Our trade credit, political risk and surety team offers deep knowledge of commercial counterparty and country risks across a wide variety of trade sectors and markets. 

We know that trade risks are among the most complex, and our A+ rating means we’re trusted the world over to really understand them. Our expertise and underwriting capabilities give you the confidence to carry on with trading, knowing you’re protected in an ever-changing risk environment.

We take pride in building relationships with the businesses we insure, so you can talk to your underwriter at any time, knowing they have the authority to make final decisions and give expert advice. As a leading Lloyd’s syndicate, as well as operating independently on company paper, we cover most of the world. We’re a preferred insurance partner because of our partnership approach, because we understand our clients’ business needs, and because we provide the most comprehensive cover in an environment that can change in an instant.

The key benefits we provide for our clients include: security of non-cancellable credit and country limits; balance sheet and cash flow protection; improved terms for bank financing facilities; bonds and guarantees to assist with working capital management; an effective alternative to letters of credit or other types of collateral; full suite of political risk cover to manage emerging market risk and risk transfer to satisfy capital adequacy requirements.

Our considered approach means we create the solutions that best suit you, tailoring our trade and surety policies for specific credit risks, markets and contingencies, however unusual they may be. We evolve as the sector and the world changes, so you can always rely on us to liberate your business from the unknown and you can carry on achieving your best.


Political Risk
We work with clients to manage their cross border portfolios and overseas investments with tailored, specialist policies.
We support our clients with traditional and bespoke surety solutions and help them to successfully grow in an ever changing global environment.
Trade Credit
We have extensive experience in providing global solutions for clients but can also tailor policies for specific credit risks, markets, and contingencies.

Carl Titterton

Divisional Managing Director
Trade Credit, Political Risk and Surety

“I work with a great team who are always keen and committed to succeeding, both as a team and for Markel. I’m proud that my team have a strong blend of experience allied with a creative, solution-focused attitude.”