Our Team

Stephanie Barclay

Stephanie Barclay

Position: Executive Administrative Assistant
Phone: +1 646-469-4808
Email: sbarclay@valeip.com
Location: New York

Stephanie Barclay is an Executive Administrative Assistant for VALE New York City. She is a graduate of Concordia University where she earned a BFA in Art History.

Stephanie Barclay
Executive Administrative Assistant

Stephanie Barclay

Stephanie Barclay is an Executive Administrative Assistant for VALE New...

Spencer Bernstein

Spencer Bernstein

Position: Analyst
Phone: +1 342-982-7150
Email: sbernstein@valeip.com
Categories: Representation & Warranty Insurance
Location: New York

Graduated this May 2023 from Elon University in North Carolina with a BSBA in Finance.

Spencer Bernstein
Analyst

Spencer Bernstein

Graduated this May 2023 from Elon University in North Carolina...

Mathias Beyer

Mathias Nardi Beyer

Position: Associate Director, W&I
Phone: +44 (0)7939 482727
Email: mbeyer@valeip.com
Categories: Warranty & Indemnity Insurance
Location: London

Mathias Nardi Beyer is a Senior Underwriter in the W&I team. Mathias joined from Linklaters in Düsseldorf, Germany, focusing on private M&A transactions and corporate restructurings in the mid to large-cap sector. Mathias studied law at the University of Passau, Germany, before completing his legal clerkship (Referendariat) at the regional court of Münster with stages at Linklaters in Düsseldorf and Shanghai. He also holds an LL.M. (Master of Law) from the University of Edinburgh.

Mathias Beyer
Associate Director, W&I

Mathias Nardi Beyer

Mathias Nardi Beyer is a Senior Underwriter in the W&I...

Alicia Colodner

Alicia Colodner

Position: Head of HR and Compliance
Phone: +1 646-673-0124
Email: acolodner@valeip.com
Categories: Leadership
Location: New York

Alicia has 15+ years experience as a senior-level HR manager, She is responsible for overseeing the operational accuracy of all processes and policies while cultivating strong workplace culture. Her work directly supports the strategic vision of C-level executives by aligning all business operations around established goals and objectives.

Alicia graduated from FIT with a B.S. in International Trade & Business.

Alicia Colodner
Head of HR and Compliance

Alicia Colodner

Alicia has 15+ years experience as a senior-level HR manager,...

Brian Conroy

Brian Conroy

Position: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: +1 917-414-1205
Email: bconroy@valeip.com
Categories: Finance & Operations, Leadership
Location: New York

Brian Conroy manages the VALE finance function and partners with other members of the leadership team to advance business growth and strategic objectives. Prior to joining VALE, he was the Corporate Controller and Head of FP&A for Constellation Affiliated Partners, a multi-line MGA focusing on construction, transportation, real estate, cyber, and various specialty coverages. Previously, Brian worked for many years at Thomson Reuters in several finance roles of increasing seniority supporting their financial services business unit. He began his career at PwC and also worked at Deutsche Bank and Integro Insurance Brokers.

Brian graduated from Georgetown University with his B.S. in finance and accounting and from New York University with his M.S. in real estate.

Brian Conroy
Chief Financial Officer

Brian Conroy

Brian Conroy manages the VALE finance function and partners with...

Michael Corelli

Michael Corelli

Position: Vice President, R&W
Phone: +1 315-525-5379
Email: mcorelli@valeip.com
Categories: Representation & Warranty Insurance
Location: New York

Prior to joining VALE, Mike practiced law, focusing on mergers & acquisitions, private equity, venture capital and general corporate law. Mike represented private equity funds in all aspects of leveraged buyout transactions, including portfolio company acquisitions and dispositions, equity and seller financing, management employment and equity compensation arrangements, recapitalizations and portfolio company add-on acquisitions. Mike’s experience also includes drafting, reviewing and advising clients regarding shareholders’ agreements, merger agreements, asset or stock purchase agreements among other transaction documents.

Mike graduated with a BA (Psychology) from Utica College and an MA (Psychology – with a focus on Industrial & Organizational Psychology) from the University of West Florida. He also received a JD (Cum Laude) from Syracuse University College of Law.

