Delegated Authority team is available for consultation on all aspects of delegated authority business, at our offices at 20 Fenchurch Street.
We are one of the largest providers of binding authority capacity to the Lloyd’s market. We enjoy long-term relationships with over 200 coverholders around the world.
What is a Coverholder?
Coverholders are firms to whom Tokio Marine Kiln delegate the authority to underwrite insurance business on their behalf. Coverholders will usually bind insurance risks and issue insurance documents, they may also have authority to handle claims.
The document setting out the terms of the Coverholder’s delegated authority is known as a binding authority. Tokio Marine Kiln has a team dedicated to managing these binding authority agreements and they can guide applicants through the process of becoming a Coverholder.
For firms looking to become a Lloyd’s Coverholder more information is available via the Lloyd’s website.
How to become a Coverholder
If you wish to become a Lloyd’s Coverholder, approval will also need to be secured from Lloyd’s. Guidance on the Lloyd’s application process is available here. Before entering into a binding authority agreement with a Coverholder, Tokio Marine Kiln completes a thorough due diligence process on the firm to provide assurance to the business that they meet all of the Tokio Marine Kiln Coverholder Standards. Only once this process has been completed will a contract be incepted.
As an existing Tokio Marine Kiln coverholder you may have some questions regarding the regulation of your business and the audit process, or you may need access to some Lloyd’s wordings.
Binding authority regulation is determined and conducted by the Corporation of Lloyd’s. You will find links to policies and guidelines affecting coverholders below:
- Managing Agents Code of Practice
- Service Company Code of Practice (lloyds.com)
- Brexit (Nov) (lmalloyds.com)
- Lloyd’s Minimum Standards for Delegated Authority
Our regulators require that an effective and responsible audit programme is in place to audit Coverholders routinely and non-routinely to ensure compliance with all regulatory byelaws.
Audits of Coverholders led by Tokio Marine Kiln review the financial, regulatory, operational and competitive health of a Coverholder, in order to identify any problems. As well as serving as a free ‘health check’ for Coverholders, this review also protects Tokio Marine Kiln and its supporting markets from the adverse impact of any non-compliance.
The outcome of an audit is shared with other market participants who have a contractual interest in that Coverholder wherever possible to minimise disruption to Coverholders. All audit reports are held securely and confidentially by Tokio Marine Kiln.
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