Bringing together capacity, funding capital, the underwriter and a suite of back office services, Pine Walk is focussed on helping underwriting teams create, build and run successful businesses.

If you are interested in building long term value for yourself and all the stakeholders in your business, please get in touch.

 

 

About Us

The Pine Walk team have a wide range of experience to help with the start-up and ongoing phases of building an MGA.

Management Team

Rinku Patel – Pine Walk CEO

Rinku is an Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales qualified accountant having trained with BDO Stoy Hayward and moving to Andersen. Rinku was Group Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer of DUAL Group, Group Chief Financial Officer of Howden Broking Group and Director of Finance at Hyperion Insurance Group (Now Howden Group Holdings) before consulting in 2016/7 to private equity and intermediaries. Previous industry experience includes Software Development (SAAS and non-SAAS), Data/Information businesses and Insurance.

Rinku founded Pine Walk in 2017 with Fidelis and currently has 6 MGAs under the platform.

Tom Lawson – Group Information Manager

Tom qualified as an ACCA accountant at Reed Business Information and for the past 10+ years has focused on finance and information roles in insurance and MGA businesses. In 2010 he joined DUAL International as Group Financial Controller, consolidating the financial accounts and insurance data of multiple international businesses. Tom joined Pine Walk Capital in 2018 and built out the financial and insurance reporting systems for Pine Walk and the MGAs. Today he oversees finance, across reporting and forecasting, as well as the IT side of the business focusing on both network security and data reporting.

Nigel Lee – Group Compliance & Risk Director

For 30 years Nigel has held director level compliance and operations roles for regulated entities in the Lloyd’s, London Company and Hong Kong insurance markets. Joining Pine Walk in January 2018, Nigel has embedded our compliance risk and control frameworks that are in place across Pine Walk and our underlying MGA businesses. Nigel holds a Master’s degree in Insurance and Risk Management from Bayes Business School and he is a Fellow of the CII.

The Board

Rinku Patel – Director

Rinku is an Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales qualified accountant having trained with BDO Stoy Hayward and moving to Andersen. Rinku was Group Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer of DUAL Group, Group Chief Financial Officer of Howden Broking Group and Director of Finance at Hyperion Insurance Group (Now Howden Group Holdings) before consulting in 2016/7 to private equity and intermediaries. Previous industry experience includes Software Development (SAAS and non-SAAS), Data/Information businesses and Insurance.

Rinku founded Pine Walk in 2017 with Fidelis and currently has 6 MGAs under the platform.

Dan Burrows – Director

Dan joined Fidelis in 2015. Prior to this he was co-CEO of AonBenfield’s Global ReSpeciality (GRS) division from 2013 until 2015. Specialising in non-marine retrocession and the aviation, marine and energy sectors, among others, he supported all of AonBenfield’s business hubs across North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Prior to this, he was Deputy CEO of the GRS division from 2008 until 2013. He began his career as a non-marine property broker at Greig Fester in the 1980s, later joining the retrocession team and then leading that team following a merger with Benfield in 1997.

Mike Cottell – Director

Mike Cottell graduated from Oxford in 2001. He is a qualified solicitor having trained at Clifford Chance then moved to an Insurance firm (DAC Beachcroft). He has been a board member of PWCL since 2020 and worked in establishing the Pine Walk platform in 2017 and has worked on all following transactions adding further MGAs. In addition to his position on the Pine Walk board, Mike is Assistant General Counsel at the Fidelis Group where he has been in-house since 2017 and manages the legal team day to day.

What we do

Pine Walk provides a range of services that wrap around the underwriting team. The suite of services are adapted to complement the approach needed to develop the portfolio and business over multiple years.

IT and Systems – Pine Walk deliver a market-leading Insurance Technology solution and exploit as much data as possible using the latest technology.

Finance – the MGA model brings its own intricacies from a financial perspective.  The Pine Walk team provide a thoughtful and auditable approach to monitor the developing business

Data and Reporting – Pine Walk look to leverage new technologies to provide clean, informative data sets and reports to all parties from day one

Compliance and Regulation – Pine Walk consolidates the requirements an MGA will need to satisfy across regulators, carriers and other stakeholders allowing the team to focus on developing their portfolio

Executive and Strategic Support – Pine Walk supports MGA management on the diverse issues that arise as the business grows

Business Operations – the MGA can benefit from shared services and facilities with a recognition that start up companies need to remain flexible and adaptable

Everything else: Pine Walk have a motivated, multi-skilled and experienced team ready to work hard to solve issues as they arise but also to create robust businesses as they develop