Michael Corelli
Vice President, R&W

Michael Corelli

Prior to joining VALE, Mike practiced law, focusing on mergers...

Kevin Costello

Kevin Costello

Position: Director, W&I
Phone: +44 (0)7547 684081
Email: kcostello@valeip.com
Categories: Warranty & Indemnity Insurance
Location: London

Kevin Costello is a Director, W&I. Kevin joined the W&I market in 2017 after a successful career within Civil Service and law and led Ambridge’s European Transactional Risks business based in Frankfurt, Germany. Kevin holds a degree in French and German from the University of Oxford and practised law as a barrister with Travers Smith, before moving into the insurance industry.

Kevin Costello
Director, W&I

Kevin Costello

Kevin Costello is a Director, W&I. Kevin joined the W&I...

Sean de Ganon

Sean de Ganon

Position: Analyst
Phone: +1 917-890-7591
Email: sdeganon@valeip.com
Categories: Representation & Warranty Insurance
Location: New York

Sean graduated from Fordham University in 2022 with majors in Political Science and American Studies. He most recently worked at Third Bridge as a research recruiter and prior to that interned at the Portman Square Group as an Investigative Research Intern.

Sean de Ganon
Analyst

Sean de Ganon

Sean graduated from Fordham University in 2022 with majors in...

Conor Duffin Hall

Conor Duffin-Hall

Position: Associate Director, W&I
Phone: +44 (0)7826 929007
Email: cduffinhall@valeip.com
Categories: Warranty & Indemnity Insurance
Location: London

Conor Duffin-Hall is a Senior Underwriter in the W&I team. Conor joined VALE from Liberty Global Transaction Solutions, where he focused on underwriting M&A transactions in the UK, Ireland, Middle East and Central and Eastern Europe. Conor studied law at the University of Sheffield, spending a year at KU Leuven in Belgium, and subsequently obtained an LL.M. in International Banking and Finance Law from UCL.

Conor Duffin Hall
Associate Director, W&I

Conor Duffin-Hall

Conor Duffin-Hall is a Senior Underwriter in the W&I team....

Holly Edwards

Holly Edwards

Position: Director, Head of W&I Asia Pacific
Phone: +65 9421 0467
Email: hedwards@valeip.com
Categories: Warranty & Indemnity Insurance
Location: Singapore

Holly Edwards is a Director, and head of W&I Asia Pacific. Holly joined VALE Europe from Beazley where she was M&A Counsel and underwriter. There she specialized in the underwriting of W&I risks with a global remit (including US and Asia Pacific risks) but with a focus on Europe. Before joining Beazley, Holly underwrote transactional liability risks for both AIG and AWAC. Holly practiced M&A and corporate law with Ropes & Gray (New York) and Ashurst (Australia) before moving into the insurance space. Holly holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honors from Monash University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne (both in Australia).

Holly Edwards
Director, Head of W&I Asia Pacific

Holly Edwards

Holly Edwards is a Director, and head of W&I Asia...

Willette Elder

Willette Elder

Position: Director, Tax
Phone: +1 212-247-2600
Email: welder@valeip.com
Categories: Tax Credit Insurance, Tax Indemnity Insurance
Location: New York

Willette Elder is a Director of Tax at VALE New York City. She is a graduate of Howard University, The George Washington University Law School and Boston University School of Law, where she earned her Tax LL.M.

In over a decade as a tax attorney, Willette has led teams in due diligence, tax planning and tax structuring in the fields of corporate governance and transactions, international tax implications, exempt organizations, wealth succession and tax credits, among others. While practicing international tax and transactions at a Big 4 accounting firm, Willette primarily supported clients in the private equity community, and she participated in complex tax structuring for national and global M&A transactions, including two of the top media and technology mergers of all time.

At VALE, Willette supports the Tax Liability Insurance product, and her diverse tax experiences equip her to face various tax issues and solutions in a growing transactional liability market. When her creativity is not geared towards tax strategies, Willette focuses that energy on cooking, painting and pottery.

