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Why CLS Risk Solutions?

Europe is a strong destination for global investors in real estate with a high transactional volume. Ongoing demand for office space and industrial property ensures capital flows freely and liquidity is maintained.

Since Warranty & Indemnity (W&I) insurance was introduced to continental Europe in the early 2000s it has led the way in building interest and understanding of how insurance can accelerate property transactions. Today, Germany, France, Spain and the Nordics are the key growth markets generating significant premium volume.

European real estate investors and developers, however, frequently encounter transactional risks that standard W&I policies do not cover and instead have to look to reserving strategies to cover the risk.

CLS Risk Solutions is a specialist insurance provider experienced in protecting the funders and developers of large property projects against the financial and legal risks in M&A transactions. Its Ownership and Use, Title to Shares or Permit Challenge policies are financial tools that are far more cost effective than the measures real estate investors typically take to self-insure. Their policies cover the risk management needs of policyholders and free up the capital otherwise tied up to protect the asset, improve its valuation, rating and bankability.

About us

CLS Risk Solutions is a European agent and part of  the CLS Group, which was founded in London in 2009. Since then the company has expanded into nine businesses operating from five offices with a staff of 110 employees. In 2019 the Group had a combined turnover of € 45 million.

Since its foundation in 2009, CLS Group has been an established partner of ERGO, a leading global insurer headquartered in Germany. On the back of long-standing partnerships with some of the largest insurers in the world, including AmTrust, Lloyd’s or Munich Re, CLS supports its policyholders with secure AA- rated capacity.

In Europe the company operated through the fully regulated CLS Risk Solutions Ltd, licenced in 2017. With a team of underwriters, we support clients in Ireland, Spain, France, Germany, Benelux, Denmark and Sweden, providing insurance cover utilising our carriers’ insurance capacity for financial and legal risk in real estate, infrastructure, renewable energy development projects and transactions.

Our expertise and security

CLS Risk Solutions has established a reputation for innovation, expertise and service. The company pioneered a number of firsts in the real estate segment. Throughout the last ten years CLS Risk Solutions has insured over 8 million transactions, more than 1 gigawatt of wind farm projects in Europe or € 5 billion in real estate assets.

Having become a leader for complex risks in real estate mergers & acquisitions as well as in the development market and due to its track record of underwriting sustainable and profitable premiums, CLS Risk Solutions can provide up to € 180 millions of A- or AA- rated capacity per risk, based on its partnership with leading European insurers and reinsurers such as ERGO, Munich Re or AmTrust. Due to its underwriting expertise, CLS has teamed up with business partners such as the Ryan Specialty Group, AIRBUS, VGM or renewable energy providers such as EDF, ENNO, RWE, ING and NORD LB realizing with them projects for Europe’s leading investors and developers in real estate and renewable energy.

Team

CLS Risk Solutions understands itself as a partner of its clients. Our products enable our clients to deploy their capital more efficiently and developers to complete their projects more quickly. This ambition requires a bespoke approach, reflecting the exact circumstances of our clients’ projects.

In Europe, CLS Risk Solutions can draw on the market and product expertise of its underwriting team.

Jean-Claude Domaingue
Jean-Claude Domaingue Director, Underwriting
CLS Risk Solutions

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