Dual Corporate Risks, a UK-based underwriting agency, has appointed Neil Flatman to manage its international property business.

The underwriting agency said that the appointment is in line with its advance into international property following the launch of its property and causality division in July 2010.

Flatman will focus on major industrial commercial risks and also affinity class business. He will operate a single-point solution to clients’ capacity needs and will report to executive chairman Russell Kilpatrick.

Flatman will join Dual Corporate Risks from Markel where he was divisional managing director for international property. Prior to that, he worked for QBE for approximately eight years culminating in a role as head of European and international property. He also had five-year stints at Cigna and AIG.

Kilpatrick said Neil is an experienced industry professional with broad ranging skills and relationships developed both in the London market and in Europe.

"He has a proven track record within the industry and the timing of his arrival fits perfectly with Dual’s plans for growth by diversification," Kilpatrick said.

Flatman said the size of the opportunity for Dual is huge. The London property reinsurance market writes in excess of $6bn in gross written premium and the size of the affinity class opportunity is larger still.