Willette Elder
Director, Tax

Willette Elder

Willette Elder is a Director of Tax at VALE New...

Gabriel Coutinho Flecha

Gabriel Flecha

Position: Underwriter, Tax Europe
Phone: +44(0)7498 561898
Email: glfecha@valeip.com
Categories: Tax Indemnity Insurance
Location: London

Gabriel C. Flecha is a Tax Underwriter in the London office. Gabriel joined VALE from Natwest, where he focused on tax signoff of cross-border structured finance deals, derivatives, repos, and stock lending transactions. Prior to that, Gabriel was a VP in the JP Morgan Tax team in London. Gabriel has also worked with Tax Advisory at Expedia, and EY both in London and New York and has experience in tax litigation. Gabriel holds an LL.M. in International Tax by NYU.

Gabriel Coutinho Flecha
Underwriter, Tax Europe

Gabriel Flecha

Gabriel C. Flecha is a Tax Underwriter in the London...

Marie Forray

Marie Forray

Position: Underwriter, W&I
Phone: +33 (0) 6 75 60 63 96
Email: mforray@valeip.com
Categories: Warranty & Indemnity Insurance
Location: London

Marie joined from Ayache (Paris) focusing on private equity and M&A deals. Before Ayache, Marie was an associate in the corporate and M&A department of Osborne Clarke (Paris). Marie holds a Master’s degree in Business Law from Paris Nanterre University and an LL.M from Queen Mary University of London.

Marie Forray
Underwriter, W&I

Marie Forray

Marie joined from Ayache (Paris) focusing on private equity and...

Daniel Forsman

Daniel Forsman

Position: Associate, R&W
Phone: +1 347-449-0286
Email: dforsman@valeip.com
Categories: Representation & Warranty Insurance
Location: New York

Daniel Forsman is an Associate on the North American R&W Team. Prior to joining VALE, Daniel worked at a claims administration law firm where he reviewed claims in large class-action lawsuits.

Daniel graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in History.

Daniel Forsman
Associate, R&W

Daniel Forsman

Daniel Forsman is an Associate on the North American R&W...

Victoria Goodsell

Victoria Goodsell

Position: Senior Underwriter, W&I
Phone: +44 (0)7460 663 684
Email: vgoodsell@valeip.com
Categories: Warranty & Indemnity Insurance
Location: London

Victoria Goodsell is an Underwriter in the W&I team. Vicky joined from Dentons, where she trained and was practicing as a solicitor in the banking & finance group. In addition to past experience in financial services, in 2019 Vicky spent six months on secondment from Dentons to Beazley’s W&I team. Vicky holds a degree in Law from Queen Mary University of London.

Victoria Goodsell
Senior Underwriter, W&I

Victoria Goodsell

Victoria Goodsell is an Underwriter in the W&I team. Vicky...

Bryce Guingrich

Bryce Guingrich

Position: Chief Underwriting Officer
Phone: +1 212-247-5193
Email: bguingrich@valeip.com
Categories: After the Event Insurance, Capital Protection Insurance, Contingent Litigation Risk Insurance, Intellectual Property Solutions, Leadership
Location: New York

Prior to joining VALE, Bryce practiced law in New York, litigating commercial matters and insurance coverage disputes for multiple coverage areas, including representations and warranties, directors & officers, fidelity and commercial crime bonds, and professional liability.

Before law school, Bryce worked as a broker of directors and officers coverage, employment and professional liability, corporate property insurance, and other miscellaneous lines in the U.S., London and European markets. He started his career as a civil engineer in Florida.

Bryce graduated with a B.S (Engineering) from Purdue University. He also received a J.D. from Rutgers University and an Intellectual Property LL.M. (Master of Laws) from Georgetown University.

Bryce Guingrich
Chief Underwriting Officer

Bryce Guingrich

Prior to joining VALE, Bryce practiced law in New York,...

