Clyde & Co reveals number of insurance deals worldwide in 2019

Clyde & Co | February 17, 2020

The volume of mergers and acquisitions in the insurance space rose 10% in 2019, according to insurance law firm Clyde & Co. A study by the firm found that 419 deals were completed worldwide last year, up from 382 in 2018. Merger activity was driven by an unusually strong first half, led by a spike in deals in Europe that had previously been on hold due to Brexit preparations. M&A activity dropped during the last six months of 2019, but activity remained strong compared to recent years, according to Clyde & Co. The Americas was the most active region, with 182 deals in 2019, down slightly from 189 deals the year before. Europe posted the largest year-over-year increase with 155 deals last year, up from 122 in 2018. The Asia-Pacific region posted a 17% increase in overall deals to 69. The Middle East and Africa also saw rises, although from a low base, Clyde & Co said.

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Life insurance is one of the least purchased coverages in the United States. In fact, less than 3 in 5 people in the US have any type of life insurance.1 Of the 59% of people with coverage, 1/3 just have a basic group policy in place2 the vast majority of which are employee-sponsored. This number is progressively lowering as the younger generations grow. The Millennial generation, although the largest, is also the most underinsured generation with only 33% of Millennials possessing any form of life insurance coverage.

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Life insurance is one of the least purchased coverages in the United States. In fact, less than 3 in 5 people in the US have any type of life insurance.1 Of the 59% of people with coverage, 1/3 just have a basic group policy in place2 the vast majority of which are employee-sponsored. This number is progressively lowering as the younger generations grow. The Millennial generation, although the largest, is also the most underinsured generation with only 33% of Millennials possessing any form of life insurance coverage.

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Specialist Risk Group, HGGC | December 21, 2020

Specialist Risk Group, a quickly developing specialist insurance broker, today reported that it has consented to a complete arrangement to be procured by driving center market private value firm HGGC. SRG's supervisory crew will contribute close by HGGC and keep on holding a huge stake in the business. The private exchange is relied upon to shut in Q1 2021, subject to administrative endorsement. As a component of the exchange, existing financial specialist Pollen Street Capital will leave the business. SRG was framed by Pollen Street Capital through the acquisition of Miles Smith in 2018 and The Underwriting Exchange in 2019. Under the administration of Group CEO Warren Downey, SRG is situated for quick organic and acquisition-based growth. "We are delighted to partner with HGGC, a firm that is completely aligned with our values as a culture and people-driven company," said Warren Downey, SRG Group CEO. "We share a common ethos and expansive ambition, and I am tremendously excited for the next chapter of the SRG story. I would like to thank the team at Pollen Street for their support of the business through this foundational stage of SRG's history." "SRG has been an outstanding investment and a great example of Pollen Street's track record of investing in high growth specialists in the financial and business services sectors," added Ian Gascoigne, Partner at Pollen Street Capital. "We have enjoyed a great partnership with Warren and the team and believe that HGGC is a great partner to support the business to achieve its considerable potential." HGGC was prompted by Evercore and Kirkland and Ellis and Pollen Street was exhorted by Macquarie Capital and Proskauer. About Specialist Risk Group SRG is an integrated group of insurance intermediaries arranging specialist insurance for corporates operating in the UK and internationally. The group serves over 18,000 end policyholders across multiple lines of business and specialises in creating solutions to challenging risk transfer questions. For more information, please visit: www.specialistrisk.com. About HGGC HGGC is a leading middle-market private equity firm with $5.4 billion in cumulative capital commitments. Based in Palo Alto, Calif., HGGC is distinguished by its Advantaged Investing approach that enables the firm to source and acquire scalable businesses through partnerships with management teams, founders and sponsors who reinvest alongside HGGC, creating a strong alignment of interests. Over its history, HGGC has completed more than 200 platform investments, add-on acquisitions, recapitalisations, and liquidity events with an aggregate transaction value of over $27 billion. More information, including a complete list of current and former portfolio companies is available at www.hggc.com. About Pollen Street Capital Pollen Street is an independent alternative investment management company with significant experience in specialty finance, focused on accelerating the progress of the financial and business services sectors. It was established in 2013 and operates across private equity and credit strategies on behalf of investors including leading pension funds, asset managers, banks, and family offices from around the world. Pollen Street has a team of 70+ professionals with offices in London and New York City.

