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Brokerage acquisitions: What’s really in it for Intact?

November 12, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Taking on potential disruptors and investing in technology are among the reasons Intact Financial Corp. is on a brokerage acquisition spree. “Our view is that scaling up distribution is the best way to fight disruption,” Intact CEO Charles Brindamour said

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This line of business has grown an estimated 20% since last year

November 11, 2019 by Jason Contant

How much has the demand for M&A transaction insurance grown in Canada? “While we do not have specific statistics, we estimate that demand has grown in the Canadian market at least in line with the broader Americas region at 20%

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How many Canadian employee benefits firms has Hub acquired?

November 8, 2019 by Jason Contant

Hub International has acquired another Canadian employee benefits firm as part of its continuing strategy to expand its offerings in this area, bringing the total number of acquired firms to about two dozen over the past two years. So far

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The pros and cons of consolidation in the tech vendor space

November 6, 2019 by Jason Contant

When there is consolidation in the industry, concerns about the erosion of choice is common. And the tech vendor space is no different. On Oct. 15, Applied Systems announced the acquisition of Policy Works, a major platform for commercial lines

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BrokerLink acquires another Ontario brokerage

November 4, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

BrokerLink has acquired Newmarket, Ont.-based Buckley Insurance Brokers Ltd., which places home, auto and commercial insurance. Buckley notified its customers Friday by email that it is now part of BrokerLink, which is owned by Intact Financial Corp., owner of Canada’s

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Who bought who this past week in the Canadian P&C space?

November 4, 2019 by Jason Contant

Global insurance brokerage Hub International Limited has bought another Canadian firm as part of its ongoing strategy to expand its employee benefits and pension solutions. Hub announced Monday it had acquired R Bruce Inc., doing business as RBI Advisory Group.

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This might drive additional insurers to demutualize

October 30, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Mutual insurers that are concerned about their small size placing them at a competitive disadvantage could choose to follow in the footsteps of Economical and start the demutualization process, suggests an executive who is looking to invest about $500 million

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The rationale behind Applied’s acquisition of Policy Works

October 17, 2019 by Jason Contant

Providing brokers with a complete view of their business – both personal and commercial lines – was among the reasons Applied Systems decided to acquire Policy Works, Applied’s vice president of industry and partner relations said Wednesday. Steve Whitelaw spoke

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Applied Systems acquires Policy Works

October 15, 2019 by Jason Contant

Applied Systems announced Tuesday it has acquired Policy Works, a major platform for commercial lines business in Canada. The acquisition will extend Applied’s position within the commercial lines market segment, driving greater connectivity and automation for commercial lines brokerages and

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5 lessons for M&A newbies, courtesy of serial acquirers

October 10, 2019 by Jason Contant

What are some of the best practices in mergers and acquisitions (M&A)? David Hunt, senior director of mergers and acquisitions at Willis Towers Watson, said in a recent blog that newcomers can learn from the best serial acquirers. While not

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How many brokerages have been bought in the past week?

October 8, 2019 by Jason Contant

The trend in brokerage mergers and acquisitions (M&A) remains strong with no sign of abating, as three large brokerages scooped up no less than eight firms in the past week. On Oct. 2, Hub International announced that it had acquired

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True Independence

October 3, 2019 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

If your brokerage generates good cash flow and has a good book of business, there’s a chance that an insurer or private equity firm will want to buy you. If they do, is your brokerage no longer independent?