UK Insurance Trade Body LMG to Investigate Blockchain Technology

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London Market Group (LMG) announced today that it is sponsoring a research project designed to investigate the potential for ‘insurance contracts of the future’ – helping contract participants reduce the friction and uncertainty of the current administrative processes.

The LMG is a market-wide body, bringing together the specialist commercial (re)insurance broking and underwriting communities in London.  It is supported by the International Underwriting Association of London (IUA), Lloyd’s of London, the Lloyd’s Market Association (LMA) and the London & International Insurance Brokers’ Association (LIIBA). 

Well known London Blockchain think-tank Z/Yen will lead the research, working with the London Market Target Operating Model (LM TOM) to bring together a range of wholesale brokers, insurers, re-insurers and transaction processing organisations to create a common view of the potential benefits that smart contracts could bring.

The study will look both at enhancing existing processes, and at the future potential of new products and processes taking full advantage of the capabilities of smart contacts running on mutual distributed ledgers (Blockchains).

Justin Emrich, CIO of Atrium Underwriters and sponsor of the innovation workstream within the LM TOM said:

“There is significant hype around Blockchain and smart contracts these days. It is the ‘next big thing’ according to the technology world, so we have commissioned Z/Yen to assist us all in understanding the potential application of these technologies in wholesale insurance.”

Professor Michael Mainelli, Executive Chairman of Z/Yen, added:

“We are delighted to have been commissioned to undertake this research. The London wholesale insurance community is thinking ahead about a combination of new technologies that could transform the way we do business with clients, rather than just leaping on the Blockchain bandwagon”.

The study will be published before the end of 2016. An additional output will be a “Simple Executive’s Guide To Smart Contracts” aimed at enabling insurance professionals to understand better the underlying technology capabilities and begin discussing what this new technology could bring by way of rewards, and risks.

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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