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Managing your client’s M&A risk with A.I.

October 1, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Mergers and acquisitions come with risks for buyers, and one law firm uses machine learning to help clients manage at least some of those risks. One risk to a buyer is when the target company has liabilities – such as

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Kingsway Financial to leave Canada

September 28, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Kingsway Financial Services Inc., which used to own Jevco and York Fire and Casualty, plans to relocate to the United States. Toronto-based Kingsway no longer writes property and casualty insurance in Canada, but it still has a Toronto head office

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Will higher interest rates kick-start M&A?

September 26, 2018 by Jason Contant

What impact do rising interest rates have on P&C companies conducting mergers and acquisitions? We’re about to find out, as the Bank of Canada is widely expected to raise the interest rate target at an Oct. 24 rate announcement. “The

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More commercial brokerage consolidation could follow Marsh-JLT combo

September 19, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A US$6-billion merger between Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. and Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group Plc could form the world’s largest commercial brokerage, and more mergers and acquisitions among commercial brokerages will likely to follow, a Canadian M&A expert suggests. Marsh

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How corporate mergers impact cyber risk

September 19, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Cyber risk goes up if a company goes through a merger or acquisition, an information security consultant suggests. One way your client can reduce cyber risk is to know what hardware and software is on their computer network, Jeremy Hurst,

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Marsh & McLennan agrees to buy Jardine Lloyd Thompson

September 18, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

If a US$6.4-billion deal announced Tuesday is approved, commercial brokerages Marsh and Jardine Lloyd Thompson will be owned by the same company. New York City-based Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. says its board of directors has agreed to an acquisition

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Commercial insurer Ironshore Canada rebranding

September 16, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Commercial specialty insurer Ironshore Canada is being re-branded as Liberty Mutual Canada. In addition to Ironshore, Liberty International Underwriters Canada is also being rebranded as Liberty Mutual Canada, the insurer announced Thursday. But for the rest of 2018, “policies will

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Why Quebec’s largest brokerage doubled up on life insurance

September 11, 2018 by Jason Contant

For its latest acquisition, Quebec’s largest brokerage decided to look outside its traditional stronghold of property and casualty insurance, which represents about 90% of its revenue base. On Aug. 8, Lussier Dale Parizeau announced the acquisition of Trinome Conseils. Patrice

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Canadian hail insurance broker acquired by Hub

September 11, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Hub International Ltd. continues to buy Canadian property and casualty brokerages, with the acquisition of Ottawa-based Access Insurance Brokers Inc. as well as a Saskatchewan provider of farm insurance. Chicago-based Hub announced Monday it has acquired Frontier Business Centre Ltd.,

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How much buyers are willing to pay for online books of business

September 5, 2018 by Jason Contant

Buyers are pricing in potential future market disruption, such as online distribution, when buying a broker’s books of business, a P&C transaction advisor told Canadian Underwriter Wednesday. Mike Berris, partner and practice group leader with Vancouver-based Smythe Advisory said he

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Aspen Insurance agrees to be taken private

September 1, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Aspen Insurance Holdings Ltd., which writes risks in Canada, has tentatively agreed to be bought for US$2.6 billion. If the deal closes, Hamilton, Bermuda-based Aspen will be owned by private equity firm Apollo Global Management LLC of New York City.

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Best exit strategies for selling your brokerage

September 1, 2018 by Jason Contant

Looking to sell your brokerage? Don’t assume your brokerage will eventually sell for an ever-increasing multiple of revenue, or that you will be able to sell at the high end of the current ranges, a P&C advisory and consulting firm