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Opinion: Looking to acquire? Don’t forget about intellectual property

November 19, 2020 Kristian Kolsaker and Angus Marshall, CFC Underwriting

Intellectual property rights are a crucial part of any merger or acquisition so it’s important, whether you are engaging in an industry merger or advising clients on a deal, to consider ways to avoid potential infringements. Intellectual property (IP) has

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The downside of selling for 4 times multiple during COVID

October 23, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Despite the economic disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic, some brokerage owners could sell their business for multiples of more than four times revenue, but there is potential downside to this, Ontario brokers heard Wednesday at their annual convention. “About 15

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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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Don’t make this common M&A mistake

February 20, 2020 by Adam Malik

Growing your business doesn’t necessarily mean you’re creating more value for it. That’s a common mistake people make during merger and acquisition deals, according to one expert. Value is created only when the business gets a return on capital in

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Intact buys restoration firm

August 7, 2019 by Adam Malik

Intact Financial Corporation has entered the restoration services area. The insurer has struck a deal to acquire Vancouver-based On Side Restoration. The company announced the acquisition late on Aug. 6, which it says will strengthen its ability to provide claims

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American brokerage continues Canadian expansion

July 11, 2019 by Adam Malik

United States brokerage NFP has acquired Toronto-based McLean Hallmark Insurance Group as part of its strategy to expand into the Canadian market. McLean Hallmark has offices in Toronto, Markham and Mississauga and Halifax. It offers property and casualty coverage in

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Desjardins exec explores intricacies of State Farm acquisition

May 10, 2019 by Adam Malik

A merger between two direct carriers may seem simple enough, but stumbling blocks can quickly appear once you peel back the layers. It’s a lesson Desjardins learned during its acquisition of State Farm. Things you don’t think about come to

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Increased cyber espionage, data integrity attacks part of global threat landscape in 2017: Stroz Friedberg

January 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Top cyber threats in the coming year include nation state cyber espionage, a rise in data integrity attacks and more attacks harnessing Internet of Things (IoT) devices, Stroz Friedberg, an Aon company, notes in its 2017 Cybersecurity Predictions report. “We