Asta opens syndicate-in-a-box platform with launch of syndicate 4747

Asta, the leading third-party managing agent at Lloyd’s, today announces the launch of its first syndicate-in-a-box, syndicate 4747. It has received in-principle approval from Lloyd’s to start writing business effective 1 July 2020, with stamp capacity of £15 million in year one, estimated to rise to £62.5 million in year three.

Julian Tighe, chief executive officer of Asta, said: “We are very pleased to unveil our first syndicate-in-a-box (SIAB) at Lloyd’s. This is testament to the significant role that we have played in developing the SIAB framework and our commitment to create a lower-cost and fast-tracked route into Lloyd’s for entrepreneurial underwriters. The launch of Carbon is proof that Asta’s cost-effective SIAB platform offers MGAs scalability through diversification, wider distribution, reduced reliance on third party capital and a greater share of underwriting profits.

“The agility and cost-efficiency of our SIAB framework, reinforces Asta’s position as an independent managing agent which offers a flexible range of solutions that not only facilitate entry to Lloyd’s, but adapt to the changing needs of businesses throughout their lifecycle.”

4747 is a specialist syndicate launched by the team at Carbon Underwriting to drive transformation in the London MGA market. It operates as an underwriting and data lead with a keen focus on coverholder partnership. Syndicate 4747 is supported by its proprietary technology platform ‘Graphene’ which presents underwriters and coverholders with superior data that supports profitable underwriting decisions. The syndicate acts as an incubator, enhancer and springboard for MGAs to encourage accretive and profitable growth and does so at a market leading expense base. Permission for syndicate 4747 to underwrite will follow successful completion of Lloyd’s “making it happen” review work.

Nicholas Tye has been appointed active underwriter for syndicate 4747, supported by a management team at Carbon Underwriting consisting of Stephen Card as chief executive officer, Jacqui Ferrier as the chief underwriting officer, and Ben Laidlaw as senior underwriter and chief technology officer.

Tye said: “The new syndicate will on-board current and prospective coverholders in the property and casualty space in the first instance. Our intention is to broaden our portfolio of classes as they fit with our business model and market conditions. Our goal with syndicate 4747 is to encourage efficient and profitable growth for MGAs. We want to champion Lloyd’s as the globally preferred binder capacity market. Our MGA clients will benefit from our underwriting being solely dedicated to their business and not being written as part of a wider open market account. In a world where clients demand accurate service on a faster turnaround our in-house platform, Graphene, gives us a unique insight into our client’s business. This gives both us and the client a focus on data enabled decisions whilst driving accelerated profit growth for the syndicate and the MGA.”



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About Asta

Asta Managing Agency Ltd is the leading third party managing agent at Lloyd’s and is responsible for 10 syndicates and two SPAs with capacity under management in 2020 of more than £1.1bn:

  • Syndicate 1729 and SPA 6131 (Dale Underwriting Partners)
  • Syndicate 1897 (Skuld)
  • Syndicate 2525 (DL Dale & Others)
  • Syndicate 2689 (Verto)
  • Syndicate 2786 and SPA 1892 (Everest)
  • Syndicate 4242 and SPA 6123 (Beat)
  • Syndicate 5886 (Blenheim)
  • Syndicate 3268 (Agora)
  • Syndicate 1980 (Pioneer)
  • Syndicate 2288 (Victor)
  • Syndicate 4747 (Carbon)


Asta Underwriting Management Limited (AUML) brings the skills, experience and capabilities of the leading third-party managing agency at Lloyd’s to the MGA market.

MGAs under management:

  • Arma Underwriting Limited
  • BPBUW Management (including David Ashby Underwriting)