Ascot Specialty

Ascot Specialty offers our clients the outstanding combination of the capacity and security of a leading Lloyd’s syndicate with local expertise and a deep understanding of the North American market. Based in New York, Chicago, and Dallas, we are perfectly positioned in the heart of our clients’ business to quickly and effectively address their needs.

Operating for and on behalf of Syndicate 1414 at Lloyd’s, which is managed by Ascot Underwriting Ltd., we offer North American customers property (re)insurance products for risks that traditionally have been placed with the domestic reinsurance markets. Our innovative products can be accessed through a reinsurance intermediary. We will analyze exposure at any level of attachment to structure a product that fulfils their reinsurance needs.

Ascot Specialty Team

The Ascot Specialty team has over 50 years combined property reinsurance underwriting experience in the domestic US & Canadian markets. Our strength is centered upon our extensive expertise and longstanding partnerships with our clients and brokers in North America.

We provide primarily property facultative capacity on an individual risk basis or via automatic products, offering products that support a broad range of business classes including (but not limited to):

  • Non-proportional / excess-of-loss
  • Real estate, manufacturing, retail, habitational, municipalities, inland marine, builders risks, boiler & machinery
  • Substantial fire capacity lines
  • Lead line capacity
  • Catastrophe coverage including terrorism
Rory A. Cline

Rory A. ClinePresident, Ascot Specialty

Tel: 646 356 8102

Mob: 630 649 4654

Rory began his insurance / reinsurance career in 1982 and is President of Ascot Specialty. He has extensive experience in reinsurance and joined Ascot in 2009.

Paul Amrose

Paul AmroseChief Underwriting Officer Property, Ascot Specialty

Tel: 646 356 8111

Mob: 860 371 5228

Paul is Chief Underwriting Officer for Property, Ascot Specialty. He began his insurance career in 1986 in reinsurance and joined Ascot in 2009.

Scott Beall

Scott BeallChief Underwriting Officer Casualty, Ascot Specialty

Tel: 682 219 0616

Scott is Chief Underwriting Officer for Casualty, Ascot Specialty. He began his insurance career in 1981 and joined Ascot in 2015.

Lex Smart

Lex SmartSenior Vice President

Tel: 682 219 0616

Lex is Senior Vice President for Casualty, Ascot Specialty. He began his insurance career in 1986 and joined Ascot in 2015.

Lou Gehrig

Lou GehrigSenior Vice President

Tel: 646 356 8101

Lou is a Senior Vice President and based out of the New York office, responsible for the Marine program. He began his insurance career in 2003 and joined Ascot in 2013.

Libby Wakolbinger

Libby WakolbingerSenior Vice President

Tel: 646 356 8103

Mob: 773 485 7155

Libby is Senior Vice President and based in New York. She began her insurance career in 2002 and joined Ascot in 2009.

Kim Meyer

Kim MeyerVice President

Tel: 312 284 8827

Kim is Vice President and based in Chicago. She began her insurance career in 1986 and joined Ascot in 2009.

Amy Jenkinson

Amy JenkinsonVice President

Tel: 312 284 8828

Amy is Vice President and based in Chicago. She began her insurance career in 2006 and joined Ascot in 2016.

Matthew Gallia

Matthew GalliaVice President

Tel: 682-219-0620

Matthew is Vice President based in Dallas. He began his insurance career in 2005 and joined Ascot in 2016.

Matthew Doherty

Matthew DohertyUnderwriter

Tel: 646 356 8101

Matthew is Vice President based in New York. He began his insurance career in 2011 and joined Ascot in 2014.

Michael Froehlich

Michael FroehlichCatastrophe Risk Analyst

Tel: 312 629 7525

Michael is Catastrophe Risk Analyst based in Chicago. He began his insurance career in 2014 and joined Ascot in the same year.

Anna Rodriguez

Anna RodriguezAssistant Underwriter

Tel: 312 629 7524

Anna is an Assistant Underwriter based in Chicago. She began her insurance career in 1996 and joined Ascot in 2013.

Marguerite Fobes

Marguerite FobesAssistant Underwriter

Tel: 682 219 0616

Marguerite is the Assistant Underwriter based in Dallas. She returned to her insurance career in 2007 and joined Ascot in 2016.

Isabella Gallo

Isabella GalloAssistant Underwriter

Tel: 312 284 8830

Isabella is an Assistant Underwriter based in Chicago. She began her insurance career in 2005 and joined Ascot in 2012.

Danielle Sussingham

Danielle SussinghamAssistant Underwriter

Tel: 646 356 8107

Danielle is an Assistant Underwriter based in New York. She began her insurance career in 2012 and joined Ascot in 2014.

Morgan Kendall

Morgan KendallAssistant Underwriter

Tel: 312 284 8829

Morgan is an Assistant Underwriter based in Chicago. She began her insurance career in 2013 and joined Ascot in 2014.