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Insurance Digital Payment Provider PayCloud.io Introduced New Platform

PayCloud.io | May 27, 2021

PayCloud.io is pleased to introduce a digital payment platform specialized for insurers and MGAs to fulfill the continuously expanding need for digital payment solutions. While the name payCloud.io is new, the core systems and team have been in the insurance industry for over two decades. PayCloud.io spun out of insurance software pioneer Silvervine Software, uses the same forward-thinking digital payment technology as Silvervine Software, but with a dedicated payment focus. PayCloud.io provides a comprehensive suite of modern payment solutions, each of which provides a safe, convenient, and user-friendly customer experience. Its efficient digital payment systems allow insurers to receive payments as well as initiate a wide range of outbound payments to insureds, claimants, vendors, and others. payCloud.io allows premium payments both online and by phone. The company, which is ultra-secure and always reliable, achieved 99.99% uptime in 2020 and the previous five years. "We're pleased to formally launch payCloud.io and expand our digital payment offerings," said Timothy Cunningham, payCloud.io's director of payments. Cunningham, who has over 20 years of product and software development expertise in the insurance sector, is in charge of many new product developments that will be deployed in the coming weeks. "Because our entire payCloud.io team has prior expertise in the insurance sector, we can easily help both existing and new customers. Because we are familiar with insurance operations, structuring, and digital payment requirements, we can quickly support customers, capitalize on new digital payment opportunities, and grow within the industry." "We are excited to offer payCloud.io, which provides customers with an expert team committed to digital payment innovation, exceptional customer support, and highly competitive rates," said Shurre Hampton, Silvervine's general manager. "Silvervine can now focus completely on developing cutting-edge insurance software to meet the rising demands of the insurance sector, due to payCloud.io. Best of all, Silvervine clients will benefit from the all-star payCloud.io team's products and services." About payCloud.io payCloud.io helps insurers improve their performance by providing quick, friendly digital payment experiences at the industry's lowest rates. The company provides an ultra-secure digital payment platform with inbound and outbound payment options that are also specifically tailored to the needs of insurers and MGAs. All payCloud.io solutions include simple implementation, extensive customer support, and PCI hosting for efficient risk management.

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Boost | May 21, 2021

Boost Insurance, the leading B2B digital insurance platform, today announced that it's completed a $20 million Series B financing round to fuel the growth of its platform, new development, and partner marketing. The round was led by RRE Ventures and included new investors Fin VC, Gaingels, Hack VC, and a worldwide publicly traded reinsurance company alongside existing investors Greycroft, Coatue, and Conversion Capital. Boost's funding since inception totals $37 million. Founded in 2017, Boost's integrated insurance-as-a-service platform unlocks the $700 billion property and casualty insurance market, allowing innovative companies from any industry to create, embed, and manage insurance programs for his or her customers. Its simple API integration packages the required operational, compliance, and capital components to permit companies to deliver highly configurable insurance products to consumers through an embedded experience within their front-end environments. Boost powers dozens of digital distribution clients across all industries and stages, including notable insurtechs Hippo, Aon's CoverWallet, Cowbell Cyber, and Wagmo, and leaders in diverse fintech, proptech, and other B2B and consumer segments. Companies that leverage Boost's infrastructure reduce the value of building and managing their insurance businesses by over 90%, with integrations taking as little as a fortnight . in comparison to the 12-48 months typically required to create a managing general agency (MGA), Boost's platform dramatically reduces the barriers to entry for both new entrants and high-growth emerging players in what has historically been a slow-moving and analog insurance industry. Mordor Intelligence1 estimates that venture and growth investment within the insurtech segment is predicted to grow at a compound annual rate of growth of 48.8% from 2021 to 2028, reaching USD 60.9 billion by 2028, as tech-enabled companies across industries search for embedded insurance and financial products to diversify revenues and enhance their customer experience. Boost follows within the footsteps of companies like Plaid (banking-as-a-service) and Affirm (point-of-sale financing) in offering cost-effective, efficient digital solutions for insurance-as-a-service across commercial lines products (business owners policy and startup D&O insurance), personal lines products (renters insurance, pet insurance, and crypto wallet theft protection), and an e-commerce bundle (warranties, shipping, and package theft). Since its launch, Boost has insured over $5 billion useful across a good range of proprietary commercial and private lines insurance products. Boost plans to double its team over subsequent 12-18 months to support growth across its insurtech and embedded partner channels while continuing to expand its API platform features. The corporate also expects to roll out a variety of additional insurance products in 2021 together with its partners within the insurtech and broader technology industries. About Boost Insurance Boost enables companies across all segments to create, embed and manage digital insurance products, and deliver them through an embedded experience within their front-end environments. Boost's infrastructure-as-a-service platform significantly reduces the value of building and managing an insurance firm by packaging the required operational, compliance, and capital components and making them accessible through easy API integration. Through its managing, general agency subsidiary, Boost Insurance Agency, Inc., Boost is licensed and authorized to supply any sort of insurance across all 50 states. Boost is appointed by 'A'-rated fronting carriers and has its dedicated reinsurance facility backed by global reinsurers.

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