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Intact’s rationale for buying this bond and marine brokerage

September 16, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Intact Financial Corp.’s latest “tuck-in” brokerage acquisition is part of its ongoing expansion effort in the United States, chief financial officer Louis Marcotte suggested Tuesday. International Bond & Marine Brokerage Ltd. of Hoboken, N.J., announced Sept. 11 it is now

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Westland Insurance reveals its M&A strategy for the future

September 14, 2020 by Jason Contant

Fresh from closing four acquisitions in western Canada, large brokerage Westland Insurance Group plans to continue exploring opportunities in the west, as well as consider deals that would move the brokerage in a more easterly direction. Westland announced on Sept.

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How brokerage buyers are reacting to COVID market conditions

September 11, 2020 by Jason Contant

Demand for Canadian property and casualty insurance brokerages remains strong during the COVID-19 pandemic, but potential brokerage purchasers are becoming more targeted in their approach, a P&C transaction advisor observed. “For most potential transactions, the list of potential purchasers has

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Thinking of selling your brokerage during COVID-19? Here’s how to proceed

September 8, 2020 by Jason Contant

Canadian brokers considering an upcoming merger or acquisition may understandably be concerned given the economy during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but one property and casualty brokerage M&A expert says his firm’s advice is the same as it’s always been. “That

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Behind the scenes of Hub’s latest Canadian acquisition

September 2, 2020 by Jason Contant

Hub announced the acquisition of Grande Prairie, Alta.-based Elevate Insurance Brokers Wednesday. Elevate is a locally-owned, independent full-service brokerage that provides home, auto, recreational vehicle and business insurance. Elevate Insurance president Pierce Krol and partner Otilja Majewski will join Hub

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Opinion: Expected M&A rise brings opportunities for brokers

August 27, 2020 by Ben Nelson, CFC Underwriting

Transaction liability insurance is a valuable tool for helping buyers and sellers facilitate mergers and acquisitions — and presents a significant opportunity for brokers to add value to their client offering and drive revenue growth. From humble beginnings more than

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Shareholders approve Aon-Willis merger

August 26, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Aon plc’s proposed acquisition of Willis Towers Watson plc was approved Wednesday by both firms’ shareholders. The merger still requires approval from competition regulators in various jurisdictions (including Canada) plus the Irish High Court. Aon and Willis Towers Watson rank

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This blockbuster global brokerage merger goes to vote Aug. 26

August 24, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The industry will be closer to finding out whether the second and third-biggest global P&C brokerages will merge after shareholders of both Willis Towers Watson plc and Aon plc vote on Wednesday. Aon and Willis announced this past March that

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What Intact is telling competitors who distribute through BrokerLink

August 17, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Intact CEO Charles Brindamour is assuring his competitors that they are not at a competitive disadvantage with Intact should they distribute their insurance through Intact Financial Corp.’s BrokerLink brokerage unit. “Our strategy is not to get the brokerage business to

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Why this BrokerLink exec thinks COVID could accelerate brokerage M&A

August 12, 2020 by David Gambrill

Before the pandemic, hard market conditions and the increasing digitization of brokerages were already reasons for some broker principals to ponder selling the business and moving on, but the novel coronavirus may have further accelerated the pace of M&A, says

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U.S. wholesale broker expands into Canada with acquisition of SUM

August 11, 2020 by Jason Contant

A United States-based national wholesale insurance broker has acquired Strategic Underwriting Managers, Inc. (SUM), a Canadian managing general agency for property, casualty and other specialty insurance products. Boston-headquartered wholesale broker, program manager, and insurance aggregator One80 Intermediaries announced the acquisition

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BrokerLink closes nine brokerage acquisitions across the country

August 11, 2020 by David Gambrill

BrokerLink announced Tuesday the closing of nine acquisitions to date for 2020, including the acquisition of brokerages in Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. BrokerLink, a subsidiary of Intact Financial Corporation, continues to look to the future to carry