Google Cloud and Brit partner to launch algorithmically driven Lloyd’s of London syndicate



London

In collaboration with Google Cloud, Ki will redefine the commercial insurance market as a ‘follow-only’ syndicate launching in 2021, according to the company.

Brit Limited has announced plans to launch Ki, a standalone business and the first fully digital and algorithmically-driven Lloyd’s of London syndicate.

The business will aim to reduce the amount of time and effort taken for brokers to place their follow capacity, and Google Cloud will bring to Ki enterprise-grade cloud solutions powered by innovative technologies that enable rapid transformation at scale.

Adrian Poole, Head of Financial Services, Google Cloud said: “We are proud to be the cloud provider for Ki, and to collaborate with Brit to transform the London insurance market.

“As the first algorithmic syndicate, we see this as an exciting first step by Brit to support the Future at Lloyd’s vision and are delighted to bring our market-leading technologies to support this innovative venture.”

Ki’s algorithm will be able to evaluate Lloyd’s policies and will automatically quote for business through a digital platform, which brokers can access directly.


Newsletter

Time is precious, but news has no time. Sign up today to receive daily free updates in your email box from the Data Economy Newsroom.


The selection process is performed using a proprietary algorithm developed with support from University College London and their Computer Science department. Ki will follow several ‘nominated’ lead syndicates across the Lloyd’s market, including Brit. Ki offers brokers a line on every risk in the selected classes led by these markets.

“Ki is a significant milestone for our market, combining Brit’s heritage of underwriting outperformance and Google Cloud’s technology expertise,” said Matthew Wilson, CEO, Brit.

“Over time, Ki will look to play a central role in the transformation of the specialist insurance market in London, creating a whole new and fully digital segment which operates seamlessly alongside the traditional marketplace.

 James Birch, Head of Innovation at Brit, and the Brit Innovation team have led the incubation of Ki.

Ki will be run by a team that will report to Mark Allan, Group CFO at Brit, who will act as Executive Chair. The business will be backed by Brit, Fairfax and other private capital investors.

John Neal, Lloyd’s of London CEO said: “Ki truly embraces all that is represented in “The Future at Lloyd’s” by bringing data, technology, innovation and artificial intelligence to the fore in the complex world of corporate and speciality underwriting. It is an exciting first for Lloyd’s and paves the way for others to follow.”

Read the latest from the Data Economy Newsroom: