New brand, same values
As part of a global organisation that is synonymous with industry innovation and driven by leading experts in their field, we collectively have a strong track record for delivering successful transformation programmes for underwriters, brokers and MGAs within the Lloyd’s, companies and international insurance/reinsurance sector.
As Verisk Specialty Business Solutions, we continue to invest heavily in product evolution, working closely with our clients on a growing range of class-leading, end-to-end solutions within the Sequel product range – We strive to continually enhance client experiences and better inform risk decisions.
Years of successful implementations
Countries we are operating in
Experts around the globe
Clients across our portfolio
Users of our technology solutions
Premium processed annually
We are part of Verisk
Utilising the capabilities of Verisk, we have access to data and predictive analytics that can extend client solutions across rating, underwriting, claims, catastrophe and weather risk, global risk and many other fields.
As part of Verisk, we have an unrivalled team of insurance industry experts around the world. With the strength of Verisk behind us we have access to data-driven insights across the Verisk network. We are firmly focused on the future to help you see a world of opportunities.
Years in business
U.S. P/C insurer clients
in our data stores
Commercial and personal lines records
Voted great place to work
Over 180 years' combined experience within the management team alone, our expert knowledge enables us to provide our clients with the best possible services and advice. We see the changing insurance landscape and our software equips users with the greatest efficiency possible to maximise their business within it.
Acquired by Verisk
Sequel acquired Rulebook as the market leading pricing, rating and distribution platform
Sequel acquired Whitespace, industry leading provider of digital placing technology
Why choose us as a partner?
We are a Verisk business
Verisk's vast data, experience, and technology capabilities, combined with Sequel's leading workflow solutions for complex commercial and specialty insurance, improve all the services that we offer our customers.
A true partnership
With over 200 clients, we strive ourselves on focusing on long-term partnerships and relationships.
Determined to stay in front
We will continue to innovate and drive change in the industry.
Meet the management team
Chief Executive Officer, Verisk
Lee M. Shavel is Verisk’s chief executive officer (CEO), driving long-term sustainable value for shareholders, customers, and employees. He brings nearly 30 years of experience advising and leading publicly traded companies to Verisk—determining strategies and policies, overseeing financial performance, and furthering company
Lee joined Verisk in 2017 as chief financial officer (CFO). As CFO, he modernized Verisk’s corporate financial operations, including treasury, investor relations, and procurement, and grew the company’s relationships with debt and equity investment communities, including buy-side institutional investors and sell-side research analysts. He implemented an enhanced capital discipline process for internal and external capital deployment, extending that philosophy to the company’s operating focus as CEO.
In 2021, Lee also became group president of the company’s energy and financial services groups. In that role, he integrated the business for improved strategic and operating coordination and accelerated investment in the company’s energy data analytics platform.
Before joining Verisk, Lee was Nasdaq, Inc.’s executive vice president and chief financial officer from 2011 to 2016. From 1993 to 2011, he served as managing director, Americas head of Financial Institutions Investment Banking, and other roles at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Lee holds a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in economics from the Wharton School.
As CEO of Verisk, Lee’s been elected to the company’s board of directors and is on the executive committee. He also serves on the board of directors of FactSet Research Systems and chairs its audit committee. He previously served as a director and chair of the audit committee of Investment Technology Group and served on the board of NJ SEEDS, an educational nonprofit.
Chief Executive Officer and President
As chief executive officer and president of Specialty Business Solutions at Verisk, Tim Rayner drives deliberate, disciplined design and delivery of experiences to clients and team members. He works to increase understanding and create connections between these two groups while advocating for the integration they require, technical or otherwise.
Tim champions clients’ and team members’ perspectives in the company’s strategic decision-making and measures the impact of these groups’ experiences on the company’s performance.
He has board-level responsibility for the team’s relationships with Lloyd’s, the Future @ Lloyd’s, and large strategic accounts; Tim is also playing an instrumental part in the team’s global expansion.
Tim became Specialty Business Solutions’ chief executive officer in July 2022, having served as chief executive officer since 2021. He joined the company in 2018 as business development director. Before that, he spent 18 years in technology and operations on the broker side of the London Market at Miller Insurance Services, specializing in the coverholder space and architecting London’s first real-time bordereau data exchange in 2007. He began as a software developer at Miller, before moving on to head up IT, Business Change, Business Transformation & Technology, and Group Operations.
Tim’s articles on how technology can drive efficiencies through distribution chains have been published in London-based insurance publications. His team at Miller won an Insurance Day award in 2008 for real-time delegated authority management.
Tim has completed the Lloyd’s Leadership Programme at the London Business School and is certified as a Forrester CX Champ.
He’s been chairman of the Halstead Swimming Club since 2016.
Chief Operating Officer
As chief operating officer, Helen Banton is responsible for day-to-day business operations, including global client support and hosting, as well as driving employee engagement and satisfaction for Specialty Business Solutions at Verisk.
Helen leads operational excellence initiatives for Specialty Business Solutions by driving cost and productivity benefits through automation, process improvement, efficient controls, and removal of waste and inefficiency. Her mission is to achieve high employee and client satisfaction along with strong business performance.
She’s significantly matured the department’s security standing, having achieved ISO27001 accreditation in 2018, and continues to lead vulnerability management and deployment of Verisk Security tools, controls, and policies across the business.
Helen joined Verisk in 2016 and has been instrumental in scaling and industrializing operations, production support, and AWS hosting services. She operationally prepared the Sequel business for sale to Verisk in 2017, where it became Specialty Business Solutions, and successfully integrated Moore Stephens Rulebook into it in 2018.
She has more than 30 years of operational and delivery management experience working in senior leadership positions for global software vendors across multiple industry sectors, including insurance, retail banking, and capital markets.
Helen has a wealth of experience in change management and was named Change Leader of the Year in 2008, from a field of 250 executives and senior managers, at Tieto Corporation.
She’s attended executive education programs through the Stockholm School of Economics.
Helen supports cancer research charities through fundraising walks and other events and enjoys house renovation projects.
Chief Financial Officer
As chief financial officer (CFO) for Specialty Business Solutions at Verisk, Andy Galli is responsible for the department’s financial operations, financial planning and long-term strategy, and business integration/mergers and acquisitions.
He’s known for introducing of some of the first comprehensive data analytics and business intelligence offerings to the insurance market in the early 2000s and more recently the launch of the market-leading Rulebook software to the commercial pricing and rating space.
Before joining Verisk, Andy worked for 26 years in the Insurance division of Moore Stephens LLP, training as a Chartered Accountant and becoming Audit Partner for a range of large insurance clients in London. In addition to his audit responsibilities, he established the firm’s IT consulting division.
Andy went on to co-found Moore Stephens Consulting Ltd, which became one of the leading technology providers to the London insurance market. He served as the company’s CEO for 17 years until Verisk’s 2018 acquisition of Moore Stephens.
Once at Verisk, Andy led the integration of Moore Stephens’ award-winning Rulebook suite of products into the wider Sequel portfolio before moving into the role of CFO at the start of 2020.
Andy holds a BS in economics from Southampton University and has completed the Harvard Executive Leadership Program through Moore Stephens. He has held the ACA Chartered Accountant qualification for more than 20 years.
Chief Commercial Officer (Europe & EMEA)
As chief commercial officer for Europe/Middle East/Africa, Paul Latarche is responsible for the oversight of all sales and marketing activities for Verisk's Specialty Business Solutions in the region. He also manages the pre-sales team, which handles proposals and client engagements, and business engagement team, which consults on how Specialty Business Solutions products work with clients.
Having spent more than 20 years in insurance IT, Paul has in-depth industry knowledge and experience working with management information, sales, and marketing. He joined Verisk in 2018, when the company acquired Rulebook, a groundbreaking pricing, underwriting, and distribution platform now known as Verisk Rulebook® and used by more than a quarter of the Lloyd's Market.
Prior to joining Verisk, Paul was partner and head of insurance at accountancy firm Moore Stephens UK, where he was instrumental in the development of Rulebook. He filled many roles during his 16 years at Moore Stephens, from audit and tax to consultancy, where he managed a team of 150 and founded the company’s IT consultancy arm.
