Howden, the Lloyd’s broker specialising in business critical insurance, is building a team in London to extend its international reach and capabilities in medical malpractice.

The company will provide both wholesale and retail services through Howden’s international offices.

Virginio Mercurio will lead the team as director.

He joins the London office from Howden’s Spanish operation, where he was previously a director responsible for consolidating the reinsurance book and establishing a wholesale capability.

Mercurio, who specialises in medical malpractice, has more than 10 years of experience in the insurance industry and has previously worked for Willis.

Howden UK chief executive Tim Coles said: “There’s great potential in the medical malpractice arena.

“Having a specialist capability located in the London office will provide our international offices with access to first class insurance, knowledge and contacts to exploit the potential.”