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Ascot buys US insurer to launch surety business

Posted On: Jul. 7, 2021 10:53 AM CST


Bermuda-based Ascot Group Ltd. has agreed to acquire Boston Indemnity Co., which it plans to use to offer contract and commercial surety coverage in the United States.

Boston Indemnity is a unit of Great Midwest Insurance Co., a subsidiary of Skyward Specialty Insurance Group Inc., which was previously known as Houston International Insurance Group.

The acquisition does not include any of Boston Indemnity’s business or employees, an Ascot statement said. Skyward Specialty’s surety business will continue to be written by Great Midwest.

Boston Indemnity, which will be renamed Ascot Surety & Casualty Co., is domiciled in South Dakota and licensed in 46 states and the District of Columbia, the statement said.

“The acquisition of BIC represents the first step in Ascot’s strategic entry into the U.S. surety market,” Jonathan Zaffino, group president of Ascot, said in the statement.

Ascot, which has significant underwriting operations in Lloyd’s of London, made its first U.S. acquisition in 2018.