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No. 25: Aspen Specialty


Non-admitted direct premiums written: $544 million

No. 24: Arch Capital


Non-admitted direct premiums written: $566 million

No. 23: Everest Re


Non-admitted direct premiums written: $585 million

No. 22: CNA


Non-admitted direct premiums written: $613 million

No. 21: Swiss Re


Non-admitted direct premiums written: $675 million

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No. 20: Great American Insurance


Non-admitted direct premiums written: $688 million

No. 19: The Hartford


Non-admitted direct premiums written: $730 million

No. 18: AXIS


Non-admitted direct premiums written: $770 million

No. 17: QBE


Non-admitted direct premiums written: $810 million

No. 16: Zurich


Non-admitted direct premiums written: $812 million

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No. 15: Tokio Marine


Non-admitted direct premiums written: $835 million

No. 14: Sompo


Non-admitted direct premiums written: $858 million

No. 13: STARR Cos.


Non-admitted direct premiums written: $871 million

No. 12: James River Group


Non-admitted direct premiums written: $948 million

No. 11: Argo


Non-admitted direct premiums written: $949 million

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No. 10: Alleghany


Non-admitted direct premiums written: $1.06 billion

No. 9: Liberty Mutual


Non-admitted direct premiums written: $1.50 billion

No. 8: AXA SA


Non-admitted direct premiums written: $1.58 billion

No. 7: Chubb


Non-admitted direct premiums written: $1.65 billion

No. 6: Fairfax Financial


Non-admitted direct premiums written: $1.76 billion

No. 5: Nationwide


Non-admitted direct premiums written: $2.01 billion

No. 4: W.R. Berkeley Corp.


Non-admitted direct premiums written: $2.05 billion

No. 3: Berkshire Hathaway Inc.


Non-admitted direct premiums written: $2.34 billion

No. 2: Markel


Non-admitted direct premiums written: $2.75 billion

No. 1: AIG


Non-admitted direct premiums written: $3.46 billion

Like most other businesses, insurers operating in the excess and surplus market now find themselves navigating the blistering economic headwinds unleashed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The good news, however, is that E&S insurers began 2020 with strong financial momentum — despite persistent market challenges such as social inflation, low interest rates, and the rising costs and severity of natural disasters.

The slideshow above illustrates the top 25 insurance groups in the E&S sector, based on non-admitted direct premiums written and additional research calculated by S&P Global Market Intelligence.

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