Articles by Mark Hollmer

Hollmer is a veteran business journalist and editor of CarrierManagement.com's daily e-newsletter for the property/casualty insurance industry C-suite. He may be reached at mhollmer@carriermanagement.com.

Lemonade Eyes Sale of 3 Million Shares in Secondary Offering

Digital insurer Lemonade has announced plans to sell 3 million shares of common stock to raise money for “general corporate purposes.” The New York-based insurtech could raise as much as $808 million, according to its regulatory filing announcing the stock …

For Brown & Brown, Acquiring CoverHound Accelerates Tech Modernization Efforts

Property/casualty insurance companies far and wide are considering whether to develop technology platforms in-house or modernize some other way. Brown & Brown chose an acquisition to get there. The broker announced in November that it bought digital property/casualty insurance marketplace …

Insurers Not Quitting on Cyber Even as Risks Mount

It could go down as one of the most significant cyber attacks yet. Russian hackers breached a number of U.S. government agencies and dozens of private businesses through a tainted update downloaded for network-monitoring software made by SolarWinds. Potentially significant …

Insurers Not Quitting on Cyber Even as Risks Mount

It could go down as one of the most significant cyber attacks yet. Russian hackers breached a number of U.S. government agencies and dozens of private businesses through a tainted update downloaded for network-monitoring software made by SolarWinds. Potentially significant …

Insurance M&A Rebound to Continue Into 2021: PwC

Insurance mergers and acquisitions (M&A) rebounded from COVID-19 challenges in the second half of 2020. The trend should continue well into 2021 as companies unload non-core assets and purse cost-effective advancements in technology, PwC said in a new report. The …

Openly, High-End Home Insurance MGA, Secures $40M for National Expansion

Openly, an insurtech managing general agency for high-end homeowners insurance, raised $40 million of venture capital from multiple investors. The investment will fuel a national expansion, hiring and further technological development. “The reception has been phenomenal,” Openly co-founder and CEO …

Next Insurance Buys Data Firm Juniper Labs to Enhance Workers’ Compensation Offering

Digital small business insurer Next Insurance has closed its first acquisition, buying Juniper Labs, a Denver-based provider of data and underwriting technology. With the acquisition, Next said it will focus on innovation in workers’ compensation and general liability product offerings …

Germany’s Getsafe Raises $30M from Swiss Re and Others; Eyes Becoming Full Carrier

Digital MGA Getsafe disclosed $30 million in new financing led by new investor Swiss Re. The Heidelberg, Germany-based InsurTech said the money will help build its market dominance among millennials in its home country and beyond. Specifically, a push into …

AIG’s Plan to Divest Life & Retirement Business Could Prompt Ratings Downgrades

American International Group’s plan to downsize by divesting its Life & Retirement (L&R) business is drawing cautious and wary reactions from rating agencies that follow the property/casualty insurance giant. They said that they’re worried about what the divestiture will do …

Why It’s a Good Time for Insurtechs to Be Thinking About Mergers

The drumbeat for insurtechs to pursue a merger, acquisition or partnership is getting louder, with the number likely to substantially grow in the months ahead, an insurance industry expert believes. “InsurTech is reaching a point where [startups] must decide whether …