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Gallagher to acquire certain Willis Towers Watson assets

May 12, 2021 by Jason Contant

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has announced an agreement to acquire certain Willis Towers Watson reinsurance, specialty and retail brokerage operations as part of a proposed “regulatory remedy” for the pending Aon and Willis Towers Watson deal. Under the agreement,

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Aon’s approach to post-pandemic travel and entertainment

May 11, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

As business leaders await an easing of pandemic lockdown restrictions, Aon Plc executives suggest that, going forward, they plan to apply the lessons they’ve learned during COVID-19 regarding collaboration. “We are going to be smart about how we do [travel

News Insurance

Merger mania: Multiple brokerage deals announced in May

May 11, 2021 by Jason Contant

May 2021 came in with a bang for Canadian brokerages involved in mergers and acquisitions activity, particularly in western Canada and Ontario.  Over the course of a week, at least seven acquisitions were announced in the Canadian P&C brokerage space.

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The Number 1 challenge facing Canada’s broker channel

May 11, 2021 by David Gambrill

Out of all the challenges facing the broker channel right now, the hard market is the biggest one of them of all, according Canadian Underwriter‘s 2021 National Broker Survey. Seventy-four per cent of Canadian P&C insurance brokers who responded to

News BrokersInsurance

Broker strategies for making it through the hard market

May 11, 2021 by David Gambrill

Brokers are currently caught between a pandemic and a hard market, with several insurers predicting that Canada’s hard market cycle in property and casualty insurance will last at least one or two more years beyond the end of the pandemic.

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Brokers cut insurers some slack during the pandemic

May 11, 2021 by David Gambrill

Brokers appear to be cutting their insurer partners a bit of slack during the pandemic, with more brokers agreeing this year that insurers are striking a fair balance between the interests of carriers and brokers. Over the past three years,

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In the hard market, are you selling on price or coverage?

May 11, 2021 by David Gambrill

Price point and carrier capacity have become increasingly important factors for brokers in recommending insurance coverage to their clients over the past year, according to Canadian Underwriter’s 2021 National Broker Survey. Canadian Underwriter asked 234 Canadian P&C insurance brokers across

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The ‘perfect way’ for insurers to put capital back into the marketplace

May 10, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The hard market in commercial lines has caused some managing general agents to lose some products, yet more insurance is still being placed through MGAs, panelists told brokers listening to a recent webinar. “I think it’s a perfect way for

News Insurance

Brokerages will need these new skill sets

May 10, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

To compete in a digital world, the insurance industry needs to hire data scientists and computer programmers, Virtual Symposium B.C. attendees heard last week. “Every insurance organization is going to look at new roles that they never had before,” said

News Mergers and Aqcuisitions

Intact-RSA deal awaits final clearance for takeoff on June 1

May 6, 2021 by David Gambrill

Intact Financial Corporation and Dutch insurer Tryg A/S have received all anti-trust and regulatory approvals for the acquisition of RSA Insurance Group plc, setting the stage for closing the mega-merger within a month. The last items remaining on the to-do

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Insurance certificate fraud costs ex-broker $26K

May 5, 2021 by David Gambrill

Alberta’s broker regulator has issued a civil penalty of $26,000 against a former broker found to have issued false insurance certificates to clients as “placeholders” until coverage was bound — which it never was. The penalty was based on 52

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Mutual insurer group expands with addition of Ontario brokerage

May 5, 2021 by Jason Contant

Collectivfide Insurance Group Inc. has finalized the acquisition of Barrie, Ont.-based multiline broker RK Mooney Insurance Brokers Ltd., the fourth brokerage acquisition for Collectivfide, a company formed in 2019. Collectivfide’s shareholders represent mutual insurers in Ontario and across Canada. Although