About Us

Leadenhall Capital Partners LLP is a London based investment manager wholly focused on investing in insurance linked investments portfolios for institutional investors. Established in 2008, Leadenhall is a joint venture between an international underwriter of insurance and reinsurance, MS Amlin, and a highly experienced management team. MS Amlin, headquartered in the UK, is a major London market participant with a presence at Lloyd’s of London and offices in key reinsurance hubs such as Bermuda, Zurich, Singapore, US, and Tokyo.

Leadenhall manages both non-life and life insurance linked investment strategies. Through its non-life investment strategies Leadenhall offers investors access to pure re/insurance risk, which have exposure to property losses from extreme natural catastrophes (e.g. major hurricanes and earthquakes) and other non-life insurable risks (e.g. marine risk, terror, other specialty products). Through Leadenhall life strategies, investors can access returns from the life insurance linked asset class, which include mortality, longevity, morbidity & lapse risks.

The Leadenhall team has significant insurance capital markets experience gained at Swiss Re, Aon Benfield Securities & Guy Carpenter, with Founding Partners John Wells & Luca Albertini having a combined experience of over 55 years in the industry.

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John Wells

Chairman (Founding Partner)

John Wells has over 30 years of capital markets experience. He was one of the founding members of Swiss Re Financial Products from 2000 to 2005 which grew from 2 people to a very profitable organization employing 500 over three years with a balance sheet of $15B. John spent almost 20 years as an investment banker with the NatWest Group in London and Tokyo.

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Luca Albertini

Chief Executive Officer (Founding Partner)

Luca Albertini has extensive experience in both banking and insurance having spent time at the securitisation units of Citicorp, GE Capital (including an assignment within GE’s European reinsurance business) and Credit Suisse First Boston. From 2003 Luca headed the European Insurance Linked Securities team of Swiss Re Capital Markets, where he was responsible for developing one of the largest and most successful ILS teams in Europe.

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Chris Learmonth

Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer (Partner)

Chris trained as a Chartered Accountant and specialised in Financial Services Audit at PWC, before leaving practice to become Head of Finance - Specialised & Structured Finance at Greenwich NatWest. He left in 2000 to set up the finance function at Swiss Re Financial Products, designing and implementing the financial control environment of the new Capital Markets function.

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Lorenzo Volpi

Head of Business Development (Partner)

Lorenzo has over 17 years of capital markets and reinsurance broking experience (both traditional and non-traditional) having worked at Aon Re, Banca Popolare di Milano London Branch and Aon Benfield Securities where he looked at the complete spectrum of alternative methodologies of risk transfer, risk financing and the convergence of the reinsurance and capital markets.

Lorenzo, a Director of Aon Benfield Securities for five years, led the sourcing, structuring, marketing and distribution of various projects and transactions on securitisation of insurance assets such as catastrophe bonds, catastrophe swaps, sidecars and private placements. He holds a Master's Degree in Finance from the University of London.

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Jillian Williams

Senior Portfolio Manager, Head of Non-Life Investments (Partner)

Jillian has over 17 years experience in catastrophe modelling, actuarial pricing and consulting in the insurance/reinsurance sector. Prior to joining Leadenhall Capital Partners she was Senior Vice President at Instrat, the modelling and actuarial department of Guy Carpenter, specialising in Capital Markets, Retro, Property and Marine classes. Among other things she has managed projects in ILS, Retro and overseen the analysis and development for new Property & Casualty business opportunities. Prior to Guy Carpenter, Jillian worked at Fidelity Investment as Performance Measurement Analyst.

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Dan Knipe

Senior Portfolio Manager, Head of Life Investments & Market Risk (Partner)

Dan joined Leadenhall in 2009 and manages the life and mortality linked investments in the strategies managed by Leadenhall. Dan is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries, specialising in Life Insurance. He qualified at Tillinghast where he became a Consultant, advising various large international and UK life insurers on a wide range of topics including fund restructuring. He joined Swiss Re Capital Markets in 2007 where he worked pricing and structuring Cat Mortality, XXX, Longevity and Embedded Value transactions.

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Ben Adolph

Senior Portfolio Manager – Non Life Investments (Partner)

Ben joined Leadenhall Capital Partners in August 2013 to work within the non-life investments underwriting team. He previously worked in the traditional property treaty market for seven years, most recently with the Antares syndicate for three and a half years. In addition, he holds a degree Business & Financial Services and is ACII qualified.

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Joel Milnes

Investment Analyst - Non-Life Investments

Joel joins Leadenhall Capital Partners after more than 4 years at Markel International, where he was working within the (re)insurance pricing team with a main focus on pricing Marine and Specie, Energy, Financial Risk, Motor Reinsurance and Terrorism risks. In addition Joel has a solid understanding of the financial markets having worked in Econometrics at Lloyd’s Banking group and gained a MSc. in Financial Mathematics from the university of Leeds. Furthermore Joel is a trainee actuary and a BSc. Graduate of the University of Bath.

