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Methods of Investment

New third party capital must invest on a limited liability basis

Invest through a Nameco (limited company) or a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) structure

Set up a new or buy an existing LLP or Nameco?

Third Party Members

All new third party members of Lloyd’s invest in the Lloyd’s market on a limited liability basis through one of the three members’ agencies. The relationship between a member of Lloyd’s, their members’ agent and the syndicates is governed by standard underwriting agents’ agreements.

Alpha will help prospective new members make a decision on the most suitable underwriting vehicle to purchase or set up.

Nameco or Limited Liability Partnership

A new investor will underwrite on a limited liability basis using either a limited company (Nameco) or a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) structure. There are advantages to each method: an LLP is subject to personal taxation whilst a Nameco falls under standard corporation tax rules.  From 1st January 2015 overseas investors can only invest through a UK company either as a Nameco or through a limited company participating in a LLP.

Set-up or Buy an Existing Vehicle?

Depending on personal circumstances and market conditions, Alpha will advise on whether it is preferable to purchase an existing vehicle or set up a new entity.  A new underwriting vehicle must be incorporated by early September having already been approved by Lloyd’s.  Syndicate capacity can then be acquired  in the Lloyd’s auctions in October.  Capital is provided to Lloyd’s in November to support the new Nameco or LLP and the vehicle will start underwriting from 1st January the following year. The alternative is to buy an existing Nameco or LLP and this can take place at any time of the year.