Liberty Specialty Markets (LSM), part of Liberty Mutual Insurance, has appointed Chris Hall to the role of senior underwriter. He makes the move from Lloyds Banking Group, where he is currently head of trade asset management.

Hall will lead the development of a new trade finance insurance initiative and report to Andrew Beechey, LSM’s head of underwriting and strategic development, global financial risks.

“We are very pleased to have Chris join our team. He’s established a very strong reputation in the trade finance sector as an innovator and strategic thinker,” says Beechey.

Hall started his career in banking with RBS in 2005. He held a variety of roles there, including business development manager, international manager, rising to vice-president of trade asset management. He joined Lloyds Banking Group in 2015 as its head of trade asset management, introducing the business to the bank and significantly broadening its distribution capabilities.

Hall is a serving board member of the International Trade and Forfaiting Association.