Our Team

Simar Walia

Simar Walia

Position: Underwriting Assistant, W&I
Phone: +44 (0) 7747722780
Email: swalia@valeip.com
Categories: Warranty & Indemnity Insurance
Location: London

Underwriting Assistant in the W&I team. Prior to joining VALE in September 2023, Simar  graduated from Imperial College London in MSc Finance, where she expanded her knowledge in M&A, Private Equity, Corporate Finance, and Asset Management. Her previous engagement involved serving as a Financial Research Intern at TradePenetrate. She completed her undergraduate studies in Mathematics at the University of Delhi.

Simar Walia
Underwriting Assistant, W&I

Simar Walia

Underwriting Assistant in the W&I team. Prior to joining VALE...

Jiayan Wang

Jiayan Wang

Position: Underwriter, W&I
Phone: +65 9726 0661
Email: jwang@valeip.com
Categories: Warranty & Indemnity Insurance
Location: Singapore

Jiayan Wang is an Underwriter on the W&I team in Singapore. Jiayan joined from Baker McKenzie where she focused on M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions. Prior to Baker McKenzie, Jiayan practiced in the corporate departments of Drew & Napier and Dentons Rodyk in Singapore. She holds a Law degree from the University of Tasmania and a GDLP from the Australian National University.

Jiayan Wang
Underwriter, W&I

Jiayan Wang

Jiayan Wang is an Underwriter on the W&I team in...

Peter Wells

Peter Wells

Position: General Counsel & Head Tax
Phone: +1 212-247-5189
Email: pwells@valeip.com
Categories: Leadership, Tax Credit Insurance, Tax Indemnity Insurance
Location: New York

Prior to joining VALE, Peter was Counsel at a large international New York law firm. While in private practice, Peter focused primarily in the fields of taxation, closely-held businesses, and exempt organizations. Peter’s experience also includes general corporate and partnership transactions. Peter’s tax practice includes federal tax matters relating to entity selection, formation, transfer of ownership, and operational issues. He also specializes in the formation of off-shore investment vehicles designed to minimize exposure to U.S. taxation.

Peter received his B.A. in history and sociology from the University of Vermont and his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.

Peter is a member of the bar in New York and Massachusetts and is admitted to appear before the U.S. Tax Court and several U.S. federal courts.

Peter Wells
General Counsel & Head Tax

Peter Wells

Prior to joining VALE, Peter was Counsel at a large...

Karina Wong

Karina Wong

Position: Associate, R&W
Phone: +1 646-832-6349
Email: kwong@valeip.com
Categories: Representation & Warranty Insurance
Location: New York

Karina Wong is an Associate for the R&W team at VALE. Prior to joining VALE, Karina was part of the Client Reporting Team at a global investment bank where she prepared custody and fund accounting performance reports for its clients.

Karina graduated from Fordham University with a B.A. in Economics.

Karina Wong
Associate, R&W

Karina Wong

Karina Wong is an Associate for the R&W team at...

Michelle Wong

Michelle Wong

Position: VP of Compliance
Phone: +1 646-832-7367
Email: mwong@valeip.com
Categories: Finance & Operations, Leadership
Location: New York

Michelle Wong is VP of Compliance in the New York office. Michelle is an attorney and a seasoned P&C insurance professional. She has worked for multiple global carriers including Prudential Financial, AIG, Chubb, Zurich and CNA and has extensive experience supporting executives, line management, and underwriting teams. At CNA and Zurich, she supported Specialty Products underwriting, including a $500mm MGU relationship with AON. On the claims side, she was the North America Senior Claims Compliance officer at Chubb and the U.S. Compliance Officer for AIG’s Third Party Administrators. Michelle had responsibility for ensuring its TPAs (handing excess of $20-billion-dollar book of claims under reserve) were compliant with its delegated compliance responsibilities. During the 2008 financial crisis, the New York Federal Reserve designated AIG a systemically important financial institution. She drafted the TPA Exit Strategy which was submitted to the Federal Reserve in the event of AIG’s bankruptcy and wind down.

Michelle has worked extensively with TPAs, MGAs/MGUs, Insureds, brokers, claims and underwriting teams and balances a practical customer centric focus with the needs of the business to develop creative solutions to complex operational, regulatory and compliance issues. Underpinning Michelle’s analysis to each issue she handles is protecting the business from regulatory exposure yet thinking through ways of reducing potential compliance burden.

Michelle has a B.A. from the College of New Rochelle, the first Catholic women’s college founded in New York state by the Ursuline religious order of nuns, and a J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law.

Michelle Wong
VP of Compliance

Michelle Wong

Michelle Wong is VP of Compliance in the New York...