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Trisura acquires L’Unique Insurance’s surety business outside of Quebec

September 24, 2014   by Canadian Underwriter

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Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company has announced its acquisition of L’Unique General Insurance’s contract and commercial surety business in all provinces except Quebec.

“The L’Unique surety business is a great fit for Trisura and allows us to further strengthen our position in the Canadian marketplace as a market leader in the small to mid-size contractor space. Our main focus will be to ensure a smooth transition with minimal disruption to our brokers and their clients,” Mike George, president and CEO of Trisura noted in the announcement.

The deal provides Trisura with approximately 400 contract and commercial surety accounts with annual premium in excess of $3 million, and adds several surety experts to its growing surety operation, the speciality insurance firm said in a statement.

“Surety business outside of Quebec represents a small portion of L’Unique’s overall business and the sale will allow us to focus on the Quebec market.,” Mario Cusson, president and COO of L’Unique also commented in the announcement. L’Unique will remain committed to growing its surety operation in the province of Quebec.”

“The foundation of the construction industry in Canada is based on locally owned and managed contractors, many of which are small, but essential to the success of the industry,”  Chris Sekine, senior vice president of surety at Trisura also noted.

“We believe the needs of smaller contractors are underserved in Canada and the acquisition aligns well with our strategy of enhancing services to this segment.”