Mich. Accident Fund Acquires CWI Holding Inc.

August 28, 2007

Lansing, Mich.-based Accident Fund Insurance Company of America has entered into an agreement with the shareholders of CWI Holdings Inc. to purchase CWI and its wholly owned subsidiaries, including San Francisco, Calif.-based CompWest Insurance Co.

CompWest was founded in 2004, and is one of California’s fastest growing specialty workers’ compensation insurers with more than 2,000 customers, and is the market leader in a service offering called Workers’ Compensation with Care(TM).

The acquisition complements Accident Fund’s workers’ compensation business, both strategically and geographically. Accident Fund specializes in providing workers’ compensation coverage to small or mid-sized companies in the Midwest. There are no plans to merge operations of the two companies, but Accident Fund intends to work collaboratively with CompWest to meet the needs of businesses across the country. CompWest will operate independently, and its seasoned senior management team will continue to lead the direction of the company.

“We’ve expanded into other states since 2000 and were looking for the right partner in the West to ensure our continued growth. CompWest is a trusted company that has established strong financial numbers and a great reputation for excellence,” said Elizabeth R. Haar, president of Accident Fund. “Both companies share the philosophy that an insurance policy is a promise to help employers when an injury occurs and to treat others as we would want to be treated.”

The purchase is anticipated to close before year-end, pending necessary approval from federal and state regulatory agencies. MTS Health Partners and StoneRidge Advisors were financial advisors to Accident Fund for the acquisition and Banc of America Securities LLC was the exclusive financial advisor to CWI and its shareholders, including Stone Point Capital LLC.

Headquartered in Lansing, Mich., Accident Fund identifies itself as one of the nation’s leading workers’ compensation insurers, operating in 43 states and the District of Columbia.

Source: Accident Fund

Topics Mergers Workers' Compensation Michigan

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