Aurigon

AURIGON is an independent consulting firm dedicated to the insurance industry. Our partners and consultants in Europe, the USA as well as in Latin America have a wealth of experience gained in insurance and reinsurance companies.AURIGON offers a unique combination of legal and technical expertise on the one side and cultural skills on the other. We are familiar with the customs and players in your markets. We speak your language and the language of your customers.

AURIGON delivers value driven and practice proof results.We love complex issues, cross-border disputes and “hopeless cases”.

Challenge us!

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Dr. Detlef A. Huber
Managing Partner

d.huber@aurigon.ch

Dr. Michael Baier
Partner

m.baier@aurigon.ch

Alexander Fehn
Partner

a.fehn@aurigon.ch

Nathalie Pomerantz
Senior Consultant

n.pomerantz@aurigon.ch

Lennart Cornelsen
Consultant

l.cornelsen@aurigon.ch

Guido Cajacob
Local Partner
Brazil
g.cajacob@aurigon.ch
Pedro M. Lorenti
Local Partner
Argentina
p.lorenti@aurigon.ch
Kristoffer Verbeken
Local Partner
Chile
k.verbeken@aurigon.ch
Suzanne Fetter
Local Partner
USA
s.fetter@aurigon.ch

Places

Zug

Alte Steinhauserstr. 1
6330 Cham/Zug
Schweiz

T: +41 41 561 38 18

Santiago de Chile

Avenida Vitacura
2909 of. 603
Las Condes
Chile

T: +56 2 3629 264

Sâo Paulo

Av Brigadeiro Faria Lima
3729 – 5 andar
04538-905 Sâo Paulo
Brazil

T: +55 11 3443 6481

Hartford

62 Spring Street
Chester, CT 06412-1354
USA

T: +1 (860) 306-2346

Buenos Aires

Tucuman 843
Piso 3 E
(C1049AAQ) Buenos Aires
Argentina

T: +54 11 4815 8335

Products

Our clients are primarily reinsurance and insurance companies based in Switzerland, the European Union, the United States, Great Britain and Latin America.

AURIGON advises in complex or conflictive matters and in cases, where a deep knowledge of local markets is required. We conduct internal and external audits in case your own resources are tight or if an objective and reliable result is required.

Additional strengths are claims management and the elaboration or implementation of exit- and other strategies.

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Challenge Management & Litigation

Fact Finding Missions
Crisis Intervention
Litigation Management
Arbitation Services

Audit Services & Analysis

Audits (Claims, Underwriting, 360°, Coverholder, MGA)
Due Diligence
Exposure Analysis & Reserve
Adequacy Analysis & Optimisation

Claims & Strategy

Development & Support of Exit Strategies
Complex Claims Management
Restructuring
Risk Management Support

Dr. Detlef A. Huber

Managing Partner

d.huber@aurigon.ch
M: +41 792 789 567

Detlef is a German attorney with 12+ years of practical experience in the reinsurance sector. Prior to his engagement at AURIGON Advisors AG he acted as a board member and managing director of Alea Services AG in Zug, Switzerland and was Group Head of Reinsurance Claims of the Alea Group. He was responsible for their claims departments in Switzerland, Bermuda, the USA and London, developing a worldwide inspection and commutation strategy. In addition to that he was heavily involved in downsizing the Alea group of companies by way of restructuring, outsourcing, company sale and finally in redomiciling the Swiss reinsurance entity to Bermuda, which was the first transaction of that kind out of Switzerland.

Detlef managed various litigations and arbitrations in Germany, France, Italy, UK and in the USA. He is certified arbitrator of ARIAS US as well as of ARIAS Europe. He started his career in reinsurance as consultant at Chiltington International in Hamburg, where he specialised in exit strategies, inspections of records and management of long-tail claims.

He studied in Freiburg and Hamburg, holds two German State Exams in legal studies, a Spanish master degree in European Law and a Dr. iur in insurance law of the University of Hamburg.

Detlef is fluent in German, English and Spanish and has a good knowledge of Portuguese.