Mark Hale

Mark Hale

Position: Director, Head of Tax Europe
Phone: +44 (0)7909 926290
Email: mhale@valeip.com
Categories: Tax Indemnity Insurance
Location: London

Mark Hale is a Director and Head of Tax. Mark is a tax attorney specializing in international M&A and joined VALE from his role as International Tax Counsel for General Electric (London). Mark has analysed tax risks for GE Capital and other GE business lines and led teams of external tax advisors in over 40 different countries. Before GE, Mark practiced US tax law with Morgan Lewis (London), Baker & McKenzie (Zurich) and Allen & Overy (London) and advised private equity and corporate clients. Mark holds a Tax LL.M. from New York University (New York) and J.D. and undergraduate degrees from Georgetown University (Washington, DC). Mark is a member of the New York State Bar.

Mark Hale
Director, Head of Tax Europe

Mark Hale

Mark Hale is a Director and Head of Tax. Mark...

Rebecca Harries

Rebecca Harries

Position: Senior Underwriter, Contingent & Litigation Risks Europe
Phone: +44 7955 428886
Email: rharries@valeip.com
Categories: After the Event Insurance, Contingent Litigation Risk Insurance
Location: London

Rebecca Harries is a Senior Underwriter in the Contingent Risks and ATE team. Before moving into the insurance industry, Rebecca practiced as a commercial litigator for over four and a half years. Rebecca joined from Lewis Silkin LLP, where she was an associate in the Dispute Resolution team and, prior to this, she trained and qualified as a solicitor at Clyde & Co LLP. Rebecca also has experience in the insurance market from her client secondment in the claims legal team at Liberty Specialty Markets. In her time as a litigator, Rebecca acted for a range of clients, from start-ups to blue chip companies, and worked on a wide variety of claims which were typically complex, high-value and multijurisdictional in nature. Rebecca also holds a degree in History from the University of Manchester.

Rebecca Harries
Senior Underwriter, Contingent & Litigation Risks Europe

Rebecca Harries

Rebecca Harries is a Senior Underwriter in the Contingent Risks...

Matt Hudson

Matt Hudson

Position: Junior Underwriter, W&I
Phone: +44 (0) 7449781547
Email: mhudson@valeip.com
Location: London

Matt Hudson is an Underwriting Assistant in the W&I team. Matt joined VALE in October 2022 from the Lloyd’s of London Insurance Graduate Scheme. Matt rotated through the Market Development and Performance Management – Risk & Control teams at Lloyd’s, as well as spending time at both Willis Towers Watson and Tokio Marine HCC in the Credit and Political Risk and Warranties & Indemnities insurance teams respectively. Matt graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2020 with a Bachelor of Laws in Law with American law.

Matt Hudson
Junior Underwriter, W&I

Matt Hudson

Matt Hudson is an Underwriting Assistant in the W&I team....

Antonio Sanchez Martin

Antonio Jesus Sanchez Martin

Position: Senior Underwriter, W&I
Phone: +34 630 317 714
Email: asanchezmartin@valeip.com
Categories: Warranty & Indemnity Insurance
Location: London

Antonio Jesús Sánchez Martín is a Senior Underwriter in the W&I team. Antonio Jesús joined VALE from Liberty Global Transaction Solutions where he spent three years as a W&I underwriter focused on Spanish, Italian, French and Portuguese deals. Prior to his time at Liberty, Antonio Jesús was an associate at the corporate/M&A department of Hogan Lovells and Pérez-Llorca. Antonio Jesús studied Law and Business Administration at the Universidad de Sevilla and received his LL.M. from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, where he specialized in Corporate Law.

Antonio Sanchez Martin
Senior Underwriter, W&I

Antonio Jesus Sanchez Martin

Antonio Jesús Sánchez Martín is a Senior Underwriter in the...

Phoebe King-Holford

Position: Underwriting Assistant, W&I
Phone: +44 (0)7860 351395
Email: pking-holford@valeip.com
Categories: Warranty & Indemnity Insurance
Location: London

Phoebe King-Holford is an Underwriting Assistant on the London team. Phoebe joined from Real Chemistry (London) where she focussed on financial data analysis and accounting processes within the pharmaceutical market. Before Real Chemistry, Phoebe was a Legal Consultant for a construction company (Hampshire) involved in an ongoing land dispute. Phoebe studied at Cardiff University, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Law and was an active member of the Cardiff Innocence Project.

