Fee and commission income (2003): £141m.

Pre-tax profit (2003): £3.1m

Address: Bevis Marks House Bevis Marks London EC3A 7NE

Tel: 020 7623 3806

Fax: 020 7623 3807

Website: www.howdenins.co.uk

History: Based in the City of London, Howden is the Lloyd's broking arm of the Hyperion Insurance Group.

Main lines of business: Directors' and officers', professional indemnity, financial institutions, venture capitalist liability, bankers blanket bond, commercial crime, medical malpractice, cyber liability

Chief officer: David Howden, chief executive, Hyperion Insurance Group.