London-headquartered Charles Taylor Adjusting has made several international moves that have expanded its operations.
The international loss adjusting business has opened a new office in Belgium with an immediate focus on further developing its property and casualty offering in Europe. It has also launched a new venture in the US.
The new Belgium office builds on its solid growth in the property and casualty arena and particularly in specialist disciplines such as construction and engineering, professional indemnity, cyber and major loss, according to Charles Taylor.
New directors Ludwig Pauwels and Yves Thaens have joined Charles Taylor. They will report into Andy Rice, managing director of property, casualty, technical and special risks for the UK, Europe and Singapore. They bring more than 20 years of industry experience and regional knowledge in complex and commercial claims.
Rice commented: “Expansion into Belgium further enhances CTA’s presence in Europe, with existing offices in France, Greece and Italy. Local presence is very important to develop closer relationships with our existing and new clients, many of whom will be working closely with our colleagues around the world. We’re very pleased to welcome Ludwig and Yves to the team.”
In the US, Charles Taylor has partnered with Signal Mutual, the country’s largest provider of longshore workers’ compensation benefits, to launch Sage Adjusting.
The new business has been created through the consolidation and integration of Signal Mutual’s four largest, independent third-party longshore and harbor workers’ compensation firms, Charles Taylor TPA, Lamorte Burns, AS&G Claims Administration and Acclaim Risk Management.
The longshore portfolio assets of these four workers’ compensation administration firms were acquired to establish Sage Adjusting.
Sage Adjusting will operate as a single entity aligned with and controlled by Signal Mutual and its manager, Charles Taylor. Sage Adjusting will offer greater cost efficiencies and a unified claims handling platform, delivering improved claims processes, services and outcomes.
“As manager of Signal Mutual, the initiative reflects Charles Taylor’s commitment to investing in its clients to enable them to deliver on their strategic goals,” stated Richard Wood, CEO of Charles Taylor Americas. “Signal Mutual Indemnity Association and its members can be assured of continued dedication to expert claims management and personal attention in achieving the best outcomes for the employer and employee.”
Sage Adjusting is poised to handle adjusting of complex longshore workers’ comp claims administration. It is comprised of 100 people in 19 offices across the US.
Christopher Schaffer, chief executive officer of Charles Taylor TPA, will assume the same leadership role of Sage Adjusting.