Work Experience

2012 to date Partner of AURIGON Advisors AG in Cham/Zug, Switzerland
2010 – 2011 Board Member and Managing Director of Alea Services AG, Zug
2008 – 2011 Group Head of Reinsurance Claims at Alea Group
2005 – 2009 Head of Claims at Alea Europe AG, Zug, Switzerland
2000 – 2004 Consultant at Chiltington International GmbH in Hamburg, Germany
1998 – 2000 Legal Trainee (“Referendariat”) in Hamburg, Hannover and Rio de Janeiro

Academic Background

2004 Dr. iur. of the University of Hamburg
2000 2nd State Exam Law in Hamburg (qualification as judge in Germany)
1996 – 1997 Master Studies in European Law at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain

Memberships
ARIAS USA (certified arbitrator)
ARIAS Europe (certified arbitrator)
DIS (German Institute for Arbitration)
SGHVR (Swiss Institute of Liability and Insurance Law)
AIDA Swiss Chapter
German Bar (admitted in Freiburg)
1992 – 1996 Legal Studies at Universities in Freiburg and Hamburg, Germany

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Dr. Michael Baier
baier

Partner

m.baier@aurigon.ch
M: +43 664 520 21 35

Michael has 13+ years of experience in the insurance and reinsurance industry. Having gathered first internship experiences at international law firms such as Nörr in Prague and Heller Löber Bahn (now Freshfields) in Vienna, he started his career at Coudert Brothers (now DLA Piper) in Milan. Michael then moved on to work as in-house counsel and subsequently head of Discontinued Business Operations at RAS s.p.a. (now Allianz s.p.a.) in Milan, Italy. Prior to joining AURIGON, he used to be a Senior Consultant at Chiltington International (Hamburg, Germany) and Head of Chiltington’s Italian Representative Office.

Michael advises re-/insurance companies of all sizes on a global scale in a wide range of matters including inter alia:

Michael studied law at the Universities of Graz and Vienna (Austria) and Trieste (Italy). He obtained his Master in law from Vienna University and a J.D. from Trieste University. He also holds an MBA from the University of Technology in Milan (PoliMi).

Michael is fluent in German, English and Italian, has a good working knowledge of French and basic knowledge of Czech.

Work Experience

2012 to date Partner of AURIGON Advisors AG in Cham/Zug, Switzerland
2004 – 2012 Senior Consultant at Chiltington International GmbH in Hamburg, Germany and Trieste, Italy
2002 – 2004 Head of Discontinued Business at RAS s.p.a. (now Allianz s.p.a.) in Milan, Italy
2000 – 2002 Group Legal Department at RAS s.p.a. (now Allianz s.p.a.) in Milan, Italy; in charge of international and reinsurance matters
1996 – 2000 Coudert Brothers (now DLA Piper) in Milan

Academic Background

2001 MBA from the University of Technology in Milan (PoliMi)
1997 JD at University in Trieste
1996 Master in Law from University in Vienna
1990 – 1996 Studies of Law at the Universities of Graz, Vienna (Austria) and Trieste (Italy)
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Alexander Fehn
fehn

Partner

a.fehn@aurigon.ch
M: +49 151 613 42 193

Alexander has over 17 years of experience the insurance and reinsurance industry. Prior to his engagement at AURIGON Advisors he worked as senior consultant and project manager at Chiltington International in Hamburg and as management consultant at Horváth & Partners in Berlin. The basis of his rich experience in almost all aspects concerning the organisation of an insurance company was gained as trainee of Volksfürsorge Versicherungen in Hamburg, where he worked as claims manager for motor liability and legal costs (Advocard) before he started underwriting motor and casualty business. His first position in reinsurance was at Hannover Re followed by his career in the consultancy environment.

In his capacity as consultant to many international re-/insurance companies he participated and managed various due diligences as well as reinsurance audits. His experience in underwriting, administration, accounting and claims handling of non-life business within several European countries make him an excellent advisor in business controlling as well as process optimisation, portfolio assessment or the audit of managing agents/cover holders. He frequently deals with the development of exit strategies and problems arising out of discontinued lines of business.

Alexander studied business administration at the University of Hamburg holding the respective master degree and is Versicherungskaufmann, a special qualification given for business administration in the insurance sector. He is fluent in German and English.

