March 28, 2022 - Summit, New Jersey

Falcon Risk Holdings LLC (Falcon), the US Financial, Professional and Cyber lines MGA has announced three new senior appointments to its team. David Lynders joins as Head of Management Liability, John Merchant joins as Head of Cyber & Technology E&O, and Martin Schnabel as Head of Claims.

 Falcon Risk was formed in 2021 by industry veteran Craig Landi, alongside Griffin Highline Capital LLC and HDI Global Specialty SE. The company started underwriting risk in January 2022, and it will provide a full suite of financial, professional, and cyber insurance products and services.  

 David Lynders joins from AIG, where he held a number of senior roles, including Head of Financial Institutions, Financial Lines North America. Prior to that, he held senior positions at Axis Capital Holdings and Marsh, Inc. and has 25 years of insurance market experience.

 John Merchant joins Falcon from Optio Insurance Services where he was Managing Director - Cyber & Technology Practice, North America. He has held several senior roles in cyber underwriting and product development, including at Hartford Financial Products and Nationwide.

 Falcon has also appointed Martin Schnabel as Head of Claims. Martin has over 30 years of experience in the market and has performed in various legal functions and senior claims roles. Martin was at Nationwide E/S Specialty for the last 12 years, where he most recently served as Chief Claims Officer, and previously he was at AEGIS Insurance Services.

 CEO of Falcon, Craig Landi said: “I’m pleased to announce the addition of David Lynders, John Merchant, and Martin Schnabel to our leadership team.  They serve as part of our strategy to put together a best-in-class team to provide a new alternative for financial, professional, and cyber risks together with our partners, HDI Global Specialty and Griffin Highline.”



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About Falcon Risk Holdings

Falcon Risk Services is a managing general agency focused on underwriting and claims management of financial, professional, and cyber lines of insurance business throughout the United States. Falcon uses an analytical approach to underwriting and claims management while also leveraging deep and longstanding broker relationships to nationally distribute its management, professional and cyber liability portfolio of products.

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About HDI Global Specialty

HDI Global Specialty, leveraging the specialty activities of the Talanx Group, is an excellent platform with cross-business segment expertise. Its focus is on writing agency and specialty insurance business in lines including errors & omissions liability insurance, directors’ and officers’ liability insurance (D&O), legal expenses insurance, contingency, sports and entertainment, aviation & space, upstream energy, and animal insurance.

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About Griffin Highline Capital LLC

Griffin Highline is a holding company that invests in and actively manages insurance operating businesses. Its strategy focuses on allocating capital to specialized, niche insurance-related businesses with a long-term, compounding approach as an industry partner.

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Falcon Risk Services hires key senior leaders including David Lynders, John Merchant, and Martin Schnabel.