Torus, the global specialty insurer, has appointed Thomas Guesde as senior vice president of its new European Casualty platform. He will be initially based in the company's new Amsterdam office, pending the opening of a Paris office later this year.

With limits of up to €25m, the new platform is available on both a primary and excess basis with the capacity to write classes, from large, global, complex risks to European middle market business. Most policy forms can be followed in several European languages.

Mr Guesde has over 17 years of technical casualty underwriting and customer management experience.

He was director of GAN Eurocourtage’s Casualty Underwriting and International Departments.

David Perez, president and CUO of global casualty at Torus, said: “The establishment of an underwriting operation in Europe is designed to enhance the global footprint of Torus Casualty, entertain opportunities accessible only through a local presence and assist in the diversification of our overall portfolio by responding to the specific needs of our customers in Continental Europe.”