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How smaller brokerages can survive in a mega-merger environment

August 16, 2019 by Jason Contant

As mergers and acquisitions ramp up in the Canadian P&C space, smaller brokerages will need to go for scale or niche to survive, brokers say. “As of late, with Wawanesa buying Western Financial, NFP buying a half-dozen really big brokers,

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Why Intact execs set their sights on The Guarantee, MGA Frank Cowan

August 16, 2019 by David Gambrill

Intact’s proposed $1-billion acquisition of The Guarantee and the managing general agent Frank Cowan is intended to bolster the company’s strength in specialty lines – primarily in the areas of surety, public entities, and high-net worth clients, company executives said

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This Canada-based insurance giant is taking a break on mega-mergers

August 14, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

If a blockbuster insurer merger gets announced tomorrow, it probably won’t involve Toronto-based Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., which has grown steadily through insurer acquisitions over the past 34 years. “We are not looking to add in a significant way from

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What’s driving brokerage M&A in Canada?

August 13, 2019 by Jason Contant

What does the current market look like for merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the Canadian P&C brokerage space? “The current market is primarily being driven by underwriters and private equity (PE) investors,” wrote Mike Berris, partner and practice group

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Intact buys restoration firm

August 7, 2019 by Adam Malik

Intact Financial Corporation has entered the restoration services area. The insurer has struck a deal to acquire Vancouver-based On Side Restoration. The company announced the acquisition late on Aug. 6, which it says will strengthen its ability to provide claims

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Large brokerage acquires online comparison platform

August 6, 2019 by Jason Contant

Large brokerage Lussier Dale Parizeau (LDP) is continuing its goal of becoming a “one-stop shop” for all of its clients needs with the acquisition of a brokerage that offers an online insurance comparison platform. LDP president and chairman of the

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Intact’s priorities for mergers and acquisitions

August 1, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers can expect to see insurers representing nearly a fifth of the Canadian P&C market to be bought and sold, the head of Canada’s largest carrier suggested Wednesday. “We laid out the perspective seven or eight years ago that 20

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Why this large brokerage follows a “one-stop shop” M&A strategy

July 31, 2019 by Jason Contant

Quebec’s largest brokerage wants to become a “one-stop shop” for all of its clients’ needs, Lussier Dale Parizeau’s (LDP) president and chairman of the board, André Lussier, told Canadian Underwriter recently when discussing acquisition strategies. “We believe that it is

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Quebec’s largest brokerage merges with actuarial consulting firm

July 15, 2019 by Jason Contant

Quebec’s largest independent insurance brokerage, Lussier Dale Parizeau (LDP), has merged with actuarial consulting firm Samson Consulting Group. Samson Consulting Group, based in Terrebonne, Que., offers employee benefits support services to medium and large companies, trade unions and professional associations.

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American brokerage continues Canadian expansion

July 11, 2019 by Adam Malik

United States brokerage NFP has acquired Toronto-based McLean Hallmark Insurance Group as part of its strategy to expand into the Canadian market. McLean Hallmark has offices in Toronto, Markham and Mississauga and Halifax. It offers property and casualty coverage in

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Hub scoops up two Alberta firms in latest acquisition

July 4, 2019 by Jason Contant

Hub International continued its M&A spree this week with the acquisition of two Edmonton-based firms – one a brokerage and the other a benefit and retirement consulting firm. The Chicago-based global brokerage Tuesday acquired BenefitLink Resource Group Edmonton Holdings Inc.

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Archway acquires three brokerages in mega-deal

July 2, 2019 by Jason Contant

Archway Insurance will nearly double its footprint in New Brunswick following a mega-deal to acquire three brokerages and seven new offices across the province. Amherst, N.S.-headquartered Archway acquired Shaw Insurance Agency Ltd., Solutions Assurances 360° Inc. and J. & N.