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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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This brokerage is the latest to get into employee benefits

May 24, 2019 by Jason Contant

A family-owned brokerage in New Brunswick has become the latest brokerage to get into the employee benefits space. Personal and commercial lines brokerage Vienneau Insurance announced earlier this week that it has expanded its commercial insurance offering by acquiring the

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Sea Change

March 3, 2019 Brooke Smith

Commercial P&C brokerages have taken the plunge into the employee benefits space, strategically acquiring employee benefits firms. What’s in the water?

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Hub’s take on the merger between P&C and employment benefits

January 15, 2019 by Jason Contant

As it continues to expand its employee benefits solutions, Hub International is training its more than 4,000 employees in Canada to articulate that it is not just a property and casualty brokerage. “There’s still a training and development and learning

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Behind this brokerage’s plan to build a “best-in-class” employee benefits platform

May 15, 2018 by Jason Contant

Hub International’s recent acquisition of a brokerage in Quebec is part of its plan to built a “best-in-class” employee benefits platform for Canada, a spokesperson for the Chicago-based global brokerage told Canadian Underwriter Monday. On May 7, Hub International acquired

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Consolidation of employee benefits firms among hot trends affecting P&C commercial lines

May 11, 2018 by David Gambrill

What are some of the hottest trends in Canadian P&C commercial lines right now? Insurtechs in the SME [small and medium sized enterprise] customer segment is a key driver in today’s commercial market, says Jim White, chief sales officer and executive vice president

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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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Cyber market ‘softer than ever,’ commercial property, general liability rates down in U.S. in Q2: CIAB

August 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Responses from brokers surveyed indicate commercial property insurance rates in the United States dropped an average of 3.6% during the three months ending June 30, with average premium pricing down 1.44% in cyber, in a market that is “softer than

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Hub International purchases “certain assets” of Quebec surety broker

August 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Chicago, Ill.-based Hub International Limited announced on Monday that Hub Quebec has purchased “certain assets” from Patrice Varin, through a corporation held by him. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Varin will join Hub Quebec, bringing with him a

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Risk and insurance revenue up 12% for Jardine Lloyd Thompson

July 31, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group PLC recently released its financial results for the first six months of this year, reporting a 3% drop, on a constant rate of exchange, of risk and insurance revenue in Canada. London-based JLT reported July 27

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Use of captives for cyber liability programs increases 20% in 2016: Marsh report

June 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The number of owners using captives for cyber liability programs – up almost 20% last year – represented the fastest growing non-traditional risk in captives managed by Marsh Captive Solutions, the company notes in a new report this week. Fuelled

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Insurance-related M&A activity explodes, insurance company moves in Canada high: OPTIS Partners

April 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

OPTIS Partners has likened recent mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity among U.S. and Canadian agencies selling p&c insurance and employee benefits to an explosion, with the 178 reported transactions in 2017 Q1 dwarfing the 115 deals in the prior-year quarter.