Willis Re, a part of Willis Group Holdings, has merged its teams handling Continental European and UK-based property and casualty (P&C) business into an expanded European unit and is establishing a new Specialty Casualty Practice Group.

?The creation of Willis Re Europe brings together the reinsurance broker’s UK and Continental Europe business under Willis Re International & Specialty.

Tony Melia, London-based managing director has been appointed as head of the unified European team. Concurrent with this, Colin Kiddie will take on overall leadership of Willis Re’s Specialty business, which comprises its non-marine, marine and aviation capabilities.

Willis Re’s newly created a Specialty Casualty Practice Group will operate on a global basis and it will be lead by David Thomas, who has also been appointed to run all UK- based North American operations.

Specialty Casualty Practice Group will bring together a number of classes of reinsurance business that requires unique expertise, including: professional indemnity (excluding healthcare), directors & officers, public entity, and environmental liability, according to Willis Re.