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Hub International Acquires CAPAX Management and Insurance Services

Hub International, CAPAX Management and Insurance Services | January 11, 2021

Hub International Limited (Hub), a leading full-service global insurance broker, reported today that it has acquired  CAPAX Management and Insurance Services, Inc. (CAPAX). Terms of the exchange were not revealed. 

Situated in Modesto, California, CAPAX is one of the biggest privately claimed insurance brokerage and representative advantages counseling associations situated in Central California. CAPAX gives multi-line insurance solutions, including personal and commercial, worker benefits items and risk management solutions for their customers. CAPAX's ability in carrying hostage solutions to their customers and their attention on different ventures, for example, agribusiness (crop), supplements and fortifies Hub's current capacities.

"CAPAX is a great addition to the Hub family as we continue our growth strategy in the region by adding specialized capabilities that will expand the depth of our insurance and risk management solutions," said Michael Der Manouel, Executive Vice President of Hub California Central Valley.

"We look forward to joining Hub – a leading brokerage firm with strong values and an utmost commitment to clients," said Mr. Geddes. "With Hub, we will be well-positioned to provide a full suite of services to fit our clients' growing needs." 

About Hub's M&A Activities
Hub International Limited is committed to growing organically and through acquisitions to expand its geographic footprint and strengthen industry and product expertise.  For more information on the Hub M&A experience.

About Hub International
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Hub International Limited is a leading full-service global insurance broker providing risk management, insurance, employee benefits, retirement and wealth management products and services. With more than 12,000 employees in offices located throughout North America, Hub's vast network of specialists brings clarity to a changing world with tailored solutions and unrelenting advocacy, so clients are ready for tomorrow. For more information.

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