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.
The Pine Walk team have a wide range of experience to help with the start-up and ongoing phases of building an MGA.
Rinku Patel – Pine Walk CEO
Rinku is an ICAEW qualified accountant having trained with BDO and moving to Andersen. Rinku was CFO/COO of DUAL, CFO of Howden and Director of Finance at Hyperion before consulting in 2016/7 supporting a number of businesses in the intermediary space. Industry Experience includes Software Development, Information businesses and Insurance (at DUAL, Howden and Hyperion). Rinku founded Pine Walk in 2017 with Fidelis, as an MGA incubator, raised finance for Pine Walk and Radius and has since set up a further 3 MGAs.
Tom Lawson – Group Information Manager
Tom qualified as an ACCA accountant at Reed Business Information, the B2B publishing and data subsidiary of FTSE listed Reed Elsevier. In 2010 he joined DUAL International as Group Financial Controller, consolidating the accounts and insurance data of multiple international businesses. In 2014, he moved away from finance to focus on the development of insurance systems and data reporting. After leaving DUAL in 2016, Tom worked for a number of start-ups in the same role he performs today, looking after the IT side of the Pine Walk Group including network security, system development and data reporting.
Nigel Lee – Operations and Compliance Director
Nigel has 25+ years experience of enhancing insurance operations in the Lloyd’s, London and Asian insurance markets. He has held leadership positions within entities including Sturge, ACE, Markel International and the Hyperion Group in Hong Kong whilst working in operations, compliance, finance, project management, claims, reporting/data, and as the business liaison for IT, actuarial and group internal audit teams. Nigel has a Master’s Degree in Insurance and Risk Management and is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute.
Rinku Patel – Director
Rinku is an ICAEW qualified accountant having trained with BDO and moving to Andersen. Rinku was CFO/COO of DUAL, CFO of Howden and Director of Finance at Hyperion before consulting in 2016/7 supporting a number of businesses in the intermediary space. Industry experience include Software Development, Information businesses and Insurance (at DUAL, Howden and Hyperion). Rinku founded Pine Walk in 2017 with Fidelis, as an MGA incubator, raised finance for Pine Walk and Radius and has since set up a further 3 MGAs.
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