Headed by Mike Abdallah in Sydney, the LIU Asia Pacific team is experienced and knowledgeable. Their focus is always on providing the resources, people and products that help you protect your business and your people.
LIU's focus on global specialist lines enables us to provide a broad range of insurance solutions, with a capability to manage complex risks. Our integrated business teams ensure that underwriting, claims and risk management are client focused and add an extra level of safety, security and value to every policy we underwrite.
Our experienced people provide specialist solutions by addressing specific client needs.
Working with a geographically dispersed team, Steve is responsible for the management of the Civil Construction product line globally.
Steve joined LIU in July 2008 with a mandate to formulate and execute a strategy for the global roll-out of Civil Construction as a new product line within LIU. Prior to joining LIU, Steve spent just under 20 years at Swiss Reinsurance, finishing there as Head of Engineering, Asia. During his time at Swiss Re, he was primarily involved in the insurance of major construction projects worldwide working in South African, London, Zurich and Australian markets. Before his time in reinsurance, Steve spent 10 years in a variety of site-related construction activities including bridge, mining and structural erection projects.
Steve comes from a Civil Engineering background, has a Bachelor of Commerce and is an Associate of the Insurance Institute and a Fellow of the Risk Management Institute of South Africa.
Senior Vice President Casualty
Dominic has over 30 years insurance experience and joined LIU in 2000 as a Senior Casualty Underwriter. During this time, he has led our Casualty Underwriting teams in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Dominic also managed the set-up of our Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide offices.
Today Dominic heads up our Casualty division for LIU Australia.
Michael Abdallah is the President & Managing Director of LIU Asia Pacific, and has global product line responsibility for LIU’s Energy, Marine and Construction business.
Mike joined LIU in New York in 1999 and led the successful re-underwriting of the acquired Albany Insurance Company, which helped kick-start LIU’s US operations.
Prior to LIU, Mike was President of Navigators in New York, and before that spent 25 years with CIGNA in various international locations.
During the last 25 years, Mike has worked in Tokyo, Philadelphia, London, New York and Sydney, and directed both regional and global operations.
Paul is the head of the Australian Marine Division as well as a senior member of the LIU Global Marine Team.
Paul started with LIU in 2003 and has over 30 years of experience in Marine insurance, having held Marine Management roles with leading multinational insurance companies in Australia and the US.
His experience also includes involvement in Asian and Latin American markets.
Paul has developed LIU’s business appetite in our chosen Marine Segments of General Cargo, Project Cargo [Profits Insurance], Primary & Excess Marine Liabilities, Construction of Vessels and Commercial Hull insurance.
As manager of the NSW branch - LIU Australia’s largest branch - Paul oversees operations, staff management, market effectiveness and overall coordination from the Sydney flagship office.
Paul has more than 25 years’ experience in both claims and underwriting, during which time he has dealt with both international and domestic brokers. Although his focus has been mainly the General Liability product lines, Paul also has experience in construction, manufacturing and Sports Liability insurance. Paul joined LIU in 2001 and spent the first 10 years in the Sydney office before moving to Melbourne in 2010. He relocated to Sydney in 2017.
He holds a Diploma in Financial Services and is a Senior Associate of ANZIIF.
Claims and Technology, Strategy and Change Management
Vanessa manages the Claims, Technology and the Strategy and Change Management Divisions for the Asia Pacific Region
Vanessa has been handling claims since 1995 and has managed a range of claims including Professional Indemnity, Directors’ & Officers’ Liability, Bankers’ Blanket Bond, Compulsory Third Party, Public and Products Liability, Property, Marine, Engineering and Crisis Management claims.
She joined LIU in 2001 and since that time has held a number of positions within LIU, including Vice President Claims and Legal Counsel for LIU’s Asia Pacific operations. Since joining LIU she has also participated in policy wording development on a cross lines basis.
In 2012 Vanessa was appointed Senior Vice President Claims and Technology for the Asia Pacific Region.
Prior to joining LIU Vanessa worked at a number of Australian insurers. This gave Vanessa exposure to a wide range of products, wordings and claims sizes. Vanessa has handled claims in jurisdictions throughout Australia and Asia.
Vanessa is legally qualified.