About Us

We seek to be the preferred, strategic advisor and thought partner to senior management, boards of directors and company ownership. Focused exclusively on the insurance and reinsurance industry, our team leverages strong relationships, decades of experience in all matters related to investment banking and insurance, along with an uncompromising commitment to achieving highly advantageous outcomes for our clients. Our goal is to become a genuine thought partner dedicated to a single objective -- unlocking material value for your enterprise. We look forward to working with you.
Joseph Scheerer, Principal and Managing Director

Our Focus

We focus exclusively on providing strategic advisory services to the insurance industry. Our advice is based on deep industry knowledge and expertise — from long-term industry trends to cutting-edge strategy, products and capital structures. Stonybrook clients include insurers, reinsurers, agents, brokers, managing general underwriters and asset managers, private equity firms, hedge funds and alternative asset managers. We have insights based on long experience, unmatched industry contacts and a track record of successful outcomes for our clients.

Our Values

We are passionate about the business of insurance — its contribution to society through the sharing of risk and its role as an engine of commerce in our market driven system. Integrity in the conduct of business is at the heart of everything we do. We are independent with no conflicts of interest.

Our Firm

We are agile and unburdened by layers of management. From day one, clients work with senior executives who are deliberate, thoughtful, and creative. We believe being small and devoted one-on-one to our clients is a competitive point of difference. We work in a highly charged, collegial and collaborative atmosphere that translates into better solutions. When you are on the phone or in a meeting with Stonybrook, you are speaking to a decision maker.

Our Commitment

We are committed to winning for our clients. Creativity and innovation in problem solving are top priorities in all engagements. We have no hidden agendas or products to sell — just honest advice based on rigorous analysis of each client’s needs.

Our Team

Joseph M. Scheerer

Dwight Evans

Ravi D. Arps

Martin Davies

Justin Roman

Valeria Martinez

Advisors

Ian Winchester

Mr. Winchester is the Managing Partner and Chairman of the Investment Committee at BHC Winton Fund, L.P., an investment fund that focuses on providing capital to syndicates operating in the Lloyd’s market. He serves also as Managing Director for the Insurance Group at Brooks Houghton and Company. From 1985 to 2006, he was with T&H Holdings, Inc., parent of Toplis & Harding, where he served as Chairman, President, and CEO and continues as a Non-Executive Director. Earlier, he spent 15 years with Winchester Bowring, Ltd., a specialist reinsurance broker at Lloyd’s. He has been an underwriting Member of Lloyd’s since 1978.

Mark Ricciardelli

Mark is the Founder and Principal of PlumBank Advisors which provides startup capital for early stage businesses in the financial services, healthcare, and technology sectors. Before founding PlumBank, Mr. Ricciardelli was CEO of Asterisk Financial Group, a special insurance company. He was also Group President and Chief Executive Officer of Alea Group Holdings (a KKR Co), a publicly traded global reinsurance and specialty insurance company. Before Alea, he led multiple divisions for GE Insurance Solutions, including President and Chief Executive Officer of Global Casualty and Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of ERC Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.

Art Dougherty

Mr. Dougherty is currently Executive Vice President, Head of New Business Development for Holborn Corporation. Prior to joining Holborn, he was Senior Vice President for U.S. RE Corporation, and managed the U.S. domestic production and placement of treaty reinsurance, and focused on property catastrophe business arising from the Gulf States. Mr. Dougherty joined Benfield in 2001 as a senior vice president, where he was responsible for production, management, and placement of treaty reinsurance, with particular emphasis on specialty casualty business. Prior to Benfield, Art worked for Sten-Re, Cole, a firm which ultimately became Aon Re, where he served for 20 years.

John DiGregoria

Mr. DiGregoria is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating and Financial Officer of Holborn Corporation and a member of the firm’s Franchise Operating Committee. Additionally, he participates in the firm’s governance as Corporate Secretary and as a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. DiGregoria joined the firm in 1999, after more than 16 years in the insurance and reinsurance industry. Prior to joining Holborn, Mr. DiGregoria was a Controller at ZRC and later assumed responsibilities as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Generali’s U.S. Branch. He was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Frank Ruyak

Mr. Ruyak was most recently Chairman of Cannon General Insurance Services, LLC in San Diego. Prior to joining Cannon, Frank was with Arrowhead General Insurance Agency, Inc. from 2000 through 2008. He joined the company as President and was named Chief Executive Officer in 2006. He left Prudential in 1981 to join Constitution Reinsurance Corporation in New York City and stayed with Constitution through 1998. He was named President of that company in 1987 and managed all treaty underwriting operations during his time with Constitution Re.

Partners

Holborn Corporation, formed in 1920, is one of the largest independent reinsurance brokerage firms in the United States. The Company offers global market access, state-of-the-art analytic tools, catastrophe modeling and responsive account services to clients nationwide. Holborn offers investment banking services to its clients through partnership with Stonybrook Capital. Stonybrook clients have access to Holborn analytic and related services through the affiliation.

Art Dougherty, Senior Vice President, Head of New Business Development for Holborn Corporation is a Strategic Advisor to Stonybrook Capital.

John DiGregoria, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating and Financial Officer of Holborn, is a Strategic Advisor to Stonybrook Capital.

www.holborn.com

Weild & Co. works with corporations to identify and reach many more long-term investors and to get the most out of Wall Street.  Our infrastructure is designed  to improve corporate access in the equities markets.  This contrasts from traditional Wall Street firms where capabilities have been developed to cater to high commission-paying investors – many of whom are short-term in nature.  For this reason, Weild & Co.  is much more effective at helping corporations reach qualified long-term investors.  Our approach helps corporations (and other investment banks) to achieve better results in ‘testing the waters’, crossover private placements, initial public offerings, uplistings, follow-on offerings, and in the aftermarket.

www.weildco.com

AHJ Capital Markets develop risk transfer and financing solutions in the insurance, reinsurance and capital markets, offering a range of transactions that support growth and stable profitability. Services include:

Insurance Linked Securities (ILS) – Accessing the capital markets to deliver collateralized reinsurance at competitive terms and pricing

Debt Capital – Efficient structures to enhance an insurance company’s capital base

Corporate Finance – Arranging the purchase and sale of insurance sector assets

Strategic Reinsurance – Addressing a wide range of risks that drive capital requirements

Equity Capital – Available from investors with an insurance sector focus

Investments – Targeting superior low risk yield and improved solvency treatment

www.ahjltd.co.uk