Underwriting Assistant, W&I

Phoebe King-Holford

Phoebe King-Holford is an Underwriting Assistant on the London team....

Jay Knobloch

Jay Knobloch

Position: Managing Director and Co-Head of Intellectual Property
Phone: +1 917-594-3550
Email: jknobloch@valeip.com
Categories: Capital Protection Insurance, Intellectual Property Solutions
Location: New York

Jay Knobloch is an experienced intellectual property (IP) executive. Mr. Knobloch has overseen all aspects of IP, including building patent portfolios, monetizing IP assets, advising boards about matters of IP, and managing IP risk throughout the entire supply chain. Prior to joining VALE, Mr. Knobloch was Chief Commercialization Officer/EVP, IP at NuCurrent and Chief IP Counsel at Trading Technologies. He has overseen multiple IP jury trials and post-grant proceedings. Mr. Knobloch is a proven leader in building an IP strategy around an emerging technology and maximizing ROI for that given technology. Mr. Knobloch has regularly invested in developing IP portfolios and advises growth stage companies on IP issues and risk. He has also overseen the acquisition of multiple patent portfolios for the purposes of patent monetization. Mr. Knobloch received his JD from DePaul College of Law, while working as a patent agent at a top-tier IP boutique. He graduated with a BS in electrical engineering and minor in mathematics from Arizona State University.

Jay Knobloch
Managing Director and Co-Head of Intellectual Property

Jay Knobloch

Jay Knobloch is an experienced intellectual property (IP) executive. Mr....

Sarah Lo Piparo

Sarah Lo Piparo

Position: Underwriter, W&I
Phone: +44 (0) 7763 832694
Email: slopiparo@valeip.com
Categories: Warranty & Indemnity Insurance
Location: London

Sarah Lo Piparo is an Underwriter on the W&I team. Before joining VALE, Sarah was an associate at Orrick Italy, where she focused on M&A, private equity, and venture capital deals. Before Orrick, Sarah trained at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in Milan, in the corporate and M&A department. Sarah has extensive experience in private M&A, private equity, and venture capital transactions across several industries and different deal sizes. She holds a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Palermo, Italy, and an LL.M. from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Sarah Lo Piparo
Underwriter, W&I

Sarah Lo Piparo

Sarah Lo Piparo is an Underwriter on the W&I team....

James Melvin

James Melvin

Position: Director, R&W
Phone: +1 646-694-0012
Email: jmelvin@valeip.com
Categories: Representation & Warranty Insurance
Location: New York

James Melvin is a Senior Vice President of North American R&W. Prior to joining VALE, James practiced at a full-service law firm where he represented international and domestic insurers in coverage and litigation matters with a focus in the areas of healthcare and professional liability. He also acted as monitoring counsel handling complex claims, conducting portfolio reviews, and negotiating settlements under various professional liability insurance policies.

James graduated from Georgetown University with a B.S. in Finance and International Business and received his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law.

James Melvin
Director, R&W

James Melvin

James Melvin is a Senior Vice President of North American...

Ashely Nam

Ashley Nam

Position: Vice President, R&W
Phone: 1
Email: anam@valeip.com
Categories: Representation & Warranty Insurance
Location: New York

Prior to joining VALE, Ashley concentrated her practice on corporate transactional and securities matters, including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, commercial lending transactions and restructuring. Ashley also served as outside counsel to diversified holding companies and advised start-up companies in various industries. Ashley graduated from University of Notre Dame with a B.A., cum laude, in Psychology and Chinese and received her J.D. from Columbia Law School.

Ashely Nam
Vice President, R&W

Ashley Nam

Phone: 1

Email: anam@valeip.com

Prior to joining VALE, Ashley concentrated her practice on corporate...

Nikita Nyangoro

Nikitah Nyangoro

Position: Analyst
Phone: +1 917-324-5758
Email: nnyangoro@valeip.com
Categories: Representation & Warranty Insurance
Location: New York

Nikitah was previously a Financial Solutions Advisor at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where she leveraged her expertise to analyze clients’ financial situations, identify their needs, and formulate tailored solutions to help them achieve their financial goals. Her ability to communicate complex financial concepts in a clear and concise manner helped clients make well-informed decisions about their finances. Nikitah received a BA in Economics and Actuarial Mathematics from Rutgers University.

