CORE INSURANCE, COMPLIANCE
Napier and Utmost Group | February 01, 2023
On January 31st, 2023, Utmost Group, which offers insurance and savings solutions, enhanced its financial compliance capabilities in collaboration with Napier, a customizable anti-financial crime compliance provider.
Napier's client screening solution, which started operations in just 21 days, was implemented to bolster the company's existing compliance strategy and to facilitate future expansion. The Napier team met these stringent deployment deadlines to meet the time constraints imposed by the expiration of licenses held by the outgoing partner.
The Client Screening solution from the company will enhance existing systems by automatically screening clients against sanctions, PEP (Politically Exposed Persons) lists, and other essential watchlists at appropriate intervals. In addition, the AI capabilities will allow for faster screening and help lower the number of false alarms.
Paul Smith, Chief Risk Officer at Utmost International Isle of Man, shared, "We needed to rapidly migrate and then implement our existing screening protocols to the new system, so we were delighted that Napier was able to merge two legacy systems neatly into a single hosted instance while levelling up our capabilities. This really made the difference when managing the upgrade of systems that were being made end-of-life earlier than expected." He added, "Compliance requirements inevitably evolve over time as risks also change and criminals become more sophisticated, so we are delighted to have a robust system now in place that will keep us one step ahead of our obligations and enhance our overall services."
(Source – Business Wire)
London-based Napier is a compliance technology specialist that operates a platform based on extensive experience and in-depth knowledge. Combining big data technologies with AI and machine learning, the company offers products that improve efficiency and reduce risk. Its strategy underpins the client's policy, process, and procedure, allowing them to concentrate on specific outcomes. The compliance platform is quick, scalable, easily configurable, and intuitive. It rapidly bolsters AML defense and trade compliance capabilities while achieving the compliance requirements and challenges of any industry.
About Utmost Group
Utmost Group, headquartered in London, is a leading insurance and savings solutions provider. The company offers innovative, adaptable solutions that help clients secure their financial futures. The main divisions of the Group are Utmost International, Utmost Life and Pensions. The key business lines of Utmost International consist of Utmost Corporate Solutions and Utmost Wealth Solutions. The Group has approximately £58 billion in AUA and 550,000 customers as of June 30th, 2022, with over 1,500 employees across all its businesses.
CORE INSURANCE, RISK MANAGEMENT
Risk Strategies | January 31, 2023
In a recent development, Risk Strategies, a prominent national specialty insurance brokerage and risk management organization, acquired Tanenbaum-Harber of Florida, LLC, a well-established insurance and risk management consultant for businesses and families. However, the terms of the agreement were not revealed.
Tanenbaum-Harber, one of the largest independent retail agencies in South Florida, has its headquarters in Miramar (Florida). The company's history dates back to 1860, and today, it is among the most successful in the region. Tanenbaum-Harber of California, Inc.'s assets were also obtained as part of the acquisition. Headquartered in San Diego, Tanenbaum-Harber of California, Inc. provides support to developing businesses in the state.
Scott Popilek, Atlantic Regional Leader, Risk Strategies, stated, "Tanenbaum-Harber brings another industry leading brand to our growing Florida team." He added, "They have terrific, highly experienced people and an approach to client service built and refined for over 150 years that perfectly aligns with our firm."
(Source – GlobeNewswire)
Tanenbaum-personal Harber's lines division, which helps families and individuals with their risk and liability coverage needs, has grown steadily in recent years, even though most of the company's business is with clients who want customized property and casualty insurance solutions.
Fred Jove, President, Tanenbaum-Harber of Florida, expressed, "Given the long history of our firm, we wanted to find a partner that could provide a path for our people and business to scale both within the state and nationally." "Risk Strategies, having both a strong presence in key areas within our home state and more than 30 specialty practices nationally, presented both a great business and cultural fit," he concluded.
(Source – GlobeNewswire)
Over the past five years, Tanenbaum-Harber has seen substantial business growth in a competitive climate and challenging market conditions. The agency serves over 5,000 clients in wholesale distribution, real estate, security, hospitality, technology, and non-profit.
About Risk Strategies
Risk Strategies is a private, growth-focused national specialty insurance brokerage and risk management advisor. The company simplifies asset protection, benefits, and liability for businesses and individuals. Since 2018, its employees have ranked it as the 'Best Place to Work across North America'. Insurance Journal named it the 6th Fastest Growing Firm, 8th Largest Personal Lines Broker, 11th largest privately-held P&C Broker, and 16th largest US Broker for 2020. Risk Strategies is happy to be backed by one of the oldest private equity firms and a renowned insurance investor.
CORE INSURANCE, INSURANCE TECHNOLOGY
Inszone | January 30, 2023
Austin Insurance was recently acquired by Inszone Insurance Services, a rapidly expanding nationwide provider of benefits, personal, and commercial lines insurance.
Founded by Cole Austin in 2005, Austin Insurance has been providing excellent insurance services to the Grand Prairie (Texas) area for over a decade. Through the years, Austin Insurance has been able to offer a variety of insurance products to the residents of Grand Prairie and contribute to the city's continued economic expansion and new job opportunities.
Inszone Insurance's Dallas office will now handle the day-to-day business previously run by Austin Insurance. As a result, customers may expect the same high quality of service from Inszone Insurance as they have in the past.
Chris Walters, CEO of Inszone Insurance Services, remarked, "Austin Insurance has built a strong reputation across Grand Prairie as a trusted partner for residents to protect their assets." He further added, "This acquisition is another important step in our growth in the Lone Star State as we continue to identify and invest in agencies that will help provide and offer increased services and options to our customer base."
(Source – Business Wire)
Nevertheless, in the coming days, Inszone Insurance is likely to reveal several acquisitions in addition to opening additional facilities.
About Inszone Insurance Services
Inszone is a full-service insurance brokerage founded in 2002 with headquarters in Sacramento (California). It offers various insurance products, including property, casualty, and employee benefits. Supported by a strong and experienced management team, it has grown both independently and by buying other companies. The organization currently has 37 sites across the states of California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, Texas, and Illinois and hopes to continue expanding across the country.