Experience

2012 to date Partner of AURIGON Advisors AG
2009 – 2012 Senior Consultant Chiltington International GmbH
2007 – 2009 Management Consultant at Horváth & Partners, Berlin, Germany
2005 – 2007 Consultant at Chiltington International GmbH, Hamburg, Germany
2004 – 2005 Technical Accountant Off-Shore at Hannover Re, Hannover
1998 – 2003 Underwriter motor and casualty lines at Volksfürsorge AG, Hamburg
1997 – 1998 Claims Manager at Advocard AG, Hamburg
1995 – 1997 Trainee Programme finished as Versicherungskaufmann at Volksfürsorge AG, Hamburg

Academic Background

2004 Diploma and Master Degree in business administration, University of Hamburg
1998 – 2004 Master studies in business administration, University of Hamburg
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Guido Cajacob
cajacob

Local Partner Brasil

g.cajacob@aurigon.ch
M: +55 – 859 674 847 1

Guido has more than 20 years of experience in the reinsurance industry. Having started his career in a bank´s Credit & Legal department before he moved to Union Re in Zurich, where he became a Team Leader for Credit & Surety underwriting and a Member of Senior Management. First steps in a Spanish speaking market were made at Swiss Re in Spain in 1999, where he successfully collaborated in the decentralization of client management and treaty underwriting from Zurich to Madrid and the integration of portfolios of Union Re and Bavaria Re into Swiss Re. As man for special and complex tasks he was sent to Buenos Aires, directing a pension fund Life & Health claims run-off project of a larger scale and became board member of Swiss Brokers Argentina. Guido than moved to France as head of Claims and Liability Management of Swiss Re in Paris being responsible for restructuring of processes concerning claims management, the winding-off of a Swiss Re claims management company, legal matters and contracts & wordings of that entity. He finally went back to underwriting as a Team Leader of Swiss Re´s Credit & Surety department in Zurich, where he, in line with the Credit & Surety downsizing decision of Swiss Re in 2009, developed a concept for discontinued lines of credit and bond business.

Guido´s experience in both worlds of reinsurance – claims management and underwriting of a very special line – is unique in the market. This and his ability to move easily in different cultural environments make him a first stop consultant for almost any issue in the reinsurance industry, be it restructuring, claims management, inspection/exit strategies or market/portfolio analysis.

Guido studied law at the University of Zurich.

He is fluent in German, English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Experience

2012 to date Representative of AURIGON Advisors AG in São Paolo, Brazil
2006 – 2010 Team Leader Credit & Surety Reinsurance of Swiss Re Zurich, Switzerland
2003 – 2006 Head of Claims & Liability Management of Swiss Re Paris, France
2001 – 2003 Team Leader Pension Fund Claims run-off project within BG Life & Health of Swiss Re, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Board Member of Swiss Brokers Argentina S.A.
1998 – 2001 Team Leader Client Management Non-Life of Swiss Re Madrid, Spain
1988 – 1998 Team Leader Underwriting Credit & Surety worldwide and Team Leader Client Management Non-Life Netherlands and Nordic Countries of Union Re Zurich, Switzerland
1986 – 1987 Trainee Credit & Legal department of Hyposwiss, Zurich. Switzerland (subsidiary of UBS)

Academic Background

1985 Lic. Iur. from the University of Zurich, Switzerland
1979 – 1985 Studies of Law at the University of Zurich, Switzerland

 

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Pedro M. Lorenti
lorenti

Local Partner Argentina

p.lorenti@aurigon.ch
M: +54 – 911-3188-6384

Pedro is a highly qualified lawyer with more than 23 years of international experience in business and government relations. He is currently partner of an independent law firm in Buenos Aires, Argentina and represents AURIGON Advisors in this very special market. Prior to setting up his own law boutique, he worked in the London and New York offices of Alfaro Abogados, as Head of Legal at EDESUR, a public utility company and Head of Legal of the Government of Buenos Aires.

He is specialised in supervisory law and has enormous experience in dealing with companies operating in highly regulated and also political industries such as media, oil & gas and health care. In 2005 he was ranked one of Argentina’s Top Lawyers under 40 by the business magazine Apertura. His broad network within the public sector and his experience in common law (UK/US) and case law jurisdictions (Spain, Argentina) make him a first choice consultant dealing with complex re-/insurance matters not only in South-America.