Nikita Nyangoro
Analyst

Nikitah Nyangoro

Nikitah was previously a Financial Solutions Advisor at Bank of...

Björn Oswaldson

Björn Oswaldson

Position: Senior Underwriter, W&I
Phone: +44 (0)7570 228884
Email: boswaldson@valeip.com
Categories: Warranty & Indemnity Insurance
Location: London

Björn Oswaldson is a Senior Underwriter on the W&I team on London. Björn joined VALE from Liberty Global Transaction Solutions where he spent two years as a W&I underwriter focusing on Nordic deals. Prior to his time at Liberty, Björn was an associate at Roschier, Attorneys Ltd (Stockholm) and another major Swedish law firm where he focused on private M&A and real estate transactions. Björn studied law and obtained his LL.M. at Uppsala University.

Björn Oswaldson
Senior Underwriter, W&I

Björn Oswaldson

Björn Oswaldson is a Senior Underwriter on the W&I team...

Kevin Perez

Kevin Perez

Position: Associate
Phone: +1 305-753-611
Email: kperez@valeip.com
Categories: Finance & Operations
Location: New York

Kevin Perez is an analyst at VALE Insurance Partners focusing on R&W Insurance. Prior to joining VALE in 2022, he was an account associate in PIMCO’s Miami office where he focused on institutional business development and client servicing in the Latin America region. Kevin also completed internships at MFS and Goldman Sachs. He holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Georgetown University.

Kevin Perez
Associate

Kevin Perez

Kevin Perez is an analyst at VALE Insurance Partners focusing...

Megan Quail

Megan Quail

Position: Managing Director & Head of R&W
Phone: +1 646-694-0011
Email: mquail@valeip.com
Categories: Representation & Warranty Insurance
Location: New York

Megan Quail is a Managing Director and Head of North American R&W. She also works directly with executive management on strategic growth initiatives and business development projects. Prior to joining VALE, Megan practiced at a global, full-service law firm where she represented professional liability insurers in coverage and litigation matters involving directors and officers liability (D&O), errors and omissions, and fiduciary liability claims. She also handled complex claims and negotiated settlements under representations and warranties insurance policies.

Megan graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in English and Economics and received her J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law.

Megan Quail
Managing Director & Head of R&W

Megan Quail

Megan Quail is a Managing Director and Head of North...

Steven Rajavinothan

Steven Rajavinothan

Position: Associate Director, Contingent & Litigation Risks Europe, Head of ATE
Phone: +44 (0)7708867835
Email: srajavinothan@valeip.com
Categories: After the Event Insurance, Contingent Litigation Risk Insurance
Location: London

Steven Rajavinothan is an Assistant Director, Contingent & Litigation Risks Europe and Head of ATE. Steven joined from Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP, where he was an associate in the Commercial and Financial Disputes practice. Prior to joining Reynolds Porter Chamberlain in 2017, Steven trained at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, working in the firm’s London and Singapore offices. During his time in private practice, Steven advised on high profile litigation and international arbitration cases across sectors including energy, finance, litigation funding, mining and property management. Steven has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Warwick and is an experienced debater, having won multiple international debating tournaments.

Steven Rajavinothan
Associate Director, Contingent & Litigation Risks Europe, Head of ATE

Steven Rajavinothan

Steven Rajavinothan is an Assistant Director, Contingent & Litigation Risks...

Mark Richardson

Mark Richardson

Position: Junior Underwriter, W&I
Phone: +44 (0)7806 516176
Email: mrichardson@valeip.com
Categories: Warranty & Indemnity Insurance
Location: London

Mark Richardson is a Junior Underwriter in the W&I team. Mark joined from AXA XL, where he worked a strategic analyst within the Financial Lines department focusing on strategic initiatives for amongst other the M&A insurance offering. Mark studied at the University of Nottingham, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in Risk Management.

