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Stoppage of Aon-Willis combo won’t slow brokerage M&A activity: KPMG Canada deal advisor

July 28, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Mid-sized brokers need to be careful in their approach to mergers-and-acquisition proposals but the abrupt cancellation of Aon’s $30-billion acquisition of Willis Towers Watson is not going to slow down deal-making within the brokerage sector, a Montreal-based insurance M&A expert

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How many people Marsh hired amidst ‘distraction and uncertainty’ of Aon-Willis merger discussions

July 26, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Amid the uncertainty over Aon PLC’s now-scuttled plan to acquire Willis Towers Watson PLC, Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. increased its staff level by nearly 2,000 during the first half of 2021, Marsh & McLennan CEO Dan Glaser says. “We

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Aon-Willis merger no longer going ahead

July 26, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Aon plc is no longer going to acquire Willis Towers Watson plc. Aon and Willis – the world’s second and third biggest commercial property and casualty brokerage respectively – are terminating their US$30-billion combination agreement, Aon announced Monday. The proposed

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M&A deal sees brokerage expand into the child and youth care space

July 22, 2021 by David Gambrill

With the Ontario government poised to pump more funding into child care services, the timing was right for brokerage McFarlan Rowlands to acquire Magenta Insurance Professionals, a niche insurance broker focused on children and youth activities, says McFarlan Rowlands CEO

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New name in the works for Echelon’s former corporate owner

July 20, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

EFH Holdings Inc., the Mississauga, Ont.-based corporate owner of Insurance Company of Prince Edward Island (ICPEI), is applying to change its name ICPEI Holdings Inc. EFH was known until December 2020 as Echelon Financial, which owned Canadian P&C insurer Echelon

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What’s selling hotter than real estate these days? Brokerages

July 15, 2021 by Jason Contant

Buyers are paying up to double-digit multiples for Canadian commercial lines property and casualty brokerages, while pricing for smaller retail brokerages has softened, a P&C industry consulting firm has observed. “Some of the prices being paid for larger commercial brokerages

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Westland buys two digital brokerages

July 8, 2021 by David Gambrill

Westland Insurance has acquired two digital brokerages in a move intended to expand its tech offerings to brokers, renters, and homeowners. In the first of two deals announced Thursday, Agile Underwriting Solutions, owned by Westland, has acquired managing general agency

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Aon-Willis deal under review by Competition Bureau

July 5, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Canada’s competition regulator is reviewing the proposed merger of global brokerages Aon plc and Willis Towers Watson plc, but the federal government is not saying whether it has actually received any complaints. The US$30-billion deal, originally announced in March 2020,

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How the world’s brokers rank by revenue

July 5, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Marsh was still the world’s biggest brokerage in 2020, even after more than 700 merger deals got done last year, A.M. Best Company Inc. reports in Top Global Insurance Brokers – 2021 Edition, released July 1. Quoting from Optis, A.M.

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BrokerLink’s take on the surging demand for brokerage M&A

June 30, 2021 by Jason Contant

EDITOR’S NOTE:  This article has been corrected to show that BrokerLink has over $2 billion of written premiums. A previous version of this article icorrectly stated the Intact subsidiary had more than $2.5 billion in premium overall, about $700 of

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U.K. underwriting group buys Toronto-based insurer

June 30, 2021 by Jason Contant

Accelerant Holdings has entered into the Canadian market with a share purchase agreement that includes the parent company of Toronto-based Omega General Insurance Company. Accelerant is a London, U.K.-headquartered underwriting group that works exclusively with MGAs and program administrators in

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Only 3 brokers have the ‘wherewithal’ to place complex large account package: Consultant

June 30, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Some Fortune 1,000 commercial clients really have a choice of essentially three brokers – Aon, Marsh or Willis – if they are looking for a complete insurance package, a consultant for the insurance industry suggests. In a recent court filing,