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Why this MGA exec predicts more Canadian MGA consolidation in the future

February 11, 2021 by Jason Contant

More mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity between managing general agencies (MGA) is likely in the future, since private equity is focusing on this sector, giving MGAs the fiscal tools to make acquisitions, the president and CEO of one MGA told

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Deal Tracker: The latest in brokerage M&A

February 4, 2021 by Jason Contant

The number of mergers and acquisitions in the Canadian P&C insurance space (mostly involving brokerages) has hit double digits already this year, with two large brokerages contributing to the latest round of deal-making. Hub International announced Tuesday that it had

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The latest in brokerage deal-making

January 20, 2021 by Jason Contant

Brokerage NFP has expanded its property and casualty brokerage presence in Ontario with the acquisition of EdgeHill Insurance Brokers Ltd. The deal is the latest mergers and acquisitions news in the Canadian P&C space. Also in the news, Canadian Broker

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The role of digital transformation in Westland’s acquisition strategy

January 14, 2021 by Jason Contant

Expanded opportunities for digital transformation are one of the key reasons behind Westland Insurance Group Ltd.’s recent acquisition of Storm Insurance Group, Westland told Canadian Underwriter Tuesday. British Columbia-based Westland closed its acquisition of Storm Jan. 7. Storm operates under

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Brokerage M&A off to a strong start in 2021

January 7, 2021 by Jason Contant

Large Canadian brokerage Westland Insurance Group Ltd. now has a coast-to-coast presence with its acquisition of Storm Insurance Group, which has offices in Nova Scotia and Quebec. The deal, which closed Wednesday, is one of three acquisitions closed or announced

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The latest M&A news from BFL, NFP and Hub

December 11, 2020 by Jason Contant

A year-and-a-half after large commercial brokerage BFL Canada acquired Summit Insurance Brokers, the smaller British Columbia-based brokerage has officially been rebranded to BFL Canada Insurance Services Inc. “As of now, all the operations led in Central and Northern British Columbia

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Two ways COVID-19 affected this large brokerage’s M&A strategy

November 20, 2020 by Jason Contant

The COVID-19 pandemic required one large Canadian brokerage to take a “very different approach” to mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity. COVID affected the M&A process in two significant ways, Jamie Lyons, president and chief operating officer with Westland Insurance Group

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Westland brokerage moves in an easterly direction

November 13, 2020 by Jason Contant

Westland Insurance’s mergers and acquisition strategy continues in an easterly direction from its roots in British Columbia. Just days after closing its first-ever brokerage acquisition in Ontario, Westland Insurance Group Ltd. announced its second acquisition in Manitoba. On Nov. 10,

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Brokerage M&A round-up: Which four were bought?

November 9, 2020 by Jason Contant

British Columbia-based Westland Insurance Group Ltd. has moved into the Ontario market, announcing that it has acquired Gillons Insurance Brokers Ltd. The “significant and substantial milestone” supports Westland’s expansion strategy to become a national insurance brokerage, the brokerage said when

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It’s full steam ahead for brokerage M&A, now that the pandemic pause is over

September 18, 2020 by Jason Contant

After the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily paused brokerage mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in Canada earlier this year, it appears that the deals are once again moving forward at a steady pace. The markets’ reaction to the pandemic has been very

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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