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Navacord welcomes Toole Peet Insurance of Calgary as new broker partner

November 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Navacord Inc. is welcoming its new broker partner, Calgary-based brokerage Toole Peet Insurance. The partnership expands Navacord’s connections “even further with entrepreneurial insurance brokers across Canada,” the insurance and risk management brokerage said in a press release on Nov. 3.

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Canadian M&A ahead of last year as private equity, outbound deal activity increases through Q3: PwC Canada

November 8, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

The number of Canadian mergers and acquisitions (M&A) through the third quarter of this year increased to 1,879 from 1,522 during the same period in 2016, according to PwC Canada’s first Deals report, released on Monday. A PwC Canada spokesperson

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Wawanesa subsidiary acquires Western Financial Group

November 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Trimont Financial Ltd., a subsidiary of the Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company, announced on Wednesday the formal closing of its previously announced agreement to purchase Western Financial Group and Western Life Assurance (collectively “Western”) from Desjardins Financial Corporation, a Desjardins Group

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Archway Insurance joins forces with Jack & Co. Ltd.

November 2, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Atlantic Canada’s Archway Insurance is joining forces with Halifax-based Jack & Co. Ltd. and its affiliate, AFC Insurance Services of Cole Harbour, in a move meant to enhance the capabilities and extend the reach for both entities. The intent of

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IBAO CEO panelists discuss brokerage acquisitions

October 27, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Acquisitions by insurers “have had an impact on valuations” of brokerages, but the price a brokerage owner could get be selling the business is also affected by factors such as growth and profitability, insurance carrier chief executives suggested Thursday. “Insurer

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Ontario broker association suspends partnership with Aviva Canada

October 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) announced on Monday that it is formally suspending its sponsorship partnership with Aviva Canada “for the foreseeable future.” IBAO CEO Colin Simpson argued in a media release that “Aviva continues to leverage the

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Continuing fast pace for insurance M&A in U.S., Canada: OPTIS

October 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Sellers seem to be enthusiastically responding as buyers continue the aggressive valuations of p&c and employee benefits agencies, with OPTIS Partners reporting Thursday there were 132 deals inked during 2017 Q3, bringing the year-to-date total to 457. Chicago-based OPTIS Partners’

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Octo Telematics to acquire Willis Towers Watson’s UBI assets; firms to partner on insurance-related products

October 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Octo Telematics and Willis Towers Watson (WTW) have reached an agreement in which the former will acquire the latter’s usage-based insurance (UBI) assets, setting the stage for the two companies to work together on more auto telematics opportunities. Leveraging Octo’s

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Guidewire’s planned acquisition of Cyence to help p&c clients deal with 21st-century risks

October 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Guidewire Software, Inc.’s planned acquisition of Cyence Inc. will ensure Guidewire clients can access a cloud-based data listening and risk analytics solution to help them manage emerging risks for which long claims histories may not be available. California-based Guidewire Software,

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Megadeals, political instability and strong equity markets deliver M&A underperformance for insurers: WTW

October 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Insurers undertaking mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in 2016 underperformed their non-acquisitive peers for the first time since 2010, Willis Towers Watson (WTW) reported earlier this week. According to WTW’s latest Insurance M&A Performance Tracker – based on analysis of deals

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Reduction of ICICI Lombard holdings results in net gain to Fairfax of nearly US$1 billion

October 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Four months after it announced the sale of about an eighth of a Mumbai-based general insurer, Toronto’s Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. said it has raised gross proceeds of US$548 million by selling another 12% of ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company

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Intact completes acquisition of U.S. specialty insurer OneBeacon, announces executive appointment

September 28, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Intact Financial Corporation (IFC) announced on Thursday that it has completed its $2.3 billion (US$1.7 billion) acquisition of U.S. specialty insurer OneBeacon Insurance Group, Ltd. The acquisition makes IFC “a leading provider of specialty insurance in North America with over