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Juniper Re, LLC Expands Operations to Bermuda and Appoints Industry Veteran Chris Hayward as Head of Office

The Baldwin Group
Updated: April 18, 2024

TAMPA, Fla.—Mar. 4, 2024– Juniper Re, LLC (“Juniper Re”), the dynamic reinsurance broking arm of BRP Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BRP), proudly announces that is has received approval in principal from the Bermuda Monetary Authority (“BMA”) to open its Bermuda operations through its Bermuda subsidiary Juniper Re Bermuda, Ltd. (“Juniper Re Bermuda”), along with the appointment of Chris Hayward as Head of Office. With more than 30 years of experience in the industry, Chris brings a wealth of knowledge, relationships, and leadership to Juniper Re, reinforcing its commitment to delivering impactful solutions to clients globally. Juniper Re Bermuda will be licensed by the BMA as an insurance broker conditional upon satisfaction of certain conditions and its formal registration with the BMA.

Bermuda is a leader in the reinsurance industry and the largest supplier of catastrophe reinsurance to U.S. insurers. Establishing a presence in Bermuda rapidly expands Juniper Re’s footprint and market access for the benefit of current and future clients. As part of this vibrant, essential marketplace, Juniper Re gains access to talent, capacity, and inventiveness critical to serving their clients and propelling its growth plans.

In assuming the position as Head of Office for Juniper Re Bermuda, Chris returns to the broking discipline where he began his career. Chris’s illustrious career, spanning over three decades, has included notable leadership roles at MS Amlin AG and Willis Re, where he worked for nearly 25 years. Chris has a comprehensive track record for leading strong and diverse teams, executing global strategies, and delivering client-focused solutions. In his most recent role as Chief Underwriting Officer of the Bermuda branch of MS Amlin AG, Chris played a crucial role in designing and delivering underwriting strategies, driving change, and improving profitability of the underwriting book. Chris is a highly respected figure in the Bermuda marketplace, and his extensive property knowledge and ability to balance the analytical and relationship sides of the business make him a perfect fit for Juniper Re’s mission to provide authentic and data-driven guidance to clients.

Jeff Irvan, President of Juniper Re, shares his excitement about this dual announcement, “Chris’s appointment as our Bermuda Head of Office comes at a pivotal moment for Juniper Re. His vast experience in the reinsurance industry, and specifically Bermuda, is an invaluable asset and his leadership will play a crucial role in our growth. This move is a testament to our commitment to our clients and our focus on building an experienced, innovative team. There’s more coming, so keep an eye on Juniper Re.”

Expressing his own enthusiasm for the new role and Juniper Re’s growth trajectory, Chris Hayward said, “Joining Juniper Re at a time when the company is establishing its presence is truly exciting. With only six months since founding, Juniper Re’s intent to launch its Bermuda operation demonstrates its commitment to the market as well as further fueling the energy that continues to surround Juniper Re. I am eager to contribute my experience to further solidify Juniper Re’s position in the reinsurance industry. The company’s commitment to authenticity and collaboration aligns perfectly with my own values and I look forward to being part of the team and building strong relationships with clients and colleagues.”

Robert Mercier, Chief Operating Officer of Juniper Re, echoed the team’s excitement stating, “We are confident that Chris’s leadership will contribute significantly to our growth and success as we build the Bermuda team. Following formal licensing, we anticipate establishing operations and making additional hires in other key markets in the coming months. We remain singularly focused on executing our business strategy and continuing our journey in establishing a dynamic, collaborative, best-in-class reinsurance intermediary.”


Launched in October 2023, Juniper Re is a specialist reinsurance broker, comprised of talented and trusted professionals with extensive experience and knowledge in the reinsurance broking and the broader (re)insurance industry. Our team has extensive expertise across broking, analytics, client service, risk and compliance, and operational disciplines. We use a dynamic, analytical, and collaborative, cross-disciplined approach to deliver insightful counsel and solutions to our clients.


BRP Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BRP) is an independent insurance distribution firm delivering tailored insurance and risk management insights and solutions that give our Clients the peace of mind to pursue their purpose, passion and dreams. We are innovating the industry by taking a holistic and tailored approach to risk management, insurance, and employee benefits, and support our Clients, Colleagues, Insurance Company Partners and communities through the deployment of vanguard resources and capital to drive our organic and inorganic growth. BRP Group represents over two million clients across the United States and internationally. For more information, please visit


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