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Adrian Mark

Portfolio Analyst – Non-Life Investments

Adrian joined the Non-Life investments team at Leadenhall Capital Partners in March 2017. Adrian has worked within the (re)insurance industry since 2008, starting in catastrophe modelling function at Willis Re, followed by 4 years as a Product Manager within the model development team at RMS. Adrian has a solid background in natural hazards, with an MSc in Flood Engineering and BSc in Meteorology.

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Craig Gillespie

Portfolio Manager - Life Investments

Craig joins the Life Investments team at Leadenhall Capital Partners, after having spent six years with Swiss Re in London. Craig is experienced in a range of actuarial roles, including the origination of capital solutions for UK life insurers and costing of longevity transactions. Whilst at Swiss Re Craig also qualified as a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in 2012 specialising in life insurance. Craig graduated from Heriot Watt University with First Class Honours in Actuarial Science and completed a year long exchange in Actuarial Studies at the University of Melbourne.

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Simon Mason

Portfolio Manager – Life Investments

Simon joined Leadenhall in 2012 supporting both the Non-Life and Life portfolio management functions, having previously worked as a terrorism broker at Willis and then as an actuarial technician at Friends Life. He qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in 2015, specialising in life insurance, and now concentrates exclusively on the Life strategies. He is a graduate of The University of Bath where he gained a BSc in Business Administration, which included a placement at Barclays Global Investors (later acquired by BlackRock).

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Chris Wright

Head of Legal and Compliance

A qualified UK solicitor, Chris trained at Slaughter and May and qualified into the corporate team there. Chris joined Leadenhall Capital Partners from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where he was an associate in the London office, specialising in M&A and Private Equity transactions and advising investment management clients. Chris is a graduate of the University of Oxford.

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Brian Weatherholtz

Business Development – Managing Director (based in USA office)

Brian has over 11 years of insurance and capital markets experience having worked at GE Capital Markets, where he provided capital markets solutions for GE Frankona Re and Genworth Financial, and most recently as a Director at Swiss Re Capital Markets (London, UK) where he led the origination and structuring of securitisation of life insurance risks and assets in the form of catastrophe bonds, capital relief and financing solutions and embedded value transactions in Europe.

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Brendan Nerbonne

Business Development Associate

Prior to joining Leadenhall Capital Partners, Brendan gained experience within the corporate and investment banking market. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from both the University of Groningen and the University of Uppsala.

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Kunal Shah

Risk Manager and Product Control

Since graduating in 2007 from Brunel University, Kunal has gained experience in the fields of both banking and investment management whilst working as a middle office analyst for both BNP Paribas and Solent Capital.

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Kelvin Granger

Financial Controller

A Qualified Management Accountant (CIMA), Kelvin has seven years of Finance/Product Control experience gained in investment banking and capital management businesses. Kelvin adds strong accountancy and IT skills.

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Tayo Eletu-Odibo

Associate

Tayo joined Leadenhall Capital Partners as an Associate in April 2013, providing operations, accounting & finance support. Prior to joining Leadenhall, Tayo established himself within the operations department at MetLife. A graduate from the University of Surrey, he brings strong technological & analytical skills and experience.

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Michael Kahler

Operations Manager

Michael has a total of over 18 years Middle Office and Operations experience. He gained 8 years’ experience in Investment Banking Middle Office, working at HSBC, UBS and Dresdner, as Equity, Fixed income and Derivative trade support. Since 2006, Michael has worked for the asset managers RAB Capital and Sir Chris Hohn’s TCI – The Children’s Investment Fund, where he spent 7 years as a Senior Treasury and Middle Office Analyst, covering a wide array of financial products. Michael holds the IAQ, SFA and IMC investment qualifications.

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Hannah Cunningham

Fund Operations Analyst

Hannah has over 7 years’ experience in middle office/back office and operations. Hannah joined Leadenhall from Argonaut Capital Partners LLP, where she was the senior operations associate for European Equity and Swap products.

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MS Amlin

MS Amlin, a member of the MS&AD Insurance Group, is a leading specialist insurance and reinsurance company with recognised underwriting expertise across a diverse range of property and casualty, aviation, marine, reinsurance and international commercial classes. MS Amlin, headquartered in the UK, is an international underwriter and a major London market participant with a presence at Lloyd's of London and offices in key reinsurance hubs such as Bermuda, Zurich, Singapore, US and Tokyo. The MS&AD Insurance Group is a major global insurance company with a market leading position in Japan.