Pedro has an outstanding academic background being Professor of Constitutional Law and Legal Theory at the Universidad Catolica in Buenos Aires since many years. He holds a diploma in English Law and awaits his LLB of BPP College in London, UK. He made his Master in Public Administration at Harvard University, Boston and a Master in European Community Law at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain. A Master in Administrative Law was given by the Universidad Austral and his law degree (J.D.) by the Universidad de Buenos Aires, both Argentina.

Pedro is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese and has basic knowledge of French.

Experience

2012 to date Representative of AURIGON Advisors AG in Buenos Aires, Argentina
2009 to date Partner of independent law firm in Buenos Aires, Argentina
2005 – 2009 UK Representative of Alfaro Abogados in London, UK
2001 – 2005 Independent law practice and external counsel of Alfaro Abogados, Buenos Aires, Argentina
1999 – 2001 Senior Associate at Alfaro Navarro in New York, US
1994 – 1999 Head of Legal (Electronic Concession Department) at EDESUR in Buenos Aires, Argentina
1992 – 1994 Head of Legal for the Government of Buenos Aires, Argentina
1989 – 1992 Associate at Demaria & Fernandez Cronenbold in Buenos Aires

Academic Background

2008 BPP College, London, UK – Diploma in English Law
1999 Harvard University – J.F. Kennedy School of Government, Boston – Master in Public Administration
1997 Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain – Master in European Community Law
1994 Universidad Austral, Buenos Aires, Argentina – Master in Administrative Law
1988 Law degree (J.D.) of Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Memberships

Harvard Club of Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires Bar Association

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Kristoffer Verbeken
verbeken

Local Partner Chile

k.verbeken@aurigon.ch
M: +56 – 9-8808-6061

Kristoffer is an insurance and corporate lawyer with many years of experience and an outstanding academic background. He is partner at the law firm Castellón, Frontaura & Perez, and partner at BFV Liquidadores, a registered and supervised loss adjusting company in Santiago de Chile. Due to his expertise on the loss adjusting side, mainly in property, machinery, construction and liability lines, he knows the Chilean insurance market inside out. He is also familiar with the markets of the neighbor states Argentina, Bolivia and Peru. Through his law firm he advises national and international clients on insurance matters but also in commercial and corporate law including mergers and acquisitions, shareholder agreements or contract wordings. This combination of pure legal work and practical experience on the claims-front is very rare in South-American markets.

Kristoffer studied law in Santiago de Chile and Heidelberg, Germany, where he obtained an LL.M. in international law. He was a scholar of the German Hanns-Seidel-Foundation and is currently teaching International Private Law as professor at the Universidad Católica in Santiago de Chile.

He is fluent in Spanish, English and German.

Experience

2012 to date Representative of AURIGON Advisors AG in Santiago de Chile
2004 to date Partner at BFV Liquidadores in Santiago de Chile
2003 to date Partner at Castellón, Frontaura & Perez Abogados in Santiago de Chile

Academic Background

2007 LL.M. of the Ruprecht Karls University Heidelberg, Germany
2006 – 2007 Legal studies in Heidelberg and scholarship of Hanns-Seidel Foundation Munich
2002 Qualification as lawyer from the Chilean Supreme Court
1996 – 2001 Legal Studies at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiogo de Chile, LL.B.

Memberships

Chilean-German Chamber of Commerce
Chilean-Belgian Chamber of Commerce

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Suzanne Fetter
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Local Partner US

s.fetter@aurigon.ch

Suzanne is an attorney with over 20 years of experience, including 6 years in the legal profession and 15 years in executive positions within the insurance and reinsurance industry. Prior to her current role as a partner with Aurigon, Suzanne served as Vice President of Claims for a Greenlight Re located in Grand Cayman and as Senior Vice President and Head of Office for Alea North America.

She is ARIAS U.S. certified arbitrator and has served on multiple arbitration panels. She has extensive experience with claim audits, and in the areas of healthcare, construction defects, workers’ compensation, general and auto liability, commercial trucking and personal lines. In her early role as a litigator for Travelers/St. Paul, she handled defense of asbestos claims. She has also had extensive experience with MGA’s and TPA’s, TPA contracts, as well as with litigation management, across all U.S. states and in the U.K. Suzanne has been involved in primary, excess, facultative and treaty insurance and reinsurance issues and managed an HR department, Compliance/Regulatory department, as well as Reinsurance Accounting in her role as Head of Office within Alea.

