Why H.W. Kaufman Europe

Kaufman Europe has a track record in creating unique insurance solutions and our success is founded on an in-depth knowledge of the industries we cover. Our understanding of the industry allows us to tailor a policy to suit your specific needs, delivering precisely the right protection at competitive prices.

We have direct access to the Lloyd’s market. We employ highly specialist brokers with in-depth knowledge, who can advise you correctly.

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Trust your company to the experts

  • Single point of contact for multiple products
  • Competitive terms
  • Fast response times and reliable advice
  • Highly specialist brokers with in-depth knowledge
  • Products tailored to meet your needs
  • First class claim and technical departments
  • Direct access to the Lloyd’s market

Meet the Team

Niels Vermolen Statutory director

Niels determines and tracks the company’s strategic objectives and policies, and ensures the Group follows the AFM guidelines.

Niels has a wealth of knowledge and experience in leading insurance companies. He was the director/owner of his family business Vermolen Assurantien in Utrecht, The Netherlands from 1995 to 2017. He successfully grew his company and sold it to start a new challenge, becoming director of Kaufman Europe.

Through his commitment to the interest organizations Adfiz and the NVGA he has gained numerous contacts and a lot of knowledge about the insurance industry.

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Rupesh Appannah Senior Business Executive

Rupesh oversees business production, ensuring growth of Kaufman Europe through quality service for new and existing client relationships. His role involves identifying MGA opportunities and managing key accounts and underwriters. He works with the leadership team in setting strategic objectives for the Group.

Rupesh has significant experience in the insurance sector, the majority of which was spent working up the ranks within the Chesterfield Group, London – an H.W. Kaufman Europe Group company. He has extensive experience across multiple lines of business including Accident & Health, Contingency, Kidnap & Ransom, Financial Lines and Terrorism. He joins HW Kaufman Europe from his previous role as Executive Director at an international reinsurance broker.

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Tom Coppenhagen Broker Support

Tom manages the technical aspects of Kaufman Europe’s operations including binding authorities and open market placements. Additionally, he provides broking support to the team.

Tom’s previous experience in financial institutions has given him a good understanding of the market. Tom’s combined role makes him an integral member of the team and to the day to day running of the business. He has demonstrated his enthusiasm and keen eagerness to learn and progress..

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If you are interested in exploring a career with Kaufman Europe, please email Niels Vermolen at nvermolen@hwkaufman.eu

H.W. Kaufman Group

Kaufman Europe is part of the H.W. Kaufman Group.

H.W. Kaufman Group is a global network of companies dedicated to shaping the insurance industry. Our success is drawn from a collaboration of unique insights, an unparalleled depth of resources and the highest level of expertise. In propelling insurance forward, we are:

  • Investing in innovative technology and future-focused strategies
  • Creating efficiencies whenever possible
  • Identifying emerging trends
  • Being more responsive to changing market conditions
  • Promoting creativity and encouraging dynamic thinking that contributes to complex problem-solving

Our History

More than 50 years ago, H.W. Kaufman Group was founded on the principles of partnership, integrity and excellence. With thousands of dedicated professionals across an extensive network of over 60 offices around the world, we lead by offering innovative solutions that are at the forefront of the industry. We are privately-owned and thus free from the influence of Wall Street. This allows us the ability to adapt to constantly fluctuating market conditions. View our full Company History.