Fee and commission income (2003): £24m

Pre-tax profit (2003): £5.2m

Address: 52-56 Minories,

London EC3N 1JJ

Tel: 020 7480 6622

Fax: 020 7480 0520

Email: pws@pwsint.co.uk

Website: www.pwsint.co.uk
Year established: 1964

History: PWS is an independent specialist reinsurance broker. It was founded in 1964 and was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1984.

In 2000, however, a public to private management buy-out was successfully completed, thus assuring PWS's long-term independence.

The company's specialist areas include treaty (international), treaty (London market), property (international), property (Americas), marine, professional risks and construction and engineering.

Initially operating solely from its office in London, the company developed an extensive international client base and now operates from 15 offices around the world.

Major shareholders: The company is 100% owned by its existing management.

Main lines of business: International treaty and facultative reinsurance.

Number of branches: 20 offices worldwide.

Number of UK employees (average for 2003): 235

Chief officer: Julian Messent, chief executive, PWS Holdings.