Broking Team of the Year

Our Energy team overcame enormous obstacles to re-open the vast Iranian energy market to London underwriters despite continued barriers to insuring in post-sanctions Iran. We secured clients and markets and overcome legal and practical barriers. Whiles others shied away we delivered the goods for Iranian clients and London insurers.

 

Newsmaker of the Year

The rebirth of broking group Cooper Gay Swett & Crawford as the curiously named Ed certainly grabbed the London market’s attention. But the transformation of the broking group under former Willis executive Steve Hearn was about more than just a name change, with Hearn undertaking a major restructuring of the business to turn it into a global wholesaling operation.

 

This process – which included the sale of the group’s US wholesale broking unit – generated a considerable number of headlines over the course of the year. At the same time, the transformation story also provided some important commentary on the challenges facing brokers and how they must adapt to the evolving needs of customers. The restructuring culminated in the rebrand to Ed –  removing the 50-year-old Cooper Gay name – which became quite a talking point at an otherwise uneventful Rendez-Vous in Monte Carlo.