Lloyd’s of London Looks to Blockchain to Reduce Friction in Insurance Market

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On 18 November a seminar, hosted by Lloyd’s, brought together successful technology entrepreneurs and leaders from the London insurance market to debate the risks and rewards of technological disruption drawing insights from other companies and sectors which have already embraced technological change. Blockchain technology was certainly on the tongues of participants – and there was talk about how to take the London Market (major international insurance market) –  to use blockchain technology to improve data access and reduce costs associated with administrative paperwork.
 
Financial technology presents huge opportunities for how the London insurance market operates in the future. 
 

The event was chaired by WIRED magazine editor David Rowan, with contributions from Alastair Lukies from Innovate Finance, Justin Emrich, CIO at Atrium, Hank Uberoi, CEO of Earthport, Michael Mainelli, Executive Chairman of the Z/Yen Group, Aldo Monteforte, CEO, The Floow and Rhydian Lewis, CEO, RateSetter.

The world is transforming at an unprecedented pace being propelled by the forces of rapid technological advancements and globalisation. Embracing change and new technologies is absolutely critical to the insurance industry’s survival.

“At Lloyd’s we have always prided ourselves at being at the forefront of innovation in insurance. With London at the heart of the FinTech revolution, we are ideally placed to once again lead the way.”

– John Nelson, Chairman, Lloyd’s

 

In practical terms, the seminar engaged stakeholders with the long-term technological opportunities which enhance the new target operating model for the London market, known as TOM  (Target Operating Model). TOM seeks to build on current market practices whilst factoring in the most effective and appropriate use of technology possible and
 is a core component of the Market Modernisation proposal, set out by the London Market Group (LMG), to improve the ease of doing business in the London Market, locally and globally. Download the TOM document here.

About Richard Kastelein

Founder, Publisher and Editor in Chief of Blockchain News and co-founder and director at Blockchain Partners in London/Amsterdam/NYC, Richard Kastelein is also an advisor with a number Blockchain startups doing ICOs including DECENT.ch, Inchain, Humaniq, Chronobank, eGaas and others.

He is regarded as one of the top journalists by the Blockchain and fintech communities – as is evident by his entry in the Top 150 Fintech journalists online and in the top 10 of the Blockchain Top 100 List. As a prominent keynote presenter, he has spoken on Blockchain at events in Gdansk, Amsterdam, Minsk, Dubai, Antwerp, Eindhoven etc, where he helped spread the cause for Blockchain technology and crypto-currency and, consequently, has built a notable network inthe scene.

In 2013, the European Commission appointed him as an expert for overseeing financing for emerging startups as a part of the European Commission’s 90 billion euro Horizon 2020 project, created in Brussels to promote innovation as a driving force of job creation and business ventures across Europe. He has also worked as an external expert for Innovate UK since 2012, judging startups for the UK government.

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