Hampden Underwriting plc was founded in 2007 to fill a gap in the market; it is the only quoted company to provide small investors access to a portfolio of Lloyd's syndicates. The earlier investment-trust-like companies that had provided capital for several Lloyd's syndicates had all turned themselves into integrated Lloyd's vehicles or been taken over. The company provides capital backing to two dozen Lloyd's syndicates providing a spread of exposure, both geographically and to different categories of risk, which is capital-efficient and moderates the impact of catastrophes and of the premium rate cycle. The company is advised by Hampden Agencies, the leading Members' Agent (i.e. working on behalf of the Names who have traditionally provided the capital supporting the underwriting undertaken by the Syndicates). The larger part of its capital is invested through one of the Members Agents Pooling Arrangements ('MAPA') managed by Hampden Agencies, with smaller amounts directly backing individual syndicates.
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