Paul has spoken at more than 100 conferences on data analytics, business intelligence, and insurance pricing and distribution. During his last year at Moore Stephens, the company won Accountancy Firm of the Year. Rulebook has won many awards, including Microsoft Clarity Partner of the Year – twice, Technology Provider of the Year in the Reactions London Market Awards, and the Lloyd’s Innovation Award.
He’s completed Verisk’s executive education Leadership Excellence Program at Harvard Business School.
A keen sportsman, Paul has represented his county at golf, tennis, and cricket competitions.
Chief Product Officer
As chief product officer, Paul Kent is responsible for the development of Specialty Business Solutions products at Verisk and the delivery of client projects. He leads the team’s product management function, which is a sizeable undertaking; about two-thirds of all team members are on Paul’s team.
Paul works with the leadership teams for all nine Specialty Business Solutions products, guiding each through a cycle of client feedback, prioritization, experimentation, development, and adoption that ensures constant improvement in product functions and client outcomes.
Throughout his career, Paul has specialized in building high-performing teams and actively developing talent. He joined Verisk in 2018 with 20 years’ experience in technology-enabled change, bringing a unique combination of knowing insurance technology and understanding client perspective. Since then, he’s built out his team to meet client demands and increased team performance to exceed targets, achieving a balance between investment and direct revenue-generating work.
Paul’s background in consulting and insurance includes experiencing the insurance industry from both broking and underwriting perspectives. He’s successfully led teams in London, North America, and internationally, at one point managing a group with 120 offices in many different nations and cultures.
He holds a Higher National Diploma in engineering from the Royal Air Force and has completed the Verisk Leadership Excellence Program.
Javier García Magna
Director, Center of Excellence, Málaga
As Director of Verisk’s Center of Excellence in Málaga, Javier García Magna leads a team of more than 170 professionals, including software architects and developers, project managers and business analysts, and cloud engineers.
He leads the way for the Málaga office to drive business growth by working in conjunction with product and department heads, aligning with Verisk’s overall vision, strategy, and objectives. As Javier’s team performs most technical duties for the business, he stresses the importance of best practices, knowledge sharing, and cross-team synergy.
Javier started at Verisk as a developer before moving to software architecture and then managing Specialty Business Solutions’ Development team. In 2010, he was chosen to open the office in Málaga with 10 developers, a team that has since grown to more than 170 people. Prior to joining Verisk, Javier worked as a senior software developer, engineer, and designer at companies of increasing size in Spain.
Javier has spoken at developer conferences, bringing his passion for software development to topics such as best practices for microservices.
Javier holds an MS and BS in software engineering, both from the University of Málaga and an MBA in international business from Cámara Málaga. He is PMP certified and holds several certifications in Microsoft technologies.
He volunteers with regional and national organisations that promote software use among older populations and children, and mentors at bootcamps for women developers. He founded and runs dotnetMalaga, a local software development community.
Director of Architecture & Engineering
As director of architecture and engineering for Specialty Business Solutions at Verisk, Danny Flavelle concentrates on ensuring the software and technology direction aligns with Verisk’s overall vision, strategy, and objectives. He oversees the architecture of all the team’s products and solutions and provides software engineering services for all central and supporting applications.
Danny leads a focused engineering team, driving the core re-usable components that make the heart of Specialty Business Solutions’ systems. He owns the technology roadmap for the team’s product suite, determining what technologies the team uses and governing future technology decisions, including cloud strategy.
Prior to joining Verisk, Danny was a partner at Moore Stephens (now BDO), one of the top 10 accounting firms in Europe. He devised the award-winning Rulebook solution, a ratings platform with a dynamic rules engine that can embrace pricing models across all major classes of business, which was acquired by Verisk in 2018.
Danny has a 20-year history of building rating and pricing solutions within the global specialty market of insurance. He began his career as a claims adjuster at Lloyd’s of London before joining a startup software firm as its first employee in 2000 and helping develop the company until its sale in 2006.