Mark Richardson
Junior Underwriter, W&I

Mark Richardson

Mark Richardson is a Junior Underwriter in the W&I team....

Anna Rojas, CPA

Anna Rojas

Position: Head of Finance
Phone: +1 212-247-6160
Email: arojas@valeip.com
Categories: Finance & Operations
Location: New York

Anna Rojas manages all accounting, reporting, and financial operations for the company. Prior to joining VALE, Anna worked at a regional public accounting firm where she serviced clients in a wide variety of industries.

Anna graduated from Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business with a B.S. in Accounting and received her CPA license in January 2010.

Anna Rojas, CPA
Head of Finance

Anna Rojas

Anna Rojas manages all accounting, reporting, and financial operations for...

Cali Ann Ross

Cali Ann Ross

Position: Associate, Tax
Phone: +1 917-708-0010
Email: cross@valeip.com
Categories: Tax Credit Insurance, Tax Indemnity Insurance
Location: New York

Associate for the Vale US Transactional line, Cali received her BA in Communications from Hofstra University and JD from St. John’s University School of Law. Cali is currently enrolled in the LLM in Taxation program at New York University School of Law. Cali got her start in tax working in Ernst & Young’s Indirect Tax practice handling state and local income/franchise, personal income, sales/use, and excise taxes from an advisory, compliance, and controversy perspective. She continued her tax path at KPMG where she practiced state and local tax M&A. Cali is admitted to practice in New York.

Cali Ann Ross
Associate, Tax

Cali Ann Ross

Associate for the Vale US Transactional line, Cali received her...

David Ruder

David Ruder

Position: Managing Director and Co-Head of Intellectual Property
Phone: +1 415-230-9675
Email: druder@valeip.com
Categories: Capital Protection Insurance, Intellectual Property Solutions
Location: New York

Managing Director and Co-Head of Intellectual Property. He has worked in finance and IP for his career and has a broad network of relationships in the IP industry. He was most recently with RKIP Management LLC where he worked with investors looking to make investments into companies with IP. Previously he managed the licensing of patent portfolios for large corporations and was part of the original team at RPX Corporation in San Francisco. RPX manages patent risk for its technology clients, and while he was there he led the development of the RPX Risk Retention Group, which offers IP liability insurance policies.

He received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, his JD from the Northwestern University School of Law and his BA from Williams College.

David Ruder
Managing Director and Co-Head of Intellectual Property

David Ruder

Managing Director and Co-Head of Intellectual Property. He has worked...

Jamie Sahara

Jamie Sahara

Position: Chairman
Phone: +1 212-247-6160
Email: jsahara@valeip.com
Categories: Leadership
Location: New York

After launching his career at General Re, Jamie transitioned to an underwriting position with Swiss Re, where he focused on casualty and professional liability. Prior to founding VALE, Jamie was Chief Underwriting Officer at Southport Re and Chief Financial Officer at DGU Insurance Associates.

Jamie earned a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University where he received an athletic scholarship and served as captain of the tennis team.

Jamie Sahara
Chairman

Jamie Sahara

After launching his career at General Re, Jamie transitioned to...

Dominic Spinelli

Dominic Spinelli

Position: Head of Contingent & Litigation Risk North America
Phone: +1 917-227-2900
Email: dspinelli@valeip.com
Categories: Contingent Litigation Risk Insurance
Location: New York

Dom was previously Head of Contingent Legal Risk Insurance at Liberty GTS where he helped build out Liberty’s contingent liability practice in the US.  Dom is a former litigator, having litigated a wide range of complex commercial and insurance coverage disputes across the country.  In addition to his litigation experience, Dom has represented insurers outside of the courtroom with respect to hundreds of complex insurance claims, including analyzing potential exposures presented by a number of high-profile litigation risks.  Dom received a BA from Providence College and his JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law.  Dom is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Illinois, and the Southern and Eastern District Courts of New York.

Dominic Spinelli
Head of Contingent & Litigation Risk North America

Dominic Spinelli

Dom was previously Head of Contingent Legal Risk Insurance at...