In the late 90’s, Suzanne worked as Claim Consultant for Catastrophic Claims with the Hartford Insurance Group, focusing on the largest workers’ compensation claims, countrywide.

She graduated with Honors from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, with a degree in Psychology; and received her law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Suzanne is a member of the Connecticut Bar, and the International Association of Claim Professionals. Early in her legal career, she served as a court appointed lawyer for the CT Juvenile Court system. She helped as a volunteer at the Crisis Center in Grand Cayman, a shelter for abused women; as a volunteer for the SARAH Foundation, supporting children and adults with disabilities; and on the Board of the Chester Historical Society.

Suzanne speaks English and some Spanish.

Work Experience

2013-2015 VP Claims at Greenlight Re, Grand Cayman
2002-2013 SVP Claims and Head of Office, Alea North America, Rocky Hill, CT
1999-2002 Claims Consultant, Hartford Insurance Group, Hartford, CT
1993-1999 Attorney, specializing in defense of Workers’ Compensation Claims

Academic Background

1993 Juris Doctorate awarded, University of Connecticut School of Law
1990 Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Memberships

ARIAS USA (certified arbitrator)
International Association of Claim Professionals
Connecticut Bar

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Nathalie Pomerantz

Suzanne Fetter  Local Partner  s.fetter@aurigon.ch

Senior Consultant

n.pomerantz@aurigon.ch

Nathalie has in excess of 30 years’ experience in the European and London insurance and re-insurance markets.

Prior to joining Aurigon Advisors AG, she worked as Senior Consultant, European Claims and Commutations Manager as well as Chief Technical Accountant within a number of high profile non-life insurance and reinsurance carriers and brokers.

Nathalie´s extensive experience in managing (re)insurance portfolios and claims, combined with her technical accounting, audit and statutory reporting knowledge enable her to deliver practical solutions for complex problems. She is suited to work under high pressure and in changing environments.

Nathalie is French native speaker, fluent in English, Spanish and Italian.

Work Experience

2012 to date Senior Consultant at Aurigon Advisors AG in Cham/Zug, Switzerland
2010 – 2013 Senior Consultant at Compre Services in Basel, Switzerland
2007 – 2010 Claims Manager at Alea Europe Ltd. in Basel, Switzerland
2003 – 2005 Senior Consultant at Global Resource Managers (GRM) in London, UK
1993 – 2001 Consultant at European Specialty Group (ESG) in Dublin, Ireland
1989 – 1993 Credit Control Supervisor at Employers Re in London, UK
1983 – 1989 Chief Technical Accountant at Plas Negre et Cle in Paris, France

 

 

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Lennart Cornelsen

Suzanne Fetter  Local Partner  s.fetter@aurigon.ch

Consultant

l.cornelsen@aurigon.ch

Lennart is certified Internal Solvency II Auditor and has several years of experience in the insurance and reinsurance industry. Having gathered first internship experiences at international insurance brokers and national insurance companies in Hamburg and Monaco, he started his career as Consultant at Chiltington International in Hamburg (Germany).

Lennart advises international and national insurance and reinsurance companies in a wide range of matters including inter alia:

Lennart studied macroeconomics at the University of Hamburg (Germany). He obtained the German Diploma Degree from the University of Hamburg in October 2010 and his Solvency II Auditor certificate from the German Insurance Academy (Deutsche Versicherungsakademie, DVA).

Lennart is fluent in German and English and has basic knowledge of Spanish.

Work Experience

2014 to date Consultant at AURIGON Advisors AG in Cham/Zug, Switzerland
2011-2013 Consultant at Chiltington International GmbH in Hamburg, Germany
2010 Stage at Pantaenius Yachtversicherung GmbH
2009 Stage at Itzehoer Versicherung VVaG

Academic Background

2010 Diploma in macroeconomics
2006-2010 Studies of macroeconomics at the University of Hamburg (main focus in insurance theory)

 

 

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