PGD Strategy

Specialist Corporate Finance and Strategy Consultants

“Peter Droussiotis’s analytical and disciplined approach to corporate finance has been a hallmark of PGD Strategy’s success.”

Mark Hvidsten, Vice-Chairman, Willis Re Inc.

“PGD Strategy originated and helped us complete our first strategic acquisition for Thistle, our insurance distribution platform.”

Dominic Burke, Former CEO, Jardine Lloyd Thomson Group plc and Former Vice-Chairman, Marsh & Mclennan Cos Inc., now Independent Director, St. James's Place plc.

“PGD Strategy provided excellent value for money in helping us promote and negotiate the sale of our business.”

Nigel Hucknall, formerly CEO & principal shareholder, Brooks Braithwaite (Sussex) Ltd

“Peter Droussiotis is an accomplished and results-oriented M & A advisor and transactional project manager.”

Bronek Masojada, Chair, SiriusPoint and former CEO, Hiscox

“PGD Strategy has a wealth of knowledge and a huge diversity of connections in the Lloyd’s and international insurance markets.”

Marc van der Veer, CEO European Ventures, Nexus Group

“Peter Droussiotis understands 'people’, he quickly identifies their needs and brings benefit to all, that's Peter.”

Robby Sukhdeo BEM, Founder and Owner, Pavilion Sports and Cafe

“PGD Strategy’s strategic insights and extensive networks enabled us to develop new partnerships and distribution capabilities.”

Rob Isaacs, CEO, Union Income Benefit Holdings Ltd

“PGD Strategy was instrumental in bringing out a shared vision which helped us to progress the development of our group.”

Richard Tee, CEO, Avantis Group

“PGD Strategy possesses deep knowledge of the insurance industry and of the key drivers that are essential for successful deal-making.”

James Gerry, Chairman, GB Underwriting and Chairman, MX Underwriting

“PGD Strategy’s excellent strategic advice and transaction execution capabilities are equalled by the integrity of its team.”

Nick Heys, CEO, Artex Risk Solutions (International)

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The establishment of Gulf Re as a seminal reinsurance joint venture between the Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC) and Arch Capital Group (Arch) illustrates our ground-breaking work in the GCC states, a niche emerging hub with significant potential.

In the context of that assignment, we achieved the following deliverables which led to the establishment of the joint venture company and its joint capitalisation by GIC and Arch to the tune of US$400m, resulting in an A- rating by AM Best, the first indigenous reinsurer to secure such a rating:

  • Produced a strategic evaluation of the corporate development opportunity to establish a new GCC-focused re-insurer to write re-insurance business in the GCC states primarily for oil and gas, petrochemical, power and other similar large industrial assets. Our evaluation was driven by the key findings of our study and focused on:
  • Broad Political and Economic Factors
  • Key Characteristics of Insurable ‘High-Value’ Assets
  • Non-Life Insurance and Reinsurance Growth Trends
  • Analysis of Core Features of Reinsurance Market
  • Feasibility, including illustrative business models, of Start-Up Re-insurer
  • Assessment of Strategic Joint Venture Options
  • Assessment of GCC Corporate Locations for Gulf Re
  • Implementation
  • Identified, cultivated and delivered a strategic partner to the GIC in the shape of Arch Capital Group
  • Identified, cultivated and helped select a high-calibre core management team for the venture
  • Our methodology in completing this assignment entailed structured discussions organised with more than thirty insurance sector organisations in London, as well as ‘on the ground’ in the GCC, selected on the basis of their perceived relative importance to the potential delivery of the business opportunity.
  • The skills we deployed in the context of this assignment included:
  • Networking and relationship building with major players and circles of influence
  • Management of/liaison with multiple stakeholders including the client, potential sources of business, global brokers and local insurers, risk asset owners/contractors, regulators, DIFC, QFC, rating agencies, government and semi-governmental organisations, potential joint venture partners and potential core recruits, other professional advisers
  • Strategic consultancy focused on entry strategies, market positioning, development scenario testing, business modelling, cross-cultural awareness, transactional behaviour, stakeholder mapping, implementation planning and tactics
  • Corporate development opportunity promotion and marketing to potential partners, associates and business allies
  • Formulating business interest alignment strategies to bring parties together and develop shared agendas
  • Research, information collection and analysis
  • Negotiation tactics often involving multicultural and multijurisdictional settings
  • Ideas generation to enhance and enrich the project
  • Project management/co-ordination of external and internal resources including local professional advisors in multiple jurisdictions


PGD Strategy is an independent corporate finance advisory and strategy consulting firm based in London, England.

PGD Strategy is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority.


PGD Strategy Limited
124 City Road
London, EC1V 2NX
United Kingdom
T:  + 44 (0) 20 8826 0295
Contact: Peter Droussiotis
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