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Independent brokerage grows in Western Canada

January 23, 2018 by Jason Contant

Regina-based brokerage Harvard Western Insurance has acquired Saskatchewan brokerage Hoff Insurance, effective immediately. Harvard Western president and CEO Dave Pettigrew told Canadian Underwriter Tuesday that Hoff Insurance approached his firm because they wanted to be part of a larger brokerage.

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AIG re-enters Lloyd’s business with $5.56-billion deal

January 23, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Less than two years after Canada Pension Plan Investment Board bought Lloyd’s underwriter Ascot Underwriting from American International Group Inc. (AIG), AIG plans to get back into the Lloyd’s business again. AIG announced Monday a US$5.56-billion agreement to acquire Validus

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A bachelor’s guide to the right M&A fit

January 22, 2018 by David Gambrill

Although brokers contemplating a merger and acquisition may be focused on the financial mechanics of the deal, they should remain mindful about the cultural fit between the merged brokerages, as well as the right strategic fit between the merged entity

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How small brokerages find the funds to grow through M&A

January 17, 2018 by Jason Contant

Given the increasing expenses required to grow a business, how can a smaller brokerage secure the funding to expand via a merger or acquisition? “There are many options in the marketplace,” said Adam Duliban, principal broker with Duliban Insurance Brokers.

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Will a “wave of succession” spur M&A for Canadian brokerages?

January 16, 2018 by Jason Contant

Succession planning has triggered an uptick in brokerage mergers and acquisitions over the last couple of years, an industry analyst told Canadian Underwriter recently. “I would say there’s an uptick in assets coming to market that are owner-operated, where succession

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How a brokerage sale agreement can lead to a lawsuit

January 15, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The price buyers pay for brokerage firms is often not set in stone but rather depends on the financial performance of the acquired business after it’s sold, and this can lead to disagreements that wind up in court, lawyers say.

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Deal with LOGiQ3 sees U.S. firm acquire Canadian insurtech

January 10, 2018 by Jason Contant

RGAx, a subsidiary of Reinsurance Group of America, has acquired a group of companies providing technology, consulting and outsourcing solutions to the North American life and reinsurance industries – including two Canadian organizations. On Jan. 8, RGAx announced the acquisition

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Mutual mergers: stepping stone to demutualization?

January 8, 2018 by Jason Contant

With Economical Insurance on the road to demutualization, the question has always been: will other mutuals follow suit? But another possibility is that some of the smaller Canadian mutual insurers may merge to form larger entities in anticipation of demutualizing

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Brokerage acquisition features insurtech talent, online binding

January 8, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The potential to expedite policy issuance to brokers online was a major factor in the decision of Totten Insurance Group to buy Belyer Insurance Limited of Windsor, Ont., Totten CEO Susan Murphy said Friday. Belyer does business as EasyInsure, whose

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Why you’re not seeing as many carrier acquisitions as expected

January 5, 2018 by Jason Contant

The lack of “domestically sizeable targets” coming to market is one factor contributing to a less-than-expected number of acquisitions for Canadian carriers, an industry analyst says. And whenever a sizeable acquisition opportunity does arise, there is heated competition among multiple

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2 key concerns for brokers in 2018

January 4, 2018 by Jason Contant

Merger activity and technology are two major issues facing brokers looking forward into 2018, says the new Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) president Brian Purcell. Purcell talked to Canadian Underwriter shortly after beginning his new role as IBAO president

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Totten buys online brokerage

January 4, 2018 by Canadian Underwriter

Managing general agency Totten Insurance Group has acquired Windsor, Ont.-based EasyInsure, which offers quotes for both commercial and personal insurance online. Toronto-based Totten intends to use EasyInsure’s “digital capabilities to better support [Totten’s] current and future clients,” said Hub International