Agents & Brokers News

Re/insurance Market Conditions Will Lead to More M&A Activity: A.M. Best

Merger and takeover activity is likely to continue in the coming months as re/insurers increasingly seek ways to deploy capital and create scale against a backdrop of ongoing soft market conditions and weak investment returns, according to a special report …

Near National P/C Carriers Identified for 2015

The Demotech Company Classification System, established in the Feb. 12, 2007 issue of Insurance Journal, categorizes insurers into one of 11 categories based on an analysis of data reported by the companies to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. The …

Dressing Up for the Wedding: Agency Operations, Part 1

Business owners have a lot to consider when running a successful business. Unfortunately, many do not consider an exit strategy, especially in the early years of the business. Agency owners without an exit strategy will sometimes make decisions based on …

Willis to Acquire PMI Health Group, UK-Based Healthcare Adviser & Broker

Willis Group Holdings plc announced an agreement to acquire PMI Health Group (PMIHG), an independent healthcare adviser and broker in the UK. Willis said the deal will significantly raise the company’s presence in the UK employee benefits and healthcare market, …

JLT Australia Deploys NetSuite Cloud Solution to Run Entire Business Life Cycle

Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT) Australia, a subsidiary of the London-based insurance, reinsurance and employee benefits firm, has deployed NetSuite OpenAir cloud professional services automation (PSA) solution to run the entire business life cycle of its consulting practice, according to a statement …

Fairfax Offers to Buy 26% of Indian Brokerage IIFL for $255 Million

Fairfax India Holdings Corp., the $1 billion fund created by Toronto-based investor Prem Watsa, offered to buy 26 percent more in Indian brokerage IIFL Holdings Ltd.* for $255 million. Fairfax India announced an offer to purchase about 83.1 million shares …

Willis Appoints Aubert to Executive Committee of London & Int’l Brokers’ Assn.

Willis Group Holdings has appointed Nicolas Aubert, CEO of Willis GB, to the executive committee and board of the London & International Insurance Brokers’ Association (LIIBA)*. In addition, Aubert was named LIIBA representative to the London Market Group (LMG), a …

Mulligan, Marshall Receive AAMGA Recognitions

Two long-time members of American Association of Managing General Agents (AAMGA) were recognized with service-based awards at the association’s Annual Meeting in Maryland in May. Thomas Mulligan, a board member of Western World Insurance and the company’s former president from 2010 …

Colosso to Retire as CEO of Howden UK

Hyperion Insurance Group, the London-based employee-owned insurance and reinsurance intermediary group, announced that Adrian Colosso will be stepping down and retiring from his role as CEO of Howden UK at the end of July 2015. Colosso came out of retirement …

Marsh & McLennan Agency Enters Canadian Market with Purchase of Vézina

Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC*, a subsidiary of Marsh, has acquired Vézina, a Montreal, Quebec-based independent insurance brokerage firm. The acquisition includes the property/casualty brokerage division Vézina Assurances Inc. and group benefits division Vézina & Associes. Terms of the transaction were …