About Us
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About Us

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    Great Lakes in Detail

    Drawing on the experience and solidity of Munich Re, Great Lakes Insurance SE (Great Lakes) conducts agency and coinsurance business and provides covers for complex single risks.

    We operate independently and with partners to serve the primary insurance market. In addition, we provide our business partners with operations support and expertise, developing innovative insurance solutions.

    As a Munich-based insurance solution provider, Great Lakes is regulated by the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority of Germany (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht or BaFin). The company is a fully owned subsidiary of Munich Re and enjoys the same strong rating and financial strength as the parent company. We maintain permanent offices in the United Kingdom (London), Ireland (Dublin), Italy (Milan), Switzerland (Zug/Cham) and Australia (Sydney).

    Fairness and transparency towards our policyholders are at the heart of our corporate culture. We are committed to ensuring that the products and services we offer meet the needs and interests of our customers and provide value to them. Our staff members can rely on us for attractive opportunities and conditions in a fast-moving market – exciting chances for international personal and professional development included.

    Our Value Proposition

    Licenses on a global scale
    Strong rating and financial strength
    Flexible and comprehensive set of modular primary insurance operations
    Flexible and scalable B2B2C platform with a fully automated agency portal
    Extensive primary insurance experience
    High commitment to support business partners

    Dr. Stefan Pasternak
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    At Great Lakes we focus on our partners’ business ideas to support them with traditional business models and to guide them with our expertise and experience in implementing innovative solutions.
    Dr. Stefan Pasternak
    Chief Financial Officer


    Key Financial Figures

    Gross Written Premium 2022
    Standard & Poor’s Rating
    Solvency Ratio 2022


    At Great Lakes, we look back on a successful track record beginning in 1951 – and we look forward to continuing our support for partners and commercial insurance clients across industries as they take on the challenges of the 21st century.
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    Great Lakes is founded in Canada
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    The Toronto-based company is acquired by Munich Re
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    Great Lakes Reinsurance (UK) PLC is established in London
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    Great Lakes Australia and Great Lakes Switzerland are founded
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    Great Lakes Italy is founded
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    The company's underlying legal entity is changed from PLC to SE (Societas Europaea)
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    Redomiciliation from London to Munich and name change to Great Lakes Insurance SE
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    Existing UK branch becomes third country branch and a new licenced UK subsidiary is established