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M&A report: Where Intact-RSA sits among Canada’s largest Q4 deals

March 17, 2021 by David Gambrill

Intact and Danish insurer Tryg’s $10.4-billion play for RSA Insurance Group plc topped the list of Canada’s largest deals announced in 2020 Q4, according to a recent report by corporate law firm Miller Thomson. The report defines the largest M&A

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ARAG-DAS deal unites Canada’s titans in legal expense insurance

March 16, 2021 by Adam Malik

Legal expense insurance company ARAG Group has announced that it will be acquiring competitor DAS Legal Protection in Canada. The deal was announced Tuesday in a move that will see the German-based company acquire the Canadian MGA. Terms of the

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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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Intact and Tryg preparing a joint offer to acquire RSA

November 5, 2020 by David Gambrill

A consortium composed of Intact Financial Corporation and Nordic property and casualty insurer Tryg A/S is preparing a cash offer to acquire RSA plc for £7.2-billion (about Cdn$12.3 billion). Intact is Canada’s largest property and casualty insurer, with a market

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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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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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The link between the Edmonton Oilers and Arthur J. Gallagher’s latest acquisition

August 5, 2020 by David Gambrill

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has acquired Edmonton, Alta.-based Insight Insurance & Risk Management Ltd., the official insurance brokerage of NHL hockey’s Edmonton Oilers. Founded in 2013 by CEO Alexis Harke, Insight is a retail insurance broker serving clients throughout

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Q&A: Business Continuity in the Digital Age

June 1, 2020 by David Gambrill

As an industry challenged by all of the various disasters that the world has to offer, many Canadian property and casualty insurance companies already had business continuity plans in place to keep their operations running in the face of a

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Intact’s other deal: ‘You can bet that other insurers are paying close attention’

August 20, 2019 by Adam Malik

Intact Financial Corp. agreeing to buy On Side Restoration will likely lead to similar deals going forward and while risks exist, one adjuster believes it will probably bring more good than bad to the insurance industry – with a lot

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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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M&A activity unlocks this hot new business opportunity

July 11, 2019 by David Gambrill

Global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity over the past five years — which reached a total value of almost $3.5 trillion in 2018 — led to a starburst of transactional insurance last year. Transactional risk insurance covers risks related to