Cooper Gay Swett & Crawford Appoint Homer Global Head of M&A

June 17, 2013

Cooper Gay Swett and Crawford (CGSC) announced that Oliver Homer has joined the company, effective as of today, June 17, as Global Head of M&A, a newly created position within the group. He is based in London and will be responsible for M&A activity across the CGSC group.

Homer joins CGSC from Keefe Bruyette & Woods, the US investment bank specializing in insurance and financial services, where he advised on industry transactions such as the Canopius acquisition of Omega Insurance, and the recent sale of Atrium Insurance to Enstar.

CGSC Chairman and CEO Toby Esser said: “We have been very clear that M&A is a key element of CGSC’s growth strategy. We are delighted to have an insurance industry M&A specialist of Oliver’s caliber joining us to oversee the process.

“This is an exciting time for CGSC. The significant investment in our company by Lightyear Capital and our very successful debt refinancing deal earlier this year left us in an excellent position from which to move our M&A plans forward.

“The Board, my senior managers and I are committed to growing CGSC substantially over the coming years, both organically and through M&A deals which will add significant value to our client offering and profitability. Oliver’s hire reinforces our dedication to getting these deals done.”

Homer has served as a Vice President at Keefe, Bruyette and Woods since 2011. He has 12 years of experience advising on insurance and insurance broking M&A transactions across Europe and America.

In 2005, he joined Benfield Advisory, (subsequently Aon Benfield Securities) working on external and internal M&A advisory, in addition to capital raisings, catastrophe bonds and sidecars advisory. Prior to joining Benfield, Homer spent five years at Fox-Pitt, Kelton Limited, working on a range of UK and European cross-border insurance company M&A transactions.

Homer has a degree from Oxford in Mathematics and Computing.

Source: Cooper Gay Swett & Crawford (CGSC)

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