R. Philip Stevenson

R. Philip Stevenson

Position: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: +1 212-247-6218
Email: pstevenson@valeip.com
Categories: Leadership
Location: New York

Prior to co-founding VALE, Philip served as a private equity and venture capital investment professional and has held business development and corporate development roles at technology companies.

At H.I.G. Capital he was involved in the origination, structuring, and execution of new investment transactions and the strategic management of the firm’s portfolio companies. While in the Healthcare Investment Banking group at Wachovia Securities, he performed advisory services related to M&A and capital markets transactions for companies in the healthcare industry.

Philip received his MBA degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a degree in finance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

R. Philip Stevenson
Chief Executive Officer

R. Philip Stevenson

Prior to co-founding VALE, Philip served as a private equity...

Hayley Tennant

Hayley Tennant

Position: Director, Head of W&I International
Phone: +44 (0)7786 135740
Email: htennant@valeip.com
Categories: Warranty & Indemnity Insurance
Location: London

Hayley Tennant is a Director and Head of W&I. Hayley was previously a Partner in the M&A team at Marsh-JLT Specialty where she specialised in structuring bespoke W&I and Tax liability insurance solutions for clients involved in M&A transactions. Prior to joining JLT in 2018, Hayley was a Vice President with Allied World Assurance Company where she spent 10 years underwriting transactional risk products with a global remit but with a focus on the Nordics, the UK and Central Europe. Hayley holds a degree in Law with French Law from the University of Birmingham and practiced as a corporate law solicitor with Norton Rose Fulbright before moving into the insurance industry.

Hayley Tennant
Director, Head of W&I International

Hayley Tennant

Hayley Tennant is a Director and Head of W&I. Hayley...

David Tucciarone

David Tucciarone

Position: Vice President
Phone: +1 347-325-3476
Email: dtucciarone@valeip.com
Categories: Representation & Warranty Insurance
Location: New York

David is a member of the Underwriting team. Prior to joining VALE, David practiced law in New York as an insurance coverage litigation and claims monitoring counsel for international and domestic carriers, with focus on the areas of directors & officers, financial institutions, fidelity bond, cyber, and professional liability. David graduated from Colgate University with a B.A. in History and received his J.D. from St. John’s University. David lives in Brooklyn Heights with his wife, two young children, and puppy Stanley. In his spare time, David can be found jogging around Brooklyn or exploring new restaurants with his wife.

David Tucciarone
Vice President

David Tucciarone

David is a member of the Underwriting team. Prior to...

Rikki Usinger

Rikki Usinger

Position: Head of Claims
Phone: +1 917-593-6610
Email: rusinger@valeip.com
Categories: Claims Handling
Location: New York

Prior to joining VALE, Rikki served as a Complex Claim Director at AIG, handling claims arising under Representation and Warranties insurance policies, Tax Indemnity policies and other transactional insurance policies.

At AIG, Rikki held several other positions where she handled claims arising under various other professional liability policies, including, but not limited to, Directors & Officers Insurance, Broker/Dealer Insurance and Bankers Professional Liability Insurance.

Rikki received her JD from New York Law School. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan.

Rikki Usinger
Head of Claims

Rikki Usinger

Prior to joining VALE, Rikki served as a Complex Claim...

Frederik Von Barnekow

Frederik von Barnekow

Position: Managing Director, Head of VALE International
Phone: +44 (0)7484 116803
Email: fvonbarnekow@valeip.com
Categories: Leadership, Warranty & Indemnity Insurance
Location: London

Frederik von Barnekow is the Managing Director and Head of VALE Europe. Prior to joining VALE, Frederik was a partner and Head of M&A at RiskPoint. During his time at RiskPoint, in addition to underwriting duties, Frederik was responsible for carrier and team management as well as authoring and executing the M&A business plan. Before joining RiskPoint, Frederik practiced law in both Copenhagen and New York with a focus on M&A and corporate law. Frederik holds an LL.M. (Master of Laws) from UC Berkeley (California) and a Master of Laws from the University of Copenhagen.

Frederik Von Barnekow
Managing Director, Head of VALE International

Frederik von Barnekow

Frederik von Barnekow is the Managing Director and Head of...

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...